While visiting a friend in San Francisco, I recently noticed a particularly lovely book on her coffee table:
The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike Botanicals, by Bay Area botanical artist Tiffanie Turner. Leafing through the pages, I was absolutely enchanted by the stunning paper flowers, almost too lifelike to be believed.
Vividly captured with photographs by Aya Brackett, more than thirty of Turner’s floral masterpieces are featured, with detailed, step-by-step instructions, as well as templates to make each bud, leaf, and petal. From English roses to giant dahlias, the projects include not only the flowers, but also tips for fashioning bouquets, garlands, and even headdresses. Personally, I can’t wait to get started.
Above: The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike Botanicals is available at Amazon; $17. Above: From basic techniques to ambitious projects, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers takes paper-flower DIYers from beginning to advanced. Above: The flowers are all made from textured crepe paper, for very life-like blooms. Above: Each section includes a list of materials as well as life-sized templates to help you create every petal and leaf. Above: A rose that never fades; the author shares instructions on how to recreate her favorite flower, the large Rosa Perle D’or. Above: The book includes several projects for giant blooms, including these Japanese form peonies. Above: Step-by-step photos delineate each step of the process. Above: From leggy daffodils to feathery cosmos, leaves (as well as stems and buds) get their own chapter. Above: Making bouquets out of paper flowers is an art unto itself. Fortunately The Fine Art of Paper Flowers also has that topic covered. Above: Also explored, painting techniques such as candy striping and flecking to help you achieve vivid color variations. Above: Included in the book are tutorials on fringe-centered flowers such as cosmos, poppies, and “continuous-strip” flowers such as echinacea, marigolds, zinnias, and dahlias.
Ready to explore more flower crafts: