Ever received flowers on Valentine’s Day but felt some sort of pity for having to throw them away once they dry out? Kinda sucks how this supposed symbol of love dies in just a matter of days, right?
Or, maybe you’re the type that doesn’t like flowers at all, because you think they’re useless and you’d rather receive a longer-lasting present.
I Try DIY, through its founder Mikko Sumulong, has introduced me to a solution to these concerns. You can actually preserve these seemingly useless flowers and create ART out of them through FLOWER PRESSING!
Last April 13, I attended The Art of Pressed Flowers Workshop conducted by Mikko, held at Epic Roastery in Kapitolyo. It was a rather intimate workshop of around 7 participants.
So what is flower pressing?
According to Wikipedia: “Pressed flower craft consists of drying flower petals and leaves in a flower press to flatten and exclude light and moisture.” Mikko brought a bunch of pressed flowers and leaves during the workshop, and this is how they look like:
Yes, these are real flowers – pressed and preserved! I don’t remember what these flowers are called, but don’t they look lovely? The petals look like water color on paper! They’re very fragile, but it’s amazing how they can create beautiful art when put together on a sheet of paper. Here’s mine:
Mikko was very hands-on with us during the workshop and was so excited in sharing her passion for DIY projects, particularly flower pressing. Here below are what the other participants came up with. These beautiful works of art can all be credited to Mikko’s enthusiastic guidance!
During the workshop, we also got to press a fresh bunch of flowers. The flowers below are inserted in an old magazine at the moment, being pressed. I’ll be able to open the magazine three weeks from now and I’ll try to make a new artwork using these flowers and leaves. I hope I pressed them right!
And that, my friends, was my creative activity during that week. It’s so nice to learn something new, especially if it allows you to create beautiful and inspiring things.
For information on I Try DIY’s workshops, visit their website here. You may want to attend the next workshop, so that the next time you receive flowers, you already know what to do with them!