Painted clay flowers…

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Week 3 of February’s #daphnerosainbloom has seen colour being introduced to the clay flowers I developed last week. Making flowers out of clay has been & continues to be a real challenge! It is fairly obvious for any of you who have been following me for a while that fabric is my first love. It’s what I trained to work with, where I feel most comfortable & where I think my natural ability lies. But this creative project I have embarked on this year is all about development & learning new skills & I’m not about to give up yet!

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Postcard: Oh Squirrel

Clay is much more fragile than fabric & I am not used to being delicate! This has meant a few blooms have unfortunately seen a few accidents & may or may not have lost a petal or two… so I’m not only learning a new craft but also to be less clumsy… I’ll wait to see whether it stops me spilling my drinks & walking into tables too!

After spending last week learning how best to work with the clay in creating the right shape for the daphne flowers I was excited this week to experiment with colour.

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I just used normal poster paints & quickly realised that as the clay is so porous it meant that once the paint was on the flower there was a limit to how much I could play around with blending colours etc although I had a good go!

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Pastels are my go to colour palette right now so the daphnes all started with a pale tint of spring colours, some were then deepened as I experimented with the amount of paint needed to create different depths of colour.

I’m really pleased with how they are beginning to come alive now & excited to see what comes from the last week of making daphne flowers. I did also experiment with metallic foil as I’m a sucker for anything shiny & glittery & although these need some work I think there is always room for a bit of sparkle!

Part of the #daphnerosainbloom project for me is also to research into the flowers to learn more about where they come from & any interesting facts. Now I’m not sure I’ll be able to beat the fetching dresses of the Azalea maids last month – see here – but I was keen to see what the Daphne had to offer! Native to Asia, Europe & North Africa the Daphne is sustainably harvested in places such as Nepal for paper production. It has beautifully perfumed flowers alongside poisonous berries. The name of the flower comes from the Greek Daphne which means laurel. It is believed that in Greek mythology a nymph – daughter of the river-god Peneus – escaped the amorous attentions of Apollo by turning into a laurel tree. Pretty drastic measures, that Apollo must have been a giant pain in the backside! To find out more about the bloom DesignSponge have a post which covers all areas of the plant here.

 

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Photo credit: Design Sponge

Tune in next week to see the final flowers of February, have a good one peeps!

Kate

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