Monday, 1 June 2015

Mixed Media Mojo Challenge - Summer

The theme for the latest Mixed Media Mojo Challenge is Summer and the twist is monochromatic.

When I was younger, many years ago, I use to pick flowers in the summer and press them in books, so for my DT piece I decided to alter a flower press that I found in a local charity shop. This is the finished press.

This is the flower press before I altered it.

When I took the press apart I found some long forgotten pressed flowers in it.

I started by painting the top with orange acrylic paint.

I then spread some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and painted it with a beige coloured paint.

In my stash I had a lovely piece of paper that was free in one of the Stampington magazines, I stamped the PaperArtsy/Lin Brown flower four times to make one large flower. I cut this out and glued it to the press.

I cut out two of the smaller flowers from the same stamp set and joined them together with a brad, I coiled some wire and fixed it to the back of the brad and then I glued it to the press. I added some words.

This is a photo of the flower press with some freshly picked flowers ready for pressing.

I'd like to share my project with
The Artistic Stamper challenge - Summer Is On It's Way.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes.

The rest of the Design Team have made some wonderful inspirational pieces so why not pop over to  Mixed Media Mojo to take a look.


  1. A stunning press. Just adore the texture in the background and the scrumptious oranges of the flower.
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  2. Beautiful piece Hazel, how nice to find the pressed flowers still in it!

  3. a great make over on your flower press x

  4. Very beautiful ideas on this lovely project

    Chrissie xx

  5. Fabulous alteration Hazel!

  6. You are so talented Hazel, love this.

  7. A brilliant bit of upcycling/altering, Hazel.

  8. Wow Hazel - your crackle background is FABULOUS. Makes me think that your BEAUTIFUL flower has just pushed it's way through all that crackled earth to bloom. What a WONDERFUL idea to put that GORGEOUS flower on top of a flower press. And how neat that you found flowers inside already done and have more ready to go in too!! What fun. Thanks bunches for sharing with Rhedd's Creative Spirit. j

  9. Beautifully altered Hazel! xxx

  10. Brilliant job, what a transformation :D xx

  11. This is a lovely piece Hazel the colours the flowers every thing about it smacks of summer is coming. Thank you for entering it in our challenge over at the artistic stamper. x

  12. such a fab idea and so very pretty.
    I used to pick petals and put them in water and think I was making perfume lol.
    Happy Sunday xx

  13. What a fantastic find...not just the press,but the contents too.
    Fabulous alteration...I love it.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  14. Love this altered flower press and what amazing goodies to find long forgotten! Awesome details too! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~