Recently I received some very valuable advice from a very impressive artist. An astute artist who understood that as a London/Liguria commuter, there are times when I am so busy rushing around London that I miss the nature, the peace and the beauty of Liguria. His advice to me was to take a piece of Liguria home with me.
This artist is a small, funny, fury and adorable little thing. His name is Pilu'......he's a kitten. Together with his mum who he calls Miss Human, they love to create beautiful things and share the great results with everyone else.
After reading my earlier blog post about the spring flowers that drape the shores of Liguria during this period, he suggested and shared a method for re-creating these lovely flowers for my home in London. As with all of his creations - which you can find in his first class blog 'My CAT in Wonderland' - his tutorial was easy, fun, even funnier to read, and absolutely genius! I was astounded by the simple and effective DIY ideas and even more mesmerised by the gracious modelling talents of Pilu'. Not wanting to miss a creative trick or a snap shot of the super star Pilu', his blog now occupies a firm place in my favourites tab.
Read on to replicate Pilu's Ligurian spring flowers that will brighten any home. And be sure to check out Pilu' and Miss Human's blog for creative inspiration, DIY tutorials and adorable kitten shots in their blog here.
STEP 1: Pick the colours of your flowers and have a couple of sheets of tissue paper per colour. Fold the paper in small folds until you reach the end of the paper.
STEP 2: Create the petals by dividing the paper into parts of the same length as you want your petals to be. Round one of the ends with a pair of scissors. You may also do a triangular cut for a more defined and pointy petal.
STEP 3: Take the first strip of petals and roll them up mimicking the shape of a flower. Don’t worry if the petals are not perfect.
STEP 4: Fix the flower with the end of the gardening wire helping yourself with pliers if needed.
STEP 5: Cut a long strip of green crepe paper and pull it to flatten in out. A florist green tape would also work. Place a drop of glue on the first bit and place is right under the flower, in order to cover the wire. Start going around the wire, working your way down. Once you arrive at the end of the stem just put some more glue and fix the crepe paper. Leafs may also be added when covering the wire with crepe paper. The crepe paper will keep them in place.
You can make single flowers to be placed into a vase as well as flower branches or flower crowns. We did a bit of all as we wanted to fill the house with colour!
Whilst Pilu' shared with me a piece of Liguria, he simultaneously stole a piece of my heart <3