Preserving the color
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?