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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385345054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385345057
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

THUSS + FARRELL are husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, a photography and design duo who have worked together since 1991. In addition to still-life, portraiture, and travel and lifestyle photography, their work together encompasses a wide variety of creative disciplines, including set design, furniture design, crafting, creative direction, and graphic design. Their clients include Chronicle Books, Landor Associates, Procter & Gamble, Corcoran, Daniel Boulud, Per Se, Random House, Abrams: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, EMG, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Keri Levitt Communications, Bonpoint, and the New York Times. Rebecca and Patrick live in Upstate New York with their daughter, Poet.

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Wonderful book full of inspiring ideas and great patterns!
Regie Saxerud
Beautifully written and photographed with easy to follow visual instructions, supply lists, and templates.
M. Wales
There are SO many amazing flowers in this book and I can hardly wait to get started making some of them.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Jackson on August 27, 2013
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I love paper arts and either dabble or dive into them depending on my schedule, need to indulge, budget, etc, and I've been committing a greater-than-average amount of time into paper arts booka for the last year. I've got a bookcase of some really cute books, some informative, and some works or art that I will never master. This book has it all, and then some. Photos, text, templates, bound in a really thick book. Not the usual craft book.

There is a section devoted to the "examples" they have made for clients, all 75 flowers are magical. The next section describes the materials used to make paper flowers. The fact that they don't force any brand is a plus, if you aren't new to paper arts, you already have most of the materials, except, perhaps, for the stems and centers. The skills section is vital unless you are an expert in creating paper flowers. It is really useful that they have picture and text intermixed and that they break down flowers to their smallest parts. (center, stamen, stem, petal, etc) Each technique is introduced "contextually". So many helpful images of action and steps. Different means of shaping for different paper and a focus on creating rounded, organic forms. Because that is what nature is, correct? Organic, rounded flowers, no matter what colors you use are going to look amazingly real, just like all of the examples in the book, over something straight, flat, and fake. There is none of that in this guide. Not in the images or the writing, or even their style, it is really natural, beautiful and likeable.

The how-to section gives you just that for each one of those 75 flowers, broken down to their visual individual parts, and marks the skill level of each one. They are using a scale, of 1,2 or 3,; 1(basic techniques) to 3 (advanced techniques).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Arnold on August 27, 2013
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This is a really amazing book and a wonderful resource for crafters of any experience level with paper flowers. The authors provide endless inspiration for both creating flowers and ways to use your creations. The book is split up into several sections, including pictures of completed flowers for pure inspiration, a detailed how-to section with lots of instructions and tips on general techniques and materials, step-by-step instructions on how to make flowers featured in the earlier chapter, and then the largest collection of templates I've ever seen. Not only do the authors tell you how to make the flowers in the book, they also encourage you to mix and match templates and create your own to form entirely new flowers. While the flowers in this book are not the typical life-like recreations of real flowers found in other books, many of the designs can be altered to create realistic and beautiful flowers that can be mixed in with traditional crepe or tissue roses, daisies, and the like in any bouquet, arrangement, or favor. There are also a number of fun, whimsical designs that seem very fitting for more casual purposes.

I am working on creating paper flowers for my wedding next summer, and am excited to include a number of flowers and ideas from this book. The images included are just gorgeous and the instructions are very detailed, even rated for difficulty so that users can know what to expect when starting a project. Honestly, the resources listing in the back of the book alone is invaluable for someone who has been trying to track down all the various online stores for different kinds of crepe paper, tissue, flower stamens, floral tape, decorative scissors, etc. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in crepe-paper flower making. Especially if used in conjunction with a book like "How to Make 100 Paper Flowers" by Maria Noble, you'll learn everything you need and never run out of ideas and projects!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TheConsumer on August 27, 2013
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My book arrived this morning. I'm not sure what I was expecting, maybe a few projects and templates. OMG I was so shocked when I opened the box -- a really beautiful hardcover book. I think this book is worth way more than the retail price, but I'm grateful that I was able to get it.

Page after page of beautiful, color-rich flowers, either fantasy or actual blooms. Templates, instructions, supplier list all included. They bring up things I hadn't even thought of, such as using watercolor and acrylic paints to create realistic looking effects.

This book, which is a work of art in and of itself, is going to get plenty of use. I feel as if it's Christmas and I finally got what I actually wanted.

This is a must-have!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By clan on November 9, 2013
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This is a beautiful book, Worth the money because it is different and full of inspiring projects. I cannot give it more than 3 stars because I found the directions lacking. As far as crepe paper, luckily I travel to Mexico quite often and crepe paper or "Papel Mache" as it is also called there is found everywhere and very inexpensive.So that mostly solves the issue of finding that. I started making the "party sticks", I almost gave up. I found myself reading, re-reading again and again. The instructions run into one another from step to step.It is not clear what strips of paper you need for what. It is not in a bullet point format. There are pictures for all that you need to build the project but none showing what the project looks like after each step of building. Maybe a website to compliment the book to have a more detailed tutorial? I was finally able to make the party sticks for my daughters 11th birthday party. She loved them. I will continue to exercise patience and try to make other projects from the book. Good purchase you wont regret it,just difficult to follow along.
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