Hello Friends! Today is a fabulous day because I finished my very first phototutorial! My hat goes off to those artists that so readily share their knowledge via tutorials and videos because you know what? It’s harder than it looks to put something together! In any case, I am pleased that I got it done and can share!
This past Mother’s Day I was commissioned to create one of my small arrangements as a M.I.L gift. I was given total artistic license, with the only guidance being to use the colors red, yellow and white. She also loved orchids, but the space the arrangement was going in wasn’t the best for the height of an orchid plant. OOOHH and know what else? I had NO YELLOW PAPER. Zip, I was all out. Had maybe just enough for some stamens! WHAT TO DO? First, the easy stuff! Check out this lovely duo of Anemone and Ranunculus:
There was my splash of red. Boom. Done. The Anemones color was my own design-in keeping with the request for red, white and yellow, but the variety themselves were based on an actual Anemone I purchased from my local florist that I frequent at least once a week. Go say hi to Carolyn and Kate at Gather Florist in Frenchtown and ask them to make you a lovely hand tied bouquet of fresh flowers-you won’t be disappointed! The red ranunculus were also based on a variety I purchased from them, but I followed the petal placement found in “The Fine Art of Paper Flowers”, by Tiffany Turner. This was because the cute little size of the Ranunculus variety from Gather was great, but I so love the fluffy, wilder Ranunculus variety so much more than the little round balls and Tiff’s flower was perfect. My template, my design…. but using guidance from a mentor really helped me achieve the look I was going for.
I also made a couple of Orchid blooms to be used as a pretty filler, the dramatic white petals with the hand painted yellow and red throats really elevated the arrangement to something luxurious.
But I still needed more yellow…and here I was without any yellow paper AND I was all out of yellow food coloring AND I had no yellow alcohol ink. Time to put on my thinking cap and get resourceful. I SUPPOSE I could have gone to the store and bought some food coloring and rubbing alcohol. But I had gotten an idea in my head and I needed to let it out and see it through. I had seen plenty of natural dyes created from food, like berries. I had an idea that if I used my Turmeric, I could create a lovely, blinding shade of yellow. I had recently cooked with it and had replenished my spices, so I knew I had plenty of it. So-I gave it a shot and it worked! I’ll post a separate tutorial on how I did it but here in this post I’ll keep it to what I achieved with my homemade Turmeric based alcohol dye.
So now that I had my yellow dye for the yellow portion of the arrangement I asked myself what pairs well with Ranunculus, Orchids and Anemones? I considered making more Ranunculus, but I really had been wanting to explore Garden Roses I had found an HGTV article on the best new roses to grow in 2018…and one of them was yellow, a garden rose, AND a David Austin! So perfect. But since I had never seen one before, and in early May in Zone 6 in Hunterdon County, NJ there are no other garden roses blooming…and not even my favorite local florist could get one for me that day or week, what was I to do? Well, STUDY. Imogen Roses are a garden rose, but they are also a floribunda garden rose. And I had previously learned how to make several roses, one of which I designed myself…(check it out here…) and I’ve made both Garden Roses and Floribunda Roses, so I was able to design a set of Imogen Rose Petals in no time! I’ve created a lovely set of written and picture instructions detailing how to make my stunning Imogen Rose and because I love you-I even included TEMPLATES! You can access the tutorial and templates for FREE, here.