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on 21 January 2014
I am related to art and design and I bought this book to make flowers for my daughter's 1st bday and i only wished to have more time to make more!!! they are easy to follow and very creative. Fab fab book!! I LOVE IT! I almost found everything in the UK, if not I have replaced it, no problem! Thanks for sharing this amazing book!!
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VINE VOICEon 7 April 2014
It's hard to know where to start with this book, and what superlatives to use. It truly is one of the most extraordinary and beautiful books of it's kind that I have ever seen.

My foray into the world of making paper flowers was very short-lived, but I had to keep this book, simply because of its quality and the wonderful inspirational contents. Anybody with any kind of interest in making paper flowers will feel that they have died and gone to Heaven when they dive into the pages! Or even anybody with an appreciation of what makes a book into something you just have to own.

It is absolutely beautifully designed, with every single page bursting with colour. Not a single inch of its 256 pages is wasted, nor does anything feel like 'padding'. The first 111 pages show stunningly beautiful images and innovative arrangements of flowers that can (amazingly) be made with paper. It truly is hard to believe what you see, and I was left with my mouth open in awe. That description doesn't do it justice - the skill level and variety in the making of the blooms is really mind boggling, and whoever designed the book and took the fantastic photographs must be congratulated for its overall 'look'.

Yet it doesn't feel like simply a 'coffee-table' book. Look more closely and on almost every page you will find little homely touches and small everyday objects which, while obviously part of the 'styling', somehow seem to make the whole book feel more accessible and appealing without being sickly or twee.

Then we have a shorter but still (somehow!) visually attractive and interesting section on materials - again, no wasted space or unnecessary padding - everything is logically and economically laid out, but still manages to remain interesting to the eye, and the descriptions are clear and comprehensive.

Then a section on the skills you will need - with close-up photographs of somebody's hands actually doing it, so the reader will know exactly what each process should achieve, and what results to aim for.

Then a long section (pp 139 - 221) called 'How-Tos', which tells and shows you exactly what to do in order to make the fabulous flowers you drooled over in section one. All the projects are rated in Skill Levels 1-3, although they say a level 2 or 3 can be simplified by omitting steps like petal layers or adding colour. Each project gives you a list of materials, tools and templates you need, as well as clear step by step instructions and further 'project notes' at the end.

Pages 224 - 251 give you every template you will need, followed by two pages of materials sources - unfortunately none in the UK that I can see, but hopefully as none of the tools or materials are particularly specialised, they should be readily available in this country Unusually, the authors have put their brief 'thank yous' at the end of the book, and here we also find out that they are a husband and wife photography and design team - no wonder the book looks so fabulous.

I will probably never make a paper flower in my life, but if any book could tempt me to try, this would definitely be the one. Not just because of the inspiration it offers in showing just what CAN be made from seemingly humble materials like crepe paper, bits of wire and paint (plus of course skill, imagination and a lot of patience), but because the whole book itself seems to be a testament to creating something stunningly beautiful, and it has obviously been put together with loving care, and real thought for the reader, what he or she will need, and how to present it in as mouthwatering a way as possible.

For anybody who IS idly wondering about making paper flowers - (don't let the word 'whimsical' in the title put you off - these are far more wonderful than whimsical) - I doubt you will find a better book and advise you to buy it at once! You won't be disappointed.
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on 19 February 2014
*At the moment it is impossible to buy the double crepe papers anywhere in the UK. These are needed for most of the flowers in this book.

However the book is beautiful and inspiring with five main sections:
1) Photographs. 75 full page contemporary paper flower arrangement pictures. You can actually make them all from scratch.
2) Materials and tools. Crepe papers* and floral tape are the main specialist materials needed.
3) Skills. Detailed descriptions of techniques, construction methods and paint effects.
4) How to make each flower. Clear photographic step by step instructions.
5) Templates for every leaf and flower.
Highly recommended and excellent value.
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on 28 December 2013
A Christmas gift that was on my wish list! I love the book & will definitely be trying some of the projects. The book even suggests different uses for each project, eg: centrepieces/ bouquets etc. There is an inspiration section, a techniques/skills section, and a how to section. Excellent book, highly recommended!
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on 5 October 2013
This book is gorgeous to look at and a joy to read. I haven't attempted any of the projects yet but I am excited about trying some of them out. There are lots of great ideas for specific flowers but also tips on how to adapt projects and flower designs The book is full of inspirational ideas. The photography and page designs are beautiful and although the lay out of the book takes some getting used to once you learn your way round it is easy to grasp what you need to do. I can't wait for my crepe paper to arrive in the post!
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on 1 March 2017
I love this book it is both beautiful and inspiring. The photos are stunning and there are projects included that would suit a beginner right through to a more experienced paper crafter. Very well thought out and produced. would recommend this to anyone wanting to give this rather theraputic craft a try
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on 31 March 2014
I got the book hoping for ideas for fascinators.

Some of the projects are a little basic, but there are some lovely flowers in here - love the poppies and the peony. The cherry blossoms are just adorable with their Japanese patterned leaves, and cant wait to do the green thumb rose.

Fairly straight forward instructions - 75 projects, including wreaths, flower arrangements, garland, mobile, single flowers etc. A section on basic skills, then each project broken down, 1 to a page. The templates are irritating because they are nested in places, and some need blowing up.

As a beginner i dont feel daunted and the results seem doable. Even the vast list of possible tools/supplies required etc hasnt put me off, because the flowers are so pretty. The choice of patterned papers used is very inspiring. The colour palette is very modern and bright.

I didnt realize most of the flowers are made from crepe paper, which feels rather childish (stupidly). The effects in the book seem rather arty and professional, not at all what i remember from junior school. Overall i have high hopes of making some really pretty fascinators. I imagine competant kids would love it, if the parents can get past the list of equipment.
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on 21 November 2013
Beautiful pictures of great ideas.i just could wait to start making paper flowers.different levels of skills for different projects required. I love it
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on 1 January 2016
Bought this for my Gran for Christmas along with Crepe Paper Pack of 500 sheets 16 x 16 cm ! - The book looks presentable and is reasonably heavy to hold (always adds to the feeling of content I think!). Not my sort of thing in honesty, but from when i flicked through the pages it had a lot of diagrams inside along with seemingly helpful instructions. When opened it certainly seems something my Gran liked so overall a good result!
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on 11 January 2014
for an artistic friend. She was up all night reading it and can't wait to get started making the flowers.
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