How to Choose the Right Crepe Paper for Foliage

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2021

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How do you choose between the hundreds of common foliages out there when you’re making a paper flower arrangement? How many do you need? Which paper should you make them out of? 

As a paper florist, you may struggle with these issues, and you’re not alone! These questions came up in our Paper Talk Facebook group recently. It’s not surprising. Foliages don’t get a lot of time in the spotlight, but they’re just as important as your blooms. They create the foundation for your piece. If something is off with your greenery, people will notice, even if they can’t put their finger on what exactly is wrong. 

So let’s talk about foliage and how you can improve your arrangements by making smart choices with...

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How to Choose the Right Crepe Paper Foliage

crepe paper Aug 10, 2021

Affiliate disclosure: As you might imagine, some of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you click them, I may make a small commission. Rest assured that I only ever recommend products that I know, love, and use personally. 

How do you choose between the hundreds of common foliages out there when you’re making a paper flower arrangement? How many do you need? Which paper should you make them out of? 

As a paper florist, you may struggle with these issues, and you’re not alone! These questions came up in our Paper Talk Facebook group recently. It’s not surprising. Foliages don’t get a lot of time in the spotlight, but they’re just as important as your blooms. They create the foundation for your piece. If something is off with your greenery, people will notice, even if they can’t put their finger on what exactly is wrong. 

So let’s talk about foliage and how you can improve your arrangements by making smart choices...

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Learn Basic Paper Flower Techniques with Jessie Chui of Crafted to Bloom

Please welcome, Jessie Chui of Crafted to Bloom. She is my guest blogger for this month!

Jessie Chui is a self-taught artist, educator, entrepreneur, lawyer, the author of Paper Flower Art, Create Beautifully Realistic Floral Arrangements (GMC Publications, 2019) and co-founder of Paper Talk, Paper Flower Education, and the Paper Talk Podcast. After a 7-year legal career, she shifted her focus to raise her son and pursue her creativity. Her paper floral art quickly drew the attention of The Paper Place a retail paper store in Toronto, Ontario, and she began to teach workshops there. With this encouragement, she formally established her art studio Crafted to Bloom in 2016. Her work has been featured on 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Lia Griffith’s Artist Interview Series, WedLuxe, Holt Renfrew’s Holiday Magazine, Breathe Magazine, and the Botanical Brouhaha podcast, to name a few. In...

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Angel Wing Begonia Tutorial

 

Angel Wing Begonia Tutorial 

by Quynh Nguyen of The Posey Box

There’s something adorable about the spotted leaves of an Angel Wing Begonia, which I set out to capture in my latest tutorial. 

You can adapt these techniques to make your plant as unique as you are. Give the leaves a more jagged edge, or create a redder variety. The possibilities are endless!   

But first, let’s talk about glue and paint.

I used Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue for this tutorial, and I highly recommend it. It is so much tackier and dries super fast. I also love that it doesn’t yellow over time, which is key for long-living flowers like ours. Remember to close the cap between uses—it’s easy to forget when you’re in the middle of a project! 

The Tulip Dimensional Paint for the dots is so easy to use, and it comes in a variety of colors that you can experiment and play with. Consider mixing the colors together to get a darker or...

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A Cherry Blossom Tutorial to Celebrate Spring

Nothing heralds the beginning of spring quite like clouds of pink cherry blossoms arching overhead. I love to stand under cherry trees and watch the little petals flutter to the ground like a cascade of candy-colored rain.

To celebrate these delicate and short-lived blossoms, I’ve put together a cherry blossom paper flower tutorial that will bring a piece of spring into your home. These cheerful, tiny blooms are exactly what my home needs after a long, chilly winter. I can’t wait to share it with you!

I’ve been passionate about paper cherry blossoms for a long time. A few years ago I even created six cherry blossom installations for stores around Seattle—which you can read more about here. Even after cutting thousands of those little petals, I’m still in love with these beauties.

 

That’s why I’ve worked hard to bring you an easy to use cherry blossom tutorial that will guide you every step of the way. I want to share the love!

