After thinking about the themes throughout my research so far, I have decided to start focusing on flowers. Firstly I’m going to have a play to see which possibilities I want to pursue with them, one idea is to flower press and find out what kind of qualities this brings out in them. After having a quick look through wiki-how and finding that proper flower pressing takes at least six weeks, I’ve decided to try the “quick flower pressing” guide from ehow.com
Introduction to the article that sums up what I’m intending: “While the standard, old-fashioned means of pressing and drying a flower by placing it between the pages of a book is certainly effective, it’s not the speediest means to dry and flatten a flower; book pressing can take several weeks, in addition to being potentially messy, sometimes causing damage to the pages or spine of a book. For a faster way of preparing a beautiful piece of nature for projects like stationery or laminated bookmarks, press yours using paper and a conventional clothes iron.”
Basically the idea is to set your iron to a low heat setting, and ensure that it is dry (so no steam setting). Then position your flower between the sheets of paper (It doesn’t mention what kind of paper, however when I was little, mum always used baking paper, so that’s the kind of paper i’ll try first). Place a heavy book over the flowers and paper to help flatten them, trying to to slide or move the book around too much, as this could damage the flowers. It doesn’t say exactly how long to leave the book on the flowers, but in the comment section someone offers the advice of about a week. After, remove the book and press the iron over the paper, hold for about 10 – 15 seconds at a time, making sure you don’t burn the paper. Repeat this, checking to see if the flowers have dried.
I will post my progress in the next post.