Last week I took another class at San Francisco Center for the Book. This time it was a paper flower class with Courtney Cerruti, Maker Extraordinaire, who taught us how to make flowers out of different types of paper – crepe, tissue, sewing pattern, regular office paper, etc. As you know I make crepe paper flowers, which is a very exacting craft. Courtney’s class on the other hand, was much more free-form, as we were given free rein to use our imagination in constructing flowers after she showed us some basic techniques.
We had a whole range of various types of paper to play with – all kinds of textures and weights and colors. The sewing pattern and tissue papers were the lightest and most delicate. We also got to use some crinkled tissue paper gift wrap that gave our flowers an interesting texture. Given the delicate nature of the paper we were using, we had to go easy on the glue – not an easy thing for me, as I tend to be heavy handed in my gluing. The tactile quality of these lighter weight papers was very different from the doublet crepe paper I’m used to working with, as they didn’t hold their shape quite the same way. Layering and crinkling is what gives them volume instead.
The hardest paper to manipulate and work with was regular (colored) office paper. Look at this sad flower I attempted to make with it:
I couldn’t get it to conform the way I wanted it to. It was a humbling experience working with this type of paper!
Overall, the class was a nice change in medium and technique, as I went from my normal, exacting crepe paper flower making to making more fantasy-type flowers, in which I was limited only by my imagination. After working inside the box for awhile with the former, it was kind of freeing to think and work outside the box with the latter. I also really appreciated Courtney’s use of unconventional materials to make her flowers, including paper that would normally be discarded, which is in line with my green crafting philosophy. She finds paper in the most unlikely of places, including small knickknack-type ethnic shops.
See, you never know where you will find inspiration, and Courtney’s method of flower-making really drove that point home.
Have you ever made paper flowers or flowers using other, non-paper materials? Please share in the comments.
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