We completed the whole term online via zoom again, and a floral theme was definitely the most popular this term but with beautiful results. All the lessons and information is stored in a private facebook group for each term which keeps everything neatly in place for you to watch again and again.
We had a beautiful selection of flowers and students worked in a mixture of sugar, air drying clay or cold porcelain.
The arrangement included one of the first ever flowers I made - Nigella Damascena, also known as Miss Jekyll or Love in the mist.
I was learning from books over 25 years ago, and Tombi said to learn from a real flower by taking it apart, making samples and recreating, and to use what is available to you.
So my first flower was a blackberry plant and the nigella as that is all that was growing in the garden of the property we were renting at the time.
As well as the Nigella, and its beautifully fringed leaves and pre-historic style bud, we made agapanthus flowers and buds, in two colours, with the blue still partly in its sheath. We also made the tricky Dianthus/Bleeding heart. I experimented with different methods before term started and put my step by step photos for both the Dianthus and Nigella in the private facebook group which are a handy reminder of different methods.
The Dianthus is particularly tricky as its flower changes so much as it opens. The green leaves are so beautiful. The final addition to this arrangement was Oxalis, also known as the purple shamrock, but when I was researching the flower, I found these gorgeous white flowers. I showed two different methods for the flower, one pulled and one with a cutter. I also experimented with colouring and showed three different methods for that too including the new Portaleo Paints.
Another flowery class. I demonstrated using a mixture of air drying Hearty soft deluxe and Modena cold porcelain but have also snuck in some stems in sugar too.
The hero flower is a pale peach dahlia with a stamen centre. The colour could be continued through to the outer petals, but it is equally effective just in the centre. The leaves add a fabulous shape to the arrangement.