Quilled Magnolia and Hydrangea Flowers – Floral Tile.
Today I am sharing another floral tile, this time a custom birthday gift with a quilled magnolia and purple hydrangea flowers.
I tried a new hydrangea variety for this project, slightly different than the one from my last floral tile. With so many shapes, sizes and colors how can one resist their charm? While it’s not an easy choice, my favorite hydrangeas have to be the brightly colored ones with the immense and round flowers heads.
Varieties of hydrangea:
Hydrangea is a genus of 75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas. The hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but ancient hydrangeas fossils dating back to 40-65 million years ago have been discovered in North America. They didn’t appear in Europe until 1736, when they were brought for the first time in England.
The Bigleaf variety, also known as Hydrangea macrophylla, is the most common garden hydrangea shrub. Did you know that you can change the color of these flowers? The color correction depends on the soil acidity and it can take weeks, even months. One must wait until the plant is at least two years old in order to start the transition.
The aluminiun ions in the soil dictate the color of the flowers. Acidic soils with a pH of less than 5.5 produce blue to purple flowers, while alkaline soils will produce pink to red flowers. The only flowers not affected by the pH are the white flowers.
I sure am glad that things are much less complicated when it comes to paper flowers. With some colors and a brush I can always change the tint of my hydrangeas so they can better fit to any project I am currently working on.
A few technical details about this piece:
When I make the delicate petals for the flowers, I use high quality acid-free paper cut into 1 mm wide paper strips. In order to create lifelike leaves, I like to work with a special handmade paper. But most importantly, I stem each and every flower and leaf with floral wire to create a rich 3D effect. Finally, I set the whole floral arrangement in a white shadowbox frame, measuring 9 3/4” x 9 3/4” x 1 3/4” (25 x 25 x 4.5 cm).
Some more floral tiles you can find on my blog:
- Quilled Peony, Mock-orange and Hydrangea
- Quilled Anemones and Geranium
- Spring Greenery
- Summer Mood
- Quilled Daffodils and Forget-me-not Flowers
- Quilled Peony Wall Art
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