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Saturday, October 10, 2009

PRESSED FLOWER PICTURES

These pressed flower picture photographs can be found down the right side of the blog - the following is how (and sometimes why) I made them. I have made hundreds over the years but have just published a selection of them here.
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The flowers for all these pictures were either collected in the Yorkshire countryside, or grown by us in our garden in West Yorkshire, then pressed in the special presses that Tony made for me.
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If you would like to know how to make pressed flower pictures, I have a full teaching programme available. Just email me on tontric@hotmail.com

I´ve logged the pictures here in alphabetical order - hopefully this will make it easier for you to check out each one individually.

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APRICOT PARFAIT 4x6”
Berberis, Daisy, Elder blossom, Gypsophila, London pride, Saxifrage, Verbena, Queen Anne´s lace leaf
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AUTUMN GLOW 8x10”
Alyssum saxatile, Berberis, Crocosmia, Daisy, Elder flowers, Mayweed, London Pride, Verbena, Feverfew, Goldenrod, Gypsophila, Honeysuckle, Lily of the valley, Polygonum, Beech leaf, Fern as basket, Reindeer moss, Grasses, Limnanthes leaf, Oak leaf, Cranesbill leaf.

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BASKET OF DELIGHTS 8x10”
Verbena, Lobelia, Violas, Cranesbill, London pride, Silverweed, Maidenhair spleenwort, Russian vine, Sweet pea tendrils, Maidenhair fern, Bindweed, Alyssum saxatile, Beech leaf as basket

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BLUE BABY 4x3"

I wanted to try a miniature - this frame is only 3x4inches approximately. I used
Delphinium petals for bowl, Bluebells, Cornflower florets, Queen Anne´s lace and Snow in summer leaf

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BLUE BEAUTY 4x6”
Baby blue eyes, Delphinium petals, Hawthorn, Lobelia, Queen Anne´s lace

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BLOSSOMING BOUQUET 5x7”
Feverfew, Gypsophila, Heuchera, Hydrangea, Iberis, London pride, Persicaria, Polygonum, Thrift, Verbena, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow, chervil leaf

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BLUSH 7” x 9”
Cranesbill, Daisy, Heather, Hydrangea, Mayweed, persicaria, Phlox, Verbena, Yarrow, Achillea, Clover, Fern, Vetch, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow

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CELEBRATION 8x10"
Delphinium, Kerria, Crocosmia, Bluebell, Daisy, Alyssum saxatile, Forget me not, Iberis, Queen Anne´s lace, London pride, Gypsophila, Polygonum persicaria, Cranesbill, Virginian stock, bowl made from delphinium petals decorated with Queen Anne´s lace flowers and stems

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CIRCLE OF JOY 8 x 10”
Alyssum saxatile, Cranesbill, Daisy, Hawthorn buds, Meadow cranesbill, Willowherb buds, Fern

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CLUSTER 5” x 7”
Verbena, 3 varieties Saxifrage, London pride, Cow parsley leaf

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COTTAGE

The first picture I made. It measures 52" x 27" (132 x 69 cm) plus frame

I started the collage on 14th May 1978 and completed it on 10 July 1979. My apologies for quality of photos – since then I´ve gone digital!
The background was drawn and painted for me by my friend Sylvia Pittam whose rabbit supplied the straw for the roof. The frame and engraved nameplate were made by dear husband Tony
Flowers and petals used: rose, dahlia, pansy, daisy, London pride, hawthorn blossom, buttercup, bluebells, marigold, lobelia, busy lizzie and a few others whose name I never knew
Brickwork started life as pink rose petals – thanks to all my work colleagues at Marston Paxman in Brighouse who brought me bagsful of flowers!
The path is edged with individual flowers of hawthorn blossom and London pride
For the wishing well base I used dahlia petals overlapped with rose petals for the uprights and straw on the thatch.
The little boy took hours. For his shirt I cut up pansy petals into tiny squares, then laid them right side/wrong side up to achieve a checked look. His dungarees are overlapping marigold petals. His hat, boots and features were all made using leaves or paper.
The shrubbery on the left is a collection of leaves and flowers (names unknown) given to me by my friend Dolores, who remains fondly in my memory each time I look at the picture.,
The trees are a mixture of leaves and ferns, but I used real treebark for the trunk, brought to me by Heather, a workmate
For the little girl´s dress I was stuck for something big enough, until a lovely lady at White´s florist in Brighouse came to the rescue with a large lily petal, which I trimmed with pansy petals to simulate fur.
Her bonnet and boots are assorted leaves
The garden contains various flowers, as listed earlier.

I had great fun making the window frames using balsa wood. I stuck narrow lace on the inside for curtains and “lit up” the downstairs window using pink card. I added the vase of flowers for a homely touch.

The thatch was simply straw, cut to size and glued to a paper strip

The door and foot-scraper are also made from balsa wood, with initials and date engraved on the letterbox and upper door-plate.

The “roses around the door” are in fact London Pride

The picture has faded and mellowed with the years. The golden buttercups are now a silvery-white, the vibrant flower colours have faded to soft browns, purples and gold and the deep purple well is almost “grey brick”. Despite this, I still love to look at it, seeing what I could have done differently, what I would do now, and ask myself “shall I start another?”

I gave this creation to my Niece Rebecca and her husband Adam, as a wedding gift in 2006.

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CROSS OF PASSION 13x18"

I made this special picture for my church "Huddersfield Christian Fellowship.

