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Pressing Flowers

Single- layer flowers (small or open roses, delphinium, hydrangea, larkspur, wildflowers, etc.) are perfect for the flower press! They dry quickly and naturally since they are single layered.

The process of pressing involves several layers of absorbant materials such as corrugated cardboard (cushioning & ventilation), chipboard (buffer between cardboard & paper), and several layers of acid-free paper (absorption). The botanicals are placed face-down on the paper to protect the delicate center. Using a "sandwich effect", the layers begin with corrugated cardboard, chipboard, 2 sheets of paper, FLOWERS, 2 sheets of paper, chipboard, and finally, corrugated cardboard. You can create as many layers as you like and then place heavy books on top. Ideally, the flower press featured in my GIFT section is the best way to press botanicals since an even pressing is achieved. Do not remove flowers for about two weeks! They are drying slowly & naturally so keep the press in a cool, dry spot while you wait for them to dry. The botanicals used in my artwork are all pressed in a flower press.

Pressed botanicals are framed for display using a special UV-protective glass.

Please note: Pressed botanicals must not be displayed in direct lamplight or sunlight, heat or humidity. Flowers must be displayed in a cool, dry spot to help the botanicals age gracefully. UV-protective glass is not a guarantee against fading. Correct location for display is key for best results!