Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop
Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop
$45.00 – $79.99
Explore a time-tested herbal craft for all ages by learning how to expertly press and beautifully preserve the plants growing outside your door. In this creative online workshop, you will learn how to press flowers, leaves, and other plant parts to preserve their color for years to come. We will discuss the materials you’ll need to get started with flower pressing, types of plant presses (including the beautifully engraved Field Flower Press that’s available as an add-on to this workshop), how to build your own press, and how to use your preserved botanicals to further your herbal studies and decorate your home with seasonal beauty.
Pressing botanicals is both a creative pastime and a scientific pursuit as it encourages you to head outdoors, bask in the day’s unique beauty, and take a closer look at the plants flourishing in your region. After plants are pressed and preserved, they make wonderful study pieces for the curious herbalist who can observe things like leaf shape and flower structure directly on the plant itself—even in the middle of winter!
With 4 in-depth lessons, a handful of printable charts and graphics, detailed plant-pressing instructions and troubleshooting tips, 4 inspiring videos, and 5 hands-on craft projects, this creative workshop is sure to weave botanicals into every aspect of your home—from your apothecary to your kitchen to your art collection.
Don’t forget to upgrade your order with the Field Flower Press! This beautifully engraved herbal keepsake makes it easy to start pressing your own botanicals and seeing professional results right away.
Herbalists, artists, and nature lovers of all ages, we invite you to explore a timeless natural craft that will help you deepen your connection to nature while infusing your home—and your herbal study materials—with beautiful dried plants.
UPGRADE YOUR ENROLLMENT WITH A FIELD FLOWER PRESS
Locally handmade in Massachusetts, this beautifully engraved Field Flower Press makes it easy to preserve your favorite plants. Fill it with purple violet flowers and their heart-shaped leaves in spring, sunny calendula flowers in summer, golden ginkgo leaves in autumn, and any other botanicals that you’d like to preserve for your herbal studies and creative pursuits.
This 6-x-8-inch field press is the perfect compact size to bring with you into the garden or on foraging adventures and nature walks. It features four alternating layers of corrugated cardboard and white paper to expertly absorb the moisture of your handpicked materials. The paper layers are sandwiched between two natural birch covers, one of which features engravings of herb sprigs, flowers, and the Herbal Academy crest.
Held together with four steel screws and nuts, this durable flower press is designed to last for many years. To reserve your own, choose the “Workshop with Flower Press” option at checkout! (See more photos of the Field Flower Press, here.)
The Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop is complete with 4 in-depth lessons, a handful of printable charts and graphics, detailed plant-pressing instructions and troubleshooting tips, 4 inspiring videos, and 5 hands-on craft projects. This creative workshop is sure to weave botanicals into every aspect of your home—from your apothecary to your kitchen to your art collection.
THE FLOWER PRESSING FOR HERBALISTS WORKSHOP OUTLINE:
LESSON 1 | INTRODUCTION TO FLOWER PRESSING FOR HERBALISTS
Get a thorough overview of the history and importance of the craft of flower pressing and learn how to incorporate this botanical tradition into your modern lifestyle. In this lesson, you will learn about the origins of pressed plant art and herbariums and how the craft made its way from samurai warriors to pirate ships, Victorian parlors, and eventually modern classrooms. Finally, you’ll explore ways that this timeless skill can be used in scientific study and artistic endeavors today.
LESSON 2 | ASSEMBLING YOUR PLANT PRESS
Discover the materials you’ll need to get started and then compare the different types of plant presses you can purchase or make. Unlock step-by-step instructions for making your own standard wooden press, and watch a video of Hannah Lasorsa, our plant pressing workshop instructor, compare the pros and cons of three different types of presses. Finally, grab a basket and head to the forests and meadows with tips for how—and when—to sustainably harvest the best plant specimens for pressing.
LESSON 3 | HOW TO PRESS BOTANICALS
Now that you’ve selected a plant press and harvested your fresh botanicals, it’s time to get pressing! Learn exactly how to press leaves, flowers, and roots for the best results, preserving their shape and color for years to come. You will learn which beneficial plants are the best options to press for your herbal studies, including leaves (catnip, comfrey, motherwort, and more), conifers, simple flowers (borage, violet, calendula, poppy, and others), and complex flowers (echinacea, bee balm, and more). With two instructional videos, troubleshooting tips, and three downloadable charts, this in-depth lesson will set you up for success!
LESSON 4 | PRESSED PLANT PROJECTS
Explore creative, heartfelt ways that you can integrate your beautifully preserved pressed plants into your life as herbal study tools and seasonal craft projects! Take a sneak peek inside instructor Hannah Lasorsa’s personal materia medica with a video tour, and then download free pages and templates to create your own personalized materia medica complete with an herbarium entry featuring your pressed herbs and flowers. Other craft projects in this lesson include using your pressed botanicals in framed artwork, DIY jar labels, hanging wall calendars, and handmade paper. Our free downloadable graphics make it super easy for you to bring these projects to life!
How the Workshop works:
The Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop is a 4-part series designed for nature lovers of all ages. You will get immediate access to the workshop with your registration. Begin when you wish (this workshop officially “opens” on June 21, 2022), and get access for 6 months after starting the workshop.
- This is a seasonal offering, so sign yourself up for the Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop while it’s “In Stock” to gain access!
- You will get immediate access to the Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop, but you can begin when it’s convenient for you. Click the Start Course button on this program to trigger your 6-month access.
- PDFs of the workshop text, charts, and video transcripts can be downloaded to keep on hand for your continued reference.
- After you complete the Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop, you will gain a badge of completion in your Student Dashboard.
Grow your herbal knowledge, expand your creative skill set, and unlock your creativity inside the Flower Pressing for Herbalists Workshop!
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