Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Flower Pressing Tips, Part 2 - Revisited


We are in early summer here in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and it is beautiful. My perennials and annuals are blooming, and the wildflower seeds I planted earlier along the cornfield are beginning to pop as well, so as usual I'm doing lot's of pressing. I love it!

Here are a few more pressed flower tips I want to share with you:

I usually press the flowers I gather right away, but sometimes I let certain flowers sit on the counter for awhile, such as carpet cosmos, poppies, and even pansies. I gently flatten them out, and arrange the petals as needed, but then I let them sit for a few hours, and they kind of “draw in a bit.” This tends to concentrate the color of the flowers, and it adds a bit of interesting texture. Try it, and see what you think.

*  A number of you have written in asking me what kind of glue I use on pressed flowers. For years I used plain old Elmer's glue.  However, now I tend to use Perfect Paper Adhesive for both gluing and protecting all of my pressed flower and botanical art pieces. It's UV resistant, moisture proof, and it's even flexible - and virtually invisible.

*  Pansies are a favorite for pressed flower artists, but they can be tricky to glue properly. Here’s how I glue them:
First, place a small drop of glue in the center of the flower, and place a row of small dots of glue along the outer edge of the flower. Arrange the pansy where you want it and press down.

Then take a tooth pick and gently run it under the overlapping petals of the pansy from the middle out, and lift up the flaps that make up the "face" of the pansy.  Place a tiny drop of adhesive on the end of the toothpick, and gently slide it under the unsecured parts of the overlapping petals.

After gluing down the flowers, I would recommend lightly covering each flower, stem and leaf with a light coat of Perfect Paper Adhesive to preserve and protect the them and to maintain their vibrant colors.  If I'm making a piece of pressed flower art that will be framed at some point, I also spray it with clear UV resistant sealer in addition to applying the PPA.

Happy pressing!


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5 Comments:

Blogger Annie said...

Hi Elizabeth! Another glue, is "Botanical Glue". It is made specifically for plant material, has a UV component and is acid free.

Here is another pressing tip...Flowers with a thick center, such as daisy tend to be flatter in the morning and thicken during the day, so it is best to pick them just after the dew has lifted!

I always keep a large zip lock baggie in my car, because if I see soething I want to press, I pop it into the bag and then blow into the bag and seal it. The moisture from my breath helps it and being blown up protects the flowers till I get home!

Have a blessed day! Annie (Pressed Garden) ~*

6:23 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Hi Elizabeth!

Here are a few other tips...

I use Botanical Glue, as it is made for plant materials. It has a UV component and is acid free. You can get it at orchidaepressedflowers.com

Thick centered flowers, like daiseys
are flatter in the morning, as the centers grow over the day.

I always carry a ziplock baggie with me in the car. Then when I see something I want to press, I'll pop it in the bag and blow into the bag, zipping it quickly. The moisture in my breath keeps the flower fresh and blowing up the bag protects the flowers till I get home!

Blessings!
Annie (Pressed Garden)

6:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Annie,

Thanks for your tips! I had no idea flowers were flatter in the morning!

Your ziplock bag idea is great too - I keep a small phone book in the car to place things I come across to press.

Blessings,

Elizabeth

7:18 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Thanks for the tips. We have many of the same flowers as you have. I was raised outside of Chicago suburbs so I have an idea.Coleen

9:02 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You are welcome for the tips Colleen!

10:41 AM  

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