Read My

JOURNAL & BLOG

Subscribe to My Mailing List

to start receiving my Bloom with Jessie Newsletter and get exclusive paper flower news, updates, techniques, and coupons, delivered right to your inbox.  

You'll also get FREE access to my Wild Roses Online Course!

***

We respect your privacy and will never share your email and contact information with any 3rd party without your permission. Your email and contact information will solely be used for the purposes of communicating with you about Crafted to Bloom. Read my Privacy Policy here.

Most Recent Posts

How to make a crepe paper berry branch

The last few weeks, I’ve been working on these blue sloe berry branches, hoping (and intending) to put together a small fall arrangement. Unfortunately, other things became a priority so I haven’t yet been able to put anything together. That said, I was able to spend a little bit of time demonstrating how I made my branch and berries. Who knew that people would be so interested in such a gnarly thing! So here is my demonstration of how to make a crepe paper berry branch.

I was inspired by all of the trees and falling branches right outside of my house. We have a wooded area across the street, and a park just around the corner with lots to forage. So I picked up a short branch as a model, and this was the result. I have to say, this looks nothing like it’s model, all except for it’s gnarly-ness.

The other thing I was inspired by was a post by Emily Avenson of Fleuropean. I had watched her put together a small arrangement with sloe berry branches and I had been so surprised to hear that florists during the summer would purposely pull off leaves off branches to make them less full. It made a strong impression on me and made me look at bare branches in a very different light. As I assembled the berries and leaves on the branch, I kept that at the back of my mind.

I demonstrated my technique over the course of 2 days and Lives, although the tutorial itself is divided into 4 shorter segments. Since these were once featured on my Instagram Live, I saved them and uploaded them onto my YouTube Channel. Yes, that’s right, if you didn’t know about it before, you know it now. I’ve had a YouTube Channel for 2 years now, mainly to host (privately) videos of my bouquets/arrangements. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be the first to hear about my new videos demonstrations!

I’ve included a list of material sources in the videos, which is also listed at the end of this post. You can also view my other tutorials and demonstrations under the drop down menu, “Learn” and “Tutorials & Demos”.

Please LIKE my video if you enjoyed watching it and learned something! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: These videos first appeared on an Instagram Live on November 6, 2018 and November 16, 2018 to demonstrate my technique to my followers, as opposed to teaching it.

Due to the nature of recording Live and unscripted, this video was a demonstration of my techniques and is not representative of the overall quality of my online courses, which are pre-recorded/edited.

 

**SOURCES FOR MATERIALS**

Crayola Magic Modeling Clay – White (1 pc)

Crayola Magic Modeling Clay – White (4 pc)

Grumbacher Acrylic paint in Thalo blue

20 gauge cloth covered stem wire 18″ long (I buy my white covered stem wire in 36″ long from Papermart.com, but this is similar to what I use. In practice, any 20 gauge stem wire (bare or cloth/paper wrapped) would do). Any dollar store or baking supply store will have this

24 gauge paper/cloth wrapped stem wire – Any dollar store or bakery supply store will have this.

Brown crepe paper (I use a 180 g Chinese-made crepe paper from Papermart in brown, but this looks similar, despite the listing saying it is Italian-made)

Floral tape – Check out your local dollar store or baking supply store, or Michaels/Walmart. My favourite is from Darice.

Pan Pastels in Permanent Red Ex. Dark and Bright Yellow Green Ex. Dark. Check out your local art supply store, such as Curry’s.

DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate marketing links. If you make purchases via the links I’ve provided, I receive a small commission which costs you nothing, but do help to support my website/maintenance and fees. Thank you for your support!

....If you like what you see, please SHARE!....
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Email this to someone
email
4 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • NataliekolkDecember 23, 2018 - 3:00 am

    Love it. ReplyCancel

  • NataliekolkDecember 23, 2018 - 3:00 am

    Love it ReplyCancel

  • JoannaJanuary 12, 2019 - 12:02 pm

    Thank you, thank you!  I’ve been wanting to do this.ReplyCancel

    • JessieJanuary 12, 2019 - 11:59 pm

      You’re very welcome Joanna!! Thank you for watching =)ReplyCancel

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

....If you like what you see, please SHARE!....
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Email this to someone
email
2 comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • AliceAugust 22, 2018 - 3:38 pm

    These are seriously so pretty! I can’t even get over it. <3 Those centers are amazing!!ReplyCancel

    • JessieAugust 26, 2018 - 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much Alice! I’ve been wanting to make this type of centre for a long long time. The technique was on my mind and luckily it worked out the way I imagined it to.ReplyCancel

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

....If you like what you see, please SHARE!....
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Email this to someone
email
no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Shop Lia Griffith

Search in Archives

Menu