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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flowers of Spring with Gallery Glass

So,  I'm late this year, but didn't wanted to focus on Spring flowers before summer gets here. We have to celebrate the arrival of many of the florals that Gallery Glass renders so well. The vibrant color and transparent beauty of the medium make a valiant attempt to do justice to the seasonal works of Mother Nature. In the South, the Crocus is the first small flower to peek out of the dirt. It is tiny, but as delicate and beautiful as an orchid, in my opinion. It comes in delicate and subtle shades, notice the shyness of the shading in this project. They don't last long, so be ready to click your camera and catch the fearless early floral.
Next come the fragrant long lasting Hyacinths. Oh, how I love them. They grow so heartily and multiply if you treat them right, so that every year, you can enjoy more and MORE of them. There are a number of colors, but my favorite is pink. I have hundreds of them blooming around my home in February and they may be my best horticulture effort. You can do this design on the 6"x9" styrene blank or it fits nicely on the 8"x10" rectangular styrene blank. If you don't enlarge them quite as much, you can make Clings that will create a floral border across the bottom of your kitchen window--or add them to a child's room window. Here's an idea--make multiple blossoms and put them across the mirror in your bathroom. They will cheer you up while you're getting ready for work.
There are several names for this flower--it is probably a Narcissus and a member of the Amaryllis family. Some call it a Jonquil, others call it a Daffodil--yet others call it a Buttercup. Whatever name you prefer, a bouquet of them can totally brighten up a kitchen or family room. You can almost pick any color scheme and you'd be right. All species have a trumpet bowl surrounded by a ring of 6 flower petals called he parianth. Both parts can be the same color-- or a different color entirely. The bowl may be orange, pink, pale green, white, red or yellow. The parianth is more likely to be white or yellow. They also have a  nice clean smell that doesn't get too heavy in a room. 
Now, if you don't have access to any oval blanks, you might be interested in combining the two flowers onto one piece. Remember you can put them on a large clear plastic plate from the dollar or party stores or on the 10" Blank, as I did. They look really good together. I wish I had make the Daffodil pink and white so that it would coordinate better with the Hyacinth--but I felt that it didn't look as familiar as the yellow variety. We often learn much more from our mistakes than from our successes.

You can even make a welcome sign for your favorite Senior Center, if you need a motif to fill space. The type was sent to me by the organization. I added the flowers because the corners were empty.

Regardless of how you choose to interpret them, these easy blossoms will add a happy note to the Spring symphony that is bursting forth all around your neighborhood.





Crocus
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16003 Cameo Ivry, 16014 Amethyst, 16016 Magenta Royale, 16020 Amber, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16423 Hot Pink, 16455 Sunfower, 16457 Plum, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Round Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Hyacinth
Galley Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16014 Amethyst, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16035 Lime Green, 16423 Hot Pink, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 6x9" Oval Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Daffodil
Galley Glass Supplies: 16005 Orange Poppy, 16008 Kelly Green,  16020 Amber, 16035 Lime Green, 16425 Citrus Yellow, 16429 Pumpkin Orange 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 6x9" Oval Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Hyacinth and Daffodil
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16005 Orange Poppy, 16008 Kelly Green,  16020 Amber, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16035 Lime Green, 16423 Hot Pink, 16035 Lime Green, 16425 Citrus Yellow, 16429 Pumpkin Orange, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 6x9" Round Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Carol! This is just a test comment to make sure I can post! :D

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