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Tiny rambling blooms are painted onto this lovely papercraft and ceramic Mother's Day set using a soft colour palette

What you need...
  • China mug
  • Paint: Porcelaine Marabu, Light blue, violet, rose pink, raspberry, apple green, gold; watercolour, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Paint brushes no.00, no.1
  • Pens, metallic
  • Card: textured, olive green; watercolour
instructions
  1. Tea Cup Card - 1 Use watercolours to paint in the motifs onto the cards to capture the delicate style of the design. Using the template as a guide, cut out the cup-shaped card from watercolour paper. Paint in the the motifs and add a vertical line. Fold and secure green card to the inside right. To this, add detail on the right edge with a pen.

    2 Flatten out the card, trace, then paint the flowers onto the front of the cup using the watercolours. Keep the tones quite pale at first, building up the depth as required. Add the lettering with a blue metallic pen.

  2. Tent-Fold Card - 1 Make a portrait-shaped blank from the watercolour card. Cover the front with painted floral stems. Allow to dry, before adding the crown shape and a round flower which have been painted onto separate card, then cut out individually. Secure into position on the front of card.

    2 Create a tag shape from watercolour card. Paint a single bee and crown separately, then cut out and add to the card front using foam pads. Mount onto textured olive green card. Embellish with pink and green gems, and also add a wink of glitter to the bee wings.

  3. Queen Bee Mug - 1 Clean the ceramic item by washing it in soapy water, then dry with a lint-free cloth. If you need a guideline to work from, position the template and trace over it using a soft pencil.

    2 The bee and crown should be painted first as they are central to the design. Leave a space under the bee for the lettering, which can be applied with a gold pen.

    3 Paint on a few green stems in the direction required, then start to add the flowers in lighter shades building up the colours. Leave the middle of the flowers until last, then when completely dry add in the detail.

    4 Once all the flowers are in place, add the leaves here and there. As the surface of the mug is non-porous, the paint may take a little while to dry. Test first, before moving it to avoid smudging the paint work.

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