Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Paper Folded Flowers, by Elizabeth Moad. Review.

Paper Folded Flowers

All the skills you need to make 21 beautiful  projects

By Elizabeth Moad

Search Press 2017

Paperback  £ 9.99 UK/ US $ 15.95

ISBN 978-1-78221-426-7

Star rating: ****

This fun new title by talented papercraft designer Elizabeth Moad focuses on simple but effective techniques for creating dimensional flowers. Paper flowers are always popular, and this book covers a variety of styles, particularly teabag folding looks (Gingham Rosette Card, Yellow Flower Notebook).

A pleasant aspect of the book is that each flower is conceived as the embellishment for a project – so there is always a goal in sight.

A notable feature of the book is that same-size pattern templates, where needed, are given on-page with the project, rather than having to consult a back-of-book reduced-size template section, which is the usual craft book approach. Everything is geared towards providing a hassle-free papercrafting experience. Clear step-by-steps (photo/text) accompany each project.

Many of the projects involve using simple embellishment techniques – such as tone-on-tone rubber stamping   in the Décor Orchid Arrangement to lift the design to another level and add more variety to the creative process. Creating an ombre effect with a mini ink pad is another winning technique.

The Concertina Flowers and Christmas Wreath made of pleated rosettes show good use of a scoring board and creasing tool to create fashionable pleated projects. 

This title would make a super gift for a newbie papercrafter.

This book has a companion volume, Paper Quilling, also by Elizabeth Moad (and also from Search Press)  which I am looking forward to featuring soon. Quilling is Elizabth Moad’s particular area of expertise – so we should be in for a treat.

Note: I was provided with a review copy of this book.