Hi guys! If you've been following this blog (which I thank you!), you'll know I had an old post which explains where I buy from crepe paper rolls from - specifically my 180gsm Italian Rolls (if you're unsure about the crepe paper types, hop on over to this post). Its been about a year and I've learnt a few new things, so I decided to add a new post. You might see some repetitive information for any newcomers to this blog! Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
QUICK TIPS FOR BUYING ITALIAN CREPE
1. Look out for the brand "Cartotecnica Rossi"
There's a few manufacturers of crepe papers but I think Cartotecnica Rossi stands out and I've been using CR ever since I started. This is the leading manufacturer of crepe paper in Europe and it has a wonderful range of colours, plus new shades every year! If you're buying from sites like Etsy or Carousell, make sure it states this brand or that you can see the sticker with the brand logo on the plastic wrap (in case they're trying to "trick" you with China-made crepe).
2. What are all these numbers?
You'll see that on the sticker, below the "50cm x 2.5m", 2 numbers in black. The bold number on the left represents the COLOUR CODE, while the number of the right indicates WEIGHTAGE (i.e. how thick the paper is)
For CR, their weightages range from 40gsm to 180gsm, but most artists I know usually work primarily with 60gsm and 180gsm. I myself buy only 180gsm as I'm accustomed to its thickness and how to manipulate it.
Colour codes are 3 digit numbers that don't necessarily go in chromatic order, so remember to check the colour charts carefully. 180gsm crepe rolls are codes in 500s and 600s while 140gsm is coded in the 900s. Thing is, I've realized that its impossible to get an accurate reflection of the crepe colours on your computer screen, so don't be too disappointed if the colours don't match. I often visit CR's website to compare the colours (click this link). The awesome thing is, CR releases new colours every half a year, so their codes might be a bit weird, like "16A/1" - so don't panic if you see a weird code, it just means its a new seasonal colour!
3. How much do I need and how do I keep them?
One roll makes approx 30 roses for me, if you're a beginner, I recommend buying the basic colours first: greens, yellows, whites, pinks, reds. These rolls are sturdy and keep for a long time as long as they're kept away from sunlight (some colours fade much quicker than others, e.g. watch out for dark blue!).
Alright, so where can I buy these rolls from?
A. Cartotecnica Rossi's website - 1.30 Euros per roll So for a long time I did not buy from CR's website because there was a line on there that stated they didn't ship to countries outside of the US, Europe and Australia. Then, recently, I've seen some instagrammers not from these areas that bought from CR, and so I decided to place an order and WOAH, super fast delivery! It made me completely happy! I'm almost embarrassed not to have tried it earlier haha. :)
Before you get too excited, here are some pros and cons:
1) Cheapest Price at 1.30Euros per roll (approx SGD2.10) - since there's no markup from secondary sellers
2) Super fast delivery from DHL, tracking included and all. I received my rolls in 4 days! Plus I had text updates throughout the shipment and the choice of scheduling my delivery time via DHL's website.
3) They have ALL the colours, including the newly-launched colours, which I sometimes can't find on Etsy or other sites.