It really warms a heart when your little granddaughter hands you a single yellow dandelion with the sweetest, cheesiest smile on her face.
Then big sister offers a fistful of grape hyacinths plucked from beneath the trampoline.
I knew just what I would do to preserve these springtime gifts.
Recently I saw a post by Elise @Grow Creative, making art work by pressing the dye from flowers onto paper.
I had to do more than press so I pulled out my ancient hammer and made a lot of noise!
I used heavy weight water color paper. Since the sheets were large, I cut several to 5-inch x 7-inch. It is easy to get carried away and make lots
I also gathered blossoms from the only flowers blooming in my yard ~ that included 1 pansy and primrose blossoms in purple, yellow and white . I cut some grass blades and even some chives from the herb garden
After arranging the flowers, face down, onto the paper, I covered them with plain computer paper.
Holding the paper with one hand, I pressed and rubbed over the flowers with my fingers and thumb, carefully lifting the computer paper to check the transfer of color. The grape hyacinths squished easily but the other flowers had to be pounded with the hammer to get significant color from them.
I got very faint impressions from the green grass, but the chives produced a bright green leaf.
When all the pressing and hammering was done and the computer paper discarded, there were remnants of flower that needed to be lifted away. After allowing to dry a little, I carefully removed any left-over flower parts.