My curious mind wanders as I work on my art. Frequently as I'm working, one thought leads to another in an endless spiral interrupted only by internet searches, blade changes, and numerous Wikipedia articles on subjects ranging from South American cities to butterfly migration. One such tangent had me searching (and then researching) Victorian floriography. Popular in the 1800's, floriography linked flowers with specific meanings. The Victorians would use the meanings of the flowers selected to encrypt messages in their bouquets--they used the flowers to express their true feelings when words lacked propriety. My surprise was at the developed nature of the language with scads of books written on the topic. I started reading and taking notes on my favorites. The phrases I jotted down on the irregular scraps of paper at my desk read like poetry:
Instructions for use:
Print the PDF file on any type of standard 8.5" x 11" paper--I'd recommend using something heavier like card stock.
Trim the cards to just inside the grey guidelines for the correct size--scissors work but a blade/straight edge or paper cutter is always best.
Fold the cards--matching the corners and edges as you crease.
Pen a note to your valentine(s).
If you do--I'd love to hear about it! #brengarestudio
For your reading pleasure, some of my newly discovered favorites on the subject of floriography:
Language of flowers Kate Greenaway
Flora's Lexicon Catharine Waterman
The Language of flowers Miss Ildrewe
My soon to be acquired floral dictionary will be at the ready--from now on my preferred method of communication is the complex sincerity of flowers.