Kate Alarcon of The Cobralily shares 7 Tips on how to make Calla Lily
When Quynh told me that the flower for the April Posey Box would be a calla lily, I was so intrigued! Although they grew in my yard as a kid, I had never made a calla, and I thought the unique shape of the flower would be a fun challenge.
At first, I had the classic white calla with a yellow spike in mind-this was the variety my sisters and I used to pick-but after some research, I learned that this bloom comes in lots of other shapes and colors. I liked the idea of pairing a livelier color and pattern with the simple, elegant shape of the flower. By using two colors of spray paint and peach/yellow doublette, I was able to achieve a surprising amount of color variation. The large, single petal of the calla turns out to be the perfect canvas for a dramatic blend of pinks and corals.
The really tricky part was the shaping. If you sculpt doublette crepe just right, it gives you enough stretch to create the curved trumpet shape of the calla lily spathe. I crumpled up model after model trying to develop a design that would create this pleasing shape and also be fairly easy to replicate.
After days of stretching, cupping, sculpting, and tinkering, I finally cracked it. I’m so happy we’re able to share this tutorial! I hope you’ll find it both accessible and endlessly adaptable, and that you’ll enjoy playing with this elegant bloom as much as I have.
Before you begin, here are some pro tips that will help you nail this pretty bloom:
Here are two more key tips for you that I think will helpful for you!
- The calla lily doesn’t have a calyx, so the transition between stem and bloom is fairly stark. The pastel won’t make that hard line disappear, but it will soften the overall impression and make the flower more realistic.
- For a more natural-feeling stem, create a gentle curve by holding the top and bottom tip, then bending the entire stem.
Don’t forget to share your calla lilies with us! #theposeybox
Originally published at https://www.theposeybox.com.