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Coloring Faux Flowers with
Artist's Chalks

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Coloring Faux Flowers with Chalk by Stephie McCarthy

These beautiful roses started out as plain white
poly fakes … realistic but just a little bland. So we
conceived of a plan to add some color to them
with artist's chalks.

Coloring Faux Flowers with Chalk by Stephie McCarthy

We tried all these types of chalks and 1, 2, and 3 were the best!
No. 1 is Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk, Neon.
Yes, Neon! Natural flowers are often radiant like neon.

Crayola Neon Sidewalk Chalk

No. 2 is a oil based set. These flow smoothly onto the
polyester and blend easily with a wet baby wipe.

Artists Loft Pastels

No. 3 is an oil-free chalk set that needs water to spread
on poly, but are non-toxic and come in wonderful radiant colors.
We didn't use the others … 1, 2, and 3 worked
well enough!

Mungyo Pastels

And now for our poly flowers …

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

BEFORE! Sweet and with so much potenial!

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

Also, this faux white hydrangea begged for a blend of
colors as shown on the natural samples to the right.
And just look at the beautiful results!

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

We had a good feeling that chalks would work on poly,
though we hadn't seen it done before. What really
helped was studying real flowers like these below
for ideas about where to apply the tints:

Florist Bi-color roses by Stephie McCarthy

We started out by coloring the center of our roses with
the Crayola neon apricot chalk meant for sidewalks …
and as you can see by the photo below, we chose lots of
colors that would coordinate with this scheme, including
lime green.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

All you need do is scrub chalk onto the faux flower for about
ten passes and a lot of the color will transfer onto the surface.
1. Use a damp baby wipe to blend where necessary.
2. Use a damp cotton swab rubbed against a stick of chalk
to rub color into a faux flower. Lime green is your friend!
We used both green and pink on the outer rose petals.
3. We used hot violet for the center of each rose.
Layered on top of softer apricots and pink, it really adds
a lot of sweetness to each flower.
4. Side walk chalk dipped in water will transfer easily
onto the faux petals.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

Here are some of the beautiful shades we used for the hydrangea
flower. These are oil free colors, so they were also dipped in
water before being rubbed into the faux petals.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

Rub a radiant color onto the petals.
It will highlight the textures.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

This deep blue from the square pastel set was fantastic for all
the lower petals of the hydrangea. Blended with baby wipes
it really looked like a natural hydrangea color.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

The neon pink sidewalk chalk added sweet blush to the top.
Notice we used lime green and violets in here too!

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

The pile of baby wipes which we used to blend, blend, blend.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

Ta da! Impressive, isn't it? When ever we walk by
the colors really glow but are realistic.

Chalk paint hydrangea by Stephie McCarthy

You can use chalk on dark colored faux flowers too! And leaves!
Remember to scrub the chalk into the surface about
10 strokes to transfer the chalk colors.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

We liked adding a bit of rust and purple
to the leaves to deepen the greens.

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

Ours photos don't do justice to the results, they really
look so sweet and the colors are 'fool-the-eye' realistic!

Coloring faux flowers with chalk by Stephie McCarthy

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