The holidays are fast approaching so of course, I'm returning to The Paper Place in Toronto to teach a crepe paper holiday wreath workshop on Tuesday December 4.Really, it's a foliage workshop where you'll learn how to make olive branches (my staple in any of my arrangements), rosemary twig (fantastic little fillers for boutonnieres, and can you imagine them on your guest's plate??), and ferns (remarkably quick to make). I'll have a pre-made gold crepe paper wrapped "hoop" for you, along with berries, so you can arrange your foliage anyway you'd like for your wreath.Check out more details on my Workshop page.
The last few weeks, I've been working on these blue sloe berry branches, hoping (and intending) to put together a small fall arrangement. Unfortunately, other things became a priority so I haven't yet been able to put anything together. That said, I was able to spend a little bit of time demonstrating how I made my branch and berries. Who knew that people would be so interested in such a gnarly thing! So here is my demonstration of how to make a crepe paper berry branch.I was inspired by all of the trees and falling branches right outside of my house. We have a wooded area across the street, and a park just around the corner with lots to forage. So I picked up a short branch as a model, and this was the result. I have to say, this looks nothing like it's model, all except for it's gnarly-ness.The other thing I was inspired by was a post by Emily Avenson of Fleuropean. I had watched her put together a small arrangement with sloe berry branches and I had been so surprised to hear that florists during the summer would purposely pull off leaves off branches to make them less full. It made a strong impression on me and made me look at bare branches in a very different light. As I assembled the berries and leaves on the branch, I kept that at the back of my mind.I demonstrated my technique over the course of 2 days and Lives, although the tutorial itself is divided into 4 shorter segments. Since these were once featured on my Instagram Live, I saved them and uploaded them onto my YouTube Channel. Yes, that's right, if you didn't know about it before, you know it now. I've had a YouTube Channel for 2 years now, mainly to host (privately) videos of my bouquets/arrangements. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be the first to hear about my new videos demonstrations!I've included a list of material sources in the videos, which is also listed at the end of this post. You can also view my other tutorials and demonstrations under the drop down menu, "Learn" and "Tutorials & Demos".Please LIKE my video if you enjoyed watching it and learned something! Thank you! https://youtu.be/iYY7Bcwo7rk https://youtu.be/Jj20gkalju0 https://youtu.be/eJDY98qvqqI https://youtu.be/9N9lcaDplPU DISCLAIMER: These videos first appeared on an Instagram Live on November 6, 2018 and November 16, 2018 to demonstrate my technique to my followers, as opposed to teaching it.Due to the nature of recording Live and unscripted, this video was a demonstration of my techniques and is not representative of the overall quality of my online courses, which are pre-recorded/edited. **SOURCES FOR MATERIALS**Crayola Magic Modeling Clay - White (1 pc)Crayola Magic Modeling Clay - White (4 pc)Grumbacher Acrylic paint in Thalo blue20 gauge cloth covered stem wire 18" long (I buy my white covered stem wire in 36" long from Papermart.com, but this is similar to what I use. In practice, any 20 gauge stem wire (bare or cloth/paper wrapped) would do). Any dollar store or baking supply store will have this24 gauge paper/cloth wrapped stem wire - Any dollar store or bakery supply store will have this.Brown crepe paper (I use a 180 g Chinese-made crepe paper from Papermart in brown, but this looks similar, despite the listing saying it is Italian-made)Floral tape - Check out your local dollar store or baking supply store, or Michaels/Walmart. My favourite is from Darice.Pan Pastels in Permanent Red Ex. Dark and Bright Yellow Green Ex. Dark. Check out your local art supply store, such as Curry's.DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate marketing links. If you make purchases via the links I've provided, I receive a small commission which costs you nothing, but do help to support my website/maintenance and fees. Thank you for your support!
I'll be at the Elora Centre for the Arts to instruct a workshop on these beautiful open-faced dahlias! They're based on the Happy Single Kiss dahlias. Although I'm a huge fan of dinner plate dahlias, these little ones have stolen my heart. I can't wait to use them for my arrangements.More details are on my Workshop page.~ Jessie