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Luxury #2: Paper Floral Art

Paper floral artistry may have had a humble beginning because of its virtual non-existence, but it is now in high demand and in full production mode thanks to our friend and artist Khrystyna Balushka-Whitehead, akaBalushka. Her genuine and kind demeanor radiate through the words of her story-telling of how she is truly living her dream, and how she has risen to success. Without further ado, here is Balushka, the creator and inventor of Paper Floral Artistry…

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

Urbanette: Do you have a studio where clients come or do you send your creations to your clients?

Balushka: I work from my studio, but I rent and sell flowers worldwide. I just came back from New York where I decorated a VIP area at the Electric Zoo Festival using plastic flowers. I am getting ready for a trip to Miami to decorate a bat mitzvah. Local customers do come to my studio. I deliver and set-up installations and I am always ready to travel for an installation worldwide.

All of my flowers are handmade in my studio. I make  paper flowers, but I can also embellish flowers with: vintage lace, pearls, veil netting and crystals; fabrics which I can hand-dye such as silk, vintage lace; I can emboss, do custom stenciling which is great for wedding dates, and hand paint paper. I will attempt to do pretty much anything requested. As I mentioned above, I work with plastic to make flowers. These are good for outdoor occasions and add a different palette of colors. My future plans are to work with clay and metal. I would like to get into exterior design for houses.

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

“I create all flower patterns from scratch. I get inspiration from nature and have huge geometric influence from my mathematical education.”

Urbanette: Do you do custom orders, or do you have standard items you use and make?

Balushka: I have basic items and packages for purchase in my Etsy store. I started out with clothes, but now it is mostly paper flowers. I primarily do custom orders. Different personalities can be reflected in the flowers. I cater to all budgets. Basic paper flowers are cheaper but are still exquisite. A customer can order 5 flowers or 500 (although I need fair warning to make 500!) I am always trying to grow and develop, and recently I started doing arches and backdrops. I have also done centerpieces, cake toppers and boutonnieres. I am really trying to add an artistic element by incorporating flowers into different “scenes” in vases with other pieces of art.

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

Urbanette: Can you give us and our readers insight into this process?

Balushka: I started off using paper from my local art store. I now use high-quality, textured paper. I can work in any color. I use industrial hot glue to create the flowers.  I send samples for large orders so customers know the quality and size of flowers.

I create all flower patterns from scratch. I get inspiration from nature and have huge geometric influence from my mathematical education. Depending on the design of the flower, it takes anywhere from eight to 48 petals. Flowers range in size from one inch to 60 inches (this is not the limit! It is just what I have done so far). One flower can take up to six hours depending on the size and the customization requests. But I would say the average time is 2 hours.

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

6 Unique Luxuries For Your Home

Urbanette: What inspired your vision for paper artistry? How did you get started, and when and where did you establish your business?

Balushka: I’ve been around paper my whole life. My parents have a printing business in Ukraine. I grew up folding paper and helping my parents. I have also loved to create clothes ever since I was 12 years old. There was no opportunity to study fashion in Ukraine. Instead, I attended and graduated from the Math Institute. It seemed like a logical degree that would give me plenty of opportunities. I decided I could focus on my passions in my spare time. I think the creative and analytical aspects play into the paper flowers.

I traveled to Alaska and met my future husband who is American. That is another story in itself. After living together in Ukraine for a year, we decided to move to America so I could finally study fashion. While in school one of my professors asked me to make paper flowers for a backdrop for an advertisement for a bridal line. I had no clue how to make them. The first flower took four hours. But I realized that making paper flowers makes me happy. I felt like I had traveled to “flowerland” and this is how I realized that this is what I wanted to do. This is how Paper Floral Artistry was born. Having an eye for photography, I realized the paper captured light in a very unique way when it is folded and darted in flowers. It is a great backdrop and they should be everywhere. I decided I will paper flower the world!

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging (InsiderDiva.com) and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 59 Comments

  1. Regina Curry

    Those high-end knives would definitely make cooking a breeze. I bet it would also motivate me to cook more and experiment with new recipes. I’d feel like a chef in the making!! Just gotta watch out and hopefully, I don’t lose any fingers in the process. Those look really sharp. What I also love about those stainless steel knives is that they’re easy to clean and won’t harbor mold on their handles. I hate it when that happens because I know that I have to dispose of it to prevent the mold spores from getting in my food.

    • CHRISTINA VILLARREAL

      I hate it when that happens. Especially with plastic handles. It’s gross.

  2. Olivia Young

    Warm towels sound nice! I think it would also be good as it can help in drying the towels as well.

  3. Nancy Garrett

    I love my essential oils diffuser but I’m curious about these home fragrances from Agraria. I always see this bamboo reed diffusers but I find that thescent disappears quickly, I wonder if Agraria makes quality ones.

  4. Raeann Saunders

    Sorry but I don’t think I want to replace my heater with a towel warmer. I could have both but taking the heater out would make me freeze to death. I’m a person who gets cold so easily and I find it unbearable to be too cold. I think I’d want heated floors instead… Lol…! Sometimes, even my carpet feels too cold for me. I know that most of you will just tell me to move someplace warm, but sorry that’s not an option. More like I’m sorry to myself.?

  5. For a candle holder Rosendahl’s is quite expensive. I could easily find alternatives from H&M home.?

  6. Balushka’s works are stunning. I can’t imagine how much work she would put in for an entire wall art of flowers. It seems like the amount of money people pay her would only go to her efforts and not her supplies! Paper folding has been quite a lost artistry yet here she is, modernizing it and making big money out of it. It’s probably difficult to hire assistants in making those flowers because it would take forever to teach them how she does it flawlessly.

  7. Tried Agraria before and it was great. It wasn’t overpowering and that’s why I like it.

    • Johanna

      Even the burning ones aren’t overpowering?

  8. Tiffany Jordan

    Both the Jane Seymour and Balushka flowers are very nice. Jane’s was more of a classic floral arrangement that looks real and Balushka has a modern approach. Both look very great for interior decoration. I’m going to check out their stores. I only need small flowers for small spaces that I just want to enhance the look of.

  9. I’ve been looking for luxurious decor like Rosendahl’s for quite some time now. I have a knack for looking for decors that look really fancy in order to make my space look more “put together”.

  10. Hachi Komatsu

    I’m so impressed by Balushka’s handcrafts. That is really a talent and I’m just so stunned by how classy and soft it looks. If I was to get married, it would be a garden wedding and I would love to have her creations around me, even as a bouquet at my wedding! I’ve never seen paper flowers look this good. I bet she sources the best papers for that. I’m wondering if it’s durable, but that first pic wherein it’s all over the wall is really majestic. She’s so talented.

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