Preserving the color

Kay_H(NE MI-Z5)September 2, 2002

I'v made quite a few peices in the last year or so with pressed flowers, both on wood and on gourds. I am really disappointed with how poorly the peices have kept their color. Some of the flowers keep the color, but mostly I have a lot of hard work that turned to shades of bland-brown.

I used modge-podge to glue the peices on, then covered the entire peice with it. Then, after it was dry, I sprayed with a matte acrylic.

Any better ideas?


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Some flower pigments just don't last no matter what you do. I had some lovely California poppies that faded from orange to cream as they dried

If having them be both natural and colorful is critical, check books on drying them to see which ones are listed as keeping their color.

Painting them after you make the arranfement is also an option.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2002 at 8:29AM
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I do most of my work framed, under glass and keep them from direct light as much as possible.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2002 at 5:58PM
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Have you considered dried autumn leaves. They see to retain the colors well. I made a simple wreath out of a piece of cardboard and pasted on the leaves. It was really pretty. Next year, I am taking this craft idea to an old age home for an senior activity.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2002 at 11:04AM
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CatherineMarie(10 CA)

I make press-leaf collages. While the drying process leeches color from leaves and flowers, I don't experience much color loss after the works are framed. I don't yet use any preservatives, but I do leave the leaves and/or flowers under pressure in a dark & dry place for about a month or longer. I read somewhere that this helps to preserve color; so far it works for me.

Recently I read an article about a florist sealing floral elements with polycarbon and mounting them on dehydratng board to stabilze the color. I haven't tried it yet, but it's worth considering.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2005 at 11:43PM
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I recently made some lovely dried fern pictures and knowing they would fade, sprayed them first with a light spray of florist paint. My daughter makes beautiful wreaths of dried flowers, and she always sprays them first. They last twice as long. I'm sure you all know that they should never be exposed to the sun.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2005 at 7:44PM
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I glue fresh flowers and leaves between two sheets of tissue paper. The petals are fresh when they go on and dry naturally as the paper dries. I also iron the paper to help preserve the petals. After a time as the flowers dry, the lovely colour fades. The flowers do need to be wet as they go on otherwise they do not apply well. Does anyone know of a preservative that I could use to soak the flowers in before applying them to the paper, so that the colour is preserved? Any suggestions gladly received.
Thank you.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 8:45PM
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You could try Krylon uv resistant spray for color retention.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 9:11AM
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