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Kate Alarcón  Inquiries: kate@thecobralily.com Author of “Uncommon Paper Flowers” from Chronicle. Due out October 2019

Paper bouquet

Murdered rose. (this was so satisfying!)
#paperflowers

Paper bouquet by @pinkandposey
@thepaperfloristsorg has created a podcast, “Paper Talk”! And they’ve got Mike of @cartefinicrepepaper on today! I think this is such a great idea and just wanted to share the happy news! (You can find the podcast at ITunes store.)

Paper Icelandic poppies are a lovely addition to a mixed bouquet! Join me at @molbaks on June 22nd for a paper poppy workshop! Space is limited so if you’d like to come, enroll soon at the link in my profile ! (Scroll down for Molbak’s class description.) Icelandic Poppies: Freshly Cut or Freshly Crafted?
June 22, 1-3pm
Kate Alarcón, Paper Artist, The Cobra Lily

Welcome summer with your own hand-sculpted Icelandic poppies. Kate will guide you through every step, sharing her techniques and secrets to crafting realistic, crepe paper flowers. Plus, get tips for arranging your own paper bouquets.

Perfect for beginners, 16 and older.
Registration: $65 per person, includes all supplies necessary to make up to 3 flowers. All attending must be registered.
Class size limited.
Registration closes June 18th (unless filled earlier).

Paper Icelandic poppy workshop 6/22
One of my favorite nurseries ever, @molbaks , will be hosting, so come soak up some botanical inspiration!
For details, see Molbaks’ description below. To register, click the link in my profile.

Icelandic Poppies: Freshly Cut or Freshly Crafted?
June 22, 1-3pm
Kate Alarcón, Paper Artist, The Cobra Lily
Welcome summer with your own hand-sculpted Icelandic poppies. Kate will guide you through every step, sharing her techniques and secrets to crafting realistic, crepe paper flowers. Plus, get tips for arranging your own paper bouquets.

Perfect for beginners, 16 and older.
Registration: $65 per person, includes all supplies necessary to make up to 3 flowers. All attending must be registered.
Class size limited.
Registration closes June 18th (unless filled earlier).

Paper mushrooms
I’ve got two of these sets of paper mushrooms for sale! There are five here in graduated sizes with the tallest measuring nine inches. I can add a delicate wash of pink to the top or leave it white. The bottoms of the mushroom stems are hollow, so you can easily use a toothpick to “plant” them in a pot. Each set is $225. If you’re interested, dm or email me and I can send you a PayPal invoice. It will take about two weeks for these to ship. Because these are handmade, there will be some variation in each set. Thanks!

Speaking of fun days to celebrate: I just found out it’s national chihuahua day! So this is my ride or die BFF for all time—her name is Gracie and she is my rock. Every day is #nationalchihuahuaday around here!

Special thanks to @seattlehumane for bringing her into our lives!

Ok guys!! We need to do one more thing! If you have a quick second, put a quick note in your calendar for next year!

It’s been an incredible day! Have you guys seen the hashtag? There is so much beautiful work posted—I could hang out all night and admire, but my thumbs are worn out and I need to go to bed! Thanks to everyone who posted today. Thanks to everyone who spread the word. And a special thanks to Quynh at @pinkandposey for doing so much to make this happen!
Now this day is out in the world! I can’t wait to see what you guys make of it in years to come!
#internationalpaperflowerday

This one has kind of a Delany vibe, right?
It’s been so thrilling to see so many people posting to celebrate #internationalpaperflowerday ! This day is all about our paper flower community, and I’ve seen over and over how much that means to you guys as I look through all the beautiful posts. We are all fiercely blazing stars, but today is about the constellations, even the galaxies! We are so lucky to have each other and to celebrate together!

My phone is blowing up today and I can’t keep up. If I don’t get a chance to say happy IPFD, happy IPFD!! Psst..can I tell you a silly trick that I sometimes use to style photos? I try to pose the flowers into little “conversations” or interactions. If you look at this photo as a bunch of flowers huddling to chat, you might see what I mean!

Happy International Paper Flower Day!
My heart is so full today. The first thing I want to say is that I love you guys so much! The fact that we were able to come together and make this day happen is a testament to all the love and joy and fellow feeling in our community. I can never thank you enough for participating and spreading the word. This meant so much to me because I knew we had something here worth celebrating. The fact that you knew that too? I won’t lie—it’s brought me to tears.

I’ve been a part of this community for five years now. When I first started posting to Instagram, I was a depressed stay at home mom and failed academic, and honestly, I felt worthless and like I had nothing to offer. The encouragement and support I found here was a revelation. I felt like I had found my people. I felt like I was good at something. I felt like I could put art out into the world and make it a tiny bit more beautiful.

I love the way we cheer each other on, offer each other flower tips and career advice, celebrate each other’s successes, and make silly paper jokes. (Oh the puns!!) but I also love how we care for each other during low times. I’ve had some rough life events unfold during my time here, and I’ve been comforted so many times by paper artists who shared kind words of encouragement, promises to pray, and expressions of love and friendship. You helped me feel like I was not alone.
Over and over and over, I’ve been electrified by the beauty and creativity here—every one of us raises up our craft by making beautiful work every day.

I have more to say and will be posting through the day. If you get a chance, look at our hashtag #internationalpaperflowerday and pop in to say hi to your neighbors!

So, so much love to you guys today!💖

Tomorrow’s the big day!! The first ever International Paper Flower Day. If you’d like to celebrate with us, here are some ideas:
-share a pic of recent work, or work you’re especially proud of, or beginner work that shows how much progress you’ve made
—share a paper flower pic by an artist you admire (with credit of course)
—share a pic of a paper flower that lives in your home, whether you made it or not
—share a story about what got you started, how it felt to make that first flower, what blocks you hit as an artist and how you moved past them
-talk about people who have supported you, inspired you, and cheered you on
-talk about how making flowers affects the way you see the natural world -talk about that white whale, the elusive project you just can’t quite capture
-talk about what our community means for you: what are your hopes for us? How can we better support each other?
-any other thing that feels right for the day!
I’ve gotten such an enthusiastic response and I know tomorrow is going to be amazing! I hope you’ll join us! #paperflowers

Paper cobra lilies in progress

Today is SBA testing at my son’s school—it’s a standardized test administered by the state of Washington to comply with federal laws requiring testing. It feels like a complete waste of time to me, but what really stinks is the pressure they put on kids and parents. I got a robocall last night exhorting parents to make sure their kids go to sleep on time and have a good breakfast, as though this were the flipping SAT. And we were instructed to write our kids letters of encouragement so they can open them right before the test. Kids aren’t stupid—a special pep talk letter communicates that this is unusually important and that they need comfort and encouragement to get through it. We are asked to do this at literally no other time.
We have the option to opt out, but I worry what the consequences might be for my kid.
So we’re not opting out. But my letter may or may not have included a cartoon of everyone in our family (including two dogs and a corn snake) weeping hysterically that he didn’t score a million percent.😝

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