The Art of the Arrangement: Floral Design

One of my 2015 goals was to take a flower arranging class. Working in art direction for home decor, I’ve learned that floral arrangements can really brighten up a space and help set the tone for a shot. A beautiful arrangement can be a focal point and add a natural touch to any room.

When fullosophie announced a floral workshop with The Southern Table, I jumped at the opportunity to sign up! My class was last weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning some tricks of the trade from owner and lead designer, Maxine.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern TableThe class was called “The Art of the Arrangement,” so Maxine wanted to focus on how to infuse some personality and creativity into an arrangement. Her style lends itself to looser, natural bouquets with lots of greenery. I love how this style feels equally sophisticated and relaxed. There is a definite artistic sense to it. She describes how to create movement across the bouquet and let the natural shapes of the floral shine through.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

Fairly indiscreet on the outside, her space inside is hip and inviting. Since the office is shared with other wedding vendors (including a photographer, calligrapher, and stationer), you can tell there is a lot of creative collaboration.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

The workshop started with an around-the-room introduction of workshop attendees, then Maxine enthusiastically starts her demo bouquet. We learn how to trim stems, open closed buds, select a color palette, and build a bouquet layer by intricate layer.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

A generous assortment of floral gets everyone’s creative juices flowing. Bring on lots of greenery!

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My floral selection and tools to get started. There were a lot of beautiful purples to choose from, and I can’t help but pair pale blushes and peachy tones with purple.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My bouquet is well underway. Not shown: my pile of stems and leaves discarded on the ground. What fun it was to drop those without abandon in a floral studio where that is the norm!

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

All finished! You can see my workshop neighbors’ work as well. It was fun to see that everyone had such a different floral selection and style.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

My finished bouquet. The biggest challenge was creating interest from all angles. It was also easier said than done to recreate Maxine’s masterful and delicate movement. I feel like mine might be a bit too lopsided, but I have a fondness for that elegantly arching tulip.

Art of the Arrangement - Floral Workshop by The Southern Table

I’m so glad I was able to check one of this year’s goals off the list and learn from a master. Next time I get the chance, I can’t wait to try out my new skills at sculpting an artful bouquet.

Calligrapher Wannabe

This past weekend I got the itch to teach myself calligraphy. I’ve been thinking about taking a class from the talented Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye (and still want to!). But being on a time and budget crunch with my wedding a few months away, I thought I’d grab some supplies, get pen to paper, and see what I could do. I would definitely say I still need a lot of practice, but I’ve had so much fun working those nibs into calligraphic swirls! Hand me some drawing supplies and paper, put on some good music, and I’m a pretty happy girl.

#calligraphy

#calligraphy

For some calligraphy inspiration I recommend checking out Lauren’s instagram.

Watercolor: Dreaming of Spring

It may be bitter cold outside, but I’m dreaming of spring!  Bright colors, flowers, the warmth of sun, and the ease of unlayering.  Here are a few watercolor samples and studies I recently worked on, some of which were printed large scale as backgrounds for photography sets at work.  This is the kind of fun stuff that makes my mouth water (no pun intended!).

dreaming of spring // watercolor

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dreaming of spring // watercolor

Wisteria.com, Spring 2014

2014

Happy New Year!  I know it’s already January 7th, but it’s been a busy start to the year (and end of last year)!  I don’t typically do resolutions, but three of my goals for 2014 are:

1. Move into a house with my fiance (check!)

2. Meet Olivia, my soon-to-be new niece and love

3. Marry my best friend

It’s going to be a great year!

Happy 2014 gold lettering

Side by Side

My parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  They met in 1972 while attending a Shakespeare play at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware.  My mom went with her English class and my dad was invited along by her teacher, who was also his neighbor.  High school sweethearts.  They married a year and a half later at 18 and 19 years old.  The one gift they’ve given me that I’m thankful for more than anything is their undying support.  My biggest cheerleaders.  Because without them, I may not have had the courage to chase after my dreams.

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anniversary lettering

anniversary

Script Sculpting

I came across this today on Daily Smudge (although posted a while back) and HAD to share! My jaw is still hanging on the floor in disbelief of how amazing this is. Jessica Hische created some lettering magic for Beck’s Song Reader album cover. I’m a huge fan of her work, so of course I love this. But THEN! This guy (Ham) created a 3-D rendition with cut paper! Seriously?! These people…

lettering for beck song reader album

lettering for beck song reader album

Check out the stop motion video of the process here.