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Lisianthus are famed in the cut-flower world for their resemblance to roses.

Lisis, a nickname, live a long time in the vase, making them a winner. Their stems carry multiple buds, making them an excellent filler flower. Their leaves are bluish-green, opposite, and slightly resemble succulents.

How the lesson will work:

I've created a series of photos of the steps you will take, along with the process video of assembling the stems. You will be creating leaves for the foliage as well as buds in various stages of bloom.

Things to keep in mind:

This lesson will take you all day, with breaks for drying times.

You will want to prepare a space to work in that will not be disturbed for the day.

Scraps are inevitable; save them by color in paper lunch bags if you are so inclined, and staple a scrap of the color to the bag so it's easy to find when you need "just a bit" of a color.

Keep a towel nearby to clean your hands and scissors. You will get glue on yourself and your tools. Alcohol and cotton balls are a must to clean your tools at the end of the day. I use a process that turns 180 gram crepe pieces, single sheet, into double sheet, or doublette, using a lot of glue.

Glued leaves will need to tack up and set before final assembly, so plan on taking some long breaks before finishing. If you assemble too soon, gravity on the wet leaves makes them droop after drying. Fixable? YES. Avoidable? YES. Patience is key.

You will NOT be adding final coloration or conservation in this lesson, that is saved for lesson 6! So, your foliages will look very nice, but will not be finished for display today. After you finish lesson 1, put them in a vase and don't touch them (if you can manage!)

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