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Pressing and Drying Petals | Ingrini

 

The first Ingrini project is the preparation of the most important tools… dried and pressed petals.

Drying and Pressing Petals

  1. Remove petals from the flower
  2. Lay them flat between two pieces of smooth tissues (avoid tissue with designs, they will imprint on your petals)
  3. Make sure the petals do not overlap with each other.
  4. Place your tissue between two hard surfaces (between pages of a heavy book or in a flower press)
  5. Make sure the weight is pressing down and flattening the petals, add more books if needed.
  6. Check the tissue after a few days (especially if you are pressing thick petals or flowers) and make sure they are not damp or wet. If so, replace them with fresh tissues. It is very important to avoid excess moisture or the petals will decay.
  7. It will take approximately one week for the petals to dry. However, it might take longer depending on the flower type. Keep your petals pressed until they are completely dried. There should be no moisture residual on your tissues.

What I’ve discovered is that thin petals keep the best colour and structure. Thicker petals (such as Kalanchoe) usually take longer to dry because they hold a lot of moisture and quite often completely change colour.

It’s very important to remember that dried petals are extremely fragile and must be handled with a lot of care and caution.

Here is a list of flowers I’d recommend using:

  • Anemone
  • Barberton Daisy
  • Carnation
  • Delphinium
  • Dahlia
  • Geranium
  • Hydrangea
  • Lobelia
  • Orchid
  • Passion Flower
  • Pansy
  • Petunia
  • Rose
  • Sunflower
  • Tulip
  • Violets

 

Do not feel limited or restricted to only pressing petals. Leaves are also great alternatives.

Store your fully dried petals safely inside a sturdy card, between the pages of a book or in a sealed container – anywhere where you can keep them safe and not exposed to direct and continuous sunlight.

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