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A New Year With New Papers

With the New Year well and truly here and already being well in to January, I thought I would update you on what has been happening this month. With time to reflect over the holidays, I started writing a list of things that I wanted to concentrate on in 2016- flowers that I want to make, the direction of my work, things within my business that I felt needed I needed to spend more time on. The list quickly felt overwhelming so I decided to focus on one task at a time, with the first thing being refreshing my Etsy shop. There is still a lot more I want to do with it, but I’m pleased to have added some Cosmos and Daisy flowers on there to give people more choice.

Paper Cosmos Flowers by A Petal Unfolds

It was a real boost to my early January to have also been included in Design*Sponges’ round up of Paper Flower Makers to Follow on Instagram. It is always a real honour to be featured on Design*Sponge and I couldn’t be more grateful for the support that Grace Bonney continues to give to the art of paper flower making. Thank you so much Grace!

As well as making flowers to photograph for my Etsy shop, I have started to work with the cherry blossom flower for upcoming Spring workshops with the lovely Quill London. I’m so excited to try different varieties of the flower, before making a flower that I will take to the workshops.

Paper Cherry Blossoms by A Petal Unfolds New Year

New heavyweight papers from the AW/16 collection of Cartotecnica Rossi have arrived in my studio and I will be working with these papers more over the next month, with a full blog post on this to come.

Paper Cosmos Flowers by A Petal Unfolds UK

I’ve started using the wintry coloured papers for foliage and I’m enjoying experimenting with the heavier weight and darker colours. I started with some feathery green foliage and then used the lovely grey shades for some Dusty Miller.

Paper Dusty Miller by A Petal Unfolds

 

Paper Craft by DK Books

DK Paper Craft Book Cover

Last March I was lucky to be contacted by the publishers Dorling Kindersley with regards to contributing DIY tutorials to their new book ‘Paper Craft’.

At first they commissioned me on two tutorials- Ranunculus and Cherry Blossom. This was later followed by a further 7 projects- Daisy, Anemone, Daffodil, Peony, Ranunculus Buttonhole, Flower Wreath and Flower Crown. I definitely had my hands full! I was asked to make the final pieces and to make sure that each step in the tutorial was also made up so that when the project was photographed I wouldn’t have to spend lengthy amounts of time making.

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Paper Ranunculus Buttonholes- my favourite page
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Paper Daisy

I attended 3 days of photo shoots just outside London and seeing my work photographed professionally by Dave King for the first time was really exciting. On each shoot there was also a hand model, who demonstrated the steps in the making process for the camera. I learnt so much about photography and styling during my time on these projects. As soon as I started photographing my work myself afterwards I could feel the influence of what I had learnt.

Paper Anemone Flowers DK Books

Congratulations to DK Books and to the other contributors and a special thank you to Sonia Moore at DK for being a great support throughout. There are 50 lovely projects included in the book ranging from paper cuts and quilling to origami.

Paper Craft has now been published and you can buy a copy of the book here