Coral Charm

Coral Charm Peony

Paper Flower Course with Quynh D. Nguyen

Delve into the enchanting world of the beloved semi-double Coral Charm peony, a captivating bloom that evolves from deep persimmon in mid-spring to a stunning pink coral hue before gracefully fading to cream right before the petals fall. This shift gives paper artists the opportunity to play with color and create stunning, unique blooms.

What Is a Coral Charm Peony?

Peonies are so short lived, but what a majestic bloom! When making them in paper flower form, you’ll want to focus on certain aspects depending on the variety. For something like a bomb peony, those frilly petals are what you’ll want to fuss over. For the Coral Charm, my tutorial focuses on the color and that fantastic center that will elevate your peony.

My tip for you is to study this bloom. Take it apart and examine how the petals are attached to the center. You will notice that not every petal is the same, and the color gradation is so beautiful. You are going to have to sacrifice a few peonies to see how it changes from day to day, especially the Coral Charm with its beautiful red-pink fade to that soft blush vanilla color. It’s fascinating to watch how the peony changes from day to day. I highly recommend taking the time to see it happen.

What You Will Learn In This Course:

This Coral Charm Peony tutorial will teach you how to color and dye crepe paper in beautiful shades that reflect that petal color change as the flower ages. You’ll learn how to wire petals, creating a look that is stately yet soft at the same time. I will demonstrate two mietering techniques, as well as laminating crepe paper for lush and thick stamens. These skills will be invaluable in your paper flower toolbox for whatever bloom you create in the future.

Supplies Used:

  • 60 gsm Italian crepe paper in pink
  • German doublette crepe paper in yellow, white, green, and varying shades of pink, red, and peach depending on age of bloom.
  • Wires
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • UV-resistant clear coating

Difficulty Level:

The most complex thing about this flower is how fine you can cut your fringes. There is also a lot of wait time for letting the glue dry as you laminate and mieter your petals and leaves. Shaping the petals at the end can also be slightly challenging as they are wired and have a different grain direction. However, I provide techniques to shape and smooth the petals so they lay just right.

You can also learn more about UV-resistant clear coating and other methods of preserving paper flowers here.

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