lotus flowers, bottom right.) I find it now just as easy to go a bit deeper and make things a bit more realistic.
Here I've used wax paper to cut out temple-shaped translucent petals and embossed them with radiating lines using a hand-scoring tool. I wound yellow thread around a piece of copper to form the stamen tufts and painted the tips of each cut thread end with burnt orange acrylic.
I carved a small piece of micro-cell foam (a Japanese cleaning sponge) into the lotus' flat seedcase. I glued small (appropriately named) seed beads into its concave top and used a micro brush to touch a tint speck of dark rum paint onto the top of each bead.
This bloom will rise from the pond water where the Time Frog resides, its budding stalks and buds emerging through the floating leaves on the surface, far above its thick, slinky rootstock.