February’s clay flowers…

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So February is at an end which means one flower is finishing & another is starting with my #daphnerosainbloom project. February’s flower – the daphne – has been interesting & challenging in equal measure! The purpose of the project has always been to push myself to think creatively about the flowers I am creating & also an opportunity to experiment with using alternative materials. Clay was the material of the month & I’ve spent this month experimenting with different ways to create the petals, add colour & finishing effects…

This last week of the month has been spent making more clay flowers but also sketching in my #daphnerosainbloom sketchbook, exploring other ways to represent the flowers each month. One of my favourite things when I was a student was working in a sketchbook. I’ve always loved to draw & use a sketchbook to explore & display my ideas in interesting ways & I’m so pleased that this project has given me a reason to work in one again & I’m loving drawing again.

Using a range of media including pencil, pen & watercolours, I spent time looking closely at the daphne using my pinterest board for this month – see here – & sketching & doodling from the imagery I had collected.

Drawing without looking at the page is something I do with my students to force them to not be so concerned with creating a perfect representation of what they are studying & to create something totally unique so I thought I’d give it a go!

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I’m really pleased with some of the outcomes & they are already giving me ideas for some potential paper based products in the future.

In terms of the flowers themselves I made a few more blooms & like last month created a video of the process. Still not my area of expertise but if you fancy seeing a little behind the scenes then see below…

I then spray painted them instead of hand painting or using the metallic foil. I stuck with the metallic theme that seems to have arisen this month – no real surprises there! – & chose silver. The spray paint worked really well to give an even coverage & was obviously much quicker than painting by hand.

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Working with clay has also inspired me to think about other products I might like to make with the material & I recently used it to make a gift tag for my goddaughters christening present. Thinking of possibly adding these as a customisable product in my Etsy shop, possible place names for weddings or just to jazz up your present wrapping, I’d love to know what you think in the comments below!

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Once I had finished all my flower experiments I was left with lots of mini blooms & wondering what I could do with them. As they are naturally quite delicate in nature I didn’t want to risk using them in a hair accessory which was my first thought. Instead I have created a mini flower-pot which could be used to decorate a windowsill, desk or any interior space which needs a little added pretty!

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I’ve been wanting to have a competition on my favourite social media platform – the wondrous Instagram – for a while so thought this would be an ideal prize for one lucky winner. As this will not be released as a product to purchase it is your chance to get your hands on a DaphneRosa one-off & they don’t need watering, bonus! Just pop on over to my page here & follow the instructions.

Next months flower is set to be the Daffodil so join me next week to see what I’ve gotten up to in week 1!

Have a good one peeps!

Kate

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