As I’ve become absorbed and obsessed with making paper flowers, I’ve come to discover the amazing paper artists of the world through Instagram. The work of Kate Alarcon of The Cobra Lily, is particularly¬†mind blowing. The painstaking inclusion of the smallest variations in colour and leaf shape speak to her incredible talent both as a creator and as an observer.

On the one hand, I’m drawn to this kind of work, simply because it is sheer beauty. On the other hand, I recognize in myself the impulse to improvise and image and impose my own ideas about what flowers should look like.

So, here are a few images of recent flowers. As always, some are real and some are imaginary.


A piece for a lady who is never happier than when she’s in her garden. This variety of Clematis grows up the side of her front porch. I hope it brings a little bit of that glorious summer inside.


A piece for C.M.

One of the best things about making these paper blooms is the play I’m allowed with colours. Blue is an especially rare colour in the floral world, having a lot do do with the acidity in the petals of most blooms.

Perhaps you know that the blue rose is the Holy Grail of flower makers? I’ve just discovered that a true blue rose has been developed by scientists after over 100 years of effort. Well, its not quite blue yet, but it has the potential to yield some true blue offspring.

I’ve still got the market cornered on blue Cherry.




K.M. picked her own tarnished silver vase for this arrangement. I added in some Kousa Dogwood, sunrise Dahlias, orange Poppies, green Camellia,  white Anemone and an Alabaster garden rose.

And, even though I KNOW these blooms aren’t made by nature, I still couldn’t resist putting my nose up to the blossoms *just in case*


I’ve mentioned this before, but the best part of making paper flowers is that I can create flowers and colours that don’t exist in nature. Being someone dark hearted, I yearn for black and brown flowers that are just impossible to find. Hence.


Have you ever seen the way Mistletoe grows? Its a parasite that attaches itself to trees and forms elaborate colonies. Beautiful.

There is a scarcity of Mistletoe in the world, thanks in part to the Christmas complex that has harvested it beyond what can regenerate.

Here’s my homage to the strange and beautiful Mistletoe, sustainably produced