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The raw material for making these products is crepe paper which ensures excellent results, at the stationery and paint shops it is easy to find it in many different colors and shades.Being this type of paper, it is very elastic and sturdy and can be easily cut and shaped.The most commonly used type to create most models has an average thickness.The light crepe paper that has a finer grain is used to make flowers with thin petals like buttercups or magnolia.On the market there is also a crepe paper with white or golden edges, very useful for making poinsettias and other flowers for use in Christmas decorations.The crepe paper has rather strong and compact colors, to obtain slight nuances the roll must be immersed in a basin of water for two or three minutes and then place the rolled out paper lying horizontally on a rigid surface to dry exposing it, if possible , in direct sunlight.To create the flowers, in addition to the crepe paper, you need a few readily available materials:- big green iron wire, to make the stems- thin iron wire- green adhesive tape for florists also called guttaperga- nylon thread- paper adhesive tape- quick setting glue- scissors- wire cutter to cut the wire- stapler with staples- pistils for flowers in various colorsAfter learning a few basic rules, it will be easy to indulge in the creation of each type of flower, giving vent to your creativity:- to make a single petal the paper is unrolled and after having widened the upper edge afan is cut into the desired shape.- to create a series of identical petals in shape and size, the paper is folded into an accordion and yescut into the desired shape.- to bend the tip of a petal, use a wooden stick on which the end of the petal is rolledpaper.- to give a concave shape to the petal, press the central part by pulling with the fingerssimultaneously outwards.- to make the center of a flower, fold a strip of paper into a fan and cut it into a fringe on theupper part and then roll it around the stem fixing it with a little glue and a few turns of wireof thin iron or nylon thread.- very special centers are obtained by using a cardboard or polystyrene ball that laterhaving been fixed to the stem it should be covered with glue and then passed into millet seeds until it is doneit will be completely covered.- to make the leaves we use heavy crepe paper, on which we draw the desired shape that we cutthen with the scissors, the veins are made with watercolor colors or by forming ribs witha stick.- the stem is made with a rather large green iron wire.- the procedure for assembling the flowers is the same for all the models: first of all the center is fixed to thestem, then the petals are positioned in a harmonious way, fixing them with a little glue or wirethin, cover the stem with green adhesive tape and finally glue the leaves.The cooked paper
Another technique that can be used is that of cooked paper that allows to obtain flowers that are very similar in shape and color to the real ones.
Take a strip of heavy crepe paper of about 10 x 50 centimeters, fold it like an accordion and cut out the petals, leaving them joined to the base and finally bind with a round of wire so that they remain firm.
The bunch thus obtained is passed under running water and then colored using trimmings of other wet crepe paper, it is important to keep the right shades, for example on red petals you can use red and orange.
After removing the wire, the strips that spread out and then placed in aluminum trays and dried in a hot oven are spread well.
The paper dries quickly and the colors are welded forming very beautiful and particular veins.
Crepe paper flowers: Composition and colors
The color and composition of the flowers are very important and determine the success of the work.
The success of a set of flowers is achieved by succeeding in harmonizing form, color, space and structure.
The color is the main element of each ensemble because it arouses emotions in the viewer, attributing meaning and value to the work.
For the first attempts, you can settle for a simple composition: after choosing the container, you attach synthetic moss to it and start by placing the flowers that have stems of equal height first.
Continue by inserting the other elements so that they do not come out of the edges and keep their initial shape.
The composition ends by inserting the smallest flowers, curls, leaves, small twigs and ribbons last.
With a little experience you can later move on to something more elaborate by combining paper flowers with other decorative elements.
Very beautiful are the wreaths that can be created using a polystyrene ring on which the flowers are to be fixed so that the whole base is covered and enriched with ribbons, beads and all that the imagination suggests.
The flowers have the ability to transform the appearance of any environment, artists and artisans have always tried to capture their beauty to make it last over time.
However a fake flower is made, it must not be used to replace a real one, but must be interpreted and used in a creative way.
After making some models to become more familiar you can start choosing a flower and copy it, never forgetting to put a touch of personality and creativity into your work.