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Hope Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Arts and Craft Sale

Flywer for Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Event to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center

Wine, Dine and Shop Holiday Event – We hope you will attend this extraordinary art event to benefit HOPE Equestrian Center! There will be at least two members of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource there to share their beautiful art and artisan crafts – Janet Tam London and Judy Elliot

Spring 2013 Mandala Workshop

                            Freedom is Letting Go
              Spring 2013 Mandala Drawing Workshop

This one day workshop focuses attention on creating mandalas to facilitate letting go of anxious thoughts, false concepts, wants, and desires in order to experience more peace of mind and happiness.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine

Pendants in Memory Frames

Here are some of my pendant designs in the memory frames.  The actual size of each one is 1 inch wide by 2 inches tall.  They can be hung with a cord or a chain and they are beautiful and unique.  All the materials used in the plants are from botanicals.  I will soon have some for sale on my website.  They are great holiday presents and so unique.  Marie Ann Robinson who I know from the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild was my inspirtation for these and I thank her.

Picture Being Scanned and Pendant Designs

I took the completed picture Harmonic Designs and Imaging to be scanned to I can make high quality giclee prints.  It will be there for two weeks and when I get it back I will have a matt cut, probably in light green so it doesn’t overtake the picture.  I also need to send for silicon gel packs and oxygen absorbers that I can put in the back of the picture when framing.

I have also been making pendant designs that fit into 1 inch by 3 inch memory frames.  Above are some of the designs I have created.  I will show some shots later of  the designs in the pendants.

Finished Picture

I finished the designing and gluing of the picture.  I just took this shot with my camera and will get a professional scan done soon so giclee prints can be made.  I will get a matt and already have a frame that is simple in a natural wood color.  My husband helps me to frame the peice in a way that will help preserve the botanical peices.  I am going to title this peice, “Alpine Meadow”.  I will post a picture again when I get a professional scan done. 


One of my blog followers from Bandon, Oregon tried to post a comment and couldn’t get it to post.  She sent it to me by regular e-mail and I want to share it.

“I have been enjoying following your work as you go through the steps of creating the garden scene.  It is interesting to see how you purt everything together step-by-step.  And each step could be its own finished product.  I like the way you choose the colors and the plants to use.  It must take a lot of concentration to get it just right.  And the finished products are so pretty!”   Lise

I am just about finished with the picture and am working on the bottom part of the garden where I am bringing in alot more color and closeness to the flowers.  Hope I will be able to post the finished product tomorrow.

Next Layer of Picture

The colors requested for this picture are light pink, yellow, white and of course green.  I wanted this part of the mountain meadow to be the stock flowers that stick up into the air.  I wanted to set the color but not fill it up too much like a manicured garden would be…..keep the flavor of the mountain meadow.  I am going to use some daisies and other flowers for the bottom of the garden.  Even though this may look simple it takes time to go through the flowers I have and pick ones that fit into the scene I want to create.  I really enjoyed doing it a layer at a time….that way I don’t feel overwhelmed by the process.  I also appreciate my husband’s feedback as he has a very good “eye”.  More later…………………………………

Adding Background Mountains and Garden Background

Today I added the background mountains.  It was challenging as I wanted them to look like the mountains that surround Issaquah, Wa. I am creating this peice for someone who lives there.  The mountains are steep with alot of evergreen trees.  I played with several designs before I came up with one that looked realistic.  I was in Issaquah about two weeks ago so had a pretty fresh picture in my mind of what the mountains looked like.  After adding the mountains I added some background greenery with different textures for what will become the garden.  So the picture will rest for the evening and I will return tomorrow to start creating the garden and adding color. It truly takes some much patience to work with pressed flowers.  They are so delicate and involve many intricate processes and yet I just love working with the natural material.  It feels good to hold the petals and leaves in my hands.  For me I paint with the flowers. 

Commissioned Garden Picture

I began working on the garden picture and started with the sky.  I used light blue, white and medium blue blossoms and tried to create sky with a variety of colors with some clouds.  The clouds will be a back drop for some small trees and they will show up better on the white.  Gluing the blossoms down takes alot of patience as glue sticks work best with hydrangeas(don’t cause brown spots like liquid glues) and they are pretty sticky to work with and I have to be careful not to tear the petals.  I have attached a picture of the sky I created.

Next I will create the landscape to go in front of the clouds that will be above the garden.  I will treat the greens before I glue them so they will keep their color longer.  It is really fun doing the picture section by section and then in the end seeing it all come together.  The whole process takes some time but I really enjoy it and love working with the natural beauty of  the flowers.  I have learned so many wonderful techniques since joining the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild that will make my art more lasting.  I have also been inspired to see high quality artwork done by other pressed flower artists.

Card of the Day and New Project

I posted the card I made today using hydrangeas in the bookmark design.  The backing paper that looks grey is actually silver so it is hard to get the full effect.

I got a commission to do a garden picture so will start that process today.  The colors requested are green, white, light pink and yellow.  So the first thing I need to do is go through my flowers and pick out the colors requested.  I may need to order some pressed flowers on line as I want to use white daisies in the picture and I don’t grow them.  Then next thing I will do is buy and a  frame in a natural wood color so I can put the picture on a peice of paper the exact size of the frame.  I have found that in buying frames sizes are not always constant and sometimes don’t exactly correspond to the measured size.  So off to the studio to begin……I will keep you posted.