Decorative items depicting succulents are trending on the home and garden scene. Succulent rosettes may replace traditional florals on fabric, paper, jewelry and more. For example…
Succulent Throw Pillows You know those throw pillows you’re tired of? Give them—and your sofa—a facelift with your favorite succulents. Made of cotton blend linen, each of these 18 x 18-inch pillow covers has a hidden zipper. Stuff an old throw pillow into one, zip it up, and voila: you’ve repurposed a boring pillow into one you adore. Best of all, these cost only $8 apiece and come in six appealing designs.
Succulent shower curtain Enhance a guest bath or jazz up your own. This colorful watercolor of a sunlit echeveria pairs beautifully with towels in the same rainbow hues. Size 66 x 72 inches, polyester, curtain hooks included. A wonderful conversation piece. Around $30.
Of all the paintings I’ve done, this watercolor of a variegated dwarf agave (Agave ‘Cream Spike’) may be my favorite. It’s available via my Zazzle store on a serving tray (shown here), several sizes of stretched canvas prints, a coffee mug and note cards. Zazzle items are pricey, and I make a mere 10% of the sales price, but at least it gets my work “out there.” I suggest you do as I do when buying from Zazzle: Never pay full price. Be alert for sales and discounts, which sometimes are as much as 50%.
We’ll see succulents used more and more for jewelry, tile, mosaic, scarves, wrapping paper, buttons, place mats, gift bags, coasters, napkins, pillows, upholstery and more. Consider: Florals have graced paper and fabric for centuries, appearing on everything from wallpaper to pajamas. When depicted in two dimensions, the difference between a succulent rosette and a flower is the center. Succulents have emerging leaves; roses, tiny overlapping petals. Flowers also have a central disk (pistil). Succulent leaves are thicker than petals. Rosettes may crowd together in a hens-and-chicks fashion, send forth flowers themselves, and seldom have long, slender stems.
Why not create your own succulent-embellished items? Start with one of the 75 line drawings in my coloring book, Sensational Succulents.
Check back! More to come. And do let me know if you run across an especially lovely succulent-themed home, garden or gift item, OK? ~ Debra