I have a large supply of dried stems and grasses on hand because I like to fill tall vases with them for accents. This time, I decided to take that enjoyment another step further. There are other ways to make dry media work for you. So, I rounded up three large vintage Haeger vases as bases for the projects.
A tall “Earth Wrap” vase with a butterscotch toned overglaze is one I reserve for Autumn. I wanted to reflect the abstract decoration of the pot in the arrangement. This one has a blend of four different grasses, plastic branches, and paper. It has a light-hearted disorder that disguises its planned symmetry.
The globe shaped floor vase calls out for a contemplative design. I used a large palmetto leaf as the template for the shape I wanted. A curved branch with Styrofoam berries is the main star. Twisted elm twigs
complete the shape. A dried fern frond and several curved stems of dried grasses soften the effect.
The third one took some special planning because I wanted to bring out a post-modern effect in the very large arrangement. The framework is made of two small elm branches and some bamboo stems. A Scotch pine branch fills up much of the empty space. The three large orange flowers are vintage plastic poppies. I added a stem of red faux pussy willow to finish the look.
In the end, I learned something about three dimensional mixed media. I also found out that I like its effect and utility. I’ll be using more of this technique in the future.