Introduction and how the lesson will work

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The dahlia is a king among flowers.

With a huge variety of colors and forms, this flower is beloved by home gardeners and florists alike. What many people don't realize is how difficult they are to ship-one must find a local producer or suffer the receipt of less-than-perfect blooms. They grow similarly to a potato plant, from a tuber, and have hollow, delicate stems. This dahlia is based on the famous Cafe au Lait dinner plate variety and it absolutely provides the star power for a finished bouquet!

How the lesson will work:

I've created a series of photos of the steps you will take, along with the process video of assembling the dahlia.

Things to keep in mind:

This lesson will take you all day, with breaks for drying times.

You will want to prepare a space to work in that will not be disturbed for the day.

Scraps are inevitable; save them by color in paper lunch bags if you are so inclined, and staple a scrap of the color to the bag so it's easy to find when you need "just a bit" of a color.

Keep a towel nearby to clean your hands and scissors. You will get glue on yourself and your tools. Alcohol and cotton balls are a must to clean your tools at the end of the day. I use a process that turns 180 gram crepe pieces, single sheet, into double sheet, or doublette, using a lot of glue.

You will NOT be adding final coloration or conservation in this lesson, that is saved for lesson 6!


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