Join me on Saturday June 26th at 1:00 pm
We will create a set of beautiful botanical books with dried flowers or images of vintage insects
You will need to bring the following:
I will have prints of insects if you want to do the insect books, or you can bring a picture printed on a laser printer to use. ( I used a picture of my grandaughter )
I will also have some extra dried flowers you can use if needed
Pressing flowers can be done a few different ways. The method you choose will depend on the materials you have on hand and how many flowers you are pressing. If you are making a variety of prints, you might consider purchasing or creating your own flower press, while a book will do if you are only pressing a few.
It’s important that you are using the correct flowers so that you get the best results. Some of this will be trial and error, but following these rules will help. Try choosing a variety of focal flowers and greenery and filler flowers for a unique look.
Some things to consider when choosing your flowers:
Everyone has old books lying around the house, so why not put them to use?
Step 1: Begin by preparing your flower. Remove any unwanted leaves and lay flat on parchment paper.
Step 2: Open the book and place absorbent paper on the book’s pages. Large books like dictionaries and phone books work best for this because they are heavy and have many pages you can use. Make sure you choose a book that you don’t mind getting damaged. There is a chance that the water from the flower may cause the book pages to wrinkle.
Step 3: Position the blooms face down on parchment paper. Carefully close the book, making sure not to move the flowers.
Step 4: Place more books or other weighty objects on top of the book. Keep in a place that is out of the way and not likely to be knocked into.
Step 5: Let the flowers sit for 1-2 weeks. The longer you press the flowers, the less water will be left in them. Give them one to two weeks before removing from the book. If they don’t have a papery feel, change out the parchment paper and let them sit for longer.