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Open Faced Dahlia Workshop at the Elora Centre for the Arts

 

I’ll be at the Elora Centre for the Arts to instruct a workshop on these beautiful open-faced dahlias! They’re based on the Happy Single Kiss dahlias. Although I’m a huge fan of dinner plate dahlias, these little ones have stolen my heart. I can’t wait to use them for my arrangements.

More details are on my Workshop page.

~ Jessie

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Crepe Paper Foxgloves Online Course

It’s here! I finally launched my crepe paper Foxgloves Online Course. This post is a few days late, after I realized that I never actually posted about this on my blog. Oh man, I think I’m going crazy. With so many social media outlets to keep up with nowadays, I’ve completely lost track of this outlet. I literally just uploaded a link to the course on Facebook.

So here’s the low down on my Foxgloves Online Course:

• The basic formula to make my ‘Dalmatian White’ Foxgloves
• 2 additional variations of foxgloves, namely, the ‘Camelot Rose’ and ‘Apricot Beauty’
• Using colour to imitate the stages of progression from bud to maturity;
• Creating buds and blooms in different sizes to mimic the stages of maturity;
• Creating realistic petal details using tools you already have or can easily access;
• Assembling the buds and blooms in a natural spire shape.

It’s my favourite flower to include in my arrangements when I need an element that draws my eye up or in a certain direction, and when I’m looking to emphasize more organic style.  So I hope you’ll start incorporating it into your arrangements too. After teaching this flower at one of my workshops, I sought to improve my techniques so it was better suited to all levels of paper flower enthusiasts. I saw how some of my students struggled with the petal details and so in this course, I tried to address the underlying issue. I have to thank those of you who attended my Foxgloves Workshop at The Paper Place back in May. For those of you who attended the in-person workshop, please contact me via email or DM – I’d love to send you a code so you can get free access to the online course!

I don’t say this for most of my flowers, but I think you’ll find that you’ll be able to get consistently stunning results with this tutorial because my instructions and demonstrations are so clear.

As well, if you purchase my crepe paper Foxgloves Online Course, you’ll also receive a 15% discount to my Distant Drums Rose Online Course too. This is a limited time offer, so if you’ve been thinking of enrolling in my Distant Drums course, here’s your chance to enrol in 2 of my classes at a discount!

Thanks for reading,

Jessie

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WedLuxe Wedding Magazine Feature

Back in March, I was approached by WedLuxe, a Canadian magazine with  high-end wedding clients, to participate in one of their editorial spreads. At the time, I was in the process of designing and making the paper floral display at The Paper Place, so I had offered to use that for the shoot. They also asked for a headpiece for one of the models to wear. In the end, they decided to go in a different art direction for the shoot, sticking with whites and light light pastels, so we did not end up using the large floral ring which had too much green in it.

I based it’s size on inspiration photos provided, and built it as large and crazy as possible. I used a cheap headband that could grip onto the hair with small teeth. I covered it with white floral tape and attached the branches of magnolias in different stages of maturity and leaves to it in all directions. It looked ridiculous when I tried it on. I could hardly walk through doors. But, apparently, the crazier, the more “editorial”!

 

To create the extra large magnolia blooms with diameter of about 10″, I had to stiffen the paper by fusing white doublette crepe paper with 100 g crepe paper. I then sprayed the strips of fused crepe paper with Design Master in Perfect Pink along one edge to create an ombre effect. I cut the petals into the shapes and sizes I wanted. Before shaping the petals, I placed them under a hot iron again to melt the fuse so it was easier to stretch and cup. Once cool, the petals kept their shape wonderfully. I finished the headpiece with white leaves.

I felt so out of my element when I was making this. It was so different from what I normally do, which is seek to faithfully interpret nature. This was an interpretation where the sum of its parts was the inspiration.

In reflection, I wish I had been on set to just tweak the headpiece a bit on her head, to show off the other flowers more and really emphasize the 3-dimensional elements that I had strived to define when I was assembling it. Oh well. An overall worthwhile experience overall.

I’m SO thankful to have been able to contribute my work to this magazine.

~ Jessie

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