I have been on a crepe paper rose rampage of sorts, ever since I took Lynn Dolan’s class at Castle in the Air last November. With each rose I make, I learn something new. And now with my recent purchase of Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, I am tempted to keep myself preoccupied with paper flowers galore.
I have seen other books on how to create your own paper flowers, but what really captivated me about this book is the gorgeous photography of the amazing, fantastical blooms the authors have created. Their projects reinterpret and re-imagine the traditional craft of making paper flowers, turning the age-old craft on its ear, with their unorthodox use of colors and materials to create blooms that Mother Nature never imagined.
The authors turn nature on its head with brown flowers, complete with black and white Aztec flying arrow leaves,
green roses with pink foliage,
and pastel beauties with different colored layers of petals.
They create their own special paper by painting it to create a speckled look for their flower petals.
They also create blooms using patterned paper,
including leftover scraps of gift wrap.
I just love how the rich, vibrant colors look like candy that pops off the page.
Other projects featuring the paper blooms are also featured, including leis,
and decorated goody bags.
They also mix the faux with the real, like in this log planter:
After looking at all the eye candy that Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have provided, you will be inspired to let your imagination take flight and break all the rules of paper flower crafting.
Do you like to make paper flowers? What materials have you used or liked using to create your blooms? Please share in the comments.