How to dry RosesWritten by Candee Stark
There are many reasons why you might want to dry your roses: Many people want to keep a memento of a special moment, perhaps from a wedding they went to, a special holiday or maybe flowers were a gift from a mate, a friend, or family member.
Whatever your reasons for doing it, this is section where you will learn to dry your roses properly. There two ways that you can dry your roses that are a cheap and relatively easy. Air Drying
Air drying is by far easiest and most inexpensive method of drying flowers, including roses. It is easy to do; all you have to do is follow these simple instructions.
Whenever I receive roses as a gift, I dry them to prolong my enjoyment of them. I have used them to create dried arrangements, potpourri, and many times have added them to centerpiece arrangements.
Roses (tend to dry darker than original color)
Arrange your roses in a vase with water and floral preservative, as you would with a regular arrangement. Allow roses to partially open, remove them from vase, tie a string around bottom of stems and hang bunch upside down in a dry place (such as an attic or garage).
Depending on humidity levels, it will take about two weeks for roses to completely dry. Test for dryness by gently squeezing a bud and if it is soft to touch, you will need to give it more time.
When flowers/buds are firm, untie them, spray with hairspray to prevent crumbling, and arrange as desired.Sand Drying
1. Start by picking roses that are in perfect condition. They shouldn't have any dew on them and stems should be dry as well.
2. You can reinforce stems and blossom with either white glue or florist wire.
Top Ten Tips for Making a Great CollageWritten by Tara Kachaturoff, Executive Coach
The word “collage”, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, refers to “an artistic composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth or wood) glued on a surface.” It is derived from French verb, coller, which means to glue. Collages are fun to create and can be incorporated as a useful coaching tool. You might encourage your clients to make collages around different things, qualities, ideas, and opportunities that they wish to attract into their life. These personal artistic creations are a powerful way to make a statement about what you want most. While there are a lot of techniques you can use when designing and developing your collage, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Laying foundation.
You need to find something to create your collage upon. Poster board, which comes in a variety of sizes and colors, is a good place to start. Large poster board measures 22 inches by 28 inches and is available at any office supply store. White is probably best choice since you can add color, as you choose, to background. You can purchase 8.5 inch by 11 inch packages of colored paper and place them in various areas on white board to enjoy a multicolored background. This is especially nice when it highlights or brings out color in a picture that you place on top of it. You can also paint background with a design or solid color, or even use wall paper or other decorative scrap book papers to create background that you desire.
2. Materials, materials and more materials.
You need some basic materials on hand in order to get started, including poster board, scissors, colored pens and pencils, and some glue sticks. A collage is your personal canvas, yours to decorate in any way that you please. Gather magazines and other materials from which you can cut out pictures, words and phrases. Add money or coinage, or scent of your favorite perfume or cologne (these scents will fade with time). Add colors and designs penned with colored markers or pencils, or even crayons. Add bits of decorative paper, colored string or other ornamentation. Include special photographs. You might even want to add pressed flowers, a small bag of beach sand or other small items which are important to creating your masterpiece. Use whatever materials you enjoy that will bring your vision to life. Make this multi-sensory experience all about you and your vision.
3. Its all about…you.
Spend some time thinking about what you want to put on your collage. You might have some preliminary ideas about colors and layout. After you have cut out pictures, you can mock up your collage and try laying out things in different formats. Think about these questions as you work on your collage: What do I want to attract for myself or for others? Why am I creating this collage? What special meaning does it have for me?
4. Take your time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your collage doesn’t need to be either. If you’re busy, buy materials on one day, gather magazines and decorative items next few, spend another day cutting out items/designing layout, and spend final day assembling your personal masterpiece.