Do you ever find things on a hike and take them with you for safe keeping? So does Dutch artist Anne ten Donkelaar, but she doesn’t just put them in a trinket box. She uses them to make complex floral masterpieces.
These magical 3D artworks are all constructed from unique discoveries that Anne finds in her path. They may look like one-of-a-kind pressed bouquets in a shadow box from far away, but up close, the artwork includes real pressed flowers, cutouts of paper flowers, branches, butterfly wings, weeds and tiny pins that hold the cool finds to the canvas.
The pieces Anne finds in the wilderness inspire her to craft these breathtaking, meticulous creations and showcase the beauty of otherwise forgotten objects in nature.
This is mixed media and repurposing on a whole ‘nother level. It’s almost mind-boggling to think about how the artist made these beauties. Who looks at a broken twig or flower petal and envisions these?! Anne ten Donkelaar, that’s who. Scroll down to see some of our favorites.
Oh, and if you want to add one of these fantastical pieces to your art collection, be sure to check out Anne’s website for contact info! Otherwise, take a tote with you on your next stroll through the woods ;)
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