Forget-me-not.


Louise G

This lovely heavenly blue flower is one of my favourites.
It it easy to make one. I will show you how I do it.

Start with a New Image 200 x 200, transp, 16 mill.

New Layer. Call it Flower1. Foreground color #6769DB. Background color #8588FC.
Preset Shapes, Flower.

Make the flower 40 x 39. Duplicate the flower. Call it Flower2.
Colors, Colorize. There has to be some different shades of blue.

New Layer. Call it Flower3. Make another flower 30 x 29.
Duplicate. Call the layer Flower4. Color, Colorize the same settings.

Now you have to make a bud. New Layer. Call it bud1.
The same colors. Preset Shapes, Ellipse. Make it 8 x 8.

Now you have to make another bud. New Layer. Call it bud2.
The same colors. Preset Shapes, Ellipse. Make it 6 x 6.

New Layer. Call it bud3. The same colors. Preset Shapes, Ellipse. Make it 4 x 4.

This is what you will have now.

Stand on Layer Flower1. Zoom the picture. Selection Tool. Make a rectangle around the flower.
Click inside. New Layer. Airbrush2. Color #3839D9. Make small lines on the flower like this.

Retouch Tool, Smudge1. Smudge the lines a little.

New Layer. Change your color to #EBEBFF. Make some lines at the ends of the petals.

Smudge as before.

Deselect. Close all other layers, except those three layers for this flower.
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Flower1.

Now you have to do the same with Flower2. My flower 2 looks like this.

Do the same with Flower3. My Flower3, looks like this.

Do the same with Flower4. My Flower4, looks like this.

Do the same with the bud layers. When you are on the Bud layers, you paint like this.

Smudge very lightly. Duplicate Layer Bud2.

Open also Layers Bud 1 + 2 + 3. Place the buds like this.

Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Buds.

Stand on Layer Flower1. Selections, Select all. Selections, Float.
Effects, Cutout as below.

Deselect. Do the same with all layers. Now it looks like this.

Stand on Layer Flower 1. New Layer. Preset Shapes, Ellipse.
Color #ECCE64 on both Fore- and Background. Make a circle 8 x 8. Place it in the middle of the flower.
New Layer. Color #595BE8. Airbrush3. Make a blue dot in the centre.
Change to color #FFFC21 and make a few yellow dots around the blue dot with Airbrush2.

Close all layers except these two centre layers.  Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Centre.
Duplicate this layer. You will use it for Flower2. Open only Layer Flower1 and Layer Centre.
Place the centre in the middle of the flower. Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Flower1.

Close Layer Flower1 and open Layer Flower2 and Copy of Centre.
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Flower2.

Close those layers and stand on Layer Flower3. New Layer. Preset Shapes, Ellipse.
Color #ECCE64 on both Fore- and Background. Make a circle 5 x 5. Place it in the middle of the flower.
New Layer. Color #595BE8. Airbrush2. Make a blue dot in the centre.
Change to color #FFFC21 and make a few yellow dots around the blue dot with Airbrush1.

Close Layer Flower3. Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Centre2. Duplicate this layer. Close it.
Open Layer Flower3 and Centre2. Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Flower3.

Close Layer Flower3. Open Layer Flower4 and Copy of Layer Centre2.
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible. Call it Flower4.

New Layer. Call it Leaf. Preset Shapes, Teardrop. Foreground color #1E7B09 and Background #3F9E06.
Make the leaf 14 x 33. Draw a line with Paint Brush2 in the middle of the leaf. Make it slightly bent.

Flood Fill the left part with Foreground color. Set tolerance to 15. Smudge the line a bit.

Now we have to make the stems. New Layer. Call it Stems. Draw, Freehand Line 2.
Background closed. Antialias checked.
The same green color on Foreground as before. Make the stems like this.

In your Layers Palette, drag the Leaf layer above the Stem Layer.

Now to the fun part. Putting on the leaves an flowers, to make a nice picture.

If you are going to do exactly as I did, you will use 12 leaves. Stand on layer Leaf.
Duplicate eleven times. Close Layer Leaf. You will use that leaf later. Place the leaves like I did.
Use Deformation Tool to turn the leaves.

Now to the buds. Duplicate the bud layer two times and place them at the ends of the stem, like this.

Stand on Layer Flower1. Duplicate once. Place the flowers like this.

Stand on Layer Flower2. Duplicate once. Place the flowers like this.

Stand on Layer Flower3. Duplicate once. Place the flowers like this.

Stand on Layer Flower4. Duplicate twice. Place the flowers like this.

So far so good.
Now it is time for the last finish. As you can se on the picture, some leaves will not show properly.
Take your Mover and drag the leaves where you want them to be.
Or you can duplicate a leaf layer and use Deformation Tool to turn it the way you want it.
Open Leaf1and put it on top in your Layers Palette. Place it where you like it.
It will look natural to have a flower under a leaf.
If you turn the leaves too much, you may have to sharpen them once.

I put them like this.

If you are satisfied, Layers, Merge, Merge Visible and save your work.

That was all. Now you have made those lovely Forget-Me-Nots
and they are ready to be used in some flower arrangements.

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