I am back with another frame, this time a quilled cherry plum blossom. These tiny flowers are my very favorite to quill and even if I’ve used them lately in many of my projects, I just can’t seem to grow tired of making them.
We call these shrubs “corcoduș” in Romanian and cherry plum or myrobalan plum was the closest translation in English I could find (Lat. Prunus cerasifera or Prunus divaricata). It is native to central and eastern Europe, south-western and central Asia. It is one of the first European trees to bloom in spring, often starting in mid-February. You can see them everywhere here, in parks and gardens, being impossible to miss when they are in bloom due to their delicious sweet smell and beautiful white flowers with green foliage or pink flowers with dark red foliage. The fruits are small, measuring 2-3cm in diameter, yellow or red in color. They are edible, reaching maturity from early July to mid-September. The fruits are sweet or sour and can be eaten fresh or can be used to make jam.
The total size of the frame is 25cm*25cm, with the inside measuring 23cm*23cm. For the flowers I used hand cut 1mm wide paper strips, 160gsm. The diameter of 1 flower is approx. 2cm. Each leaf and flower were individually stemmed and then arranged to form the branches.
The butterfly is made of hand cut 1.5mm wide paper strips, 160gsm. It measures approx. 3cm*2.5cm and I used as inspiration the Large White butterfly or Pieris brassicae.
This is the first version I made, in a pale cream color:
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