...or embellishments. Before the final coat on a window panel, vessel or lamp, I use organic material to add a bit of intrest. I usually head to The Villagers on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Bits of beeswax for flowers in a field, chopped oat straw strewn across a pasture, dried rhodiola branches for light dirt.
But I was stumped on this large commission piece. The clients wanted fall leaves and a path (needing "darker" dirt. And that's the fun of doing commission work....listening to the clients and capturing their vision in fiber.
Then one morning I'm out in our garden, deadheading, and voila! Strawflowers and marigolds for the leaves and magnolia leaves for the dirt! Pick a passel of those and dried them on my years old drying screen and they are perfect.
I feel like Dorthy, "...there's no place like home."!