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Pressed Flower Pictures and Citrus-Skin Decorations
Pressed Flower Pictures and Citrus-Skin Decorations Author:Ruth Voorhees Booke Flowers and plants, with their centuries-old folklore and medicinal and botanical uses, have been saved and preserved in many ways since ancient times. Passe-partouts made of flowers commemorating special occasions were made by our grandmothers; dried leaves, flowers and ferns pasted beside notes in travelers? scrapbooks over a hundred years ag... more »o told much about towns and countryside visited; and the creation of bouquets made of preserved flowers was a pastime of elegant Victorian ladies.
Here is one of the few books devoted entirely to the art of using dried plant material for decoration. Step-by-step instructions cover selection of plants, when to gather them, preparation for pressing, methods of pressing, drying time and storage of pressed material.
The principles and techniques of framing, backgrounds, mounting and design are discussed in chapters describing the creation of pictures and other ornamental objects. Petal point pictures, samplers, miniatures, memory pictures, decorating trays and paperweights, making calendars, botanical studies and preserving bridal bouquets are but a few of the projects contained in this book. A chapter on the legends and language of flowers is included to enrich the meaning of gifts.
A unique section tells how to make decorations from the skins of citrus fruits. How to make seed mosaics, plaques and panels, popular flower show classes, is explained in detail.
The practical guide to making dried flower decorations will be of great interest to gardeners, arts and crafts enthusiasts and flower arrangers.« less