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This is a place to find information about pressing flowers and pressed floral arts. Flower pressing is easy, just place the flower between two sheets of absorbent paper and press with something flat (like heavy books) for a couple of weeks. It's as simple as that with many flowers. However, there are slightly more advanced techniques and some flowers require a bit of skill to get it right. This website will help you acquire that skill.
For a real treat, you may want to bookmark my directory of Pressed Flower Sites, I hope you enjoy the pressed flower work of others as much as I do. Some of the sites have more than pressed flowers, but the link will take you straight to the pressed flower art and craft items.
I will show a huge assortment of pressed materials, including many non-traditional items. Please Bookmark This Site so you can check back as I scan and list my collections.
Great Flower Presses:
Find high quality Flower Presses and Supplies ...try a handcrafted microwave flower press or a botanical flower press. With the addition of refill packs you can have both since they're interchangeable making them versatile to different pressing methods. The composite microwave flower press and professional style botanical plant press are both microwave safe. If you need a flower press or blotter paper, I highly recommend these.
I'm working on several things right now, but nothing new to report at this time. However, I did see a couple of really nice new pressed flower websites....
Botanical Collages by Ingeborg Burggraf at the Coleman Gallery, December 2003. I was very happy to stumble across this exhibit. These are quite unusual and I absolutely love them.
Going Wild With Wildflowers has a lovely selection of pressed flower greeting cards suitable for any occasion, featuring the reality of pressed wild flowers and the longevity of quality prints. These cards are created with wildflowers that have been collected across the country by the artist herself.
How to Dye Flowers and Foliage - Dye flowers and foliage with absorption dyes before pressing or drying to prevent fading.
Fruit and Vegetable Preparation - Methods to keep better color in your pressed or dried fruits and vegetables. The pre-treatment will be the same whether you plan to dry or press, these treatments assume that the fruits and vegetables are for decorative purposes and will not be eaten.
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
Just about any type of flower or leaf can be pressed, although some are easier to work with than others. Find them in your garden, while out on walks, hiking, or camping. Another option is to buy them either locally or, to get a better selection, online. No matter what the season, you can always get flowers to press. Generally, thin flat flowers like larkspur and pansy will be easier than thick flowers like lilies but experiment and use your imagination. When you get fresh flowers, be sure to try pressing a few to keep. Remember, half the fun is in learning!