Friday, May 25, 2012
Gum Paste Moth Orchid
Moth (Phalaenopsis) orchids are incredibly popular right now.
I had a request for a couple of stalks like this, and I was really excited about how they came out.
It was an interesting challenge to get the coloration on the throat correct. I was looking at a lot of different pictures as I went along. I tried to capture purple, magenta, and some reddish tones, as well as the markings in the center. These throats started out white, so it took a few coats of color to achieve the right depth. I always steam the flowers after dusting, and to get that saturated color, I would dust, steam, let set, and then repeat as needed.
I love the organic look of the orchid stalk.
Those curled tendrils on the base of the throat were a real nuisance, especially because I was trying to make them as thin as possible.
Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!