Delicate pale yellow paper tulips

A lovely little bunch of pale yellow double tulips and dried Canary grasses in my great, great grandfather’s mustard pot! The pot is part of a cruet set he won for his prize vegetables back in the 1940s.

I used the bark from the Mahonia shrub in my garden to make a rich yellow dye. It only takes a second to turn the tissue paper a lovely pale yellow. I dipped the edges of the paper and left the the central strip white to get the two tone effect on the petals.

pale yellow paper tulips

8 April 2021

Wedding bouquet of delicate paper roses

My first bouquet of paper flowers!

I love the delicate pastel colours of the different roses put together – so beautiful.

I have also made some off-white paper fern and simple leaves to imitate the bleached leaves that are trending in wedding bouquets at the moment.

paper rose wedding bouquet

The Pampas grasses came from a garden where my husband works and the Canary grasses are grown in Britain. I plan to start growing my own grasses this year which will help to make my bouquets even more homemade.

The bouquet is tied with ribbon made from soft cotton dyed with the same pear bark dye as the hybrid tea roses.

paper flower wedding bouquet

10 March 2021

Making a tissue paper rose

A very quick look at how I make my tissue paper roses.

The petal templates were copied from a real rose. Here I have used onion skin dyed paper for the 37 petals. The petals are curled and then attached to a Midelino stick using homemade glue.

cutting and glueing

Red cabbage makes a lovely purple colour but by adding a little ordinary cooking bicarbonate of soda it turns a teal colour. Red cabbage is ph sensitive, it turns pink with vinegar! I then over dyed the pale orange onion dyed paper with the cabbage to produce an olive green.

natural plant dyes

The sepals are made from the green tissue. And the stem is covered with thin strips wound around it.

orange tissue paper roses

8 March 2021

Removing bark for dyeing

Removing the bark from pear tree branches with my trusty old knife today. I love this knife, purchased when I went to horticultural college many, many years ago. It brings back interesting memories; I met my husband there, but that’s a completely different story, haha!!

The thin slithers of bark are then air dried and stored ready for use. It’s amazing how the shrivelled up, dried out bark pieces come back to life when they are placed in water and make a lovely peach coloured dye.

removing pear bark

The pear tree branches came from an old tree in one of the beautiful gardens my husband works in. After the tree’s annual prune the branches usually end up on the bonfire but this year I was quick to request some for dye making.

pear tree

23 February 2021

Pale yellow paper garden roses

More roses!!

The yellow petals are dyed with Gorse flowers, the orange stamens dyed with dried onion skins, and the green sepals and stems dyed with onion and then over dyed with red cabbage. All glued together with homemade glue on natural Midelino sticks. Totally biodegradable!

pale yellow paper garden roses

8 February 2021

Hybrid tea roses with pink centres

Three beautiful paper hybrid tea shaped roses with delicate pink centres.

The pink dye came from sloe berries I picked last autumn then frozen to use later. The paper for the outer petals was also dipped briefly in the dye but then turned a slight grey colour when dried. Unfortunately they just look white in the photos. All part of the experimenting fun!

tissue paper roses

1 February 2021

First rose of the year!

Before I start looking into and purchasing new eco friendly materials I have decided to do my experimenting and design practising with things I already have. So these first flowers are made from ordinary florists white tissue paper and glued with PVA adhesive. The petals and leaves are coloured with natural plant dyes, but the leaves are also painted with an extra watercolour wash to make them a darker green.

yellow paper roses

pale yellow paper roses

13 January 2021