Pressing flowers, is a great way to preserve nature. You can also create great crafts and gifts for friends, family or to sell.
If you live in an area of changing seasons, you can really get creative with colors and displays, especially large fall leaves. Try and find some fall leaves that have perfect edges and are not too dried out when you go to press them..
You can also make great sentimental displays using pressed flowers. Such as flowers from a bridal bouquet or garden at the reception. Flowers from any special occasions can be pressed and preserved. You can purchase shadow boxes, from discount stores and even some dollar stores sell unfinished wooden shadow boxes for you to decorate. You can mount the pressed flowers for a great gift after any special event. Your recipient will love the time and effort you put into this project, and the memories it will bring for years to come.
Do you remember, sticking flower petals and leaves in a book to press when you were a kid?
Well, this has become a popular hobby, and also a lucrative business. Everyone loves flowers and you can create some great pressed arrangements to adorn gift certificates, cards, photo albums, or put them into shadow boxes, for a 3D effect. If you can work tiny enough, they can be used in jewelry making as well. Used for brooches, earrings, necklaces and pendants.
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How to Press Flowers
The best flowers to press, are the small flat leaf types, this doesn't mean you can't experiment with the bigger flowers, but in my experience, the smaller leaves and flowers, tend to retain their color and are easier to put into a delicate picture after. They retain their color and beauty quite well.
Roses, as beautiful as they are, are the hardest to press, since their leaves have more moisture, and don't flatten into a pleasing shape. You can save roses for drying, if you wish to retain their shape, or you can take a few petals off of the rose, and press them separately and then create a flower in your display or picture using these rose petals.
If you are creative that way, you can use lots of pressed petals to create your own work of art or scenery. This is a great way to remember the flowers from a particular garden or season. Create a picture of your garden using these pressed flowers, petals and leaves. Paint or draw in the rest of the scene.
Flower pressing, is a great way to preserve a nice bouquet of flowers you received, and you can forever treasure them in your display or picture you make.
Creating Pressed Flower Art
You can buy flower presses, but you don't have to spend that kind of money, to try it out first. You can use heavy books, remember all those big reference books you had from when you were a kid? or that large dictionary in the corner? These make perfect flower presses, just make sure and let everyone know that you are using them. You don't want your flowers being disturbed. After pressing your flowers between pages, just remember what page your particular flower is at. Find a spot to store your books, that will not be disturbed, and obviously store them flat on the ground, not upright on a book shelf
Phone books are not recommended, because of their flimsy nature, and you could damage other flowers while trying to find or press another, and transfer newsprint to the petal. I found phone book pages tended to transfer their color to the flowers.
Pressing leaves, is another great addition to your displays or pictures, but only use a few little ones, so as not to overpower your display. Just a little spray of fern leaves, or small green leaves behind your colorful flowers makes a great addition.
Another great craft, is to paint on pressed leaves. If you have large colorful maple leaves for example. You can press them between heavy books, and when they are truly flat, you can take a paint brush and acrylic paints and paint a scene on your large leaf! This has a very special effect. Keep the painting tiny and simple, and accent the color of the leaf.
Then mount your leaf or leaves in a shadow box, or create one single large leaf painting and mount it in a matt, and then a really nice simple frame. I find with something as colorful as a large maple leaf, you should have a white center, then a black matt and frame. This will really make your leaf painting stand out. This is a great way to show off your artistic talents and a beautiful fall leaf. You could then sell these at craft shows or fairs. People like to find and look at something a little different.
If you display these right, they will stand out well. This could be a nice little niche for you. Painting on other surfaces besides, paper, canvas etc, gives your artwork a creative flare.
You can also add pressed leaves to paintings and artwork, or in scrapbooks. Scrapbooking is another great use for flower pressing. You can have a special page for a particular event or person, and a pressed flower or leaf from that day incorporated into your scrapbook page. Perfect for baby christenings, weddings, birthday parties, special dates and more. These make great scrapbooking pages.
The beauty of flower pressing, is that there really are no rules.. you can experiment with all kinds of little flowers and leaves, some will work and some will not. Don't throw anything away, it can always be added to another creation, and you can learn different effects and how to arrange pressed flowers for a beautiful piece of art that you can keep or sell for profit.
You can create beautiful cards, that can be framed afterwards. You can give any of your artwork a 3D effect with pressed flowers and leaves. There are so many crafts and creations you can make with flower pressing. Give it a try.
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