Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When consumers tire of seeing the same color in flowers year after year, dyes and paints come in handy.
Paints and dyes offer a makeover for flowers. They’re a great way for adding sparkle to a room’s décor. Made especially for flowers and plants, these formulas don’t burn the blossoms or foliage. Dyes and paints offer ways to obtain any color of floral materials that are needed. Floral designers can choose from a number of different brands and colors of spray floral paints.
Fashion trends always seem to start in Europe. This also seems to be the case with creatively dyed and painted flowers. The painted poinsettias, for example, originated there. These plants were available elsewhere for some time before they reached the U.S.
Now Europeans can also buy beautifully dyed and decorated flowering kales in distinctive colors that are never seen in nature. For some years, Europeans have also been able to buy painted shrubs as well, including heaths and heathers. These stems would look just beautiful in floral designs.
Personally, I love the glittery poinsettias, which by the way make a great cut flower. Because the painted ones bear little resemblance to the traditional red ones, I’d be tempted to use them at other times of the year if the stems were available.
The paint and glitter is also being used on some other flowers, such as mums. Unlike some of the dyes used in dyed flowers, the paint and glitter don’t wash off or bleed into the water in the vase.
With paint and glitter, special effects can be added to flowers and foliage. For example, they can create sparkly variegation and bicolored effects on ordinary solid colored blooms. The colors include all sorts of blues and purples as well as yellow. Some have a shimmery finish. Special glues are needed to hold the glitter in place. So, this can only be used on
certain kinds of flowers and plants.
Purists may not care for painted and decorated flowers. In my view, these floral materials are light years ahead of the silk flowers. Most so-called permanent florals just don’t look real.