How to print with flowers

Make the most of the countryside's floral abundance with these deceptively simple watercolour-style prints. 

 

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Spring is a great time of year for creating your own watercolour-style prints from fresh flowers.

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But even in the colder months, with daffodils, snowdrops and blackthorn blossom abundant, this simple technique will gift beautiful results.

You will need

  • fresh flowers
  • watercolour paper
  • a hammer
  • some acrylic spray

Method

1. Pick your flowers

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Choose a flower with thin, bright petals, such as geraniums, poppies and pansies. Prepare the flowers by removing the stem and calyx

2. Petal sandwich

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Place one of the flowers on to the watercolour paper and then fold the page, sandwiching the petals between the two layers.

3. Hammer tap

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Tap the paper above the flower with a hammer – this will help to hold it in place. With the petals now stuck to the page, hammer a little harder.

4. Peel away

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Once you are happy you have covered the whole flower, unfold the paper and gently peel off the remains, revealing the print. 

5. Fix the print

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Repeat the process until you have built up your design. To fix the print, cover the page with an even spread of acrylic spray.

Discover more about being mindful in nature here.

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Main image ©Jacqueline Bilton