Sunday, April 3, 2016

Looking at my Art and want to smash something!



For a few years now my artwork has been put on the back burner working hard as a volunteer with a wonderful group of grassroot Naturalist/activist here in Sanford of Lee county NC and now surrounding areas too. We are called EnvironmentaLEE.org.

To keep my sanity I have continued to press (smashing can be theraputic ) but seldom took time to do art. What little I did I shared here at facebook
One goal for this year is to get people to love nature and what grows on earth . To want to nurture and protect it . 
First we started selling plants at the farmers' market . 
Now this year with working with kids  http://www.environmentalee.org/kid-s-page-busy-bees 

SO What better way than to teach them how to preserve nature's beautiful plants and flowers? 
   I decided to start sharing my passion for pressing flowers and hope others may find some pleasure learning to press and create with petals and leaves . 

 So I am sharing some of my pieces from the past and hope you enjoy looking through them .
Hopefully I will be sharing new things soon.
Peace and happy Pressing, Terica 

Click any of the pictures to see them close up!


















Saturday, October 20, 2012

Old trick for sensitive petals

Hello everyone it has been a long while since I posted here . Life has been a crazy one for me this year to say the least.
I did an experiment that I just Had to take time to share with everyone .

 Nature Club of Pakistan started the 1st ever Pressed Flower group there . They have asked the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild members to help educate people there and share art with them too.
For over 2 years now we  members have sent pictures ,paper crafting materials and such to help spread the education of Pressed flower Art and preservation of flowers .
The art will be displayed there at the beautiful Lahore Museum in Feb of 2013 . What an honor!
I sent 2 pictures as I did last year .You can find them on the blog here too :>)
 
This year I was trying to think of materials that should be found world wide and I decided to do something that I had read about before and tried 1st nearly 2 year ago.
A tip from Grace Kelly /Princess Grace of Monaco the author of "My Book of Flowers," published in 1980. here is more about that and a picture of the one i tried before too.
http://makingpressedflowerartandcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-book-of-flowers-by-princess-grace-of.html
Yep I used egg whites for glue on these flowers and almost no change at all in almost 2 years !
glued with egg whites
 

I wanted to make a picture that shared Peace on Earth and I knew what i had in mind ...the thing was I wanted to use Hydrangeas !
 As anyone knows that tries to use these petals they are tricky ! Very sensitive to glues and sealers .
I have tried Many tricks before that are hit and miss... botanical glue ...or double sided tape works okay for somethings, but it can be a pain too, plus expensive  and that still doesn't solve sealing?
  So I thought about the egg whites ... I had plenty of petals to experiment with so I figured it was a good time to try it!
1st I simply cracked 2 eggs (used for breakfast)  and saved  Only the shells with the little bit of whites left on inside, in a zip lock bag , put in frig till I was ready to use it !
When ready to use as glue and sealer I used a paint brush to apply the whites on paper heavy add petal smooth out and then used it to seal the petal in place . As the pic below shows I did one petal at a time till the Earth was covered  with water !.
 The petals were greenish blue ...I thought that would be good for the water .
Once all were glued in place sealing too as i went ... I then spread a even coat over all of it .
I let this air dry about 20 to 30 minutes ,then you cut to shape!
After that put it a phonebook to keep from curling up till ready to use in picture .
It even kept perfect color after lamination and I have had it turn brown under heat before in spots.

Now the next pic I made I used regular  glue stick on these figured it was something they could find easily too and ONION skins !
 As I mentioned before trace your circle on both side so it is easier to cut .

 Cover and let dry then cut and add to design

Thanks for coming by the blog if you have any questions feel free to ask ?
Peace Terica
Here is a link to a previous post of the Pakistan Program
 http://makingpressedflowerartandcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/04/hello-everyone-this-is-of-young.html

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Terica's Flower Impressions: Wedding flowers/ Stargazer lily theme

Terica's Flower Impressions: Wedding flowers/ Stargazer lily theme: Hello everyone, I think we have our flowers picked ...I am making this blog then sending the link to the bride Stormy to give final okay...

Come check out what I am up to at my other Blog !