This week I'm capturing the last of summer behind glass. Taking wild or garden flowers and pressing them to create these little pictures in white frames. Mini wall art or lovely presents. So here's how I did it...
How to Press Flowers...
You may find all the flowers you need in your back garden, or you might need to venture a little further and collect a nice variety of colours and shapes. Flowers that can be flattened work the best. Rounded heads will take longer to dry out and won't result in a spread out design.
Take your flower selection, add a few leaves here and there - and find a big heavy book.
To save the book pages from being damaged, spread your flower heads out on a napkin.
Lay them face down and squash them a little to flatten them.
Fold the napkin in half, and carefully close the book.
You'll need to add some extra weight - a big old Dictionary for example.
Leave your flowers for at least one week to dry out.
While you're waiting for the flowers to dry out, you can get on with making your frames. Of course you can buy white frames all ready to go - but I had these mini wooden ones from IKEA hanging around. So I used acrylic paint and gave them two coats each.
Now the best part! Revealing your dried flowers. Carefully unfold the napkin and have a look at your pressed flowers/leaves. A few of my petals did break away but this just adds to the home-made feel.
Your frames should come with little slips of paper behind the glass - use these as your backing paper, or cut out your own backing paper in whatever colour you fancy. I used a cream off-white.
Lay your flowers out until your happy with your design. You'll need to handle them very carefully.
Pop the frames on and you have your own flower art.
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