It started with the flowers. I found myself turning back to look at them again on a recent errand. The colors, the scent, and the symbolic promise that spring is not too far away drew me in, and I was overwhelmed with the need to take some home. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided what better time to press a few of them, perhaps to end up as wall art or cards. Or just because — I love the idea of creating little notes, just to let people know you’re thinking of them.
The process is easy — once you’ve secured your flowers, all you need is some paper and glue.
First I picked up some beautiful tiny purple flowers called waxflowers, or chamelacium. Waxflower has pine-like needles and when you cut the stems it releases the most amazing citrus-y aroma. I also got some white daisies, carnations, pale pink roses, and larkspur. It’s amazing how having flowers in your home can instantly make it feel so cheerful and spring like.
I used brown craft paper, some natural paper, and canvas fabric as backing. After pressing the flowers in a large book for a couple of days, I played around with different combinations of paper and flowers. I also dyed some of the paper with coffee (learn how to do it here!) for a more rustic look. I loved how they turned out so much that I decided to frame some to hang as wall art! To secure the flowers to the paper I used Tacky Glue, but keep in mind these are very delicate and meant to be handled with care.
I would definitely recommend giving the roses a few extra days to press, due to their thickness they don’t press quite as easily as the others did.
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