This last month has been all about the peonies & practicing my paper flower making skills. Running a small business, it isn’t often that I get to sit down & devote time to developing my making skills which is 1 of the reasons I am loving my #daphnerosainbloom project this year. Progress of the paper peonies has been slow – a week really just isn’t long enough – but I am pleased with the steps forward I have made which has been helped along with such beautiful blooms to study.
Last weeks practice with paper went well but the flowers were lacking in definition, missing the structure of the many layers of the peony. I did however really like the combination of the paper & tulle for structure with softness.
To create a more defined structure to the peony petals I moved from tissue paper to crepe paper which is the paper of choice for many paper flower artists. I had a pack of coloured crepe paper which wouldn’t have been my ideal choice in terms of colour – brace yourselves – but served it’s purpose for practicing my paper peonies.
I tried a few different petal shapes as these are what create the overall flower shape. The crepe paper is ideal as it can be stretched to manipulate the petal shape & the purple peony was my first attempt. Although the layers of tulle in the centre worked well to create a layered centre similar to some peonies the outer petals created completely the wrong shape, with petals opening rather than curving back in on themselves. Round 2…
So attempt number 2 involved a paper centre & less pinching at the bottom of the petals to make them curve around more at the top rather than open out, which seemed to work a little better. Next up was refining the shape of the petals. I used 3 different shapes for the next flower out of gold crepe paper & then added a little tulle to the outer petals.
I was much happier with this version as it had more definition in the structure of the petals & more of a realistic overall form, so I went on to create another adding in white this time.
I have lots of ideas for new products which will hopefully be coming out over the next few months & here is a little hint at 1 on it’s way…
Now to order some crepe paper in colours which are more on brand & altogether more beautiful… any requests let me know below!
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