Pressing dried flowers isn’t something I’d tried for many years
I remember pressing flowers as a child, using a sizeable press Dad made me. I was quite successful (and Mum had plenty of flowers to choose from), but the funny thing is that I can’t remember what I did with them! I don’t remember doing any sort of art or making cards or bookmarks. I think I must have put them in a scrap book.
I was inspired to dig out my flower press a few weeks ago when I received a delivery of pressed dried flowers for work
See my post Shopping for dried pressed flowers
About three weeks ago I got out a small Reeves flower press (which my husband gave me few years ago) and pressed some violas, forget-me-nots and geraniums from the garden.
The press is only about 6″ square, but with enough layering of blotting paper and card inside, it can hold at least 100 small blooms. I left it in the airing cupboard for 3 weeks, and was very pleased with the result.
I couldn’t help thinking of scrapbook Victoriana when the dried flowers came out of the press – tissue thin, but with the flower colours still true. The geranium made me smile because each individual petal was heart shaped – if only someone could grow it intensively to sell as the next big thing in wedding confetti!
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