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Rose Tattoos–How To Select The Perfect Rose Tattoo

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Rose Tattoos

Roses, especially red roses, have always been closely associated with love and of course passion, and the tattoo artists of today have been exploiting these associations to their fullest. The newfound focus of the youth on all things related to spiritual communion and physical passion between lovers is very evident through the plethora of rose tattoo designs out there.

Rose Tattoos

Beyond doubt, the rose is probably the most loved and adored type of flower anywhere in the world. Since time immemorial, the rose was (and still is) the only flower that was linked with romance and passion between lovers. These romantic connotations are probably why the rose is such a popular flower today. Which woman wouldn’t want to receive a single red rose or a bouquet of roses from their lover? The red rose in particular is undoubtedly the most popular color because it relates strongly to love and of course sex!

However, the rose has many different symbolic meanings. According to the folklore in certain places, the rose was highly admired and revered by the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite and Venus, who was Aphrodite’s Roman counterpart. Apart from the romantic and sexual connotations, the red rose also has spiritual and religious connections and is a symbol of the Virgin Mary. People claiming to have witnessed or set eyes upon the vision of Mary say that her appearance is always accompanied by the scent of roses.

So, if you are considering getting a rose tattoo done, but are not very sure because of its romantic and sexual implications, you don’t have to worry – rose tattoos are not only adorned by women, but some of the most masculine men have also been seen sporting the rose tattoo.

Whatever may be your reasons for getting a rose tattoo – from showing love and affection to a loved one to paying homage to a departed loved one – the rose tattoo is one of the most popular tattoo designs amongst the youth today. From getting a plain rose tattooed on your arm to being more creative by incorporating the rose in a multi-image tattoo, you can experiment with many designs. I once saw a man with a tattoo all the way across his back of a snake coiled around a dagger that was deeply embedded in a rosebush – how’s that for creativity?

Guns ‘N’ Roses and the Rose Tattoo
If you are a Guns ‘N’ Roses fan, then you are probably already familiar with the rose tattoos. This 1980’s rock band were very famous for their music and wild lifestyle yet they all sported tattoos that incorporated the image of the rose (even though there were images of guns included as well).

As a result of this, many fans, male as well female, emulated the band by getting tattoos of guns and roses as well.

Choosing your Rose Tattoo Designs
The color of a rose has a great significance and meaning, so before allowing yourself to be ‘pricked’, it would be wise to first choose the color you want for your rose, and whether it will suit the design you have chosen for yourself. So, whether it is a tribal rose tattoo design you are choosing, or whether it is a rose and heart design, the color of the design is a very important factor to consider:

  • The red rose is the most popular color and symbolizes love, passion, bravery and romanticism. Of unsurpassable beauty, the red rose is the most famous tattoo design.
  • The red rose bud is the symbol of beauty and purity.
  • A dark red rose symbolizes unconscious beauty.
  • The gold rose stands for accomplishment and success.
  • The pink rose represents friendship, happiness, grace, gentleness and appreciation.
  • The light pink rose represents all things that are sweet and understanding.
  • The white rose stands for innocence, purity, charm, youth, sinlessness, privacy, humbleness, silence and reverence.
  • The yellow rose symbolizes happiness, joyfulness, apology and even jealousy.
  • The lavender rose personifies fascination.
  • The coral colored rose stands for desire.
  • The blue rose is the symbol for impossibility.
  • And the black rose would traditionally represent death and sorrow.

So, if you are seriously contemplating getting a rose tattoo done, all you have to do is go online and you’ll find hundreds of different rose tattoo designs.   Here is a site with lots of rose tattoo design choices.

By Natasha Bantwal
Published: 1/11/2008

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Wedding Roses Bouquets-How To Make

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A red rose wedding bouquet is one of the most popular wedding bouquets chosen by brides- and it’s easy to see why.

The red roses that are used are the symbol for love and passion- an important thing in any marriage.

The roses look stunning, and they are very versatile. A rose wedding bouquet looks great with greenery (The red roses are very effective against the dark green leaves), or without.

And you can have a rose wedding bouquet with fresh or silk flowers as well.

They are also not very hard to make, as you will see…

For this bouquet you will need…

  • 9 red roses (silk or fresh)
  • 30 rose leaves
  • 50 pieces of .22 gauge wire
  • 13 clear crystals (any size or shape)
  • 13 head pins (gold or silver)
  • 13 crimps
  • Red ribbon and 6 pearl head pins( 6 clear crystals, 6 crimps, 6 head pins optional)
  • Crimping tool

Step 1: Wiring and taping…

Wire and tape all the roses, leaves, and crystals. To wire the crystals pass the head pin through the hole in the crystal.

Take a crimp and push in onto the bit of head pin sticking out the bottom of the crystal. Use your crimping tool to squeeze the crimp onto the pin. Make sure to get the crimp as close to the crystal as possible, so that the crystal does not move around.

Now twist your floristy wire around the pin, and tape.

Step 2: Arrange the roses…

Hold seven of your wired-and-taped roses in one hand and fan them out slightly.

Take three crystals and place them around the center rose.

Hold them in place with a small piece of tape.

Step 3: Prepare the bouquet tailpiece…

For the tail piece you will need five leaves, two roses and three crystals.

Use one of the wired-and-taped crystals to start the tail…

Place a leaf just behind the crystal and tape them together. Just below this place a rose and tape it in place.

Put two leaves just below and to the either side of the rose and tape them into position.

Take another crystal and place it just beneath this rose and tape.

Add your last two leaves, and a final crystal, and tape.

Don’t worry that there are only two roses on the tail- A rose from the head of the wedding bouquet will give the illusion of three roses.

Place this tailpiece to one side so that it’s out of the way- we’ll get back to it later.

Step 4: Add some crystals to the rose wedding bouquet…

Next we place three crystals around the center rose, and tape them into place.

Holding your roses in your hand, place seven leaves around the center rose.

Now place four crystals between the roses on the outside of the bouquet. Tape these in place.

Step 5: Add the leaves…

Take the remaining leaves and place them around the outside of the bouquet to help frame it.

Make sure that you slightly overlap the leaves- this will give the wedding bouquet a more fanned look.

Place a small piece of tape at the top to hold in position.

Step 6: Add the tailpiece…

Add your tail piece to the front of the bouquet.

Be sure that you have a rose above the crystal at the top of the tail. To do this you may have to bend the wires on the tail piece slightly.

Use a piece of stem tape to hold in place.

Step 7: Arrange roses and crystals…

Its important with a rose wedding bouquet to make sure that all the flowers and crystals are sitting where you want them to.

If they are not then pull them into position.

Add any leftover crystals or leaves and then trim and tape your handle.

Step 8: Prepare the bouquet handle…

To wrap your handle in red ribbon, start at the bottom and wrap towards the top of the bouquet.

Keep wrapping until all the ribbon is used.

To hold in place push the heads pins with the attached crystals through the ribbon into the stem tape.

Leave about a finger spacing between each pin.

Be careful not to push the pin all the way through as you don’t want any part of the pin sticking to the bride!

There you have it! In eight easy steps a rose wedding bouquet!

Author: Peta Fletcher


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