Of course, we love
when our pressed flowers remain vibrant, but with some varieties
not always possible. Widen the scope of flowers you can press by
colorizing them to perk up faded flowers, or to keep
them looking good indefinitely.
Mix And Apply Pigments
- Using a pipette to measure
Isopropyl alcohol, and a
scoop to measure pigment, dissolve your pigment in the alcohol starting
at a rate of 0.15cc pigment to 3.5ml of alcohol. You can
email me to get pigments,
pipettes, and scoops or visit my
Use more alcohol to make a lighter color
alcohol to make a darker color.
Dissolve pigment in a non-metal
container such as a small glass or plastic jar with a screw on lid to prevent evaporation during storage.
Before you dye your pressed flowers/foliage
test your dye solution to see how it will look when you are done. Touch it
on a piece of scrap paper.
- Dip the tip of a small fan
type artists brush into
the dye solution, picking up just a tiny bit.
Gently touch the tip of your brush on the
flower. You will see the flower "grab" the dye and absorb it, spreading
it out naturally and leaving your pressed flower dry.
- Some things with a very
silky-like texture won't absorb well, like tulips. For me,
tulip flowers keep a good color, but not the foliage. After
using 2 coats of green dye they looked barely passable; but not
I tape a small piece of pressed Queen
Anne’s Lace to the jars so I know exactly what the color looks
like when storing a mix.
Blending To Getting The Color You Want
You can easily blend the colors when mixing in the alcohol.
You can deepen
or modify the color of an already dyed pressed flower by applying another color on
You can even make “fantasy” colors to get colors not found in nature.
These are were made by mixing only primary colors.
Tweak Colors by
Adding Tiny Amounts of Pigment or Alcohol
A little green will "cool" a reddish tint.
A little black will "brown out" a reddish tint.
A little red will "warm" a greenish tint.
A little yellow will make red more orange.
A little white will make a pastel color such as pink.
Here's a great online
interactive color wheel from Adobe to help when mixing the colors you want
for your pressed flowers.
This color wheel even serves up color themed palettes that correspond well with
White will only whiten your
pressed flowers a little; it's
mainly useful for mixing mixing. It has a UV inhibitors to help prevent normally occurring
discoloring. White is vital in creating tints (like pastels)
Black is great for creating
shades and is strong enough to create a true
dark black flower. I get requests for black flowers, I'm
guessing you do too.
Benefits Of Using
Pigments For Your Pressed Flowers
Specifically designed for
Pressed Flowers; very high purity.
Permanent, UV resistant, non-bleeding, and exceptionally
transparent with high color strength.
Dries almost instantly! Your
pressed flowers won’t get wet like they would using watercolors, dyes such as Rit,
or other methods.
The alcohol acts as a bacteriostatic agent, killing the microscopic creepy-crawlies that take their toll on your pressed flowers, even with vacuum
sealing or lamination.
Use only approximately 0.15cc of pigment to 3.5 ml alcohol.
A half ounce goes a very LONG way. With 130 scoops per half ounce, these pigments are very cost effective.
Get exactly the color you
want: Transparent color allows your pressed flowers to retain natural
details, such as the veining of the plant material.
You'll find yourself mixing
so many hues, tones, and shades that you'll end up with a
very healthy supply of colors for your pressed flowers. It's
a good idea to store your dye solutions in small jars.
Important: This dye is PERMANENT. Do not get
it on your clothes. Use a protected work surface such as
aluminum foil or Styrofoam plate. If you don't want your hands stained
for a day or two, wear latex gloves.