"Who needs another book of paper flowers?" you may ask. You do, because Livia Cetti's gorgeous interpretation of this timeless craft is not to be missed! The materials are humble - mostly tissue paper, bleach, and green paper, but the results are anything but.
I've followed Livia's work for years, in numerous publications, poring over the photos, wondering at the realism of her craft. Then I saw her flowers in person at John Derian's shop in New York and I fell in love all over again. So when her publishing company sent me a pdf of The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers last year, I was doing a happy dance while struggling not to tell any of you the good news.
But the secret's out! The book was released today, just in time for spring, and I've already dipped into it with the fritillarias pictured above. They're so sweet and dainty, and they make me just as happy as real ones. I can't wait to tackle the other projects.
One of the materials that Livia uses to create realistic specimens is bleach. I had no idea it would be so much fun, but It's a simple and effective technique that contributes greatly to the finished flower. The fritillarias required hand painting with bleach and a Q-tip, mimicking the faint checkerboard pattern of the real flower. It's that attention to detail that will bring your flower making up a notch.
But enough of my blathering. The best news is that I have a copy to give to one lucky reader! Just comment below and tell me what you think of paper flowers. I'll keep the giveaway open through next Friday, April 18 (11:59 PM PST). The winner will be selected in a random drawing.
More projects from the book: All photos by Addie Juell
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