With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Preserving Spring ~ Hammered Flower Art

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Preserving Spring ~ Hammered Flower Art

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.

17 comments:

Adrienne said...

What a great way to preserve the 'pretties' our grandchildren give us. I love the way your art work turned out!
~Adrienne~

La Tea Dah said...

Oh my! Just charming and as beautiful as can be! I must try this!!!! Thank you for sharing. Your flower portrait is beautiful!

LaDonna
Gracious Hospitality

EMMA said...

How beautiful and fun.

Ann said...

wow, that turned out really pretty. I tried this once but didn't have very good results and never tried it again.

Maple Lane said...

What a pretty idea.

Donna said...

I love it! Gorgeous artwork! And beating the snot out of something with a hammer is very gratifying too, LOL.

Susan said...

Fabulous job, LDH. What a terrific keepsake. Susan

Rush'd Lady said...

Veggies work also. I have an atc in my collection made of these kinda dyes. But like you discovered, they have to be hammered to release their color. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Do you have anything you are grateful for today? I'd appreciate it if you would return and leave one. Thanks again!

Lea Culp said...

I've never seen such but oh, how neat. I'll have to file this away for future use.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I took a class on doing this once--yours turned out beautiful!

Elise@growcreative said...

Oh my goodness....your version of this is so so pretty! The pansy looks great in there and I love the frame too ! Thanks for linking to my tutorial!

myletterstoemily said...

what a gorgeous affirmation of a sweet gift!
be warned: many flowers will follow . . .

marie said...

Awesome idea! I can't wait to give this a try!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love this idea and will be trying it soon with some spring blooms. Yours flower art turned out beautifully!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my, you are soo talented and soo very thoughtful with your dearest little ones! Thank you so much for showing us how to, I will do this when my lil'ones give me flowers! Have a very blessed Mother's Day!
FABBY

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Oh I love this, Lorraine. Thanks for the great tip.

Gypsy Heart said...

What a great idea! I've never heard of this. Makes a beautiful keepsake!

xo
Pat

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