Amaryllis Flowers

11.24.2008
Almost a month back, I heard from a lady who wanted two holiday arrangements. One in a vase and one a wreath for an advent ring. For the vase arrangement, she wanted crimson amaryllis. So, here's my first attempt at the flower :). I had been taught regular lillies, but not amaryllis (which belong to the lilly family). But instead of bothering my teacher - which I do a lot :) - I thought, I will try these out myself. So, I went to florists' shops and checked out the way amaryllis is structured. This thing about learning the botanical part of flowers is something that my friend Betty Phillips - a fellow DECO Clay artist - taught me. And really, it helped. I learnt that the petals are wider than the regular lillies. Then I figured out how to give texture to the petals. Then, I made some 'compromises' with the stems. Since my client wants the arrangement to be a certain way, and since clay flowers and stems are not soft like the real things, I made the stems thinner than real amaryllis stems. Also, I put only one flower on each stem. Since, the stems won't show as much in the final product, I figured it was okay to make these changes. I went ahead with an okay from my client. This is what I have right now. I just put them all in the vase sent to me by my client, for the photo. I should have pictures of the finished arrangement by tomorrow morning. :) But I just had to show these flowers off! I just love them. What about you?

8 comments:

Schar Freeman said...

Ooooo they look so real!! Beautiful work and good job in figuring out just how to create these lovely pua!

Sarah Jane said...

Oooh, stunning! :D

What amazingly realistic flowers! And congrats on designing them yourself. Well done! :)

chloe said...

They are sooooo beautiful. I'll repeat myself and call you a wonderful artist!

Linda said...

Could you show some photos of flowers being made, or is that divulging trade secrets??
These are glorious.

Jennie said...

Beautiful, Deb, and so wonderful that you have gained the confidence to move toward such independent endeavors with this art form!

Whimsical Creations said...

beautiful! fabulous job!

Hasmin said...

WoW! They look like real Amaryllis, Debashri! Your research paid off...:-)

Nella said...

Absolutely gorgeous!