A sprig of spreading dogbane, handmade from paper. This shrubby plant grows prolifically in the big clearing at our cabin. It's in the milkweed family and I think it is called dogbane because it is toxic to dogs. In late spring it makes these lovely lily-of-the-valley-like flowers.
The painted wooden box is 6 x 9 inches and 1.5 inches deep. It is painted a dusky pink with a faint line running around the inside of the box to frame the flower. I have written the scientific name for these flowers, Apocynum androsaemifolium, on a strip of paper and mounted it in the box with an antique brass label holder. There is hanging hardware on the back and it is signed.
Each of my paper flowers is handmade with care and attention to detail. The flowers are made from painted Italian crepe paper, wire, acrylic paint, and glue. The leaves are made from painted heavy art paper. Using high quality materials and careful techniques ensures that my flowers will last a long time. This flower has been sprayed with a UV protectant to prevent fading. I include care tips with each purchase.
This unique shadow box would make a fun addition to a cabinet of curiosities, a bookshelf, or an art collection. I welcome custom orders for paper flowers; these shadowboxes make a wonderful, thoughtful gift.