Wow guys, the last time I updated about crepe was in 2017, and that's only because I there hasn't been anything new to share... UNTIL NOW! I am so excited to share that we have a new LOCAL SOURCE for crepe paper! And I'll do my best to explain more in the following post, enjoy!
QUICK RUNDOWN OF CREPE PAPER TYPES
A) Crepe Quality and Country of Origin
There are so many types of crepe and each one has is pros and cons. Here's a useful overview of their differences:
- ITALIAN/ FLORIST CREPE = usually refers to THICK crepe, comes in large rolls and in different weights (160gsm, 180gsm, etc). Has incredible stretch, often 200% and above
- GERMAN/ DOUBLETTE CREPE = usually refers to crepe that has different colours on each side, comes in flat packets with a single folded sheet of crepe. Less stretch but very smooth and fine surface
Want more info? Pop over to Castle In The Air's website for the lowdown
B) What to look out for when buying crepe
If you're still unsure of what paper you'd like to use, I recommend considering 3 things:
1. Size of Paper
- How big is your project? If you need to make 30 roses of the same colour, then Cartotecnica Rossi's large crepe rolls would be the most cost-effective. If you want 1 bouquet with different colours, then Lia Griffith's crepe pack of 10 would be perfect.
2. Weightage of Paper
- Do you like paper with more stretch? E.g. Peony petals would need more stretch to achieve that fluffy voluminous effect. Or do you prefer a fine smooth look to your petals? Then fine doublette crepe would lend more realism to your finished bloom.
3. Colour options
- So far, Cartotecnica Rossi has the largest range of colours, plus they launch new colours twice a year. However, Lia Griffith's colours are also very beautiful, and you can always mix and match her fine crepe with her thick crepe.
Here's a breakdown of the Cartotecnica Rossi crepe roll and what all the numbers mean:
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).
Alright, so where can I buy these rolls from?
A. Cartotecnica Rossi's online shop- 1.30 Euros per roll