Paper Quilling Rose – Orange Wild Rose Wall Art – Rosa Foetida Bicolor
I have always wanted to quill roses, but the task of recreating the sheer number of petals from paper strips seemed too tedious to undertake. So to solve this conundrum, I thought why not start with a more basic variation? The wild rose was the first to come to mind, since it tends to have simpler flowers with 5 petals. Hence this paper quilling rose called Rosa foetida bicolor or the Austrian briar rose or the Austrian copper rose or simply the briar rose. Yes, many names for a rose shrub!
Rosa Foetida Bicolor – Austrian Copper Rose
Rosa foetida is a dense shrub with bright yellow flowers, native to the south Western Asia. It has been important for the breeding of hybrid roses as there are no yellow ones native to Europe. The deep yellow color was transferred to the modern roses for the first time at the end of the 19th century. It is interesting to know that all Hybrid roses derive their bright yellow and orange color from the first yellow cultivar “Soleil D’Or”, introduced in 1900.
Rosa foetida bicolor is an old mutation of the Rosa foetida. Blooming from mid Spring to mid Summer, it features showy flowers with orange copper petals with yellow middle. The blooms are fairly small, measuring only 5 cm in diameter. It is not unusual to find on the same plant completely yellow flowers next to the bicolor ones. That is because sometimes branches can regress and give the yellow flowers of Rosa foetida.
Foetida means “to have a bad smell” in Latin. Now, I have never had the… let’s say pleasure of seeing these roses and most importantly, sampling their smell in real life. So, out of curiosity, I just had to google more details about this unpleasant scent. In several places the smell is described as a particular, distinctive fragrance. Whereas on other websites it is compared to boiled linseed oil. Make what you will with this analogy. Despite all these explanations, my dilemma remains unsolved.
A few technical details about this piece:
I use high quality acid-free paper cut into 1 mm wide paper strips to make the delicate petals for the flowers. In order to create lifelike leaves, I like to work with a special type of handmade paper. But, most importantly, I stem each 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 20 x 15 x 3.5 cm (8” x 6” x 1 3/8”). A sheet of organic glass encloses the frame to protect the flowers from dust.
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