Flower Press: How To Preserve Their Color
Interest in the art of pressed flowers is growing and knowing how to preserve their color can produce a beautiful piece of art. Apply them to candles, ceramic tiles or glass ornaments. Pressed flowers also look lovely as a framed arrangement. What a great way to use your imagination and create a one of a kind piece of art. Preserving the color of pressed flowers begins with choosing the right flower. Pressing flowers is a very easy way to preserve the flower's color.
Before you begin, choose from this list of flowers to create colorful pressed flowers:
- Bleeding heart
- English daisy
- Sweet pea
Things you'll need:
- Unglazed paper (such as newspaper)
- Heavy, flat object (such as a book)
- Pick the flower at its freshest point. This is right after budding. Pick the flower in the evening when it is out of direct sunlight and heat.
- Use unglazed paper. Newspaper or an old telephone book is great for pressing. You can also buy a professional flower press.
- Spread the flowers on several sheets of newspaper. Make sure the flowers do not overlap and there are no wrinkles or staples in the paper.
- Press the flowers down with a heavy flat object. You can use a heavy book. A telephone book works well in this case.
- Press in a dark, dry place. The time required for drying depends on the flower size or tissue content. It may take up to one month or longer.
- Remove and use your pressed flowers. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and humidity. The colorful pressed flowers should keep their color for about five to seven years.