Crafted to Bloom x Pink and Posey

2-DAY PAPER FLOWER WORKSHOP


TORONTO | September 14 & 15

Photo credit: Amber Ellis,  Creating Light Studio

Photo credit: Amber Ellis, Creating Light Studio

OVERVIEW

In this intensive paper flower workshop, you will immerse yourself in an inclusive environment filled with interactive, hands-on experience and learning from 2 paper florists, Jessie Chui (Crafted to Bloom) and Quynh Nguyen (Pink and Posey). You will be provided with a pen and workbook to capture everything you learn in these 2 inspirational days. All materials, tools, and supplies required for learning will be provided.

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! All we ask is for you to bring your enthusiasm and an open-mind. If you are a true beginner and have little to no experience making paper flowers, we will guide you through every step so you can easily keep up with other attendees who may have more intermediate experience. For those of you who make paper flowers on a regular basis, you’ll go home with a fresh perspective on both new and old techniques.

Photo credit: Amber Ellis,  Creating Light Studio

Photo credit: Amber Ellis, Creating Light Studio

WHAT TO EXPECT

SATURDAY September 14 | Workshop Day 1

On the first day, we start at 9 am and finish at 5 pm.

We go straight into teaching various skills & techniques through hands-on and demonstrations experiences. We start by experimenting with different types of crepe paper weights - Italian (180g, 160g, 60g, 40g), German (single/fine, double-sided/doublette). Mike Benson of Carte Fini will present a short informative session on Italian crepe paper.

Then we go straight into in-depth exploration of unique ways to make centres for different flower, such as:

  • Carpels,

  • Round centres,

  • Fringed centres,

  • Laminated stamen,

  • Rounded tip centre stamen,

  • Different ways of creating pollen,

and how these unique ways can be applied to specific types of flowers.

While we are exploring different centres, we will explain our uses of different wire gauges, from the most common thickness, 18 gauge, to the thinnest 32 gauge wire, to the thickest 8 gauge wire; when we use bare, paper-wrapped, or cloth-wrapped wire; and techniques we use to thicken the stems of certain flowers.

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We then move onto introducing ways that we create unique colouring in our flowers, from pastels to inks, watercolour to sprays, dyes to bleach. Jodi Duncan of Design Master will demonstrate how to use properly and layer spray paints on crepe paper.  During this part of the workshop, you will be provided with specific colour recipes to prepare crepe paper for Day 2’s flower assembly.


After lunch, we explore numerous ways to manipulate the crepe paper into specific shapes or structural forms:

  • Cupping

  • Reverse Cupping

  • Stretch-cupping

  • Fluting

  • Darting - normal

  • Darting - reverse

  • Stretching before cutting - 3 ways

  • Stretching after cutting

  • Twisted base

  • Gathering

  • Pleating

  • Curling

  • Continuous strip

  • Freehand cutting

  • Notching - various ways, etc.

Day 1 finishes with your notebook filled with a “toolbox” of knowledge and a completed OPEN ROSE.



SUNDAY September 15 | Workshop Day 2

On the second day, we start at 9 am and end at 5 pm.

We take everything we’ve learned in Day 1 and apply it to the construction and assembly of four remaining flowers:

  • a POPPY with paper-thin and crinkly petals

  • the always beautiful and reliable semi-double PEONY with its prominent carpels and cupped petals

  • the iridescent and delicate BUTTERFLY RANUNCULUS

  • the always challenging HYBRID TEA ROSE

    We will also teach you how to create berries and foliage to accompany your small bouquet of flowers.


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FRIDAY September 13 | Meet & Greet (Optional)

We will meet at The Paper Place at 6 pm for a chance to explore the brick-and-mortar paper store where Jessie’s paper flower journey began. There, you will get the chance to meet the owner of The Paper Place, Heather Sauer. Afterwards, we will head to a local restaurant for dinner and wine. This Meet & Greet is entirely optional and not included in the Workshop fee - please RSVP at the time of the purchase of your ticket whether you will be attending or not so we can reserve the correct number of seats at the restaurant (thank you!).



MEALS

Both days will begin with a light continental breakfast and coffee/tea. Refreshments including bottled water will be available throughout the day. On Day 1, you will have time to grab lunch at one of the many eateries near the venue at your own cost. A lunch will be provided on Day 2.


WORKSHOP VENUE

 

Our workshop will be held at a spacious 2000 sq ft. art studio in the Lower Junction neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The workshop venue is conveniently located south of Bloor Street between the Dundas and Lansdowne subway stations, with the Bloor GO station just up the street. 

The address is 213 Sterling Road, Unit 202, Toronto.





TRAVEL

If you are flying in, most travellers fly into the Greater Toronto Area via Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The UP Express train takes you from Pearson directly into Toronto Union Station and/or the Bloor GO Station, which is 7 min walk to the workshop venue. There is an airport in Toronto called Billy Bishop City Airport, however only Porter airline operates through this airport.

You can get around Toronto by driving, taxi, Uber, TTC subway, and/or GO train. If you are taking the TTC, go on the Bloor subway line and exit either at the Dundas station or Lansdowne station. Both stations are about a 8 minute walk to the workshop venue. If you are taking the UP Express (from Pearson Airport) or GO train (Kitchener Line), exit at the Bloor GO Station.

Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements (including the costs) travelling to and from the workshop venue (including airfare, train tickets, car rental, or other related expenses).

 
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PRICING

EARLY BIRD PRICING

$497 + 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (USD)

- Register before it ends August 15th! -

The cost of this intensive 2-day workshop is $697 + 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (USD). We also offer a 2-payment option with the outstanding amount due by September 1st.

Click here to register and reserve your spot.

*Disclaimer: As artists, we are always evolving our skills and techniques. Therefore, we reserve the right to make changes to techniques, materials, or colours, used to create the flower(s) we intend to teach at the workshop, at anytime; accordingly, the flower(s) we teach at the workshop may look slightly or entirely different from the flower(s) set out in the images above.


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