This Blog will be a place dedicated to interview the Wonderful Flower Pressers and Artists
around the world that use 'Pressed Flowers" as part of their medium .
Let the world see What kind of " Art" can be made from it!
Please let me know if You would
to do an interview too or know someone ?
Come back often and Peace and Keep on Pressing...

This is the poem that reminded me to do this.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Interview with Dorothy Marie Wark from 'Flowers Pressed by DeeMarie"

 I was so excited when I saw the interview from my friend Dee. I have never met Dee but have shared many flowers and leaves with her along with a wonderful Email-friendship. We met at a pressed flower group at yahoo. One day we will get her in our guild I hope ! 
The UK guild will be trying to get her too I am sure soon too! 
She has a true passion for nature , her photography is amazing ! I am honored to have some of Dee's nature shots I have hung proudly ! 
Her eye for detail is shown in both her works ! 

If you Click the picture it will get bigger

Dorothy Marie Wark
alias Dee and/or DeeMarie


  Where are you from?
Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada and I love it here.

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art and/or using Pressed Plant material in your art and crafts as a medium   ?
I went wild in 2009 planted over a hundred pansies and violas and did not have many other flowers and went overboard pressing autumn leaves too that fall.

Do you remember the first thing you pressed ?
Not really except I always had a passion for beautiful autumn leaves so would place a few in books over the past several years.

What’s your favorite mediums /materials?
There isn’t a flower I do not love as well any leaves and grasses.
  I really love designing my own backgrounds be it on the computer and this spring I learned to marble on paper, silks, cotton and satin and really love the rich look the silks and satins give as a background.

What is your favorite glues ?
  I only use a tad of Elmer’s glue

Do You use sealers on your pressed flowers?
  Only on greeting cards as I am not fond of the artificial look but do cover some with stitch witchery material I get at a fabric store.

What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it?
Well I find the pansies and violas the easy ones to press by any method I use either in books or microwave oven press and do like the homemade screw-down presses so use all these methods.

Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.
I do not ever like being idle and do many different things like pressing ,creating with pressed materials, making backgrounds,computer generated artworks, doing scrapbooking, tons of photography in the spring, summer and fall,and have just learned to do marbling and there are so many things I’d still like to try but am afraid I’d need another 20 years so fear I’ll run out of time.Lol


Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc
Some framed artworks are in our local gallery and my blog is at  

Note:  this link was updated March 2012

Please share tips ?
I find drying time to be very quick when I place a blue shop towel in the pages of my catalogue or phone book, place the plant material on half of towel and fold over and close the book and place under weights, usually fill gallon milk jugs full of water for weights

Tell stories that You want people to know about working with pressed flowers and plants .
Once you have decided to start pressing flowers remember it can get to be very addictive so you’ll need lots of proper storage area or move to a larger house.Lol ; I have about 50 medium sized pizza boxes with pressed material in my small room and still pressing and likely wont live long enough to use it all up so if anyone needs anything just give me a shout, ok?  

Thanks for filling this out .
 It is a pleasure, a very special thank you Terica as well to all the great friends I have made on this wonderful pressed flower group I belong to ; Your help and inspiration has made the world of difference to me.
Take care and may your blessings be filled with good health, happiness and much pressing and creating

here is the link to the group on Yahoo , Dee and I mentioned we are a part of , if you are interested .
Many of the WWPFG members visit there often too.

I do hope you enjoyed this interview . Please leave comments and click the share buttons too.
Till next time Peace and Happy Pressing !

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Denise Stirrup , WWPFG Member & PFG of UK member

 Hello everyone I hope you will enjoy this interview as much as I have. Denise is a very talented lady and shares some wonderful tips here.  When you finish the blog go by and check out her website... there you will see lots more of her beautiful works .Along with my  favorite that I so SO want to try to make one day ...  "The Eagle " picture made with leaves ! 

Denise Stirrup

Where are you from? 
Near Bath, in the south west of the UK.

How long have you been with the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild?
  3 years.

How long have you been doing pressed flower art?  

25 years.

Do you remember the first thing you pressed?  

Astrantia, willow herb seeds and berberis.  I used them to make a bookmark.

What's your favourite mediums/materials? 

I make cards and bookmarks and often use a textured creative linen card.  For pictures, I put the plant material onto fabric, usually silk or satin. I use a special method of framing to exclude as much air as possible.

What is your favourite flower to press and how do you do it?

  I like whatever is in season!  Especially hellebores in spring.  I use  the Japanese desiccant pad press for most things, my air dry press for sweet pea tendrils and flowers that are not too thick, and sometimes the microwave press if I need a final flower to finish a picture and I have it in the garden.  Then I can pick, press and use in minutes.  For grasses, autumn leaves and some tendrils I use the traditional press with layers of newspaper and put it in a very warm place.


Please feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration and thoughts.  
My pressed flower hobby is my relaxation.  I get inspiration from pictures I see, embroidery books, patterns on china, etc.

Where can we find your work? 
My web site is http://www.realpressedflowers.co.uk/
I attend local craft fairs and sell my work, and also attend larger shows with other members of The Pressed Flower Guild.

Please share tips. 

Always use clean scissors, (clean them with nail varnish remover).  Never put a flower of more than double the size next to another.  Similarly never put a flower less than half the size next to another.

Tell stories that you want people to know about the Guild and pressed art.  

The PFG  http://www.pressedflowerguild.org.uk/ and 
WWPFG  http://www.wwpfg.org/ have taught me so much.  
It is great to hear of other members' experiences, problems, solutions etc.  Meeting at conferences is an added bonus especially the flower swap where you can receive flowers and leaves that you don't have at home. 

Okay everyone,  I hope you enjoyed the blog and will leave comments and Please click the Share buttons ! 
Till next time Peace and Happy Pressing !
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