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Today, after working on some more mountain studies with my printing press, I took a breather in the backyard. I smiled at my colorful zinnias, pulled some stubborn crepe myrtle sprouts, found an abundance of new gardenia blooms, and noticed the lovely faded hydrangea blossoms along the fence. I've never been one for dried flower arrangements, but I have been known to press special flowers inside books. I have found lots of four-leafed clovers in my dictionaries (they always remind me of my mom and my Aunt Marty who can both find them with uncanny ability in huge clover patches.) Recently I came across an ancient corsage in an attic box, romantically pressed in a photo album from high school.
What would happen, I wondered, if I rolled some flowers through my big press?
Here are the results! And I must say that it was pretty thrilling to lift the papers and see! I really love the detail of every vein and petal and the gradations of dark and light that come with each pass through the press.
My sweet zinnias and gardenias didn't hold up so well in the printing - but I'm importing some Queen Anne's Lace from my mountain friend and can't wait to see how those turn out.