The Art of Flower Pressing

How To

Take a look at our step-to-step guide to getting creative with flower pressing this spring...

Spring has arrived and with that comes the arrival of colourful flowers and blossoming trees. At this time of year we always like to get creative and have been inspired by all the new blooms. So on today’s blog we are looking at flower pressing. Here is our step-by-step guide for pressing flowers.

Collecting Flowers

We recommend foraging for flowers and plants that aren’t too bulky or dense, as they may not dry out properly when pressed. If you’re keen on pressing larger flowers like roses and tulips, consider focusing on their colorful petals. Springtime offers a plethora of bright and delicate flowers, especially those found in woodlands and hedgerows. Here are some recommendations we’ve gathered that press well:

  • Cow Parsley
  • Cowslips
  • Daisies
  • Primroses
  • Bluebells
  • Daffodils (ones with smaller flower heads)
  • Violets
  • Dog Roses
  • Greater Stitchworts
  • Lesser Celadines
  • Tulip petals

Pressing the Flowers

Arrange the flowers on a piece of paper, ensuring ample space between each bloom to allow for spreading when pressed. Using watercolour paper facilitates moisture absorption, aiding in the preservation process. For A4 paper, consider placing some kitchen towel on top before arranging the flowers.

Creating Artwork

Once the flower pressing is complete, you can start putting together your artwork. Be gentle when handling the flowers as they become very delicate once dry. We recommend using PVA glue to stick the flowers down, as its transparent nature preserves the flowers’ vibrant colours without alteration.

NOTE: make sure to plan your arrangement of the flowers before sticking them down to avoid any permanent mistakes.

Once positioned, place another sheet of paper of equal size on top, followed by a selection of heavy books to apply pressure. Allow the flowers to dry for approximately 30 days in a well-lit, warm space.

NOTE: Remember to be patient and try not to peak as lifting up and checking on the pressing process can damage the flowers.

Below is a selection of our finished pieces, each a testament to the beauty of flower pressing.

Below are some pressed flower artworks by the Ukrainian artist Tatiana Berdnik. We love the imagination and intricate details in her work!

If you want to be a little more creative with the petals, why not try and have a go at creating the first letter of your name as shown below:

We hope we have inspired you to have a go at pressing some flowers and plants yourself.  Please tag your creations on Instagram @kitkempdesignthread.