Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Skeleton Hydrangea Petal Blossoms
Start with the stamens. Unravel a section of sisal string
See the detailed Tutorial below on how I unravel Sisal
Cut the Sisal.
Stain the sisal green with a tiny drop of paint
See the Tutorials below for more information if you prefer to use natural dyes to stain the Sisal
Wrap a decorative wire around the Sisal to tie it together. Let the wire extend for the stem of the blossom
Cover the wire with florist tape where it is wrapped around the sisal. I left the rest of the decorative wire to show
Separate the stained sisal with your nail
Dip the tips of the sisal in paint
... to create the Anther
Pin the stamens into Polystyrene to make it stand upright
Cut the stem away from the hydrangea to seperate the petals
Glue the first petal to the stamens
Glue on the second petal
Add the last two petals to finish the blossom
Shape the wire stems before adding it into the design
I purchase a huge roll of sisal string to use... sometimes as string, but mostly I unravel it for the fibers
You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...
Remove the pulp from leaves so that only the vain framework remain
Remove the pulp from the papery pod (sepal) covering the little berry of Chinese lantern plant so that only the vain framework remain
Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.