----"i iiie arrangement of bouquets, materials used, etc. 1
uch of the success in malting paper flowers depends on the quality of the material, and the form of the phis, moulders, pincers, etc.
The paper should be carefully selected, reference being had principally to its color and texture. As a rule, it cannot be too thin, and must be soft and strong. Avoid highly glazed papers, excepting when such a flower as the peony is to be copied. In passion-flower and fuchsia there is a thickness of texture only to be imitated by placing a sheet of thin waxed muslin between two sheets of paper. For many flowers, especially roses, a shaded paper is used, so colored as to allow of its being doubled, that a number of petals may be cut from it, leaving the dark shade in the part required. Many flowers will need painting, and for this purpose powder color is employed, using it with a tinting brush, a separate one being kept for each tint. Many flowers, such as tulip, geranium, picotee, etc., require a second or third shade of color; for these, moist or transparent colors aro to be us3d, \iolet, lake, carmine and sepia being most useful, but for a complete list of colors the reader is referred to page 142. The
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