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Fantasy Flower I


[TRANSLATION NOTE: Marie-Sarah has graciously translated this tutorial into French. Thanks Marie!!!!! You may find the translation here.]

I love stencils. One day, in my travels around the web, I came across one that I thought was so lovely, that I decided to try to draw it. This tutorial was the result of that. I wrote this tutorial several years ago, and after posting it on one my annexcafe groups, and seeing the wonderful response it received, I decided it was time to finally put my tutorials on the web. This tutorial was my motivation for doing so.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Eye Candy 4000.

Optional: Texturizer filter. If you don't have this filter (it's a commercial filter thait comes with Photoshop), you can substitute a texture effect in PSP instead.

Optional: Variations filter. If you don't have this filter (another commercial filter), you can use the color>adjust function in PSP.

If you don't want to use vectors to draw, you can download my completed flower petal here.

There are 4 pieces to make: the flower petal, the flower, the leaf, and the flower bud. Once you have the pieces made, you can arrange them as I've done above, or be creative and make your own arrangements.


I made the flower petal using vectors. If you don't wish to make your own, you can download my completed petal in psp format (see link above). If you wish to make your own, read on.

1. Open new image 200x200 transparent background.

2. Set your foreground and background colors to F98FAA.

3. Select the preset shapes tool, heart shape. Antialias checked, create as vector checked, line width 10. Draw a shape in the center of your canvas. [Note: if you don't want to draw the petal, you can download my finished petal above].


4. Choose the object selector tool, node edit (note: I'm not providing screenshots of this, so assume that you know how to use vectors). Arrange the figure into the shape a flower petal. When finished, you should have something similar to this:


5. With your selection tool, draw an outline around the shape and gently click anywhere inside it - you'll now have a floating selection.

6. To get some texture, I used the texturizer filter with these settings: sandstone, scale 100, relief 1, light direction bottom right, invert. Keep selected. (If you don't have the texturizer filter, you can use a texture in PSP - go to effects>3d effects>textures, and find one that pleases you).

7. Set foreground color to a darker one (mine is F27B9F). Select your airbrush with the following settings: Shape round, Size 3, Hardness 30, Opacity 50, Step 25, Density 50. Draw several lines inside the petal.


8. Now add some color around the edges. With the airbrush, same settings except size is 20, spray around edges and bottom.


9. Select the smudge brush with these settings: Round, size 20, hardness 40, opacity 30, step 20, density 20. Gently smudge around the outside and inside until you get the effect your like, something similar to this:


10. Merge all visible layers and save as a psp file. You're now ready to assemble your petal into a flower.


1. To make the flower, you will need the flower petal you made in step 1 above, or if you have downloaded my petal, open it up now.

2. Open a new image 300x300 transparent background.

3. Add a new layer and paste a copy of your flower petal onto it. Now all you need to do is keep adding petals one at a time. I put all of mine on separate layers to make it easier to rearrange, color, etc., but that's a personal preference. I made my flower with 3 rings of petals.

4. Arrange the bottom ring as it pleases you. Just copy the original petal, rotate it, and place it into a circle. Once I'd arranged them all, I pulled some layers underneath others to create overlapping effect. I also applied the variations filter (hit "more red" once) to some of the petals, just to give a variation in color (if you don't have the variations filter, you can skip this part, or you can use the adjust color function in psp (go to color>adjust>hue/saturation/lightness). When done, you should have something similar to this:


5. Now to build the second ring of petals. Add a new layer and copy your original flower petal onto it. Resize by 80%. I made 4 petals in this ring, each on a separate layer. Rotate and color as you wish.


6. Now the final ring of petals. Add a new layer, copy the original petal onto this layer and resize by 65%. Arrange petals as you prefer. Here's mine:


7. Now to do the flower center. Set your foreground and background colors to #EDB528. Choose the preset shape tool, with the following settings: Shape - dodecagon, antialias checked, create as vector unchecked, line width 10.

8. Add a new layer and draw a small circle in the center of your flower.


9. Apply Eye candy - Settings: Jiggle, movement type-turbulence, bubble size 3, warp amount 60.31, twist 99, seamless tile unchecked, random speed 1. You should have something similar to mine (note: if you don't have Eye Candy, you can try spraying a little color using your airbrush instead).


10. Add a drop shadow: vertical 2, horizontal 2, blur 2, opacity 33.


Merge all visible layers and save your flower as a transparent psp file.


1. Now to make the leaf. Open a new image 200x200, transparent background. Add a new layer. Set your foreground and background colors to #989266. With draw tool (freehand line, width 1, antialias checked). Draw a leaf similar to the shape I've drawn (or create a different shape, as it suits you). You could also draw the leaf using vectors if you wish.

2. Set your foreground color to a darker green color (mine is #817D58), and your background color to null. Choose either your airbrush or your freehand line tool, and draw some lines inside your leaf (line size is 5-8). Choose your smudge brush (same settings as before), and smudge the lines to look similar to mine.

3. And your leaf is done. Merge all the visible layers and save as a psp file. You can make some different shaped leaves if you like, but I used the same leaf for all of the leaves in my finished graphic.

4. Now you'll add the leaves to your flower. Open up your flower. For each leaf you add, do so on a new layer, just copy and paste them. Arrange them around your flower as you wish.


1. The final piece to make is the little flower bud. Open a new image 200x200, transparent background.

2. Set your foreground and background colors to E36C8E.

3. Using the draw tool, with the following settings: freehand line, size 1, antialias checked, draw a small oval shape.

You can make this bigger or smaller, depending on your preferences.

4. Copy/paste as new layer, rotate 45 degrees.

5. Copy/paste as new layer, mirror. You will now have 3 small petals.

6. Merge visible layers. Copy and paste this as a new layer. Rotate this layer left about 10-20 degrees. You'll now have 6 little petals. When you have something you like, merge all visible layers.

7. Set foreground color to something darker (I used B52D57).

8. Using the selection tool, draw an outline around the petals and gently click inside to select (you'll have a floating selection).

9. Using the airbrush tool with these settings: shape-round, size 1, hardness 30, opacity 30, step 25, density 50, draw lines to separate the petals. Leave selected.

10. With the smudge brush, these settings: round, size 10, hardness 40, opacity 50, step 20, density 20, smudge gently until you get something you like.

11. Save as Psp file.

Now you're ready to assemble all the pieces. Simply arrange them anyway you wish. To draw the stems, add a new layer and place itunderneath the other layers. Set your foreground color to #97826A and your background to null. Choose the freehand draw tool, size 1. Draw some lines connecting your leaves. And here's my finished product.

I hope you found this an enjoyable tutorial. Let me know if you have any problems!

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This tutorial was posted on October 29, 2003.
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