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!
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.
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 comes to pastel tones of color, it can’t get any sweeter then this… a mix of pale pinks, blush, nude, pale yellow, and lilac! The paper peonies look so romantic and diverse, the garden roses have layers and layers of petals, the lisianthus is so delicate, the lilac and baby’s breath are like drops of cuteness and the dahlia is the main focus of this incredible mix of flowers.
This bouquet was designed to fulfill the bride’s vision of the perfect wedding bouquet: purple centered anemone, sage leaves, navy berries, lunaria and soft pastels.
Photo of the bride Say Bre Photography
I often make bridal bouquets having as an inspiration a real bouquet… also I love to make recreation of real wedding bouquets if I find them beautiful and inspirational… so if you wish to hold your bridal bouquet one more time, for years to come, let me know!
Recreating this amazing and complex flower from paper, has become one of my favorite thing to do when I want to relax. You can purchase my tutorial for this beauty if you wish.