How to Print Flowers with Flowerscomments (13) July 12th, 2013
While attending the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Anaheim, I happened to walk past a rather nondescript booth set up by a Japanese firm named Oshibana Art Co., Ltd. There, a very deferential man handed me a pink plastic bag, which he accompanied with a deferential and very polite bow. Trade shows abound with this sort of behavior, with each vendor keen to get their name, catalog, business card, or take-away into the hands of the passing attendees. I added this item to the myriad other shopping bags I was already lugging around and passed on my way.
A short while later, I again found myself passing that same booth (clearly I was walking in circles without realizing it) and, since there happened to be a few comfortable-looking chairs there, I inquired, "What is it, exactly, that you do?"-pausing only a moment before helping myself to a seat and taking advantage of the opportunity to rest my weary feet.
I am glad that I did.
According to the literature they provided, the company is a leader in "flower craft." Whether or not this is, in fact, the case, I cannot say because their website is only available in Japanese. What I do know, however, is that the technique I was shown at the CHA event was marvelously simple and yielded charming results. I share it with you here despite the fact that I have no sure way to put you in contact with the company that makes the materials I am demonstrating (though, I suspect, substitute materials might work just as well).
The concept is simple. Use vividly colored flower petals to print vividly colored flower petals. The procedure for doing so is nearly as easy:
- A sheet of plastic (or craft mat) to protect your work surface.
- A sheet of paper upon which you wish to print your image.
- A sheet of fine polyester mesh.
- Flower petals arranged in a pleasing shape.
- A sheet of clear plastic to cover the petals and hold them in place.
- A craft stick, ballpoint pen, or bone creaser to burnish the petals and release their pigments.
The process worked flawlessly and took only a few minutes to complete. The results were surprisingly beautiful-soft-edged yet richly colored-and the materials (the polyester and the plastic sheets) are easily washed and reused.
For people who liked my Impressing Prints but would rather avoid harsh chemicals (or for those crafting with children), this seems like a wonderful alternative.
Please feel free to post any suggestions on what material might substitute for the polyester fabric that came in the kit I was given. As well, if any of my readers happen to read Japanese, please let us know if there is any additional information available on the nature-print.com site. (Thanks.)
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