We’ve been watching the career of artist and decorator Laurie Cinotto for a few years, and so were thrilled to learn that she’s brought her passion to the bookshelves with the publication of Making Paper Flowers, a book and kit teaching foundational skills in this resurgent art form.
There is truly a renaissance going on with paper flower making, and we often are asked by newcomers to the craft where to find books on how to get started. Before, one would have had to dig up copies of crafting books from the 1950s or even the 1920s to learn the techniques Laurie lays out here, straightforwardly and with step-by-step photographs. These instructions—along with the selection of templates for petals, leaves, and other parts—easily make the kit worth picking up if you’re ready to learn paper flower making.
The projects in the book feature page after page of pictures of our beautiful, photogenic crepe paper. We would recommend that anyone trying the projects use paper from Castle in the Air’s stock, like Laurie did, and to use glued strips of it instead of florist’s tape for a great finish on the wire stems.
Congratulations to Laurie on this milestone in her career. The publisher, Sterling Innovation, has offered to send a free copy of Making Paper Flowers to one of our blog readers, so if you’d like to be entered in the May 1st drawing, just reply to this post with a (non-anonymous) comment.