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Pressed Flowers Art

by faerie garden

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Greeting Card, recycled paper towels and stationary
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Some early, first tips on pressing flowers, herbs, and all kinds of greenery to be used for designing greeting cards, pictures, and more! As time goes by I&#x27;ll expand on more &quot;tips of the trade&quot; with lots of suggestions for you - hoping you&#x27;ll share your knowledge and any new ideas that might be fun for me to try or ways for me to improve on what I&#x27;ve learned over the years! <br/>I&#x27;d welcome any tips or questions you might have for me!

Card_-_pansies.detailGreeting_cards_008.detailI have been pressing flowers (herbs, etc) for quite some time now and I've pretty much learned through trial and error - sooooooooo me! - my usual pattern is: 1. Aha! I've got an idea! 2. Accelerate full speed ahead and 'just do it'! 3. Wing it for awhile longer and then try buying a "guaranteed, easy to press, instant results infomercial gadget.....yadayada! (and toss it soon after a few attempts that fail to produce the "best" colors and textures I'm used to getting. 4. Finally I kind of step back and maybe do a little research on "how to", add that knowledge to/my experiences - some good and some not so good - and "Vuala!" - Life just got easier somehow!! Surprise, surprise! don't forget that's after  I've ruined good cookbooks, beautiful flowers, tried every glue on the market, etc. - I think you get the picture! So it's "Ahhhhhh! I wish I'd known that before I.......!!! (for some of us "Bloomin' takes [more] time than others" - For me, bloomin' takes lots of time! Oh Well! never know - maybe someday I'll learn! At my age it's not too big of a deal cuz I've gotten used to me and more comfortable with the way I am! I can live with me just fine now it seems! Ha!

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For starters here are a few things that are nice to know during the planning and planting season:

  1. If this is your first try at pressing "greens" I'd strongly recommend that you plant some pansies and violas early in the Spring (I'm in Birmingham, Mi, zone 5). These are probably the easiest and surest flowers to press with the some fairly certain chances of success. And you'll end up with some brilliant, bright, multi-colored flowers to use when you begin designing different pictures, cards, etc. These flowers are nice also because you can plant early, harvest early and then continue to harvest way into the Fall. 
  2. If you are designing an area in your garden, along a fence, in a window box etc., keep in mind that you will be  "cutting the pansies and violas at their 'prime'"! So take that into consideration if you're goal is to have a spot in your garden or wherever that is full of bright, colorful flowers. Don't let that stop you from putting some pansies in the area but remember to balance them with other bold colored flowers and greens that will compensate and that you are not planning to cut and press.
  3. While your pansies and violas bloom and die, you'll want to cut them when they're at their peak w/their most vibrant colors.
  4. I learned the hard way, but the pressed flowers will turn out best if you cut maybe up to 10 flowers and then immediately press between paper towels. I use the same paper towels over and over so I don't feel too bad about abusing paper goods and harming our environment. I have most of the paper towels from last summer to use over again this year. Also, I put as many flowers between the 2 paper towels as possible w/o letting them touch each other or have the ends of them sticking out of the paper.
  5. Then there are a number of ways and/or places where you can put the carefully pressed flowers to dry. I use big 'old if possible' books and slide them inbetween the pages. My neighbor brings me plain heavy cardboards (letter size) that their company would otherwise just throw in waste paper bag and they're also great for putting the 2 towels w/flowers btwn them. The idea, of course, is to have heavy weight on the flowers to keep them flat while drying so you can use anything you want that achieves this goal. *note: you can put flowers in books w/o paper towels but the pages DO get wrinkly/wavey and depending on type of ink in book, the flowers sometimes dry w/some blk ink (letters!!) on them.
  6. One last tip tonight on this subject is that you want the flowers to be as dry as possible when you go to press them. Sometimes I lightly blot them dry before pressing. When I have the time, I also might scribble the name of flower on towel - makes it easier to identify the type of flower when you carefully remove them from the towels (like if you're looking for "ferns" for ex. and don't have the time to take all flowers out if needing just ferns for a particular project that has to be done "now").

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Hope that wasn't too detailed and I'm hoping to continue writing about the process for awhile, adding a bit more each time that will help keep pace with the changing weather and seasons. (Remember I'm in Southeast Michigan - Motown City!) Any suggestions or questions are more than welcome and hope my experiences and fun designing will be of interest to you. I LOVE IT!! (I'll add to list of plants, herbs, perennials, etc. as they relate to the season or if relative to the post info.)


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So beautiful! What great happy colors. I love that last one especially.
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butterfly commented on 03/31/10
Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing all of this incredible information. I appreciate your &#x27;style&#x27; and velocity. :-)
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Spirit Horse Herbals commented on 03/28/10
Wow!!! I love these... they are so super cool looking and I am glad to know now that pressing flowers is a lot more than just putting the flowers in a book and forgetting about them :) <br/> <br/>Great info and great instructions!
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FigTree commented on 03/25/10

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