The Fine Art of "Painting" with Pressed Flower Petals
At some point you've probably been given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and eventually watched them fade - their petals drying out and turning beautifully dark shades as they fall off. Through my combined love of up-cycling and making the old into the new, several years ago I began making "petal paintings" where I create works of fine art using pressed flower petals and foliage. I later found out that this is actually an ancient Japanese artform known as Oshibana.
The process of making my Petal Paintings is both intricate and unique. These unusual pieces of art are made almost entirely with individually pressed and hand cut flower petals, weeds and leaves (some skin tones are painted using acrylics and colored pencils). Although these pieces are durable to last a lifetime, as with any fine art, they should be well cared for and displayed away from direct sunlight which causes the petals to loose their rich color.