Botanical Arts made with dried organic materials are showing up in flower shows across the US.
A selection of sample pins used all the materials available to provide inspiration. The Editor, Queen of BA, was on hand to talk about all aspects of Botanical Art. She generously brought example of her prize-winning designs. She and Lady S were on hand to help the members.
The materials supplied a variety of textures and colors. This includes stem dyed eucalyptus (purple) with its seeds, dried orange peel lightly sprayed with gold, grapevine (twisted on left), columbine seed heads (right) lichen, hydrangea, and soybeans.
Lookout Project Runway – Instant fashion statement. The pins were made on a thin wood disc substrate and backed with a small bar pin (Michael’s Crafts). Since we were in a tent, battery operated glue guns were used as well as a selection of Alene’s Tacky glues (Michael’s) and Oasis glue dashes. Unlike the plug in variety, these take a long time to heat up before the glue flows well enough to use.
Above are more interesting textures with beautifully striped seed pods of love-in-a-mist (Nigella), and the striking complementary colors of orange peel and celadon lichen on the right. This can be a delightful project to try with children. Take a walk in the woods and find all sorts of things to use.