We had a lovely summer camp at our studio with over a dozen kids ages 8–15. Each morning session we explored all aspects of Flower Design from basic arranging to crafting with flowers to how to dye flowers. We explored how to keep flowers fresh and how to decorate driftwood with succulents. Each student was hands-on, took all their projects home and were eager to come back for more each day.
The kept us on our toes and were wonderful designers! We can’t wait to host another flower camp next summer!
Last year, we wrote about the 2018–2019 Certified American Grown Flower Guide and each class we teach, we are asked where to buy fresh flowers close to home. Now, there is an online source where you can find who is a Certified American Grown flower farmer.
If you go to the website: https://www.americangrownflowers.org/, navigate to the “The Certified” link to see wholesalers and farmers of locally grown flowers!
Why is this important? From the website:
Certified American Grown is a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farms representing small and large entities across the country. Together, America’s flower farmers are giving consumers confidence in the source of their flowers by providing the only third party guarantee in the floral industry that the bouquets and bunches that are purchased were actually homegrown.
The 3rd annual Slow Flowers SUMMIT took place this past June 30-July 1, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. If you missed joining, no worries! Videos of all five presentations and the speakers’ PowerPoint slides are posted for you to watch and enjoy. This valuable content comes to you free of charge.
Video Release: SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT 2019
The 2020 Slow Flowers Summit will be in San Francisco at the beautiful and historical Filoli estate. See more information coming soon!
Flower Book Recommendation:: Botanical Inks
We purchased this book by Babs Behan to learn more about how to dye fabric using natural elements like rose petals and greenery. We did many of these projects for the kids summer camp (see article top) and highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn how to dye fabric with natural dyes. It is well written and easy to follow with beautiful results!
From the publisher:
Learn how to transform foraged wild plants, plants, garden produce, and recycled food into dyes and inks with Botanical Inks. The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable color from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper, and other materials. Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing, and more. Itt also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes, and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed a scarf to a block-printed tote bag.
Flower Tool :: Rubber Mallet
Rubber Mallets were the universal favorite way for our summer camp kids to create beautiful hapazome prints with flower petals and leaves on watercolor paper.
How to create a hapazome?
- Start with heavy duty watercolor paper (notecards are nice)
- Collect colorful collections of petals and greenery that are fresh. Pansy faces work especially well.
- Place watercolor paper on a hard surface (we used the ground) over another paper like cardboard.
- Place a design of petals.
- Cover with plain white paper (like copier paper)
- Pound with rubber mallet lightly all over.
- Lift off cover paper to see results and scrape away any remaining petals or leaves.
- Let dry.
Steps for Hapazome Printing
Start with Paper and Petals on a hard surface
Make the design on the paper and fold paper over (or cover with top paper layer).
Pound all over the design area with a rubber mallet. Be sure to cover all parts of the paper.
Open up the paper to reveal the print. Scape away the petals and let air dry.
Display the dried hapazome print!