Blossoming Possibilities…


I am going to start out by saying that I more than likely will not be posting very often for awhile.  I am currently working on some potentially exciting endeavors that I will divulge down the road.  I will try to take a good photographic diary of my processes so I can share later.  I don’t want to share what it is I am working on just yet because I feel like it would be like telling someone my wish and it not coming true because I blabbed…yeah I know it sounds a bit childish but that is how I am feeling about it right now.  I will promise to share regardless of the outcome. 🙂

For now, I wanted to share an update on a post from a few weeks ago about a book I won here.  I got all of my supplies needed and began my first endeavor into making crepe paper lilacs.  I must say it went smoother than I had anticipated-the detailed pictures and well written directions helped. Here is the result after making a small bunch:

Made from the book, All Things Paper by Ann Martin. Instructions provided by Jenny Jafek-Jones

This little bunch was time consuming, but I enjoyed every minute of it!  It made we want to practice more and delve deeper into making crepe paper flowers.  As I sat there admiring my newest accomplishment I immediately decided I needed to do something with this lovely little bunch so I gathered my paper clay, canvas, paint, gold toned wire and lace.

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Now my lovely bunch of lilacs are a wall hanging to enjoy year round!  I used an old tussy mussy as a mold for the “vase” holding the flowers.  While my paper clay mold was drying I painted the canvas with some metallic gold paint and then dry brushed over it with the same blue I decided to paint the “vase.” Once the paper clay was dried I decoupaged it with some embossed paper and painted it.  I then decided to affix the vase to the painted canvas with some gold wire that I wrapped and embellished with some little wire wrapped flower blossoms.  I finished off the canvas with some lace edging and glued the crepe paper lilacs into the vase.

If you are looking for a great book to get your creative juices flowing I would most definitely recommend the book, All Things Paper, by Ann Martin.  Ann Martin is an incredibly talented paper artist you should put on your list to check out if you aren’t already familiar with her.  What I find even more admirable of her is that she is also amazing at showcasing some many other talented paper artists out there on her site and in her book.   There are still several projects I want to try from this book,  I just knew that my first project was going to be the crepe paper flowers done by Jenny Jafek-Jones of The Crimson Poppy.  I will have to wait until things slow down a little before I try my next project which I am pretty sure it is going to involve quilling.

I haven’t decided if I am going to be selfish and hang onto my latest creation, put it in my Etsy shop, or perhaps offer it as a giveaway. 🙂 It is such a nice touch of Spring that has been representative of the glorious Oklahoma weather lately.

Until next time, I hope your days are filled with blossoming possibilities too!



About Kbenskin

Hello! My name is Krista Benskin and I am a self-taught artist and the one woman band known as Dazzling Peacock.    I am also a wife and proud momma to 3 cats.  Our  3 fur babies often makes me feel as though we have kids especially when I catch myself getting onto the cats for being too rowdy in the house.  I enjoy having beautiful pieces throughout my home, but have reconsidered purchases in the past because all I could see were the shattered bits after a kitty chase gone bad.  Speaking with others who had the same issues as a result of either pets or children became the purpose for developing my paper mache line for all to enjoy. I feel that decor should reflect and bring together all personalities that will be using a living space. The decor pieces I create is a true celebration and opportunity to inject colorful and whimisical art into the home.  I create art that will always have a story because it is unexpectadley made out of paper, a story that will grow as it becomes part of your life.  I have had many ask me why I chose the name I did for my business instead of just using my own name.  Well, who doesn't want to be dazzled by the pieces that decorate their space? Aside from the fact that I am obsessed with peacocks, I also love that peacocks are a symbol of renewal.  Getting back in touch with my creative self and embarking on this business journey has been a definite period of renewal for me.  Also, I try to recycle materials in the production of each piece and use LED bulbs in the lighting.   Hence, the birth of Dazzling Peacock! My impetus for sharing my love of all things nature and those special furry and non-furry critters in our homes.

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