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The Art of Pressed Flowers and Leaves

Contemporary techniques & designs

Jennie Ashmore

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849945257

Price: £16.99

Publication date: 2 May 2019

Category: Crafts

A ground-breaking book on the art of pressed flowers and leaf works from leading flower artist, Jennie Ashmore. Our love for flowers and leaves has never been more pronounced and in this book, we teach you how to make the most of the rediscovered pressed flower art, from choice of flowers (including roses, oak leaves and seaweed), the various ways of pressing them, designing with pressed flowers and leaves, achieving symmetry, the use of colour, and combining pressed flowers with watercolour and gouache, painted background, and gold and silver paper. The highly experienced author gives a range of insider tips from using the ribs of leaves to create pattern and movement, pressing both sides of a leaf, and capturing the seasons in one piece of work. She also provides templates to help you get started. A plant directory at the back of the book allows you to see what various plants look like when pressed.

A stunningly beautiful book that opens up a traditional art to a very contemporary expression for all crafters and nature lovers. 

ABOUT THE Author

Jennie Ashmore studied painting and printmaking at Exeter College of Art and for many years taught art in schools and worked in environmental education, conservation and gardening. Her work has always concerned the natural world and she has always had a strong interest in surface texture and pattern. Patterns and geometry are key to her work. She teaches workshops and sells her work. She is based in Galloway, Scotland.

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REVIEWS

‘Sure to spark renewed interest in the dying art of flower pressing.'