As our class was of mixed experience and abilities, I first talked about what we trying to achieve and how we wanted the final design to look. I then introduced the flowers and foliages, naming each in turn. Next I demonstrated how to use the gorgeous eucalyptus cinerea and baby blue to best effect, by creating a clear outline and shape. Everyone then did the same as I moved round the group, advising and re-caping.
I then moved on to demonstrating using the flowers to best effect and discussed in detail how, as with many things, opposites attract. We talked about shape, texture and form and I advised the group on why the larger, more dominant shapes work better in the centre of the design. We also discussed the best methods to achieve a more vintage looking design - the secret of which involves butterflies and bees, but you'll only find out why if you become part of our group!
Next it was the turn of the group to start their designs and again, I chatted and guided each member through their individual pieces. I have to say, it was a fantastically calm, friendly, relaxed environment with everyone making a really lovely design. To finish off, we had tea and freshly baked blueberry muffins and I 'tested' everyone on the names of the flowers - which was the source of much hilarity!
We all congratulated each other on their fab creations and couldn't help noticing how, although everyone had used the same materials, they were all different and individual. Here are some photos of the evening ...