Create a Tulip Bouquet


This tutorial can be done in PI8 or 7. It's not for the faint of heart, we will be editing path shapes. By creating the leaf and flower first then duplicating, we will have a bunch of tulips in no time. So let's get started.

1. Open a New Image, 550 X 450. Click on the Path Tool, Shape - Ellipse. 2-D, Color a dark green. Draw a long thin Ellipse for a leaf.



2. Click on the Editing Path Object on the Attributes bar. Zoom in on your object and pull the top and bottom Nodes to a point, to elongate the petal. Click on the Toggle and if you like what you see, click off the Editing Tool.


3. Use the Transform tool and Rotate slightly to the left. Right click and Duplicate the leaf. Go to Edit/ Rotate and Flip. Flip the duplicate horizontally. Click on the background to deactivate. Using the Path tool, Shape - Rectangle, Color a lighter Green, draw a long narrow stem. Deactivate this. Back to the Path Tool, Shape, Custom Shape - Crown2, Color, same as the stem. Draw a crown on top of the stem. Click on the Editing Path Object again on the Attributes bar.



4. On the Attributes bar, click on the minus sign, under Edit Point. Delete the highest, middle point on the top of the crown by clicking on the point, square node.



5. Click back on the Pick Point, under Edit Point. Let's soften those two top edges and give it a more rounded curve on the top. Zoomed in, pick the one corner node and pull it down slightly. Do the same to the other side. Check the width at the bottom of the crown and see if it is the same as your stem. If not, either widen it by pulling the two bottom nodes out slightly or make it more narrow, if it is wider then your stem. Click the Toggle to see how it looks. Click off the Editing Path Object tool. Use the transform tool and line up the crown over the top of the stem. When lined up, activate both the stem and crown by holding the Control key down on your keyboard and click on both. Right click and Merge as a single Object. Click on the Pick tool and send to the bottom of the stack.




6. Using the Path Tool, Shape - Ellipse, 2-D, Color - Red, Draw a rounded Ellipse. Use the Transform tool, rotate it slightly to the left. Click back on the Path Tool and click on the Editing tool again. Pull the middle node down to make the edge straighter. Pull the bottom node towards the top to make that edge more rounded. Pull the very top into a slight point like shown. Click off the Editing tool. Arange the petal on the top of the stem. You might need the transform tool to rotate it slightly.
Right click and duplicate the petal. Under Edit, Rotate and Flip, flip Horizontally. Place this petal on the other side. Right click and duplicate again, while active and in the Path Tool, change the color to a light pink. Duplicate this pink petal and flip this horizontally. Use the pick tool to send these 2 pink petals to the bottom of the stack. Rotate these 2 pink petals slightly upward. Arrange your 4 petals.

Now we will paint on all the edges. Click on the Paint tool, Size 1, Color black. Use the Transform tool to click on each object and Shift-Click P to paint on the edges of the stem, leaves and petal parts. Or go to Effects/ Paint on Edges.



7. After painting on edges, use the Transform tool and holding the Control key down, pick on the 4 petals and stem, right click and Group. Right click and duplicate the flower, Rotate it downward to the left, duplicate 2 more times until you have a total of 4 tulips. Rotating each one downward and arranging it. Click on the left leaf and right click and duplicate it and rotate like the tulips and arrange for a total of 3 more leaves plus the top 2. Touch the right leaf and right click and duplicate this one. Use the transform tool to make it smaller and rotate it slightly downward. Arrange this leave on top of the next to bottom tulip. Use the Pick tool to send to the bottom of the stack.
Use the Transform tool and holding down the Control Key, click on the 3 new tulips and new leaves, omitting the top tulip and 2 leaves. Right click and duplicate, Edit/ Rotate and Flip, flip Horizontally. Arrange this bunch to the right of the top tulip. Right click and select all Objects. Right click again and group.










8. For the bow, use the Path tool, Shape, Custom Shape - Shape2. 2-D, color pink. Draw the shape. Go to Edit, Rotate and Flip, flip Vertically. Use the Transform tool to widen the center. Click back on the Path Tool, Editing, Path Objects again. Pull the top, right Node out to elongate it. Pull the two left nodes toghter slightly to make more narrow. Click off the Editing tool.
Deactivate, use the Path tool, Shape, Ellipse, color red. Draw a wide narrow Ellipse as shown. Use the Transform tool and Rotate it slightly downward to the left. Place it on top of the pink shape to make the inner edge of a bow loop.

Paint on the edges of both these objects as before. Hold the Control key down and select both of these bow objects, right click and group. Right click again and duplicate. Then Rotate and Flip Horizontally. Arrange the 2 loops as shown at the bottom of the flower bunch.









9. For the bow tails, click on the Path tool, Shape, Custom Shape, Wave4, 2-D, color red. Draw the shape, use the Transform tool to Rotate slightly downward on the left. Go back to the Path tool and click on the Editing tool again on the Attributes bar. Click on the Plus Sign and add a node in the middle of the left side. Go back to the Pick Point and pull the new node inward to make an Vee on the end.
Click on the minus sign and click on the 2 bottom nodes to the right. Even after deleting those nodes there is still a corner to get rid of. It appears nothing is there, but still in the Minus click on that corner. A node will appear, click on it again to delete it.







10. Click back on the Pick Point and click on the bottom right node, when the small handles appear use the right one and pull out and down to make a nice rounded edge. Click on the Toggle to check out the tail. See where we made the inside point, look at those 2 edges. Pull those nodes out to make that point sharper. Almost done!
When satisfied with the tail, click off the Editing tool. Paint on edges as before, Right click and duplicate, Flip it Horizontally. Arrange the 2 tails under the bow loops. Use the Pick tool to send to the bottom of the stack. Deactivate, make a red heart for the center of your bow with the Path Tool, Shape, Custom, Heart. 2-D, color red. Paint on the edges and arrange.
Your tulip bouquet is finished. I hope you have been saving your project as a UFO as you have progressed. It's quite big. I duplicated the Image with Objects under Edit. Clicked on one object in the duplicate image, then right clicked and Select All Objects. Right click again and Merge as a Single Object. Use the Transform tool to make the image smaller. Pull it off that large window to make it's own smaller window. Right click and add a nice shadow, then pull it off into your Easy Palette to use at a later time.

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