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Pick the Right Crepe for Your Paper Flower

When you mention crepe paper, most people outside of our paper flower world think of party streamers or tissue paper. If you’ve been a paper florist for any amount of time, you know that crepe paper comes in a staggering array of options that the general public is unaware of. The structure and intricacy you can coax out of crepe is incredible and truly an art form.

Crepe paper has been around since the late 19th century, and inventive crafters like ourselves have been making beautiful art from crepe for just as long. Now, our paper flower industry is growing like crazy, and it’s easier than ever to find buy crepe from around the world in many different varieties.

But with so many options, you may feel overwhelmed by which crepe to choose—but not anymore.

I’m here to share the crepe knowledge I’ve gleaned from years of being a paper florist and educator, all in one easy to read post. By the end, you’ll learn everything you need to know about...

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Floral Wire Gauge Explained

If you’re a crafter or any kind of florist, you’ve probably encountered floral wire. Floral wire can be used for a vast array of purposes: reinforcing weak stems, securing wreaths or bows, or even manipulating the wire to be an artwork of its own. And, of course, it can be used to form and support paper flowers.

But which gauge should you use? And which form? Painted and paddle? Naked stems?

 

Standing in the aisle of your favorite craft store, you may have felt a little overwhelmed as you browsed the options. I remember that feeling when I first started out. 

To save you from the time and trouble of experimenting, this article will help you feel confident when choosing florist wire. You’ll learn everything you need to know about gauge and form, as well as which wires I use for my paper flower projects. With this knowledge, your paper flowers will be easier to make and turn out beautifully.

 

What Is Floral Wire?

 Before we dive into which...

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The story behind the Yule Log Tutorial with Kate Alarcon

The yule log (or Buche de Noel in French) has a fascinating history. It’s a custom that is believed to have originated in European pagan midwinter festivals, in which communities would come together to light bonfires in celebration of the shortest day of the year and the longer days to come. Over time, this tradition evolved, and it became customary to burn a huge log in the fireplace to create a bright, warm, cozy Christmas celebration. Today, it’s easy to forget that your average peasant wouldn’t have had access to much light during those longer winter nights. Wood takes time and effort to gather, and candles cost money. To fill a night with blazing light would have seemed like a rare luxury.

You may be more familiar with the yule log, (or Buche de Noel in French), as a sometimes elegant, sometimes delightfully quirky holiday desert. Imaginative bakers decorate frosted sponge cake rolls to look like logs, often adorning the beautiful cakes with meringue...

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The story behind Kate’s Magnolia paper flower tutorial for The Posey Box

For November’s paper flower tutorial, Quynh assigned me the happy task of creating a magnolia tutorial. The goal for this project was to create a magnolia branch that was small enough to arrange easily with other flowers, but that would still allow us to pack on a lot of blooms and buds. My first thought was to simply scale down a standard pink magnolia, but I became interested in the idea of creating a dwarf specimen with crepe. Often, dwarf varieties of plants are less willowy and elongated, and more dense and packed-in. What would that look like for a magnolia?

I turned to Pinterest and found magnolia bonsai images with thick, twisty, ancient-looking bark, and I became obsessed with recreating that gnarled, weathered, and mossy effect. Several partial branches later, I settled on a few texture and color techniques that I think really elevate this paper flower tutorial. 

But to me, the cherry on top of this piece is the little fuzzy green buds that are waiting to open....

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The Kate's story behind October’s fun paper mushroom tutorial

 

Happy October! I’ve been daydreaming about this month’s tutorial all year. Mushrooms have a special place in my heart, and I’ve been dying to create one for The Posey Box. They’re a bold and fun departure from our usual paper flowers!

Usually, when Quynh and I are planning a tutorial, we’ll choose a flower and then a specific variety and color of that flower to recreate in crepe paper. But for this month’s project, I really wanted to design a paper mushroom around my favorite mushroom attributes. I wanted to make a variety with chunky and very realistic gills, dramatically shaped caps, and the ability to actually glow. The world of mushrooms is so huge that this exact mushroom might be growing in a forest somewhere as we speak, but the truth is that Quynh and I invented this species just for our members. 

 Hopefully any mycologists out there will be forgiving once they make one of these fun mushrooms. We hope you have a blast with it...

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