Like any other artist in my work I constantly look for more opprotunities and new ideas. I also seek to improve my teaching and widen the range of ways I share my knowledge with you.
One of the most recent opportinities I have started is PATREON, where I am working to establish a CREATIVE CLUB of FLORA FANS.
Do you love flowers and wish to improve your flower making skills? Then this might be the right oprion for you. Read on to learn more.
For a monthly fee (currently $20 USD for the first 30 patrons) as a member of the club you are able to enjoy the following perks and benefits:
*** Please note that the membership does not work retrospectively, which means you will not be able to access past demos that have already taken place before you joined. To avoid disappointment and benefit from the best price I recommend booking your spot at demos early.
The latest exclusive mini tutorial covers making of the delicate centre for my wispy Icelandic poppies + Icelandic poppy templates. The video on how to make this particular centre is already on Patreon and can be watched right now.
For the full list of exclusive mini video tutorials available to Patrons visit this blog post .
I am open for suggestions on other similar how-to small video tutorials you might find useful in your work, so if there is anything on your list of questions, do share it. To keep this content exclusive to the members of my Creative Club on Patreon I am not planning to share these mini tutorials anywhere else.
If you follow me on social media, you have probably already noticed some of my posts on the textile flower course I have been preparing in collaboration with Domestika, the largest global creative community.
The course is aimed at beginner flower makers, because you will not need any specialist tools here, just your hands, patience, my guidance and an odd pair of tweezers. So even if you have not made any textile flowers before, you are welcome to join this course.
In the course I am sharing a number of ideas on how you could make other accessories with the flowers we’ve covered. By changing the size, the finish, the fabric, the stamens etc you will be able to create infinite number of roses suitable for every occasion and taste.
Now I would like to invite you to watch the introductory trailer to my Domestika course after which you will be able to purchase it from Domestica website at the special launch price if you decide to join
As you probably well know In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Many events and activities have been planned and will be happening throughout the UK and beyond to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee including a number of design contests. We can not stay away from the festivities and are offering to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a timited edition fabric pack. Do read on to learn more about it.
Right now to get your creative juices flowing and to conquer your heart with these stunning as well as versatile fabrics with a great creative potential I would like to offer my Limited Edition Platinum Jubilee metallic fabric pack.
This fabric pack contains 5 fat quarters of specialist stiffened metallic fabrics in silvery tones and includes the following selection:
❀ silver metal yarn fabric
❀ silver metallic jacquard fabric
❀ lightweight silver metallic fabric
❀ medium weight silver metallic fabric
❀ heavy weight silver satin fabric
In 2021 I introduced a new educational format to what PresentPerfect Creations Studio has already had to offer, mainly Live Online Demonstrations.
These 90 or so minute long live Zoom meetings give me an opportunity to cover some topics and subjects that ae difficult to fit into a tutorial or a video course. For example, compare a tooled and no tool version of the same flower, or show how to make a design using both types of materials (leather and textile). A great number of the demonstrations so far have featured flowers that can be made without the use of specialist tools, yet still look stunning and impactful.
Another benefit of such live meetings is the communication between me and my students, the opportunity to ask and answer questions and make the distance between us somewhat disappear. This benefit is particularly important in the times of the pandemic, when opportunities to get together are still rather limited.
Have I mentioned that the recordings of all live online demonstrations are available to watch for the registered participants after the event is over?
Recordings of past events can be purchased. For future demostrations consider joining my Patreon (see below).
NEW Patreon membership
If you enjoy my live demos and come to most of them consider becoming my patron on Patreon, where for a monthly fee you will be able to enjoy a number of benefits including access to this month demonstration as well as some special discounts for patrons, preview of new work etc. Choose FLORA FAN tier here to join
If you like the idea of taking part in such demonstrations, feel free to check out the schedule here. Meanwhile find below the list of all the past demonstrations, access to the recordings of which can now be purchased on the website here.
I would love to see you at my forthcoming live online demonstrations.
New Leather Sunflower DIY kits just in time for summer.
Beginner friendly No Tool Denim Fower Video Course in partnership with Domestika is now available.
All details can be found here
Denim Flowers: sustainable to make and fun to wear!
One of the less traditional fabrics for flower making that has always attracted me (and my customers!) is cotton denim.
Robust enough for everyday wear, so familiar and loved by many it lends itself well to a variety of flower shapes, simplistic and more intricate alike. Add skilful shaping with tools, backing with metallic fabrics and you will receive a beautiful flower accessory perfectly suitable for casual wear and beyond.
However more elaborate roses can be easily achieved with denim. The rose pictured on the right is based on my popular Silk Cropped Petal Rose Tutorial.
Poppies have always been a very popular flower. Made of leather, velvet, silk, cotton, organza or other medium, they always look attractive and often carry a special meaning as well (think Remembrance poppies).
Guess what, these flowers can also be made out of denim. In my live online demonstration on the Wild Velvet Poppies I have explained the process of creating a simple (not so simple 🙂 ) wild poppy with only 4 petals using backed petals that are sculpted in an attractive way. Plus you learn how to make a very recognisable seed box for the centre of your poppy. To learn more about this video demo and purchase you access to it visit the Wild Velvet Poppies Online Demonstration page.
You can learn how to make this flower by purchasing the access to a recording of the live demonstration I held last winter For more information click HERE.
A rose that I have revisited lately is my Velvet Sweet Briar Rose (here pictured in black denim version).
A striking design, the velvet Sweet Briar Rose with its plush hand sculpted petals is stunning and indeed very sweet.
Do not underestimate this misleadingly simple rose. With so few petals, there is nowhere to hide imperfections. You will learn how to create impeccable velvet petals that look so live and moving when in fact they are rock solid hard and very sturdy. The tutorial is aimed at brave beginner and improver flower makers with a set of flower tools.
I have even made my signature butterflies in denim!
For the rose in the photo above I have used rayon organza, thin rayon fabric and rayon velveteen. Another great addition can be black lace.
Plus these black fabrics make a perfect combination with silver and golden metallics (another firm favourite of mine!). Use them for evening and special occasion flowers and trims.
❀ cotton velvet with short pile (black)
❀ rayon velveteen (black)
❀ rayon organza (black)
❀ thin rayon backing fabric (black)
Learn some tips and tricks on how to dye velvet leaves for your projects.
I have talked so many times before about velvet and its uses in flower making, it is clear I like working with this gorgeously soft and very tactile fabric.
In flower making we are only really interested in the velvets that are made using natural fibers like silk, viscose or cotton. And there’s a good reason for that. These natural dye fabrics dye well with Procion and other silk dyes and can be shaped with millinery tools.
In my numerous tutorials I have used velvet for some parts of the designs, whether it be foliage, petals, orchid lips, passion flower coronas etc.
Learn to layer your colours onto the fabric to bring your foliage to life with a play of light and shadow.
In this video I am using 3 different shades of green from paler lime one through to dark olive green.
I also add a little blue and purple to my foliage. This is done to tie the leaves with the petals of your flower and is often a very good idea to bring the whole flower piece together.
As you can imagine velvet dries quite slowly too, especially on a plastic/ glass surface.