Thursday, April 11, 2013

Printing with Flowers

Flower Smash Art

Grape Hyacinths..... so pretty, but so invasive.  These little bulb flowers were once planted in flower beds and are now all over our front lawn.

 Good thing I came up with a fun art project to put these to use!  My son had a great time smashing flowers with me :)

grape hyacinths

Materials:  
Flowers, grass, weeds- whatever kinds you like
heavy weight paper- I used 140lb watercolor paper
a sheet of regular printer paper
hammer (optional)

Step 1. Gather up and wash some flowers and grasses.  Just to make sure they will work on your nice paper, test them out on some scrap paper first.  I couldn't get leaves to work with this method, but try whatever you like!


Step 2:  Arrange your flowers and grasses on your nice heavy weight paper.

grape hyacinths

Step 3:  Place a regular sheet of printer paper on top of your arrangement- you can fold your printer paper in half if you like.


Step 4:  Without moving your flower arrangement, press the printer paper on top of it carefully, making sure to squish the juices and natural dyes out of the plants.  This is where you might need a hammer.  The grape hyacinths pressed easily with my fingers, but I had to pound the grasses to make any marks on the paper.


Step 5:  Lift the printer paper off and see the prints you made with the dyes of the flowers.  Remove the smashed plants and repeat the previous steps to add more to your artwork, if desired.  

smash art

Step 6: Some plant remnants may still stick to your paper, so let it dry and then scrape off the extra stuff.

printing with flowers


Yea!  You're all done.  You can frame your artwork or make custom cards out of them!

 Flower Smash Art


20 comments:

  1. What a clever idea! These turned out really neat and they are so unique :)

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  2. These are very cool. Amazing color came out. At first I thought you had dipped the plant in paint.

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  3. Pretty! And, I think this one is actually on my skill level. ;) Maybe I'll give it a try.

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  4. Love the way they turned out. I'm so inspired to get out and pick some flowers--except it's raining and I have to finish the taxes. But...this gives me something to look forward to. Maybe I'll end up with something I can use for Mother's Day. Certainly a much less expensive card that what you can buy in a store. Maybe when your son is older he'll remember this technique and make one for you! It's so nice to teach kids to make cards. BTW, any word on the stones?

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  5. You are sooo creative. I love this!

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  6. very nice and creative ....I am your new follower
    hugs
    http://geturpaintingworld.blogspot.de/

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  7. So pretty! Wish I had some of those in my yard! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  8. What a lovely idea! Looks fab

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  9. Great idea!
    The painting was beautiful in the frame.

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  10. Wow,so simple.. and beautiful!!
    I wish I knew this trick when I was little n_n; thanks for tutorial, I'm definetely going to try this !!

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  11. Piękne :) Fantastyczny pomysł :)

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  12. Very clever! I am looking for some fun crafts to feature on my web site soon...would love for you to submit your project!

    Your watercolors are very pretty! My father was a watercolor painter so I can really appreciate the talent!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

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  13. Wow! This is really pretty. Great idea. Jodi@meaningfulmama.com

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  14. Wow! This is really pretty. Great idea. Jodi@meaningfulmama.com

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  15. Love this Elise!...I did this last year on cloth for a Mother's day present....so pretty...xo

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  16. What a lovely project with an amazing outcome!!

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  17. Good morning, Elise,

    Your lovely blog is full of inspiration and pretty posts! When my grandchildren handed me some plucked flowers recently, I remembered this project and got started. I really wanted to do it with the kids (and still plan to) but have to find a time when everyone is healthy.

    I posted here: http://www.gratefulprayerthankfulheart.com/2013/05/preserving-spring-hammered-flower-art.html

    Thank you for sharing!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  18. I've been wanting to try this! All of your art is beautiful!

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