Sunday, February 3, 2013

Followup from the San Antonio workshop

I had a most wonderful time teaching the Orchid on distressed Faux Bois backer board workshop last week at the San Antonio Polymer Clay Guild and wanted to share a photo or two.

The students were very talented and produced amazing orchids. Since  orchids are found in such a large number of colors and sizes, the color schemes chosen by each student worked beautifully and were rich in realism.

By the end of class there were a number of orchids 'growing' on old, distressed pieces of weathered wood.

The all day class was from 10 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. 

 In the two hours before lunch we made a cane that, when sliced and stretched in the pasta machine, produced a sheet of old looking wood grain. From that boards were cut, shaped and distressed, ready to have an orchid 'planted' on it in the afternoon.

We started with the air roots, added the stem of the plant, the leaves and then the Cattleya orchids were the center of attention until the end of class.  

A cattleya orchid has three sepals and three petals. Two of the petals are alike and are simple compared to the third one, a modified petal. The modified petal usually forms a deep throat shape with ruffled edges.

Cattleya is a genus of 42 species of orchids. They are widely known for their large, showy flowers. The flowers of the hybrid's can vary in size from 5 cm to 15 cm or more.

Left, beautiful cane work orchid with skinner blend petals. 

These two dramatic orchids are exciting as the blue calyxs are support for the orange veined  and white petals.

The beautiful purples and golden yellows bloom richly on both wood boards and a bottle of hope. 

A cane in purple, yellow and lavender forms both the two simpler petals and the deep central petal. The colors of the orchids seem to vibrate against the cooler colors of the leaves and  backer board. Along with the pin/pendant, this student made a pair of earrings.

Once again, the contrast between cool and warm colors makes an exciting flower on wonderfully textured old wood. Here a pair of earrings and pendant are shown in bright colors with a white ruffled petal finishing off the design.

A blended bulls eye cane was made to give a pretty color change in the depth of the throat of the modified petal. A cane with tiny streaks of rose pink give interest and color to the simpler petals. 

This stem of blooming orchids created by myself embellishes a small piece of 'wood' that is about 3 inches tall. It will be finished as a pendant with matching earrings. 

Thanks for taking a look at our garden of orchids. For more information about my Classes check out this set on my Flickr Site.

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