Drying Flower petals for silk-papermaking with sari silk slivers… an Experiment! πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΉπŸŒΌπŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΈ

November has dug in and outside in the garden, only a few valiant blooms have withstood the wind and rain today… so, I took a bowl and picked some petals to use in hand made silk paper process.

Hydrangea, geranium, roses and camomile daisies.
All you need is kitchen roll, a sheet of A4 paper and a tile that is microwave proof. I used a ceramic tile (in a stylised thistle design) which I had carved and glaze-fired.
Fold the paper on half. Strew the petals on one side.
Fold the paper up and wrap inside a couple of sheets of paper towel.
Place the tile on top to add as a weight and…
… Pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes on a medium heat setting
After two minutes, the petals were hot and still damp, so I placed the whole sheet inside an old newspaper to dry out further.
The petals can be captured in resin or used to create pictures and cards.
My purpose is to use the dried petals in the paper making process to add texture and interest. It was good to see the petals retained some colour!
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