|3 different shades of floral tape and 1 reel of masking tape.|
The first method uses floral tape, the stems are paper covered wire ..... in this case 30 gauge although 28 can also be used. Both of these can be found at garden centres, cake decorating shops, florists and craft shops.
The wire was cut to about 1 1/2 inches in length and pieces of floral tape were cut between 1 1/2 inches and 2 inches in length.
I found that the tape didn't stay together, so used white glue (wood glue, Aylenes, tacky glue all suitable).
|Adding stem and glue|
|Folded and cut shape|
Leave to dry and then cut the leaf shape out.
Then spend a lovely time with a sharp pair of scissors snipping down both sides almost to the stem of the leaves to form the fern looking leaf.
|Fern leaves made with 3 different coloured tapes|
|Working with masking tape|
As it is wider than the floral tape the tape was cut approximately 1 inch in length ...... the length can be varied to create different length leaves.
The paper covered wire is then laid as shown in the picture and the tape is folded from the side to create a shape like the green floral tape above.
|Shaped and coloured leaves|
Now for the fun part colouring the leaves, watercolours or acrylic paints or watercolour pencils. I use the pencils I have greater control of where the colour goes and when happy I use clean water to blend the colours together.
|Fronds coloured and drying|
|On the left masking tape leaves on the right floral tape|
Quite a few more to make for the garden. The leaves will be grouped together to make individual plants and of course you know who is checking all going to plan.
Remember by clicking on pictures can see closer.
|Fingal inspecting the work|