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Distant Drums Rose Online Course Launched

My Distant Drums Rose Online Course has finally launched! I couldn’t really believe it when I hit the “Publish” button because even though I did, no one knew it was live and no one could find it (well, unless they were a really good investigator). Lo and behold, a few of you guys discovered it when you went to download my Wild Roses workshop! Wow you guys are good!

So I guess, this launch turned out to be a “soft” launch given that some of you purchased the Distant Drums Rose Online Course this morning (Friday morning at 8:05 am EST to be exact), and I ended up announcing the launch on my Instagram account in the afternoon, and now, this evening, am writing a blog about it.

I absolutely love making this rose because I’ve subsequently made other types of roses by building upon the techniques in this rose. Later, I’ll show you the flowers that you could be making by building upon the skills acquired and techniques used in this flower.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about this course, then let me give you the details of what you could learn from my Distant Drums Rose Online Course. Here’s the blurb from the course page:

“The Distant Drum rose is my absolute favourite rose to make when I want a flower that’s both classic and has a unique colouring. Although the colour of the rose changes in different climates, it’s known for its peachy-bronze-mauve colour. It’s a favourite rose for many florists. I loved teaching it in my in-person workshops.

When I first embarked on making this flower in crepe paper, I approached it like any other flower I make. Little did I know that through the process of designing and constructing this rose, it would ultimately become one of my breakthrough flowers.

I don’t want you to re-invent the wheel. Let me teach you the skills and techniques I learned as I was creating this flower, so you don’t need to. In this course,

* Learn my basic formula or creating an ultra-realistic floribunda rose
* Receive my unique templates for this rose
* Learn my secret of making the petals in the centre swirls open naturally
* Learn how I create texture in a flower
* Learn how I assemble the flower so the petals look naturally placed
* Learn how I make a proper leaf stem for a rose

 

You will also learn some specific skills and techniques, like these:

– To make a fringed stamen

– To colour your stamen with a common seasoning

– To reduce bulk on the stems

– To manipulate petals so they look natural

– To tint the petals

Like I said, this is one of my breakthrough flowers. While designing and creating this flower, I discovered techniques that elevated my paper floral artistry. I’ve been able to transfer many of the skills I learned from designing this flower to other types of roses and flowers. I hope you’ll join me on this journey as this might be the breakthrough flower for you too!

This course is ideal for Intermediate students (or students with previous experience making paper flowers).”

But Jessie, what if I just started making paper flowers? Is this course for me?

My answer is this: Absolutely! It’s a great flower to learn from because I teach you both basic and more advanced skills and techniques. The amazing thing about an online course is that you can watch and re-watch the video demonstration over and over again until you get it. You literally see me make the flower step-by-step, watching me as I cut and assemble, from a 1st person perspective.

If you’re thinking, I really want to start from the very beginning, then take a look at the Wild Roses Online Course.

I’m thrilled by the initial reception, and I’m so very much looking forward to seeing all of your roses!! In fact, when you make it, make sure you post it on social media and tag it using the hashtag #bloomwithjessie.

Good night!

Jessie

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Distant Drums Rose Online Course

 

When I first started making paper flowers, The Paper Place gave me my first teaching opportunity. I taught my first workshop at their store in the summer of 2016. Since then, I’ve taught a few more classes there. I love doing workshops because it keeps me in touch with my followers and I get to meet them in person! I also meet wonderful people who I would never have met had it not been for the workshops.

I wish everyone could attend my workshops and I could meet everyone face-to-face! But the reality is that it’s just not possible.

So I asked myself – what if I made my workshops available online? Then more of YOU GUYS would be able to attend (albeit virtually) and I can teach more people. Besides, I’m already teaching the flower. I’m already preparing the step-by-step handouts and templates. I’m also already making a bunch of the workshop flowers…I might as well shoot myself on video doing it.

Easier said than done. I’ve had this idea in my mind for some time now. I needed a little push.

Then, another idea popped into my head. What about making the online course available to my workshop students so they could go home and watch and re-watch me teach them how to make the flower? I could coincide the online course going live with the actual in-person workshop!

So after months of anticipation, I’m going to launch my FIRST Distant Drums Rose online course. I’ll be teaching the flower at the Aurora Cultural Centre on Saturday, and I’m aiming to have this course live so that my students can have immediate access to it when they return home after the workshop.

If you don’t know what my Distant Drums roses look like, it’s those peachy-mauve flowers at the top of this post. They’re one of my most favourite flowers to make. It’s also one of my breakthrough flowers. When I was designing and constructing this flower, I learned new skills and techniques that I now use in my other roses and flowers. I want to pass those skills and techniques along to you through my online workshop.

I’m planning on launching the course [this Saturday April 28]— SCRATCH THAT —– This Friday April 27th!!

But I’ll give you a sneak preview of what you will be learning if you enrol in my Distant Drums Rose online course:

I’ll summarize what you’ll learn in the course here. You will:

  • Learn my basic formula or creating an ultra-realistic floribunda rose
  • Receive my unique templates for this rose
  • Learn my secret of making the petals in the centre swirls open naturally
  • Learn how I create texture in a flower
  • Learn how I assemble the flower so the petals look naturally placed
  • Learn how I make a proper leaf stem for a rose

You will also learn some specific skills and techniques, like these:

  • To make a fringed stamen
  • To colour your stamen with a common seasoning
  • To reduce bulk on the stems
  • To manipulate petals so they look natural
  • To tint the petals

This Distant Drums Rose online course is suited pretty much to anyone with any level of experience because the great thing is that you can learn at your own pace. You can watch and re-watch how I make the flower until you’ve mastered it. I love watching other paper florists do their thing. Not once have I left without learning something from them!

I’ll leave it at that for now.

~ Jessie

 

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Crepe Paper Foxglove Workshop

I’m back at The Paper Place on May 23rd to teach how I make my foxgloves from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. I’m excited to teach this flower because it’s actually one of my favourite flowers to make and to use in my arrangements. It’s not particularly difficult to make and it’s technically simple. The only thing is, it’s one of those flowers that take more than an hour to make because it has so many bits. The results though, are absolutely stunning. So I’m teaching it!

There will be a little cutting, gluing, and painting.

I’m hoping that the paper I need is available (and not sold out) so I can teach the white foxglove. If not, then we’ll make peach or purple foxgloves. Just as lovely and stunning.

Go to my Workshops page to find the details. There are only 8 spots available, so if you intend to sign up for the workshop, sign up fast!

Jessie

 

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