After Christmas, the flowery advent calendar (see “The Holly & The Ivy”, December archive) came down. I never did put water or water tubes on any of the branches or flowers and it lasted surprisingly well. It was fun to have something so different in the front hall so instead of replacing the three farm prints usually there, I created a floral wall collage of sorts.
The quarter inch plywood board is painted with metallic Modern Masters Paints (www.modernmasters.com) in a couple of colors including pearl and sage. Still with my lichen log obsession, I corralled a group of branches, mosses and more components to use: a complete round of bark from an unknown tree but wonderful for it still being a cylinder and very textural; some pressed dock leaves from last summer; dried yarrow, dog’s bane etc.
Using the board vertically while remembering to add picture wire on the back, I hot-glued the bark pieces and the stream of small shell pieces (Michael’s Crafts) and used white glue for the pressed leaves.
Stag-horn fern is another epiphyte that can live on a board like this. I have crafted a nesting place from pieces of bark and a branch, surrounded the fern with a nest of moss and glued the supporting pieces (not near the moss) on the background.