The book Paper to Petal (75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand) is an encyclopedic treasure on how to make unique paper blossoms.
The authors invite readers to cultivate their creative side with these suggestions: When designing paper flowers, always begin with a nugget or spark of inspiration. They go on to say, “Find something that speaks to you, perhaps an object, place or experience and turn it into a component of your flower.”
The book is written by Rebecca Thuss & Patrick Farrell. Thuss is a natural authority on the topic. She spent ten years as a Style Director at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
In the Get Inspired section, readers are given expert guidance with topics on Color, Shape, Texture and Mood.
The Materials section, with its lush photographs, showcases many varieties of crepe paper (even vintage paper), paper ribbon, glassine paper, an assortment of tapes, adhesives and more. These photographs help you to visualize your future flowers.
Pictures in the Tool section help readers easily understand the paper making process. I was surprised to read that the use of rubber stamps can enhance paper blossoms. And that deckle edge scissors help create an organic-looking edge to the flowers.
The visual display continues in the Paints & Colorings segment. I knew about using watercolor and acrylic paints to enhance paper flowers. However, I did not know that water-soluble crayons and pencils; markers and glitter can also be effective aids.
I like that the authors offer a Skills section with photo demonstrations on: how to work with petal templates, cutting techniques, prepping petals and leaves - and stems and taping techniques.
Information on making basic centers and buds was very useful to me. To help readers personalize their flowers, various ways of adding color is also nicely photographed.
How to Projects in the book are rated by three skill levels which is handy for beginners. Some of the flowers include delightful charming Cheerleaders, Crumpled Poppies, Twisted Ribbon Tulips, Five-Petal Sweeties, fun Party Sticks, Peppered Peony, Coral-Colored Reef with Cotton Ball Centers and much, much more. There is a generous Resource List suggesting vendors for papers and other floral supplies.
To make it easy for readers, the templates are displayed in the order of the book projects. Best of all, you can download the templates on the Web. So you don’t have to bother with copying or tracing the pages. This is a reference source that you definitely do not want to cut up for the templates. Rather, the book is such a visual delight that you’ll want to display it on your coffee table.
Why not pick up the book, gather some supplies and invite your artist friends over for a relaxing afternoon of whimsical flower creation.
Note: For more information about the authors, check out their Web site, thussfarrell