OK... I must be honest... not all my creating is done on my own. Some of it involves the help of my little kitty... Zachary!! Here is a recent picture of him on my lap. It was late in the evening & I was busy making bookmarks for an upcoming event. He absolutely wanted to sit on my lap, so he became a little table of sorts. I was cutting ribbon and stacking it up on his back until I could glue everything together. Talk about Teamwork!!
I am so thrilled with the results of my class at the Holden Forest & Gardens, Cleveland Botanical Garden yesterday! It was a foggy & misty day all day... but we were creating lots of sunshine indoors. I had the most delightful day sharing our Paper Flower techniques. We made April Daffodils, a Compass Rose, Sparkler Mums, Daisies... just all sorts of flowers that created our Spring Bouquet. I hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this creative paper sculpting art!
I love corrugated!! Can you tell? I cannot stop making things with this material. This mountain is approximately six feet tall, so far. I am working on designs for an upcoming Class Reunion. I think I might spray paint some of them... but I really like to use natural materials... so, I might just decorate everything with Paper Flowers!! I know... FLOWER POWER!!
I am constantly... I mean CONSTANTLY looking for ways to do things without spending money. I believe it brings out the creativity in all of us. For this wreath I spent time in my yard cleaning up after a Spring storm. I particularly like to make square wreaths... first because they are so different... and second, because they are easier to make than round ones. I like to layer the branches and secure them with paper covered wire. The bunny is made from a scrap piece of wood wallcovering that I simply sketched a silhouette on the back and cut with scissors. It is all decorated with Paper Flowers [my reason for making everything] and a little twine. Super Cute!
A very dear friend asked if I would create a Paper Flower arrangement in tribute to a close relative. This creation is meant to live on with her Husband and each of her five adult Children. The main flowers used were White Roses which represent Spirituality & Everlasting Love... along with Red-Violet Roses which represent Wonder & Enchantment. The Cross is made with Twigs & Sterling Silver wire. I was honored to create this important keepsake for a very special family and of course, my dear friend!!
This is a most incredible bouquet. I was blessed recently to have two dear souls visit me and make flowers together one afternoon. These two lovely ladies... Kathy & Anne spent hours with me creating amazing paper blossoms. I had to share Anne's finished bouquet. She was creating this special gift and was very deliberate to use only those that would reflect the home where they will live. Anne was thoughtful to key into color and decorative elements creating a more Contemporary arrangement. I am sure you will agree it is stunning!! Congratulations Anne!!
A friend recently asked me how to incorporate Paper Flowers onto a gift for a shower. I soon got to work to figure out how to create an expressive 'Spring' display. I love the word 'shower' because I immediately thought of an umbrella. I created three elongated triangle shapes along with a paper wrapped wire that formed the handle and core of the umbrella. I used hot glue to do the edges and secured the inside with extra corrugated material. I then added Paper Flowers to the top. In the bottom photo I added an extra wrapped 'bundle' of flowers so the 3D Umbrella had something to rest upon. I tied one with Raffia and the other with white ribbon & knot on the bottom. A fun & fresh look for your packages!!
I simply love looking at this amazing bouquet. It is comprised of over 250 Paper Flowers!! I know!!! You are thinking 'how long did that take'? Well, I listen to a great movie or music and then I simply let my fingers be busy making flowers. This particular arrangement was designed for a Client who had a special display in a Pavilion at the Golden Globe Awards. I was thrilled to prepare this massive arrangement... besides... it kept me thinking of Spring!!! My best wishes to you as the Season becomes warmer with each day.
One of my favorite shows is 'CBS Sunday Morning'. I LOVE the longer focus on a specific topic and the stories they cover. Very insightful. I have watched for many years and always admired the way they connect each story with an element of 'sun-related' art. My Sister went on the Internet and found the email address of the show and the person who handles all art submitted. So... I set out to create a Sunburst in the hopes they might use it in a future segment. The finished piece is only 12" x 12" so the flowers are very tiny. I will frame it in a shadowbox frame... & each time I look at it I will remember all the wonderful things I learned from this inspiring show!!
A tray of 'Lucky Shamrocks' for those that you love. This is a really pretty project and one that has a dual purpose. As you all know, I love to make paper flowers and this project has a Violet Rose glued onto it, with a ribbon coming through the Shamrock. This facilitates the use as a Bookmark! [And it never gets lost in your book.] You can write messages on the bottom to the lucky person that will be receiving this gift... sometimes I use my 'Emerald & Violet' stamp with my address and hand these out at events. They are perfect. Instructions may be found under the Tab 'Classes' & then 'Paper Flower Instructions'. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Barbara Richardson currently directs creative, color and art aspects of Emerald & Violet Studio. It is her endeavor to inspire individuals to bring art, color and design into their homes and lives. Workshops in a variety of topics connect the Studio to the Community.