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How to Print Flowers with Flowers

comments (21) June 27th, 2014     

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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A beautiful flower made from a beautiful flower! (Mother Nature does the work and you get the credit.) 
This image gives new meaning to the term botanical print and is a perfect way to send someone flowers through the post.
What better way to thank someone for sending you flowers than to thank them with a note made from the very substance of their gift?
A beautiful flower made from a beautiful flower! (Mother Nature does the work and you get the credit.) 

A beautiful flower made from a beautiful flower! (Mother Nature does the work and you get the credit.) 

Photo: Jeff Rudell
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  Gently cover the petals with the sheet of clear plastic, being careful to check the position of the petals before proceeding.


  With the clear plastic in place, burnish the flower petals using a small strip of wood or bone creaser. The moisture of the petals will be extruded into the fabric and onto the sheet of paper below it.


  Carefully lift both the clear plastic and the fabric to reveal your print. Notice how vivid the color is. The company claims this intensity should last for years.


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Comments (21)

Craft_Younique writes: Gorgeous i am going to have to give this a try! Thanks for the post
Posted: 1:11 pm on March 1st
Jessica_Louise writes: Yes, I agree with Rudy... it looks like I could do this with watercolor paper (maybe even Chinese rice paper since it's so thin), wild flowers, a kitchen spatula and some wax paper. As soon as I get around to trying it, I'll post pictures!
Posted: 8:42 am on February 9th
UdyRegan writes: I don't quite get it. Are there any special chemicals involved? It looks like something I could do if I grabbed some art supplies out from storage. Let me know if there's anything particularly special about the kit. It could really be an art project I foresee some of my neices or sisters doing so I'd love to introduce it to them.
Posted: 10:06 pm on July 16th
judygreeneyes writes: You can right-click on the Japanese webpage and select "translate to English". The entire page will be translated for you. If you follow a link to a different page you will have to re-translate.
Posted: 6:55 pm on June 28th
Corrales writes: Forgot to say you need to heat set after completion.
Posted: 11:46 am on June 28th
Corrales writes: Have done this as well with a hammer on cotton fabric. Used plastic sheet over fabric and pounded away. So I could see as I went along. Fun to do even for kids.Made some beautiful pillow cases. Love the technique.
Posted: 11:45 am on June 28th
fiberann writes: Sorry, the link I posted previously for Judi Carlson doesn't seem to be right. Try this one:

Judi's business is called "Nature and Judi Carlson" ("Flower Pounded Originals and Forest Art")
Posted: 3:39 pm on June 27th
fiberann writes: You need to mordant your fabric for the colors to hold. Artist Judi Carlson, who is from Minnesota, has been doing this for a very long time. She teaches classes, has kits, and also sells her creations. She's very knowledgeable about the whole process and her art looks like beautiful watercolors. She does many of her flowers petal by petal. She will be at the Duluth art show this August where she will teach a class. Anyone interested could probably contact her through the show.
Posted: 3:32 pm on June 27th
dlipsky writes: Beautiful, I really have to try this!

Posted: 11:08 pm on July 16th
Criativa writes: hi. This is beautiful.
Posted: 4:46 am on July 15th
mamagatorstock writes: This is beautiful! Can't wait to try it. I'd like to share this idea on Pinterest, but am not having any luck creating a pin. Any thoughts as to why? Thanks!
Posted: 1:57 pm on July 14th
random_charm writes: I would think any fine sheer fabric would work. Nylon or polyester or silk. I assume the purpose is to keep bits of plant material from adhering to the paper underneath while allowing the color to seep through evenly? I have done a similar technique using a regular hammer. I've just used a paper towel on top, nothing in between the plant material and the paper; I've not had any problem removing petals from the paper. It would be nice to be able to see what I'm doing better, although once you start pounding away you can see the image through the paper towel as that gets stained as well.
Posted: 8:28 pm on July 13th
clemsonorange writes: I have done this before but on linen. This is an easier way than I learned. I learned to use a small hammer.
Posted: 4:51 pm on July 13th
HelenV writes: Love it !!! This is so beautiful . Will try it myself...

Posted: 5:30 pm on April 22nd
FaveCrafts writes: Wow. Love this idea. And it came out so beautifully. I would love to learn more about the company.
Posted: 3:37 pm on February 10th
horsewoman writes: For Japanese translation, you can copy and paste the information from the website, onto and it will translate it for you.

For example, the sentence on the nature-print website just below the word Botanic Art translates from this:


to this:

Welcome to the sight of [botanitsukuato] and the nature print which are enjoyed with the flower and the plant
Posted: 4:02 pm on February 9th
wildenfunky writes: Jeffery, my apologies for spelling your name incorrectly!! Adrien
Posted: 9:15 am on February 9th
RocketCity writes: This technique is something that I learned about a while ago and it was called "Cherokee leaf printing". It doesn't require a kit to do it. Just a hammer, masking tape, and some cotton/muslin. I wrote about it on my blog:

If you put a piece of scrapbooking paper underneath the muslin when you are hammering the flowers/leaves, you will get a pattern on the fabric and the paper. It looks really beautiful quilted and would be a good way to preserve the memory of the Valentine's Day flowers that you receive.
Posted: 8:21 am on February 9th
wildenfunky writes: Jerrery! I have a book called Nature Printing by the Ogden Nature Centre and they show this technique. They used pansies. In their materials list they mention a "tote bag, T-shirt, or other fabric item such as a visor, hat or shorts". You can also use the flower more than once if it stays in tact. My book also suggests a mix of 1/2 cup of salt to two gallons of water and the item to be soaked for about 10 minuts. And then dry it in the 'outdoors' or in a dryer. You can also do this on heavy cardstock for gift cards. Would you like any other info of the book? If you have any other questions, you can contact them at their website is and the phone is 801 621 2777. Good luck! Cheers, Adrien PS it's a terrific book!!
Posted: 3:56 am on February 9th
ErinR writes: This falls into the "Why didn't I think of that?" category. That is just too cool.
Posted: 2:05 am on February 9th
Jen_W writes: Gorg. Thanks for posting this. I've been too lazy to experiment with the bag o' goodies from the Japanese vendor.
Posted: 1:31 am on February 9th
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