Paper flower journal

A new year and an exciting new venture!

Like many people, my thoughts and life style choices have been changing, I want to try and be more environmentally friendly in everything I do.

I have been thinking about moving away from mass produced artificial flowers for some time and 2020 gave me the final push I needed.

I also wanted to design and make the flowers myself, not to be restricted by wholesalers ranges and stock levels, to produce a truly handmade product.

So I’m starting my paper flower journey slowly, working out how to make the most realistic flowers, colour the paper with natural dyes and research eco friendly paper and materials for packaging.

It’s going to take a while before I’m ready to offer my flowers for sale but I hope you will enjoy following my journey.

removing pear bark

Removing bark for dyeing

Removing the bark from pear tree branches with my trusty old knife. 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.

23 February 2021

pale yellow paper garden rose

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

pink centre paper rose

Hybrid tea roses with pink centres

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

tissue paper roses

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!

1 February 2021

paper rose

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