PICKED AND PRESSED Turn a countryside walk into a creative floral project for your walls.
Is there anything better than the riot of colour and heady scents of summertime owers? Becki Clark shows us how to preserve them through the seasons with a creative project
From elds of dahlias, jam jars of sweet peas and bunches of wild ferns, I love botanicals in every form. The only downfall of course is that, after being picked, owers don’t last forever. The day soon comes when the water is stagnant, the petals have fallen and there’s no option but to resign them to the compost heap. But what if you gave them another lease of life? Pressing plants is a brilliant way to make them last that bit longer and also to create some beautiful artwork for your home.
Flower pressing has had a resurgence of late, lling Instagram feeds with pressed ower art and popping up in workshops and courses. As more of us yearn to escape the stresses of daily life by losing ourselves in a creative endeavour, ower pressing provides comfort – the enjoyment comes from its slow and magical process. I love to go out with my basket and walk along the elds and forests near my home, searching for interesting ferns, wild foliage and blooms to bring home and press.
Although I’m lucky to live in the beautiful New Forest, UK, wild owers can be found almost anywhere. Just take a moment to look more intently for them and you’ll nd wild poppies springing up in grassland, forgetme-nots bursting through cracks in walls and buttercups by your feet. Even weeds can make interesting shapes when pressed.
“Try and nd owers that don’t have too many petals, and owers with smaller petals work best for pressing,” advises orist Issy of Issy Rose Flowers (www. issyrose owers. co.uk). “Look out for naturally at blooms, interesting shapes and bright colours – things like violas, larkspur, lobelia, delphinium and single petal roses work really well,” she explains. But be aware of where you forage: “Only pick where there are many owers growing, never take too many and be respectful and mindful of the habitat that you are picking from,” Issy advises.
Turn the page to nd my tutorial for creating pressed ower art.
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