Botanical Wreath and Fairy Lights

How to Make a Miniature Botanical Wreath

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Miniature Botanical Wreath

Today I am posting something a little different. It is a festive post that I hope will brighten up your day.  It is not a drawing or painting.. It is a little handmade wreath. If  you have been following me for a while, you know I love both nature and anything  botanical.

I often find wonderful images and inspiration on Instagram. Recently, I was inspired to try making my own miniature botanical wreath.  Three Instagram accounts that ignited my inspiration were @silverpebble2 , @brayscottage and @gracieflojewellery. My wreath  is approximately 2 and half inches  in diameter.

I loved creating this little wreath! I collected the red dogwood branch and fir while searching for nature pieces for my outdoor festive container. The Hypericum berries were purchased at McKean’s Flower Shop, a local florist. I must say, I love visiting their shop and am always happy when I leave  with a little bundle of freshness.

Here is a bit of information on how I made my wreath.

How To Make a Botanical Wreath

Firstly, collect your desired nature pieces. Here are the materials I used for my wreath.

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Materials for Botanical Wreath

You will also need scissors. I had a long piece of dogwood branch and formed it into a small circle then I wove the rest of the length in and out of the circle to create a braided appearance. The branch was actually quite pliable. It became less flexible as I neared the thickest end. I then cut off the end of the branch that I could not weave.

Next I added the pieces of fir with my colored wire. I basically twisted the wire on the back and then cut the excess. Next came the hypericum. These were a bit trickier to attach due to their size. I gingerly used wired on their tiny stems to attach them to the wreath.

Then voila! My little wreath was complete! I then featured it in a photo shoot for images I could use in  future postings on Instagram and facebook. While I was at it I added white ribbon so I could hang it up. I will share that image and information in my next post.

Botanical Wreath and Fairy Lights

Botanical Wreath and Fairy Lights

So it’s your turn now! Let me know if you try your hand at one of these miniature wreaths. I am sure you know that my mind is now in full throttle, visualizing many other botanical wreaths I could create. Let me know if you create one of your own! I would love to see it or hear about your experience.

My instagram and facebook accounts are listed below where you can connect with me as well. If you are on instagram and create a wreath, tag your post “botanicalwreath2016”

Thanks!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Christmas Spirit, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. $65

Christmas Spirit & Simple Sketch

December 4, 2016

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Christmas Spirit, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board.

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“Christmas Spirit” speaks of festive baubles and nature’s evergreens. This miniature painting comes with its own miniature easel so that it can be displayed over the festive season.
3x3in. Oil on linen/board. Painted from life.

It is hard to believe the festive season is upon us. Things are getting busier by the day. Shopping and beginning my decorating have been at the top of my list the last few days.  It all gets to be a bit hectic for awhile and then the magic sets in when preparations are completed and the celebrations begin. Spending time with family and friends, while eating delicious food makes this time of year extra special.


Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS. November 28, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Well the Fairy Roses I picked from my gardens are slowly waning. I actually think they look beautiful even as they dry. Their petals scatter to the floor whenever their container gets knocked. I especially love how the petals look with their interesting heart shapes.

It was a pleasure to work on both this sketch and a larger drawing of my Fairy roses. Their many delicate layers demand astute observation. Comparing petals and taking note of where they  touch each other, aids in more accurate drawing.

I will definitely be happy when I see their appearance again next spring. For now, I am enjoying the last few roses nestled against my window outside. Recently, they looked really pretty when tiny crystals of snow lightly caressed the few roses that remained.


I also finished a larger drawing of my Fairy Roses. We were having one of our first snow falls when  I was adding the finishing touches to my drawing. Marlee our sweet Persian, decided she was in need of some affection and decided to take over my drawing quarters. Needless to say, my drawing halted for a short while.

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Warmly,

Debbie

P.S. Good Luck if you are also in the midst of your holiday preparations!

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Roadside Finds, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. $65

Roadside Finds & Simple Sketch

Roadside Finds, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. $65

Roadside Finds, 3x3in. Oil on linen/board. $65

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I recently added  “Roadside Finds” to my online shop. I picked these weeds on one of my daily walks. Like the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

I have been really busy signing and photographing new work and will be adding the work to my newly revised website soon. With the holiday season upon us (so hard to believe!) I thought I would begin to feature work here as well.

I have also been updating my neglected Fine Art Ezine!! It’s  now looking like a cousin to my new website. lol Working on another edition of my ezine which should be published in early Dec. It really is tricky publishing a blog, website and adding to social media, plus most importantly doing my artwork that my Ezine got neglected. If you are interested you can sign up to receive it in your inbox here. There is also a sign up to receive my blog posts in your email as well if interested. Thanks!


 

 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 27, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 27, 2016.

November 27, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Statice is such a beautiful filler for floral bouquets. The other day they had this gorgeous violet Statice on sale at the supermarket. Needless to say, I couldn’t resist taking it home with me.

I adore its papery texture and that it lasts for a long time. The bonus is that it can also be dried and tucked into glass bottles for further enjoyment.  I love drawing all the tiny ruffled edges of this delicate flower. They have an airy, wispy feel making them even more enchanting.

The leaves and stems are also quite interesting. Visions of cactus come to mind when I observe their wavy, grooved stems. The leaves are tiny and often protrude in small twists, giving a hairy appearance. If you take a moment to observe this flower closely, you will find many fascinating parts that make it unique!

Warmly,

Debbie

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Simple Sketch: Red Berries

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 24, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 24, 2016.

November  17, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Today I stepped out into the chilly air and went foraging for subject matter.  A vision for a small festive painting was playing in my mind. Red berries would be one of the players.

On my daily walks this past autumn, I had spotted a bush with an abundance of small red berries. They were solid ones that  would last for a while. So with scissors in hand I made my way down a steep ditch and trekked over to retrieve my berries.

I am sure cars passing by were wondering what on earth I was doing as I popped up from the bank with berries in hand.  An artist has to do what is necessary sometimes in order to make their vision a reality.

Warmly,

Debbie

Happy Weekend! I hope you have time to relax and enjoy quiet moments!

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Newly revised website!

Simple Nature Sketch, Revised Website!

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 21, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, November 21, 2016.

November  21 , 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

This vine with its bright red berries has woven itself in amongst my Virginia Creeper. I have wondered about its origin for a long time. Today after researching a bit, I discovered that it is called “Nightshade”.  When they flower, they present violet star-shaped blooms. Apparently, some birds like to eat these little berries.

Although the berries are quite attractive, they are poisonous. They are so deceptive because they almost look like they could be edible. I love how they glisten in the autumn light. They are very prominent now, as they perch themselves in between skeletal branches.

 P.S. I will have to change my sketch title to Nightshade.


 

Well I have been a bit quieter lately with my blog posts. I haven’t been idle! I have been really busy giving my website a face-lift. I have simplified it somewhat and also added a few new sections. I still have a bit of tweaking to do yet.

Just wanted to freshen  things up before I add new work. I will be adding new work over  the next couple of weeks. You can check out my New Look here! Always happy to hear any feedback here or on social media. Thanks!

Warmly,

Debbie

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