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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Autumn Leaf Rosette

In botany, a rosette is shaped by leaves radiating out from the stem of a plant and visible even after the flowers have faded.
In architecture a rosette is a flat, rose shaped, sculptured or carved relief

Gather a wide variety (in shape, type and colour) of autumn leaves to create a full and interesting rosette. You can really use any leaves. Use the smaller ones for the first three rows, the ones with the longest stems for the gap fillers and the largest leaves to shape the inside circles.

Cut a large cardboard circle.

Cut a large cardboard circle.

Roll the autumn leaves into cone shapes.

To start the pattern roll the first batch of autumn leaves into cone shapes.

Glue the leaves to the outer edge of the cardboard.

Glue the leaves to the outer edge of the cardboard.

Leave a slight gap between the leaves.

Leave a slight gap between the leaves.

Glue leaves all the way around.

Glue leaves all the way around.

Start on a second row of leaves

Start on a second row of leaves, just inside the first row.

Glue a third row of leaves.

Glue a third row of leaves and set aside for the leaves to dry.

Fill the gaps with fresh leaves

As the leaves shrink and shrivel up it will create gaps for fresh leaves.

I wanted the stems of the next batch of leaves to point up:

Fold the long stem end in.

Fold the long stem end in.

Fold one side of the leaf over to the vain

Fold one side of the leaf over to the vain and the stem

Roll the other side of the leaf over.

Roll the other side of the leaf over to create a neat packet

Glue the rolled leaves into the gaps.

Glue the rolled leaves in the gaps.

Add leaves all the way around.

Add leaves all the way around.

To fold bigger leaves smaller:

Fold the leaf and stem up.jpg

Fold the leaf and stem up.

Fold the one side over the stem.

Fold the one side of the leaf over the stem.

Roll the leaf.

and roll the leaf to create a packet

Glue the leaves to the cardboard.

Glue the bigger leaves to the cardboard. Because of the extra bit of leaf tucked into the fold these packets are thicker and fluff out when dry

Add more leaves.

Add more leaves...

Add a few more leaves.

and a few more leaves...

And a few more leaves.

and a few more leaves...

Set aside for the autumn leaves to dry.

Set aside for the autumn leaves to dry.

Again, the leaves will shrink as it dries leaving a few gaps.

Fill in the gaps with fresh leaves.

Fill in the gaps with fresh leaves and set aside to dry

Glue and weave twigs around the rosette.

Place the rosette on a chalice shaped vase. Glue in a twigs and weave it round the rosette to conceal the cardboard edge

Variation:

Or glue sisal fibers around the edge

Or glue sisal fibers around the edge

And decorate with seeds and twigs

And decorate with seeds and twigs

Glue in a few test tubes to keep the fresh plant material hydrated.

Glue in a few test tubes to keep the fresh plant material hydrated.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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