Make the most of May­time’s flo­ral abun­dance with these de­cep­tively sim­ple wa­ter­colour-style prints. By Han­nah Tribe You will need: fresh flowers, wa­ter­colour pa­per, a ham­mer and some acrylic spray

Countryfile Magazine - - May In The Country -

1. Choose a flower with thin, bright petals, such as gera­ni­ums, pop­pies and pan­sies. Pre­pare the flowers by re­mov­ing the stem and ca­lyx. 2. Place one of the flowers on to the wa­ter­colour pa­per and then fold the page, sand­wich­ing the petals be­tween the two lay­ers. 3. Tap the pa­per above the flower with a ham­mer – this will help to hold it in place. With the petals now stuck to the page, ham­mer a lit­tle harder. 4. Once you are happy you have cov­ered the whole flower, un­fold the pa­per and gen­tly peel off the re­mains, re­veal­ing the print. 5. Re­peat the process un­til you have built up your de­sign. To fix the print, cover the page with an even spread of acrylic spray.

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