I remember well the frisson of pleasure I used to feel in school whenever the teacher said
we were going to make collages. There is something enormously satisfying about turning
oddments into a picture, and as a "green" person I applaud this fun way of recycling all
kinds of junk. This book makes use of some of the latter, but primarily this is about making
pictures out of pressed flowers (although the title tells you nothing of this).
Learn how to press flowers, what you need to buy, and when is best to pick them. Find
out which species are best for pressing, and have fun amassing the collage elements to
add interest and texture to the pictures. Paint backgrounds, cut up fabric, tear up paper...
have fun showcasing the contents of your garden on your walls. No greetings cards are
made in here, but if you scale down some of the larger pieces you can come up with some
smaller works. This is a real "hands on" primer such as Search Press is adept at producing,
and great fun. It isn't even all flowers, as you can make pictures too from what you find
on the beach, in the kitchen or in your sewing box. Enjoyable and inexpensive to do.
If you cannot find flower pressing supplies locally try
searchpress.com for a list of suppliers, and
to buy books directly.
For crafting ideas and some free downloads visit
Reviewer Rachel Hyde's site