Feedback on my gardenia, pleae?

Decorating By Elcee Updated 16 Sep 2013 , 3:32am by smittyditty

Elcee Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 12:29am
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Hi, everyone! I've been playing with my first gardenias and would love some feedback on this one, please. I've looked at a few tutorials and combined a little bit of all of them.


Very specifically...


What do you think of the shape of the petals? (FYI, after not liking the results using rose cutters I switched to ovals)

Do  you think the center is tight enough?

Are the outer petals loose enough?

Should I add another row of petals to the outside?

One of the tutorials I looked at the outer row only of petals were veined but I wasn't sure if I liked that; opinions?


Please ignore the dusting...I just added that to see if I liked the color.


Thank you so much!

16 replies
smittyditty Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 12:35am
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Hi Elcee I really like the twisting you have going on there in the middle.

I always like to have a picture of a natural flower next to me when I make one.

The petals look a bit pointy to me. I like to have tears in my petals occasionally too just like in real life. I also bend

the petals different directions.

Great first gardenia!

milkmaid42 Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 2:35am
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Your gardenia is looking good. I have been planning on making some, myself, so the other day I went out and took some pictures of mine in bloom to help with constructing one. Maybe this will help?


Full gardenia

Gardenia bud

The only thing missing is the heavenly scent.


Keep going, you're getting there. I hope mine turn out as well.



dawnybird Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 3:16am
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Actually, from Jan's pictures, some of the petals are pretty pointy. I think yours looks really good. There's a lot of variation from one flower to another. No one look is necessarily wrong or right. It's definitely recognizable as a gardenia.

Elcee Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 3:23am
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Jan, your real gardenias are beautiful. I'm going to use your pictures as my inspiration from here on out.


dawnybird, thanks, the fact that it's now recognizable as a gardenia is definitely progress! This picture is attempt #3; the first two looked like roses.


Maybe my next try I'll round out the petals a bit but add a little fold at the tip of some of them.

Elcee Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 3:26am
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Crud! I just noticed I made a typo in my title! I hate that!

cheeseball Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 3:38am
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Pleae.  I'm just messin' with ya:lol:

JWinslow Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 3:39am
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Elcee,  You're are so getting there and this was your first!  Great job.  You have a good spiral going on but if you look at Jan's pics closely, you will also notice a curl.  If your use a small cel stick or toothpick try curling slightly on the left side of each petal.  You will be amazed how your spiral will naturally continue and your petals will have more movement.  Also,  these pictures are a wonderful reference!

Elcee Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 4:03am
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Originally Posted by cheeseball 

Pleae.  I'm just messin' with ya:lol:



Norasmom Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 4:06am
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Nice job.  I think yours looks real.  I wish I could grow gardenias, they smell so good, but in New England, they don't do well.  So I visit my SIL in San Diego so I can smell her gardenias!

smittyditty Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 1:41pm
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This is the one I was looking at. They do vary greatly!  However in a lot of prints like me they tend to have this shape with the petals. I think they play up the drama! I think your petal shape is great I just meant more curling/ notches ect. When I meant pointy I didn't describe myself very well. The shape is fine it just appears as though both sides of one petal are pushed in making it one point or curl?? As in they are all pointing up towards you.

Elcee Posted 14 Sep 2013 , 11:10pm
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Norasmom, how did I never notice before now that you're in New England? I'm originally from Lowell, MA.


Thanks, J! I feel like an idiot, I never thought to look and see what gardenia CUTTERS look like! 8O


smittyditty, that's a beautiful picture and also a great reference. You're definitely right about the petals, it's what was making them look like roses to me. I'm disappointed that I won't have time to work on them this weekend.

icer101 Posted 15 Sep 2013 , 3:51am
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my gardenias were beautiful this year. i picked a few, tore each petal off. laid on cardstock and traced each petal. now i have exact copy and will soon try to make them with modeling chocolate. Yes, they all look different.Elcee, yours looks really good. will post when i ever do mine. lol!!!

smittyditty Posted 16 Sep 2013 , 3:32am
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That is a smart idea Icer!

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