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Creating the body of your vase.

applying the designOpen a new square canvas with transparent background  just a little bit bigger than you want your vase to be.  Open the tube tool and find your tube that you created.  Apply  it onto a layer a number of times as in the example on the right. Add another layer and move it under the original layer.  With the flood fill tool, fill that new layer with the color you chose at the beginning for the main color of your vase.  Then "merge visible" the layers.
floodfilled and merged 

circle your imageNext go to Effects>geometric effects>circle and with the setting on "transparent" click ok.  This will turn your square shape to a circle.

squeezing a shapeOpen up your mesh warp tool again.  I had mine set to 5 by 5.  I pulled in two nodes on each side of the center to make this shape. Hint: You have to start with the node closest to the center, then pull in the next closest node. Notice at the top of page one the examples that show various shapes.  Be creative and see what you come up with.


pull up the bottomIf it is too round it will roll off the table.  [Just kidding.] Make the setting on the mesh as fine as possible and pull up the bottom of the vase. Hint: You have to hold down the shift key to move a whole row of nodes upward in order to do this.   

ruffling the top I wanted a ruffled top, so I pulled the top edge down at an angle in two places.







To finish off the vase, I made a false back edge for the top.  And did a lot of work with the lighting and shading.  I used Effects>Illumination effects>"lights" and also layers with blurred white, lighter red and darker red to make the shine and shadow.  [But I often use "cut out" effect to do dark shading rather than "lights".]

finished vase

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