21.6.10

Flower Petal Printmaking



I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet



We have a colorful array of flowers that grow in our garden.  I love drying flowers, making potpourri, eating flowers and making art with them.  Today we made some flower petal prints on white recycled cotton fabric.  Harvesting flower petals from our garden and using a piece of cardboard as the base we lay various petal designs onto the fabric. Folding the fabric in half we hammered the top piece staining both sides with petal dye.




It was fun experimenting with various flowers, amounts and patterns.
Here are the results of a bottom dye, pre-hammer, post hammer and top dye pattern.



Really easy and fun activity. 
Questions to consider while creating:
What is printmaking? Printmaking is a two dimensional type of art media that involves pressing a medium onto a support? 
What materials (medium) are we using to create? What types of flower/petals are we using? Do you remember what tree/bush/plant it came from?
What combination of colors can we make by overlapping out petals?

40 comments:

dotblogg said...

wow! and now you can frame it and have your own piece of art-almost like these by Monet:)
hugs
Just

Everton Terrace said...

Wow, I'm not sure why but I've never seen this done before. It's wonderful. I'm going to try this next time I have my nieces over - or even before!

Krystal said...

you have such lucky kids =)

Lenore said...

That is a super cool idea and I second Krystal's comment! Can I be one of your kids??

XO
Lenore

Lady Ren said...

Just-thank you and what a great idea to put them in frames- I was thinking of sewing bookmarks.
Everton- I was hammering flowers long after my monkeys lost interest.
Krystal and Lenore- Really fun activity to do alone- A quick one too with easy clean up!

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

What a fun activity! Where do you come up with all of these?!

tulpen said...

I wanna do this!! My kids are always bugging me to pick the flowers in the garden,they'd get a huge kick out of this!

Maggie May said...

my daughter would love this

Dani said...

How cool!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Lovely project!
nature continues to amaze me~

ilovemyhouse said...

I just found a fun activity for my daughter birthday party. Is the hammering enough to get these colors or did you use paint?XX

Lady Ren said...

Nancy- I have not done this for a million years but did something like it when I was a little girl- it was a spur of the moment craft!
Tulpen- everytime I look at a flower now I wonder what
color it would stamp! Super easy activity and fast clean up!
Maggie- you will too!
Dani- thanks
Lenore-me too- I can't get over how beautiful all the colors turned out!
Ilovemyhouse- no paint just the hammer-and what I pictured- really easy, quick and fun!

Clair said...

This is such a great project. I have never come across this type of dyeing. It looks like you painted the flowers on your fabric.
I am in need of new pillow covers
for my couch cushions and have just found my hammer. Thank you for the idea.

Sandrine said...

Hi and thanks for your comments today, I hope you like "La tarte aux blettes" ;)
Your activity sound like great fun, would be beautiful book covers too!

Dancing Branflake said...

How awesome! This would make the sweetest handkerchiefs. You are too talented.

Mama Gone Green said...

Wow! Those turned out really nice... looking forward to trying that one!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

You have quite a talent. That looks gorgeous. They look like the photos I used in my dish today.

Be well

dotblogg said...

sewing bookmarks sounds good too:) how are you going to protect them from fading? (are you?) maybe with hairspray?(but it's not ecological:/)
have fun there!
Just

Jen said...

Oh wow, what a great project!! I wonder if it's easier said than done though?? Either way, I love it!

Silver Strands said...

Hi Ren! I'm so happy to meet you. Your blog is GREAT.
xoxoxo
Denalee

PS - I'm your newest FOLLOWER :)

Erin said...

I'm not crafty, so I'm not sure I could handle this, but it looks so fun and the results are gorgeous (and i heart flowers)

Karena said...

I adore these, and I have not seen this done!! Equisite flowers!

I will follow to stay on top of your wonderful art.

Karena
Art by Karena

Sandra said...

Love it! How inspiring! And the photos you took are great as well!

Sandra said...

How wonderful this idea..I'll try with the boys!!!

sherri said...

coooool! we will definitely be trying this. I love your little black and white sofa and that side table, too. and your son's gorgeous hair!

The Zhush said...

That is inspired! LOVE this idea.

Valarie said...

What a great magical project. It turned out so beautiful. I really like this so much. We will have to try this.

momma rae said...

we did this recently, too! it was part of our nature craft camp fun.

Earth Mama said...

Oh this is a great idea! so pretty and fun!

thanks for sharing!

PuppyLovePrincess said...

wonderful project! i also love that bird pillow in the background... so pretty :)

Moment to Moment said...

Beautiful, I will have to try this, my children currently love anything hat involves a hammmer..

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Wow, the details of the flowers transferred so well to the fabric! Very very pretty!
Thank you for visiting me blog, I will be sure to come back here and explore some...
Renee :)

Crescent Moon said...

Beautiful! We did the leaf hammering on a t-shirt about a year ago and it's held up pretty well in the wash. I didn't know that colorful flowers would turn out so well, though. We'll have to try this.

Grace said...

This activity rocks. My girls will love trying this - thanks!

twigandtoadstool said...

love the results!!! Thanks for inspiring!!
maureen :)

jeanene said...

What a wonderful craft for my little boys that just love hammers.

jeanene said...

What a wonderful craft for my little boys that just love hammers.

My Little Space said...

This is such cool art! I'm amazed by it. I'm going to teach my girl to make this. Thanks for sharing.
Kristy

moment to Moment said...

This is so lovely! Since you left a comment on my garden mandalas, I kept meaning to stop by and see these that you mentioned, and today when enlarging my photos I came across your link again:). They are beautiful! We tried to do the hammering, yet did not fold the fabric double, I must try it this way, as ours did not come out so well!!
warmly~Christina~

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Your flower pounding is lovely :-) It's such a great craft, thanks for visiting my post and for sharing yours! Warm wishes, Kelly

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