Merry Christmas and Waxflowers!

Today's Simple Sketch, NFS, December 25, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, December 25, 2016.

December 25, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

I absolutely love these delicate waxy flowers. The buds are especially beautiful with their berry like appearance and rosy hue. Their tiny leaves resemble fir needles which makes them even more festive looking this time of year.

I picked these waxflowers up the other day at my local florist and paired them with white statice and lacy greenery. The grouping was placed into vases, which adorned our Christmas Eve buffet.

I would like to wish you a joyous and beautiful Christmas! I hope you have many happy moments with family and friends. May laughter and peace fill your heart!

Warmly,

Debbie

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A Sprig of Holly & Hypericum Berries

A Sprig of Holly, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. $75

A Sprig of Holly, 4x4in. oil on linen/board. $75

 Available Here

Sharing another Festive Miniature painting titled “A Sprig of Holly”. I absolutely love fresh holly. Every year I purchase a bundle of it from McKean’s Flowers Ltd. and place it around our home in small vases. There is something festive and comforting about seeing it sprinkled around the house. Of course anyone who has been following me for awhile knows that red berries are a favorite subject as well.


 

Today's Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, December 9, 2016.

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, December 11, 2016.

December 11, 2016

Today’s Simple Nature Sketch

On a recent visit to my local florist I picked up a branch of hypericum berries. It is such a festive plant  this time of year. Every year I place fresh holly in small vases around our home. This year I am going to add hypericum to that collection.

Warmly,

Debbie

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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 & 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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