This week in August usually brings Flowerflinging camp to the Berkshires. “Usually” because this summer, it has taken a hiatus. However the urge to experiment is still filling the odd day here and there. Long term readers know of my infatuation with artist’s papers and how much I like to incorporate them with floral design.
Take the decorative paper and make a rough paper shape to wrap around the cone, keeping the edges torn instead of cut. Next put a nail up through the center of the base. Drilling a hole first makes it easier. Just keep the hole slightly smaller than the nail so it grabs it firmly.
Wrap the cone with the paper using white glue or Modge Podge. Modge Podge will keep moisture from damaging the paper. I’ve kept the end sticking out to be artistic! Tuck the ends at the base of the cone under. Impale the cone on the nail. You only get one chance at this! Make sure it is straight up.
Make a small shape of Oasis slightly smaller than the opening of the cone, like a flat bottom hamburger. Wrap it in Press N Seal, which will stick to wet surfaces. Keep it low and tuck the ends in – they’ll stick to each other. This keeps the water from the paper.
Change the paper to a handsome vanilla and grey check, change the flowers to cockscomb, burgundy and vanilla carnation, celosia, ivy and lily turf grass and you begin to see the possibilities of this idea.