The Cafe au Lait Dahlia is one of my all time favorite flowers and I decided to share with you my creative process!
...a step by step guide that reveals how I get from the simple paper to the finale flower.
This PDF study has more than 350 photos layered out in 86 pages, full with reveling details and know how that I developed after a lot of hours spent on research and making paper dahlias. I’ve chosen as an inspiration, the beautiful Café au Lait Royal dahlia because I love the shades of strong pink and I can show you a few painting techniques/styles that I use most of the times.
I love making paper dahlias especially the Café au Lait type. I’ve recreated this flower many times and I’m sure you will learn something new from this material which you can use and adapt to your own work aesthetics.
I see this material not so much as a classic tutorial but more of a detailed documentation of my creative process: Introduction*About me*Important tips*Supply list*Paper measurements *Techniques (laminating the paper, painting with acrylics)*Shape the petals*Assemble the flower*Make the leaves and the buds*Assemble the flower – finale steps*Template page.
If you have bought my previous materials you will find that I use some similar techniques but with a different approach. This Study is available to purchase on my etsy shop but you can also buy it directly from me (contact me).
Visit my Instagram account @christinepaperdesign (the guide/reel/IGTV section) to find some video materials on this tutorial and other “behind the scene” moments.
Happy Dahlias Everyone!
A step by step visual guide of 42 pages with 150 images and whitten explanations that capture my creative process of making paper freesias.
This year, one of my customers wanted to give a paper freesia bouquet to her beloved mother and I took the challenge. I think I did a pretty good job capturing the elegant shape of this flower. I had so much fun making these beauties and I decided to capture the process with some photos and share it with you.
A few tips:
These paper freesias are made with German crepe paper (Gloria Doublette and 160 gr. Werola) painted with acrylic colors and Pan Pastels. I’ve gathered throughout the years many types of colors and papers so I have plenty to work with to demonstrate my vision for the paper freesia creative process. But I know it’s expensive and complicated to buy all of these supplies (if you don’t have them already). You can find all the crepe paper you need for this tutorial on hartiecreponata.ro and paperartshop.eu (for European Countries)
If you are a beginner and don’t have a lot of materials on stock, here are some tips for you:
- use the paper you have for the moment – practice is very important;
- skip the coloring process and make use of the paper’s real color;
- if you find that laminating the paper (a process I use a lot in all my work) is very difficult skip it and use the paper as it is… in time, you will get the hang of the lamination technique and became better and better (it took me a lot of practice to master this process so be patient with yourself).
I hope you will enjoy this creative process as much as I do and please, fell free to ask for my help in private (e-mail or DM on Instagram) if you need it. I will be happy to see your freesias and share your work (just tag me to let me know you posted the flowers made with this tutorial).
This tutorial has a PDF file – 42 pages, a TEMPLATE page and a supply doc. It’s in English language and has a “text only” part at the end that you can copy and use Google Translate. Find it on my etsy shop.
You can also buy it directly from me, with a lower price: contact me and i will email you all the details.
Happy freesias everyone!
When It comes to paper greens, I could make this all day long every day! I absolutely adore making paper flowers but I can’t say why I love greens so much… I really have a small obsession with these, especially with all the eucalyptus types.
One of the biggest challenge for me is to make small paper flowers like jasmine, wax flower, chamomile, baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s lace, flannel flowers, thistle and any other type of field flowers. It takes a lot of time, patience and attention to details to be able to make these type of flowers but It’s also very fascinating! These look so well in any type of flower arrangement.
Mixing all of these beautiful small beauties with some romantic flowers like ranunculus, butterfly ranunculus or dogwood is such a lovely idea.
Painting the paper to make fall leaves is one of my favorite things to do! It gives me such an incredible peaceful feeling and a creative connection with nature in its most beautiful state. In this last couple of months I’ve made these autumn inspired paper wreaths, with pastel shades, hydrangeas and dahlias, that you can buy from my new etsy shop.
This paper flowers bouquet was inspired by the interior of a house near the water, in California. A color theme with white tones, soft greens, some blue and purple seemed the perfect fit for that place. I used a lot of paper greenery, eucalyptus, olive branches and the flower diversity is rich, romantic, with an exotic twist: anemone, garden roses, some hydrangeas, sweet peas, fritillaria tulips, scabiosa, lunaria plant, a white protea and a artichoke. The Queen Anne’s lace gives it the finale touch… this lovely wildflower is one of the most difficult plant that I’ve had to recreate so far.
After so many years of creating paper flowers bridal bouquets I can say that I know how to master this field. I enjoy making projects that are creative and complex, with lots of flower types, sizes and shapes. This beauty is an example of my vision for the perfect bridal bouquet!
It has color and texture, the size is just right and the flower mix is incredible.
You can discover so many flowers but, I think the main attraction is the red Pink Ice Protea and the Frittilaria Tulips which give the color touch. The anemone, butterfly ranunculus and dogwood ad the sweetness and delicacy.
In the end, the delicate english garden roses ad the romantic touch, all the small filler flowers give texture and the variety of leaves complete the design!
I will never get tired of remaking this amazing flower, over and over again. With every peony I make I discover something new about it… the petal diversity is incredible!
Pink peonies and blue hydrangea make such a vibrant and joyful combination… I had the opportunity to use these lovely mix of flowers in a bouquet!
When It’s cold and winter I like to think about the worm days of spring and the flowers I love to make. This a collection of my favorite so far: magnolias, tulips, daffodils, peonies and the lovely irises.
I love the winter holidays and every year I try to capture this magical season with some of my paper flowers. Wreaths are my favorite and I love to create them, so If you wish to make a beautiful gift, this can be the perfect way to go. I can make a custom order for you, if you contact me in advance. For this time of year, I usually mix paper flowers and leaves with dried plats and the beauty of these lovely wreaths is that they never fade, you can use them as a decoration for many years to come.