It’s great to be back with a “fresh” new start on my Flower Parlor series, only this time, it is on the crisper side. Thats right! I am still doing something with flowers, paper flowers, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! How’s about you take a peep with me as I introduce you my new workspace, mediums, and delightful array of colors!
Sometime last year, after the fresh flower season was long gone, I began looking for a craft to occupy my free time. While we were out at a library sale, I happened upon an old book whose subject matter discussed the how to’s of making your own fake flower arrangements. The book called for a variety of fabrics, wires, thin cellophane, plastics, and lots of buttons and beads. It looked doable, but I still wasn’t quite into it. Later on in the year, I was browsing through Pinterest (one of the best sources for creativity’s odds and ends, don’t you agree?) and came across a brand-new paper flower book called, “Paper to Petal, 75 Whimsical flowers to Craft”, by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. When I looked further into the book, read the description from the authors’ website, and reviews from other artists and crafters who live in the land of crepe paper, I was hooked. “All I want for Christmas… “
Christmas came, and with it, my brand new, much beloved, “Paper to Petal”, as well a generous monetary sum to fund my new dream of creating paper flowers. Thanks Dad & Mom! I was on my way!
As the days progressed, I found enough time in the late afternoons to begin my journey of learning how to fabricate my very own buds, flowers, and blooms of all varieties. As I would stand at my post (down in our frigid basement), I began to slip into a routine of crafting these blooms while listening to some audio book. It was delightful, but terribly cold. I complained of this to Mom, and she suggested I move up to my room. The idea! In my opinion, my room is meant only my nightly repose and acts as the repository for all my wordily possessions. So of course I couldn’t possibly set up shop in my room. Its just not done!
However, I knew that if staying warm really mattered to me, which it did, then there might be a possibility of my breaking my “sacred” rule. I also knew that my room was the coziest room in the entire house (don’t ask me how that is possible, you all know of one room in your own homes that stays pretty much the same snug temperature all winter long, I’m sure.). But before I could say no, Mom came down one day to say that it was time for me to move, as she was going to start another sewing project and needed the space I was taking up. Well, I obliged.
From the lovely images Charlotte has capture here, you all can see for yourselves what a resplendent space my little desk serves in the crafting of my flowers. I do love it now! The bright warm yellow desk top reflects so much light which is a must for catching all of the tiny detail work that goes into the flowers. I also no longer have the chilled finger syndrome, ha ha! Really it is much more fun to work in a space that is truly all your own, and nobody to come and break up the silent ticking away of the hours. I can truly get in mode. Then the magic begins…
First I normally start with the stem of the flower, that is once I have the petals prepared (I have been using 22 gage fabric wrapped floral wire, which I will admit is a little on the flimsy side when using heavier papers other that crepe, but I have learned to manage.) The wire stem is wrapped in florist tape, a stretchy tape covered in a sticky adhesive. The tape I’m using here is a metallic gold.
Next a center is selected, then taped to the stem. The petals are then arranged next, and I will say that there are about a half a dozen ways to arrange and wrap them onto the stem. I will go into greater detail in the upcoming posts.
Once taped, the petals can be left as is, or they can be curled, pinched, stretched (crepe paper stretches), etc.
You can see I am in the middle of some audio book. iPhones are the best.
Then you have a finished bloom. This one could be left as a simple little thing, but I need the flower to be much broader, with a little more fluff.
So I added white crepe. Cloud-like and simple.
The whole flower, so long as it is crepe, is secured by wrapping the floral tape tightly around the added elements. Because of the sticky adhesive, the flowers will have no issue of falling apart, and as soon as the tape has been stretched and applied, the stickiness becomes hard and solid. This makes for an excellent stem.
Ah my wonderful book of inspiration! I keep all of my crepe paper behind it, so it is not a far reach when I am getting ready to cut out the desired petals.
And there you have it! My this was a long, detailed posts! Perhaps I will put up a video of what paper flower crafting really looks like? Mmm… We shall see…
May the Spring weather come to your door soon!