Dried flowers paintings

The choice of flowers

The most favorable time of the year for dry flower paintings is between the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn season. Hydrangeas, bougainvillea flowers, roses, violets, lavender and lilies of the valley are among the most suitable because they contain little water; on the other hand, floral species that are too rich in sap (such as orchids, for example) should be excluded because they do not lend themselves well to drying and tend to develop molds. Our paintings will not necessarily have to contain only flowers, but can be enriched and enlivened by the inclusion of leaves of various shapes and colors (and also in this sense autumn is undoubtedly the best time) or ears, also dried. . Sprigs and even dehydrated orange wedges will help to complete the overall effect.

Drying in the open air

There are various methods of drying flowers, all of which are quite easy to put into practice. We can simply arrange the flowers on a table, on which we will have previously placed a sheet of newspaper; after two days the flowers must be turned the other way: if the environment is adequately ventilated and free of humidity, the drying process can be completed in a week at most. An alternative solution is to tie the flowers in bouquets and hang them upside down in the garden or outside on our balcony: however, in order for the drying in the open air to be really effective, it is necessary that the flowers are not too exposed to the light and heat of the Sun. In conclusion, we can spray them with a layer of hairspray:

Pressing between the pages of a book

A very old and known pressing method, especially suitable for small flowers, consists in placing them inside a sheet of absorbent paper folded in two: this will allow to eliminate the residues of water and damp. We proceed by arranging the flowers between the pages of a book, preferably voluminous, which in turn will be placed under a pile of other books or even, if we have it, under a thickness of stone or marble. As anticipated, this is an advisable technique for small flowers which, in addition to being inserted in our paintings, can become delicate decorative elements for bookmarks or notebook covers, while the most passionate can devote themselves to the creation of real herbaria: the range of the possibilities of use is really vast.

When the drying is complete, it only takes a few simple steps to create our dried flower paintings. First of all, a rather thick cardboard must be chosen: it can be white, dark or even other colors, as long as it harmonizes with the flowers that we are going to place on it and with the frame. The flowers and leaves must be arranged and glued neatly on the cardboard (better to use a light and transparent glue); everything is covered with a glass plate and the picture is placed in an area possibly not too exposed to the sun or heat sources. The frame can be of different materials: wood always guarantees a very pleasant effect and is perfectly combined with elements taken from the world of nature; the criterion for the best choice, however, always remains that of chromatic harmony with the flowers and leaves of the painting.

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