A Thousand-and-One Days: Beauty of Craspedia Paintball™ Pop in Floral Designs

Renowned florist Róbert Bartolen deploys Marginpar's billy buttons in a series of enthralling floral designs.

By: THURSD. | 21-02-2024 | 4 min read
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Róbert Bartolen Showcases the Beauty of Marginpar’s Craspedia Paintball™ Pop in Spring Floral Designs

Creativity knows no bounds, and this is evident in a series of floral designs created by renowned Slovakian florist Róbert Bartolen, who is usually inspired by Central European culture. While certain blooms easily charm the imagination and add a touch of unbridled magic to any arrangement, quite a few of these do it with the ease and poise that the Craspedia Paintball™ Pop does.

A variety of craspedia cultivated by Marginpar the well-known flower grower, Craspedia Paintball™ Pop is one flower that has many unique qualities. And it is these exceptional qualities that Bartolen set out to showcase in the series of enchanting floral designs named ‘A Thousand-and-One Days.’ Here, the Slovakian florist masterfully incorporates these billy buttons, and in doing so, quite elevates the rustic beauty of the designs.

Spring With the Yellow of Craspedia Paintball™ Pop

Paintball™ Pop is a variety of craspedia — also called billy balls or billy buttons — grown by Marginpar. These are flowers perfect for flower for ushering in the spring season. With its large 'balls' Craspedia Paintball™ Pop is quite ideal for varied floral designs.


A Thousand-and-One Days, The Beauty of ​Craspedia Paintball™ Pop
The Craspedia Paintball™ Pop grown by Marginpar


This flower is celebrated for its extraordinarily large colored heads, and with its vibrant yellow, it brings out the kind of cheerfulness that is naturally expected of the color. For one, yellow is the color of happiness, joy, optimism, and enlightenment. It is a color that stimulates higher cognition - but excessive exposure can lead to anxiety and impulsiveness. It perfects decision-making but may lack empathy. It is, in essence, a double-edged hue, influencing emotions and behavior in both positive and quite occasionally concerning ways.

This explains why Craspedia Paintball™ Pop is a flower that radiates a sense of joy and vitality, making it a perfect accent for any floral bouquet or arrangement. Its unique spherical shape and long stem length of roughly 80cm make it a standout feature in floral compositions. So, here are Bartolen’s creations.


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Róbert Bartolen's 'Alibaba and the 40 Robbers' floral design


The Playful Craspedia Paintball™ Pop Bouquets

One of the special aspects of this impressive design by Bartolen, which features Craspedia Paintball™ Pop is the playful nature of the bouquets. The floral designer carefully picks different shades of yellow and mixes them to create a rather apposite interplay of colors 

The pleasant interplay of colors has them beautifully complementing each other, as the large bulbs of the Craspedia, with their attention-grabbing spherical shapes, extend beyond the center of the bouquet. This element adds a sense of movement and dynamism.


A Thousand-and-One Days, The Beauty of ​Craspedia Paintball™ Pop
Bartolen's playful Craspedia Paintball™ Pop bouquets


Rightly christened ‘playful bouquets’, these bouquets are indeed playful, yet their liveliness is balanced by the different hues of yellow that the Craspedias found in them present. 

Alibaba and the 40 Robbers

In yet another design of the series, Bartolen creates spectacular table arrangements that still incorporate the Craspedia Paintball™ Pop to reimagine a striking visual spectacle. Almost forty glass vases are artfully arranged to form a cohesive whole, and the craspedias take center stage in this composition.


A Thousand-and-One Days, The Beauty of ​Craspedia Paintball™ Pop
The 'Alibaba and the 40 Robbers' design with Craspedia Paintball™ Pop


With their vibrant yellow hue and spherical shape, the flowers seem to come alive as they go up noticeably, and seem to almost ‘jump out’ at the viewer of the floral composition. In the design, the flower effortlessly draws the viewer's attention towards it.

The Dutch Master's Touch

Bartolen's imaginative nature also comes out in this arrangement which is reminiscent of a painting by a Dutch Master. The column shape, filled with an abundance of spring flowers, showcases his skill in creating arrangements that are just as visually striking, as they are pleasant. 


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The 'Dutch Master's Touch' Craspedia Paintball Pop™ floral design by Bartolen


Grouping the Craspedia Paintball™ Pop with other floral species and courageously playing with volumes, this design is simply impossible to ignore. Through it, the floral designer creates an arrangement that you just can't stop looking at.

A Fusion of Elements Brings Out the True Qualities of Craspedia Paintball™ Pop

Bartolen's artistry in floral designs is demonstrated by his ability to seamlessly fuse Craspedia Paintball™ Pop with other elements to create really amazing compositions. He carefully considers the shapes, lines, and structures of the natural materials he works with, and how he can transform them into exquisite works of art. And the result of these efforts is always a pleasant blend of colors, textures, and forms that, all, tell a story. In this case; a tale of a scene of the Arabian Nights.


A Thousand-and-One Days, The Beauty of ​Craspedia Paintball™ Pop
Róbert Bartolen's 'Dutch Master's Touch'


Even so, the ‘A Thousand-and-One Days’ series practically brings out the real beauty of Craspedia Paintball™ Pop through the artistic genius of Bartolen. The playful bouquets, the table arrangements, and the evocative Dutch Master-inspired designs all highlight the unique qualities of Marginpar's billy buttons.


Craspedia Paintball™ Pop floral designs by Róbert Bartolen, photographs by Lukáš Moravský for Marginpar.


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