Once you have pressed your plants and flowers it is a simple job to get them mounted for display. Some of the items you will need to do this are:
- Water based glue such Elmer’s
- Acid free paper or cardstock
- Frames or lamination machine
After about a week of pressing your plants they should be ready to mount. The longer you wait the more fragile they will become. Open up your press and see how your plants turned out.
You can gently adjust some of the leaves and petals but they are fragile and should be handled with care and as little as possible. If you plan to press more plants, take notes on how your first batch look. Did the leaves and petals dry in the shape you wanted? What could you change to get your desired results?
Now is the time to be creative. Take a piece of the paper you will mount your plants onto and arrange them how you would like. Take care to not overlap too many stems as they will not lie flat. When you have decided your arrangement it is time to glue them to your page. Using your glue, mix in a small amount of water so that you can use a paint brush to brush on the glue to your plants. Remember how fragile they are. Watered down glue is easier to spread on the plants. Start with the plants you want underneath on the page and glue one at a time down. It will be hard to rearrange them once they are sticky. You do not need to be excessive with gluing.
As soon as they are arranged and glued down you want to either put them in a frame immediately or laminate them (if you are making bookmarks or postcards this is a good idea). This will help your plants to stay flat as the glue continues to dry rather than curling the edges of leaves up from the moisture of the glue. You can then display your art for everyone to see your lovely flowers and plants. *If you want them to last longer use UV protective glass to reduce color deterioration due to light*
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