I’m back at the Aurora Cultural Centre on April 28th to teach a course on making crepe paper flowers. Last year, I had a blast! It was wonderful to meet ladies of every age and experience. I was so astonished to learn that so many of them did not live anywhere near Aurora and had in fact travelled across the province to attend my workshop.
The class will be from 10 am to 3 pm on April 28, 2018. The cost is $75 (HST included) per student payable at the time of registration, plus a $15 material fee payable to the instructor (that’s me) at the beginning of the class. Since the class will run though lunch time, I suggest you bring a lunch/snack to keep you energized. Also, please bring a pair of sharp scissors.
Registration just opened today! You can register over the phone (905-713-1818) or in-person. See here for more details.
Last week, Amity Beane of Florabeane published a short blog post called “How to grow a business while raising a baby”. It’s a fun read and, well, I am in it! It was a real pleasure to be part of this post along aside Amity (who always has such great insights) and Stephanie Redlinger of The Florasmith (who’s articulate comments are so easy to relate to).
When I was contributing my little part to this piece, I really had to reflect on the events of this past year and how I managed to do so much when on most days, I felt like I had accomplished NOTHING. Then I recall on those days, I’ll remind myself that I have a little boy in my life who I love with all my heart, and a creative outlet that brings me a different type of joy.
I’m going to demonstrate how I make my own DIY doublette crepe paper using fusible web. This topic has been raised again and again in our Facebook group, The Paper Florists, so I thought it would be of interest if I showed you how I make my own double-sided crepe paper (which I originally learned from Lia Griffith’s magnolia flower tutorial) I was able to put together a quick video, with comments, showing you this technique. A great example of this technique is the helleborus “double green veins” you see above that I made using Lia Griffith’s fine crepe paper in green tea and aubergine.
Here are a few pointers to remember while watching the tutorial:
The crepe paper has a unique colour because I’ve bleached it. In the past, I’ve talked about the process here.
I prefer to use Pellon Wonder Web which can be purchased online. It comes in a 20″ wide bolt and can be purchased per metre/yard at your local fabric store. An alternative is Heat n’ Bond, however, I haven’t tried it myself so I do not know which specific product in that line works best.
I’ve used good o’l parchment paper from Costco to line my iron board and iron before applying heat to the crepe-web-crepe. It’s cheap and it works like magic. I’ve tried using paper towel pieces before and the fusing gets all over it.
I turn my iron setting to a high temperature, and add water to it for steam. That said, I don’t think it’s necessary for it to be on a steam setting, just a very hot one. I have an old iron that I used exclusively for this to prevent any possibility of transferring a sticky mess to my collared shirts.
Any questions? Leave them for me in the comments section below.
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