Yes, pressing flowers really got me going. Don’t know what to to with the beauty yet but I find this interesting indeed. A pity I started it when most of the flowers are gone. But the warm gold colors that are coming now will be great as well.
I’m an amateur really and a typical trial and error person but I’ve picked up some simple flower pressing tips from school of Google recently that you might be interested in if you are a beginner in as I am.
First, there are several methods for pressing flowers. The easiest method only requires a heavy book and some absorbent paper (to protect the book pages from stains). I’ve been using this old flower press which I find very practical. A quick search on Ebay shows that there are several second hand options to get (even ready pressed flowers). If you are a little handy you can construct your own basic wooden press.
For best result pick the flowers at their freshest on a dry sunny day, the drier they are, the better they will press. There should be no moisture on the flowers when putting them in press. The easiest ones to press are the flowers with naturally flat blooms such as daisies and violets. Various leaves and ferns requires no great arranging skills nor. Avoid allowing parts to overlap when preparing the flower for pressing (unless you like them merged).
You should let the flowers dry in press for a couple of days before checking on them. At that point you may want to replace the absorbent material. It’s good to dry the flowers as quickly as possible to prevent browning. When they feel firm and not cold to the touch, they are ready. Allow two to three weeks for complete drying.
Some treats the plant materials with glycerin before pressing, especially with foliage and fall leaves. This will replace the water in the plant material, making the preserved plant long-lasting and supple.
If you are in to flowers, pressed or not, take a look at our newest arrival in the shop – the great flower tree posters by Lotta.