About Irises

In the Iris section, beautiful bearded irises will be demonstrated. They are made with white doublette cut on the bias, colored with liquid watercolors, and with wired petals. In addition, some petals will be colored with alcohol inks to continue to explore the differences in the medium. I will introduce you to an innovative cutting technique for the beards! Get out your stapler!

Supplies: This part of the course requires a fold of white doublette, and a fold of leaf/moss doubletteHydrus liquid watercolor inks from set 2 (Alizarin Crimson, Indian Red, and Yellow Ochre), and alcohol inks in Flamingo and Sunshine Yellow. In addition you need 16 gauge cloth-covered wire for the stems and 32 gauge cloth-covered wire in white for the petals. You will also need inking supplies such as isopropyl alcohol, water, brushes, mixing containers, and a surface to ink on such as watercolor paper. You will also need a stapler and wire cutters.

Results: One fold of white makes EIGHT 3-inch bias-cut irises.

Substitutions: 180 gram crepe paper is a suitable substitute. Green stem wire is not recommended, as it shows through, on the petals. Any variation in coloration is encouraged.

Examplars from those who have taken the course