Botanical arts

Botanical Arts made with dried organic materials are showing up in flower shows across the US.

Botanical art pinsToday’s garden club meeting centered on a workshop to have fun and try our hands at making floral pins.

Audubon Center Each table held bags and containers of all the materials necessary to make fun pins.

Botanical Art fixingsMost members had not tried this before and they were great sports to embrace the challenge with enthusiasm.

Susan DetjensA 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.

Lemon leaf pinWith a dried lemon leaf base, this pin uses hydrangea, lichen, a little rose petal and gleaming away on the pin and on the table – gold painted soybeans.

Botanical Arts on showWhen the pins were completed, they were arranged on a table for all to see exhibiting such a great variety of forms and combinations.

Enchanting pinThe 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.

Pin fashionLookout 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.

Orange and celadonAbove 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.




About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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4 Responses to Botanical arts

  1. LISA GERARD says:

    Wish I had been at that workshop!!!!!!

  2. betsy says:

    Of course I LOVE this post! They all look good on the computer screen. We all think we could be much better by the third time we did one!! Thanks for a fun day!

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