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Preserving Pressed Flowers - type of paper used?

Posted by teresa5 BC Canada (My Page) on
Sun, May 23, 10 at 13:06

Hi - I know the tricks about keeping pressed flowers out of the heat and sun, in a closed container, but what I'm wondering about is the type of paper flowers should be stored in. I press lots of verbena, for example. I use either regular white typing paper or construction paper (both dark and light colours). Sometimes even after a couple of weeks I'll check the flowers and they're fading -this is after they've been dried in the microwave. I wonder if it's the bleach in the paper?

Can anyone suggest something else to store them in? Wax paper? Cotton?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :-)

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RE: Preserving Pressed Flowers - type of paper used?

Not sure because I've not done this, but wouldn't an archival acid-free paper be best? Available at art supply stores. Acid-free is what we use to store fabrics & also to mount items like photos, artwork, etc. Might be worth a try.

RE: Preserving Pressed Flowers - type of paper used?

I often use the same white typing paper but my grandmother has always used paper towels. She usually buys a really cheap kind (because it is flat and has no patterns stamped into it) and puts the flowers between two layers of that and then in a big book. All pressed flowers are going to fade a little bit!

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