It's been a while since I've posted on my blog, but I swear it's not because I haven't been busy (with Baby T amongst other things...)! Whenever I can, I try to fit in some paper flower-making during Baby T's naps or in the evening when my husband generously occupies Baby T's attention. It is shooting my work and/or tutorials that are the most challenging as I need a good hour or two to shoot and edit during the day and daylight escapes so quickly in December.Anyhoo, the purpose of this post was to explain generally how I plan my flowers for a bouquet or arrangement (like a centrepiece). Although I do not have any "real" flower arrangement experience, I have found the following formula helpful and successful.I find inspiration from colours, so the first step to any planning is deciding on the general colour of the arrangement. I usually stick to 1 to 2 or 3 focus colours, and then 1 or 2 variations of those focus colours (normally I stick to the colours next to the focus colours on the colour wheel), to maintain a cohesive piece. Then I choose the flowers for each colour. The objective is to draw the eye to different colours and shapes that would move your eye from flower to flower. For example, for this peaches and cream bouquet, I first chose peach and cream as focus colours, and then allowed for an orange (eg. the peach-orange dahlia) to compliment the peach and a white (eg. white wax flowers) to compliment the cream. A salmon pink ranunculus is used to add warmth. Various green-coloured foliage is used as a backdrop from which these colours would pop. Variation in the colour (and shape) of the foliage creates depth and keeps the eye moving.One trick that works wonders and really ties the arrangement together is to have a flower that combines both focus colours (or better yet, all 3 focus colours if you are using 3 focus colours). In fact, you might have started with a flower that has more than one colour, like a 2-toned carnation, and use those 2 or more colours as jumping points to determine what the other flower colours should be.This formula can be used on almost every single arrangement, particularly for larger arrangements. I find that smaller arrangements of 2-4 flowers do not require as much colour harmony because the eye will not be overwhelmed by variety in colour, tone, or shape etc. It is in larger arrangements that this formula is very useful as it create cohesion to the eye.I also love to play with direction and that is for another post. This peaches and cream bouquet employs some of this technique, however, there are other arrangements that demonstrate this better. As I said...this is for a different post.When I put together a paper flower bouquet, I actually like to use a large mason jar to arrange all the flowers and foliage first, prior to gathering and then tying the stems all together (like in the photos above).I also suggest using a lazy susan when you put your arrangement together so that you can easily see it from all angles. Sometimes looking at an arrangement for too long normalizes that perspective, so it can be helpful to look at it from a different angle using a mirror. Looking at the arrangement through a mirror may give you a different visual perspective of the arrangement, thereby highlighting bits and pieces that may look out of place and that need to be re-arranged.Remember, paper flower arrangement is not a science. Do what feels right to you and the results will reflect your style =).I've got another post up my sleeve (in fact, I've been working on it for a while now, but it's taken me forever to finish!!) which I'll post shortly. It's another update post that I hope will inspire you to make paper flowers.In the meantime, I hope that this particular post inspires you to create your own bouquet or arrangement.Happy Tuesday!~ Jessie
Lemon yellow ranunculus, rustic yellow rose, and vanilla carnation.......making/creating these paper flowers have been taking a LOT of my time in the last week. While I love using yellow in crafts, a yellow-themed centrepiece is a little bit out of my comfort zone. I find yellow difficult to work with and yellow flowers difficult to make look sophisticated. That said, I kind of like the change. Getting out of my comfort zone should do me some good and make me grow.I quite like this photo of the flowers - it's very moody. It's as if a storm is brewing in the background and there's just enough light for the yellow to shine through.Ok...now back to making these flowers....~ Jessie
There are still a few spots left, so SIGN UP for my Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop at The Paper Place quickly before all the spots are gone!!! (Limited to 8 participants only). Again, the details are as follows:
- The Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop will be held on July 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We will be making 2 types of paper flowers, an open-face peony and a carnation, along with basic greenery leaves. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a small flower arrangement, similar to the one you see in the photo above! All materials are included. Cost per person is $65 plus HST. You may register in person at The Paper Place (887 Queen Street West, Toronto) or by telephone (416-703-0089) with a credit card. Other details can be found at www.thepaperplace.ca or via Instagram (@thepaperplace)
You can contact ME or The Paper Place directly if you have any questions about this Paper Flower Arrangement Workshop.
ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE (ahem, pregnancy note), I have been working on a centrepiece for a wedding, and I'm excited to show you the final product and it's components. It falls a little outside of my comfort zone as the main colour is yellow and I have always found the yellow colour spectrum to be very narrow. Pretty much from bright or dark yellow to white, and that's about it. Even a touch of red makes the colour clearly turn too orange or peach.Unfortunately, my progress on that centrepiece has been somewhat impeded by the sudden onset of numbness and tingling in both my hands and arms. Initially, last week, it was only during sleep, but this week, it's progressed to the day as well, which makes it very uncomfortable to work with! I don't know why, of all the symptoms that pregnant ladies discuss with each other, this symptom has never been raised! Perhaps none of them have had to deal with this discomfort, although from what I understand, it's quite common. I guess it's better than having hemorrhoids...Anyways, that's it for me this week. You can check out my previous DIY posts below. If you are on my subscription list, you'll receive another shout out from me this Saturday (again to remind you about my workshop ;P ), and an update. If not, then stay tuned for next week's posts!~ Jessie
Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:
And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here: