Hyacinths #4

Roll the paper between your fingers -but try that the bigger leaves face *inwards*

Hyacinths #3

When the whole is cut, it looks like this (below) that's quite good because all the leaves will have a different size -remember to cut the leaves *thin* it will certainly look better this way than it you try to use some static grass to reproduce some ferns whose leaves are flat.

Hyacinths #2

Then start cutting out some leaves, always starting from the edge of the paper (for the next ones, just cut an edge!

Hyacinths #1

The problem with reeds is that they don't cover the ground much and I have to think about something that would do this. On examination of marshes pictures, ther is some growth, always the same kind which are water hyacinths according to my books, so let's see how we can do this.. First coat a bit of paper with some superglue, for strength

Water lillies 5/5

Okay here they are, soon I will show how to make the underwater part of the water lillies -don't forget to cut a V shaped form at the base of the leaf!

Water lillies 4/5

Just let dry overnight and detach the stuff from the glass with a blade and that's it! As the green stuff always stays kinda elastic, you won't break anything while cutting them out from the glass surface. The water lillies produced this way are very thin and certainly better than you could find anywhere else -even if using some laser cut paper, and I don't even mention photoetch.

Water lillies 3/5

Then use a modelling knife and STILL THROUGH THE TRANSPARENT BIT OF PLASTIC, scribe some of the leaves '"forms'" (sorry, i can't find the right word, that's '"nervures'" in french).

Water lillies 2/5

Then use the bottom of your X Acto knife and press your ball flat on the greased glass surface (you can also use a tile for instance) using some bit of greased transparent plastic to avoid direct contact between the metal and the green stuff -otherwise the green stuff will glue to the metal of course!

Water lillies 1/5

Easy and good looking water lillies in 5 steps -it will certainly look better than any othe rmethods, believe me :) First, take a flat surface and grease it (I have been using some table oil!) Then make some small Green Stuff balls.

what's below the waterline #3

Now you may notice some of the worse difficulty of the whole process: that everything joins the best I can manage from the upper to the lower parts, that's going to be tricky :(