In my previous blog, La Trenza, I featured this hollow-petal flower of my own creation (Now used for a Guinnes record attempt). This model is relatively easy to fold from the windmill base, –also known as Froebel’s basic form, and makes a nice Christmas ornament, or it can also be used as a dish for a festive occasion.
The model in the photograph is folded from onion-skin paper which I colored with oil pastel then blended with just a drop of mineral spirits on a cotton ball. Here is a video demonstrating how to fold this model*.
When first attempting to fold the flower I suggest choosing a flexible crepe-like paper like that seen in the video. The last step in the process -an outside-reverse fold* on either side of the petal, is a little tricky and could tear the paper. Exercise patience, remain calm, breathe, and you will succeed. Also, experiment with various papers as each hears the whispering of our hands in a different way.
These are back and side views.
Have you folded this flower? Share with us what paper you used!
*UPDATE March 2015: The video posted here is a newer version of the previous video tutorial for this flower. It’s easier to follow!
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