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The Fine Art of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Beautiful and Lifelike Botanicals Hardcover – August 22, 2017
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"Under the mantra 'You must make what you see, not what you think you see,' this book guides artisans to astonishing results."
"The first time I saw Tiffanie Turner’s work, I was speechless. In her skilled hands, crepe paper, wire, and glue became tiny (and sometimes wonderfully larger-than-life) works of floral art, beautiful enough to anchor the grandest of dining tables. While Tiffanie’s flowers hang in museums and galleries, her book makes this intriguing art form accessible to even the most novice of crafters. I can’t wait to dive into this beautifully photographed book and its rich collection of inspiring projects."
—GRACE BONNEY, founder of Design*Sponge and author of In the Company of Women
"Tiffanie and I were introduced decades ago at the San Francisco Flower Market, when I was a floral designer and she was an artist buying blooms to paint. Flowers are still her muse, but now she’s immortalizing them in a different medium. In an age when everything is fast paced and fleeting, it’s invaluable to create and share lasting beauty—and that’s exactly what Tiffanie does in this book."
—KATE BERRY, style director of Domino magazine
"This is a true labor of love from a truly passionate artist. Not only is Tiffanie’s attention to detail awe-inspiring, but so is her generosity of information! This gorgeous book is basically like getting the key to a treasure box filled with years of Tiffanie’s self-taught knowledge, brilliant tips and tricks, and, of course, more paper flowers than you can even begin to imagine."
—DANIELLE KRYSA, founder of The Jealous Curator and author of Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk
"The first time I saw Tiffanie Turner’s breathtaking creations I did a double take. ‘Paper? Impossible!’ And yet sure enough, they are. And as such, they are utterly spectacular. The Fine Art of Paper Flowers is an in-depth instructional book for us mortals—super detailed with everything you need to know to try your hand at paper flower creation.”
—ARIELLA CHEZAR, author of The Flower Workshop
"Tiffanie Turner’s thoughtful approach to creating stunning, botanically accurate
flowers is both inspiring and encouraging, opening our eyes to new ideas to
create something of our own. From ‘very easy’ to ‘not very hard,’ her unique
techniques take away the fear, making us want to pick up some crepe paper and
make some flowers for our next party!”
—JAN HALVARSON and EARL EINARSON, founders of Poppytalk.com
About the Author
TIFFANIE TURNER is a licensed California architect, fine artist and instructor in the art of paper flower making in the United States and worldwide. Her work explores nature and botanical specimens in extremely large and sometimes very small scales, in paper. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Bedford Gallery, Jack Fischer Gallery, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, where she was the artist-in-residence. Tiffanie has appeared in Vogue, American Craft, the San Francisco Chronicle, and O Magazine and has been featured online on Design*Sponge, The Jealous Curator, and Poppytalk, among others. Raised in the woods of New Hampshire, Tiffanie now resides with her husband and two children in San Francisco, California, where she has lived for the past twenty years.
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1) The author begins with very detailed discussion on types of crepe paper as this is the main material used in this book. Also, tips for working with crepe paper and materials are elaborated. Next, she details the basic techniques e.g. cupping, fringing (author states it's her "strong suit") spindling, paper staining to name a few. The techniques are paired with photographs. The photographs are so detailed and CLOSE-UP that you can see the grain of the paper.
2) The flowers and instructions included in this book are:
Bougainvillea Carnation Daffodil &Double Daffodil. Japanese Form Peony
Morning Glory. Hybrid Tea Rose. Iceberg Floribunda Rose. English Rose two ways
Perle d'Or Rose. California Tree Poppy. Chocolate Cosmos. Garden Cosmos
Oriental, Iceland, and opium Poppies. Dandelion. Coneflower. Eucalyptus
Marigold. Pom-Poms. Zinnias. Dahlias. Double Peony. Coral Charm Peony
There are also leaf construction, buds, and yes, even instruction on making wilting flowers!
3) There are also projects such as crowns, fascinators, daisy chains, boutonnières and garlands.
4) The Giant Paper Peony is stunning.
5) The templates are hand-drawn and actual size. No need to copy, enlarge (yes, even the giant Peony template is actual size). I'm not sure how you can copy if you get the Kindle edition, though. She even borders the area on where to bleach.
6) There are six pages of leaf templates.
7) Lastly, the instructions are very detailed with step-by-step photos.
The flowers appear very realistic. Obviously, these flowers are not something you throw together in 30 minutes. It will take great care to imitate the real flowers. I use photographs. She recommends the actual flower. This is not a book for beginners. However, it can provide an excellent challenge, and you will have gorgeous flowers as your reward! I highly recommend this book!
If, however, you've never made paper flowers before or are not naturally crafty (like me-- I just love flowers) some sections you may need to supplement if you're a visual learner like myself. I need to be shown most of the time, like how to construct a basic leaf. There are plenty of videos online, or I find that some of my craftier friends are able to discern instructions in these books better than I can. This book is still worth getting because it is a --generous-- resource of inspiration.
This book is tremendous on its own merit as well as an addition to what is out there because of Turner's masterful command of realism. I don't know of anyone else who brings to form wilting/wilted flowers, and is able to capture the essence of the flower like she can. If I could do what the author can, I'd keep the info to myself and hog the glory.