When did you start your paper flower journey?
In February, 2018 I was looking for some ideas for my daughter’s 1st birthday decoration and I found out giant paper flower quite interesting. So I bought few rolls of Italian crepe paper, watched YouTube and made it for the first time!😊 My daughter’s birthday photos turned out pretty with paper flower I had made. After that, I spent more time on learning basic skills from Pinterest, YouTube channel like ABC Craft TV, The Paper Florist Group…I think my paper journey officially started around April or May, 2018. The more I searched for real flower inspiration and works from other talented paper artists, the more I got inspired from them. I realised making paper flowers brings me so much joy and creativity, soon after it became my small business.
What are your absolute favourite tools to use?
That would be tacky glue. I can’t get through every flower without them. Ah yes, and scissors and hot glue gun for sure.
What type of flower do you love making the most?
It’s hard to choose one I love making the most. Honestly, I enjoy making them all!
If you could describe your studio in three words, what would they be?
ORGANIZED, MESSY SOMETIMES
How do you feel about working from home? Pros!? Cons!?
’m full time mom at the moment so pros to me maybe I can take this opportunity to hang out with my almost 2-year old daughter a lot at Botanic Garden, County Park or walk around many beautiful gardens nearby to find inspiration from Scottish flowers. And on the other cons side, do you think I can make flowers while my baby is awake? :) I dare not! Well, I did try once and ended up cleaning all the mess before I even started making flower hahaha
How long did you make paper flowers before you sold your first one?
Probably 5 months
What are your favourite colours to work with?
I love to work with all shade of colours but my favourite is definitely soft and pastel tone! Most of my paper designs are for bridal bouquet which is depending on bride’s choice colour palette. I have to dye my paper with water colour and acrylic paint or oil pastel sometime. That is exciting feeling when you play with colour until you achieve the shade you love!
Do you prefer to create a more realistic rendition or do you like to add whimsy to your flowers?
I prefer realistic looking for my paper flower that is close to natural as much as I can. But you know, it’s always fun to do something new. I probably try to add whimsy look to my flowers someday, when I have a chance. Wait and see!
What is the last thing you celebrated in your paper florist journey?
I love flowers but not enough to look into them to see how amazing they are. And now, thanks to my paper florist journey I realize I love nature now more than ever before, they are so inspiring! Example? Okay, every time we go out, my husband is always patiently waiting for me examining every beautiful creation of Mother Nature until I’m happy with what I get hahaha ☺
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice while first starting your paper flower journey, what would it be?
Be patient and don’t compare your work with others, we all have different vision of art and you have your own pace to develop yourself. Remember that it is your hobby at the beginning, it means you enjoy what you love to do not because someone else does.
What is the best part about where you live right now?
Moving to Glasgow, Scotland nearly 3 years ago from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, I find this place is so different from where I have lived before. Its peaceful and quiet city comparing to noise and excitement of Ho Chi Minh, so I slow down a bit to breathe this city lifestyle and enjoy it’s incredibly green. Within the city itself, there are endless beautiful parks such as the Kevingrove and the Botanics which are just 5 mins walk from my house! And Glasgow is also famous for street art everywhere around the city. Google it, you will admire!
What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
I feel grateful for my daughter’s inspiration, my husband’s support with everything I need even though he didn’t believe I’m a crafty person at first (my background is Marketing). Sadly no one in my family did and neither did I ☺. I'm so lucky that having friends who share with me tips about coloring techniques, take photos for me and my flowers, comment on my progress and I have a chance to connect with paper artist community, they are really supportive!
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