Paper Peony Gift TopperHappy Monday! We are going to start this week of upcoming fall and Halloween goodies with an homage to summer! My all time favorite late summer flower is the peony. They are unpredictable in shape with many varieties, yet are always elegant. Last week I was making peonies from crepe paper for my upcoming book. I have yet to do crepe paper flowers here on the blog but instead work with printer paper. Maybe because it is unexpected material and has an artistic sculptural look when finished.To me these paper flowers are a little piece of art. They take a bit of work to design and planning and that is part of my fun. To make your paper peony, I have also prepared a tutorial for you below. The peony is fairly simple. My tips would be to use text weight or printer paper and to curl the petal tips multiple times in many directions. With these two things, your version is sure to look wonderful. When I make flowers that are fully printed with the watercolor texture like this one, I do prefer to print on a laser printer rather than an inkjet as it makes the paper very wet with this much ink. You can get a laser print at your local office supply or print shop for around $2 for the two pages of petals, plus the full bleed print of water color on the back of each. We will miss you Miss Summer. . . but will see you again soon. Enjoy! ~ Lia

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