Now that our gardens are looking at their very best, it’s a good time to capture a little of their glory. Not many people realise you can actually print with flowers.
Children and adults can both create works of art from flower pounding – a process of hammering flowers into a canvas or fabric. It’s easy, cheap and can produce images which are relatively long lasting. I personally love to work outside for some of these basic processes but you do need a strong table which will endure the hammering, and possibly ear protectors if you have large groups of children on board!
- A strong table
- A towel
- Chopping board or board,
- Kitchen roll
- Masking tape
- Cotton material (preferably light coloured)
- Wadding or felt material for backing
- Coloured embroidery thread
- A needle
- A hammer
- A few pins
- Flowers or leaves from the garden are also needed in small supplies – collect on a dry day and use as quickly as possible. Strong coloured flowers and leaves produce the best images. My favourites are ferns, maple leaves, heucheras, geraniums, wallflowers and sweet peas.
Experiment and you will achieve some lovely results.
Get in touch
Retford Textile Group are set to resume meeting at the Goodwin Hall, Retford on the first Wednesday of the month (except August) between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. You can find out more by calling 01623 863327.