Many flowers in it, but the main item is the passion flower that I used for the centre

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ENGLISH SUMMER 8x10"

This picture was created especially for a friend to give to his favourite Pizza Restaurant in the Bay of Naples
Ox-eye daisy, Feverfew, Lawn daisy, Rose bay willowherb, Great willowherb, Campion, Verbena, Heuchera, Meadowsweet, Hawthorn blossom, London pride, Gypsophila, Cranesbill, Queen Anne´s lace, Iberis, Heather, Silverweed, Field woodrush, Vetch, Willowherb leaf, Yorkshire fog grass, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow


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FIRE SCREEN around 24" x 20"

I´d always wanted to make a picture from pressed flowers, since my first huge one, and finding this old fire screen in a charity shop gave me the idea. The pond is made from delphinium petals, the stones from marigold calyxes. Other ingredients are delphinium flowers, grasses, beach leaves, vetch, lobelia, daisy, buttercup, dandelion seedheads and some items I can´t even remember!

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FLOWER BOWL 3 1/2 X 5"
Celandine, Queen Anne´s lace, Limnanthes, Corydalis leaf, Snow in summer leaf, Beech leaf as bowl

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GARDEN OF JOYS 8x10"
Cranesbill, Daisy, Gypsophila, Hawthorn, Hydrangea, Heuchera, Iberis, London pride, Mayweed, Persicaria, Queen Anne´s lace, Thrift, Verbena, Alcemilla alpina leaf as bow, Cranesbill leaf, Yorkshire fog (grass)

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GLORIANA around 14x18"

Astrantia, cornflower, cosmos, cranesbill leaf, crocosmia, delphinium, elder blossom, feverfew, geranium, geum, heuchera, hydrangea, limonium, london pride, love in a mist, mayweed, meadow cranesbill, miniature rose, polygonum persicaria, queen anne´s lace, vetch, great willowherb, rose bay willowherb

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GOLDEN 5x7”

Borage, Buttercup, Elder blossom, Feverfew, Hawthorn blossom, Kerria, Phlox, Viola, Queen Anne´s lace leaf, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow

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GOLDEN GLOW 3 ½ x 5”
Goldenrod, Lysimachia punctata (loosestrife), Lady´s bedstraw, Cranesbill leaf, Vetch tendrils

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GREAT TIT 5x7"
This is made from an assortment of leaves with yellow marigold petals for the underbody

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GREENFINCH 5x7"
Made from assorted leaves with yellow marigold petals for underbody and tail feathers.

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HARVEST BASKET 7x9”
Cherry blossom, Crocosmia, Daisy, Elder blossom, Geum, Gypsophila, Hawthorn, Lewisia, Persicaria, Saxifrage, Verbena, Queen Anne´s lace leaf, Fern as basket

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JEWELS 8x10”
Gypsophila, London pride, Heuchera, Mayweed, Pansy, Persicaria, Potentilla, Verbena, Viola, Chervil leaf, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow

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LUCKY 3x4”
Berberis, Gypsophila, Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley, Queen Anne´s lace flowers, Maidenhair fern, Alchemilla alpina leaf.

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PASSION 7x9”
Elder blossom, Heartsease, London Pride, Marguerites, Meadow cranesbill, Polygonum persicaria, Primula denticulata, Verbena, Yarrow, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow, Chervil leaf, Vetch
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PEACHY 7x9”
Crocosmia, Elder blossom, Hawthorn blossom, Hogweed, Verbena, Queen Anne´s lace leaf

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POT OF GOLD - my second miniature 4x3"
Crocosmia on leaf base bowl, Berberis buds and flowers, Cranesbill leaf

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PRECIOUS around 14x18"

Alchemilla leaf, alyssum saxatile, ash leaves, baby blue eyes, cornflower, crocosmia, daisy, delphinium, elder blossom, fern, feverfew, geum, great willowhereb, gypsophila, heuchera, london pride, love in a mist, maidenhair fern, mayweed, meadow cranesbill, miniature rose, persicaria, polygonum, salvia, verbena, vetch, wild rose.

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ROBIN 7x5"
I made this as a Christmas card for Tony.
Upper body beech leaves. Redbreast Christmas cactus flower petals; underbody Clematis seedheads using the fluffy part with the seed removed. Leaves are bindweed and the berries are hole-punched out of a fuchsia petal.

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SNOWFLAKES 5x7"
I found a lovely silver frame and wanted to do something different, so on the dark blue background, I put Snowdrops, Snow in summer and individual flowers from Queen Anne´s lace as the snowflakes
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SUNGLOW 7x5"

A different design, for a change
Viola, Pansy, London pride, Queen Anne´s lace, Heuchera, Cranesbill leaf

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SUNSHINE 8x10”
Alyssum saxatile, Buttercup, Broom, Celandine, Goldenrod, Hop Trefoil, Kerria, Primrose, Ragwort, Rapeseed, Viola, Achillea, Beech leaf as bowl, Clover, Conifer, Cranesbill leaf, Fern

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SUSAN´S BOUQUET 5x7”
Campion, Cornflower florets, Cranesbill, Daisy, Geum, Hogweed, Honesty, Hydrangea, London pride, Saxifrage, Snow in summer, Wild rose, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow, Chervil leaf

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WALK IN THE COUNTRY 8 x 10”
Gypsophila, Heather, Honesty, plain and variegated, Hydrangea, Limonium, London pride, Mayweed, Pale persicaria, Verbena, Alchemilla alpina leaf as bow, Artemesia, Chervil leaf, Grasses, Willowherb leaf, Vetch, Yorkshire Fog grass

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2 comments:

Terica said...

Wow , what great details. I must start keeping a list of what I use. That is so helpful. It is hard to choose but I think my favorite is GARDEN OF JOYS . Such a wonderful design.
You could teach classes for our Guild , with this talent! We would love to have You. I have only started pressing in the last few years. I have learned so much from the guild members but have a long way to go. please visit my blog.
Peace, Terica
http://flowersbyterica.blogspot.com/

Terica said...

Where did the pictures go ?:o(