Episode 63: Using Watercolors on Crepe Paper with Sarah Simon

“The one material that makes the biggest difference with watercolor is the paper.” - Sarah Simon

If you’re unfamiliar with watercolors, you may be intimidated to try them on crepe paper. Do you have visions of a soggy mess when you think about it? Or maybe you’ve tried combining the two and didn’t get the results you wanted. 

Here’s the good news: both crepe and watercolor are fairly forgiving mediums, and the end results can be absolutely fantastic for your paper flowers. To get those beautiful results, though, you may have to go through quite a bit of trial and error. Luckily, there is help out there to get you started on the right track and save you from some heartache. That’s why we chatted with a watercolor expert in our latest episode of Papertalk


Sarah Simon of TheMintGardener is an artist, illustrator, and designer. Her gorgeous botanical works are simply amazing. On top of her artwork, she teaches watercolor...

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Episode 62: Over Coffee - Pricing Your Products with Erin Shackelford and Jesalyn Pettigrew

Learn how to price your products and services with advice from four small business owners - Erin Shackelford, Jesalyn Pettigrew, Quynh Nguyen, and Jessie Chui, in the paper flower, floral arranging, and flower farming industries. 

Does your stomach tie up in knots at the thought of pricing your products or services? A quick search will show that paper flowers come with all sorts of price tags attached. How do other paper florists come up with those price points? Are you charging too much or too little?

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“I looked back on what I had done that summer, thinking I had done great for that first year…But when I looked at my profit margin, I realized it was not a sustainable business model.” - Erin Shackelford


Paper florists aren’t the only ones to struggle with this problem. Small business owners of all kinds lose sleep over the pricing question. That’s why on our Season 3 premier of Papertalk we took on this important topic and...

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The Paper Florists Collective Podcast

paper talk season 1 Mar 25, 2020

Photo credit: Kelly Lemon Photography

Photo credit: Kelly Lemon Photography

After our return from our first ever Masterclass, it became obvious to us that there was a strong desire amongst the attendees that they wanted to learn more about each other and share the joys and frustration of their paper flower journey; however, they had no platform, other than The Paper Florist Facebook Group, to do this. While The Paper Florist Facebook Group is a wonderful place to share our art and quickly talk techniques without judgment, we felt we needed another platform that would allow us to engage with our members on a more intimate and personal level.

To address this need, we decided to start a podcast so we could engage directly with members and celebrate their beautiful paper flower making through thoughtful and engaging discussions on a monthly basis.

Stay tuned for our first Artist Spotlight feature and podcast in celebration of #internationalpaperflowerday!



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