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When “The Art of Paper Flowers” by Bobby Pearce first landed on my doorstep, I was very intimidated. The big, beautiful flowers pictured all seemed impossibly complex. I love the page layout and design aspect of scrapbooking, but actually shaping paper is not one of my strengths. I’ve tried quilling, origami, and similar crafts with mixed success. I decided before I could review this book fairly, I would need to actually try to make one of the flowers.
The book starts with a quick diagram of the anatomy of a flower. Aside from being interesting, it serves as a glossary for some of the terms used in the instructions. Next is a detailed explanation of the various materials and tools needed. It’s not just a shopping list, but includes discussions of which types are better and why – for example, what kind of glue to choose. It also offers some tips on higher end tools to take your flowers to the next level. Following that is a description of some of the basic techniques for shaping and assembling the flower pieces.
Then comes the best part – pages upon pages of absolutely stunning flowers. They seem to be arranged from easier and simpler ones to more difficult and complex ones.
Based on materials I had at hand, I chose to make the rose, which is the first pattern in the book. And look! I did it! It’s not perfect, but is so much nicer than I thought I could do. I did find one minor thing I would have liked to see different. The pattern pieces for tracing are photographed. They’re pretty, but I feel higher contrast, black and white drawings would have been easier to trace. Making a copy of the page you need and cutting the shape out of the copy may be a good alternative.
I didn’t have wire for the stem, so instead i used a sewing pin (cut down to size) for the assembly. To secure it temporarily, I folded the end of the pin over at the back. I may end up replacing that later with an actual stem, or may just cover it with a magnet instead. Some of the later patterns in the book are more complex. They include things like painting/shading the leaves, and adding stamen. Now that I understand the basics though, they seem much more attainable than I first thought.
Overall, this book impressed me. It’s a lovely hardcover volume that would make a beautiful addition to any crafting library (or for that matter, any coffee table). More importantly, I was able to successfully finish a project, even though I have minimal paper crafting skills. If I can do it, you can too.
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Disclaimer: A free review copy of The Art of Paper Flowers was provided by Creative Publishing International. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.