During that cleaning spree I discovered tucked away on a far shelf, 2 (yes 2!) Arnold Grummer's Papermaking kits AND an Arnold Grummer's Field/Flower/Paper Press. I was so excited! It was like finding gold hidden away. I brought the press home with me to experiment, after all I needed to know what I was doing before showing it to my students ("Gosh Mrs. Hess, you have such cool things for us to use!")
http://arnoldgrummer.com/products/presses.html). I read the directions and went to work. Imagine my surprise to find dried flower petals already in between the layers of blotter paper! I guess they were forgotten by the previous owner. Great for me as I can start to craft with the petals while the others are drying (3-10 days the instructions say).
First I must press the Asters and then I can create a card. Following the instructions I picked some flowers and leaves. "Pick flowers in the morning after the dew is gone." said the instructions. Being an impatient person, I picked them first thing in the morning while the dew was still on them...but I blotted the dew off with a paper towel (hopefully that will work and I will not discover moldy, oldie petals when I open the press in a few days!).
The instructions say "For best results, layers items of the same thickness together." with that in mind I placed the leaves on one layer, topped with another piece of blotter paper.
Oh my gosh this is so easy!! I am heading to the pumpkin patch with my daughter and her friends. I think I shall stash the press in my purse and possibly find more pieces to press while there :-)
Next post: What to do with the dried petals?? Cards? Paper?? Only time will tell