For me, Tea Time is all about Paper Flowers. Finding the most special tea cup and building a paper floral arrangement that speaks to the design of the pattern and making it be a bit of perfection that I can control. Sometimes we feel we don't live in a perfect world... so, I try to create my own. Focusing on flowers and how beautiful they are captures my heart and allows me to be inventive with color and form. I hope you will be inspired to try this most unique art form... sculpting paper into the most marvelous creations!!!!!
It's always fun to decorate... especially the Table!! A neutral silver background makes color pop. Soft teal & bright spring green dishes add an unexpected accent.
Our color inspiration comes from a pretty liner in this glass cylinder container. It has bright pinks, yellow greens and black set against a soft teal background. Note... the 'musical' flowers!!
Make napkin rings part of the celebration. Guests may take them home as a memento from your gathering.
My dear friend needed to do a Table Display for a special event. She chose the Letter 'B' with Fall Themed Decor. This is our end result. Beautiful!! It is about two feet tall and will make quite the dramatic statement. This outside the box and use corrugated materials that will provide a natural, inexpensive, unique and unusual appearance!!
Sandy, Molly & Rosie all celebrating a fun Saturday together. Making Paper Flower Sculptures and Memories!!! This was a great afternoon creating these beautiful arrangements. Sandy created the most darling 'Daisy' flowers in an oval corrugated container. Perfection!! Molly selected an image of one of her favorite animals... a horse, and coordinated the flowers around the colors in the image. Truly inspired!! And, dear Rosie, built the most lovely initial from nature's sticks and wire... added moss and her own Paper Flowers with a denim ribbon. Rustic Chic!! I love their creations... and I love them!!
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!!
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.