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Pressed Plant Art "Space Fairy"

Updated: Jan 14


Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy”. Space. Stars. A beautiful Fairy is standing on the Sunray.

To do this art I need such botanical material as:

Petals of gladiolus’ flowers, petals of rose of Sharon flowers; flowers of African violet, flowers of spirea, flowers of delosperma, flowers of hosta; part of the flower of passion vine, leaves of canna, wrappers of garlic stem, the skin of gladiolus bulb, skeleton leaves.


Petals of gladiolus’ flowers, petals of rose of Sharon flowers; flowers of African violet, flowers of spirea, flowers of delosperma, flowers of hosta; part of the flower of passion vine, leaves of canna, wrappers of garlic stem, the skin of gladiolus bulb, skeleton leaves.

African Violet

As a background a piece of black cardboard or mat board is suitable. The size of the picture is 14in X 11in (35,7 сm X 28сm).

I’m going to use different flowers and petals of flowers to create outer space. The sun I’m going to create from dark purple gladiolus’ petals, light purple rose of Sharon petals and white skin of garlic.

I’m cutting the black color mat board to the size of the picture and then marking it in the center of the figure of the sun with a pencil. First, according to my idea, I’m gluing rose of Sharon petals and gladiolus’s petals, leaving the center empty for a while.

Petals of gladiolus’ flowers, petals of rose of Sharon flowers

I’m cutting petals of rose of Sharon flowers, using the cap from a bottle of glue to make them round shape from one side.


petals of rose of Sharon flowers.

Now I’m gluing all the rest details to create the image of space, using such botanical material as flowers of African violets in two different colors, flowers of spirea, flowers of delosperma and part of flowers of passiflora (passion vine). Flowers of African violet from backside has very interesting surface after drying and I’m going to use that. I’m using only several flowers of African violet from in front side to imitate some stars in yellow color. I’m finding a place for each flower according to intuition, but remembering one important thing – I need to have empty space for the figure of fairy left. Petals for creating the sun I glued completely, all the rest botanicals I attached with small drops of glue in the center.


Petals of gladiolus’ flowers, petals of rose of Sharon flowers; flowers of African violet, flowers of delosperma, part of the flower of passion vine, flowers of spirea.

Now is time to draw the sketch for my picture. The actual size of the Fairy since head to feet on my real picture is 4in (10,2 cm).


The sketch of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy”.

I want to create a hairstyle for fairy from the skin of gladiolus bulb. I’m taking pieces of them, placing on the sketch and cutting necessary shape. I’m using a portion of gladiolus’ skin because it looks like hair. It is shiny and has a light and dark stripes. Detail “hair” is ready for gluing later. I’m removing it now.


The sketch of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy” and the skin of gladiolus bulb on it.

To create wings for fairy I’m going to use transparent skeleton leaves in two colors lime and white. Again I’m putting them on the sketch and just cutting desirable shape, and then removing.


The sketch of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy” and transparent skeleton leaves in two colors lime and white on it.

To create a dress for fairy I need two flowers of hosta in lilac color. I have almost nothing to cut here, just a little. These hosta flowers don’t keep color very well. They will become slightly beige later, but it is not bad at all, because the fairy’s dress will still look good on the black color background.


The sketch of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy” and two flowers of hosta in lilac color.

More work to create the body of fairy. To be strict I need to make such details, as two arms together, each leg separately and head. I’m using canna leaves for this because after drying they have a skin color. I’m making two copies of the sketch. Before gluing canna leaves I traced counter of figures on the backside using glass. Then I’m gluing canna leaves on in front side of the sketch. I let them dry inside sheets of newspaper under a press. When everything is dry I can cut details using a backside sketch.


Two sketches of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy” with canna leaves.

It’s time to make the sunbeam. I’m using shiny white cardboard for it. I’m filling in the center of the sun, using detail made of a round piece of cardboard with glued skin of garlic on it. This skin of garlic I took from the stem of a plant. It is flat and it is not difficult to glue it on the surface of a cardboard circle. It was comfortable for me to make a circle using the same cap from a bottle of glue. The diameter of the circle is 1 1/8in (3cm). Ready white shiny circle I glued on top of everything used to make the sun.

I’m cutting out the completed figure of fairy to use the stencil for the next step. I’m placing the stencil in such a position that it looks like the fairy is standing on the sunbeam.


The stencil of the figure of Space Fairy on the surface of the Pressed Plant Art “Space Fairy”.

Now I can place all prepared detail for the fairy, gluing them inside of the stencil. I’m starting to glue left leg, right leg, wings. Fairy’s face is so tiny I can’t glue any botanical stuff to make her eyes, lips, and nose. So I’m just using a red and black pen to draw face details.


Details left leg, right leg, wings for the figure of the fairy are glued inside of stencil on the art.

Then I’m continuing to glue in order such details as arms, the bottom of the dress, top of dress, head, and hair. I’m removing the stencil.

The picture is ready now. And, like usual, I need to let the picture completely dry between newspaper sheets under the press, then to vacuum seal it, place it into the going well together with the frame, then find a suitable place in the home, hang it and enjoy. Generally, art made of natural material, I believe, has a very good positive energy.

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