When Dan bought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers a couple of weeks ago for a special occasion, I wanted to preserve them beyond their typical short lifespan. Being the sentimental person that I am, I thought they were too beautiful and special to just let die. That is when I decided to give drying the flowers out a go. Yesterday, I bought everything I needed and I tried it out. I know that drying out flowers and gluing them to paper is definitely not a new concept, but I thought that it would be worthwhile sharing anyway, because it has worked out brilliantly for me in this instance. It is such a simple, but effective way to make awesome art out of beautiful flowers!
With the assistance of my creative mother, I dried my flowers using Microfleur, a microwave flower press. This is a super fast way to dry flowers, while maintaining their colour. Of course, it is possible to do this through other methods. Then it is just a matter of using craft glue to stick the dried flowers to some nice textured paper and placing it in a frame. I chose to use a frame with a matte, because it creates an allowance for the thickness of the flowers. It is also recommended to spray a light lacquer over the flowers to assist in preserving them. And that is all there is to it! I am so pleased with the results. Now this little piece of art has a place on my desk, so I can treasure these flowers for much longer!
All of the artwork in my bedroom has been made my me. This has been influenced by the creative household in which I have grown up. I want my bedroom to be a true reflection of me and not just look like it was impersonally pulled straight out of a catalogue. I also enjoy having a creative outlet, considering that my university studies do not have much scope for creativity at all. Some of my artwork consists of a set of line paintings with the words ‘hope’, ‘dream’ and ‘believe’ painted on them. These words resonate with the optimistic lifestyle I try to live by.
I also have a screen print of the Statue of Liberty. This was a very time-consuming process to make, but I created it completely from scratch and I am very proud of it. I even personally took the photo from which I made the stencil, while on a trip to New York City in 2007! I also made a similar screen print of a stiletto shoe at the entrance to my bedroom in the hallway. Now, with the latest addition of my dried flower art, I feel that my bedroom is even more of a reflection of myself! To anyone looking to decorate their bedroom, I definitely recommend at least considering to make the artwork yourself. It is worth the little bit of extra effort!