A new book from Livia Cetti called: the exquisite book of paper flowers, teaches you how to make paper flowers that look really real. This is an extraordinary craft. You can decorate your home, use these for holidays, and they would make great gifts. When Abrams—STC Craft|A Melanie Falick Book—company told me about this book, I was dubious. It’s hard to make things from paper, let alone flowers that are supposed to emulate real ones.
" ...paper flowers that look really real."
Cetti, an artist, is known for creating high-style, gorgeous paper flowers and I’m told she has even decorated the White House with garlands of tissue paper hibiscus for a South Korean state dinner.
The photographs are stunning. But the flowers are quite believable and beautiful. There are clear step-by-step instructions and color photos for each project. (It’s also a sturdy book and the flaps on either side can be used as page markers—I love that!).
Cetti provides a list of materials, divides the flower into: both petals, stamens and leaves if that is what the flower has; the directions are based on the 1., 2., and 3. principle so it is easy to follow. The photos are labeled: A., B., C., and so forth, so as not to be confusing.
In the back of the book are templates for copying. It is all very organized.
And when you take a look at page 191 to visit the bouquet she made, well, you just won’t believe how gorgeous it is. One of my favorites is the water lily potted plant on page 158 with instructions on page 175; but I actually think my favorite is the “painted-leaf geranium plant” seen on page 156 with instructions for making on page 174.
the exquisite book of paper flowers by Livia Cetti, Retail: $24.95 US/$27.95 Can.; ISBN: 978-1-61769-100-3