Friday, 4 April 2014

Floral Friday | Flower as Art

I left this post a little late this month. I had planned to go buy some watercolours and bring out my artistic side (if that even exists?). Life got the better of me however and busyness took over.

There is always time though for the things we want to do. While I didn't get to go out and buy some art supplies, I found made time this week to explore my own garden for the hidden trinkets it possessed.

I grabbed my basket and went adventuring, looking for any colour that remained after the summer. I hadn't realised how long it had been since I explored my garden in this way. I used to collect flowers and shrubbery back when I was a little girl. I used to make 'fairy homes' with the flowers I collected and would leave them overnight so the magical creatures would have a place to sleep.

I took my finds inside and decided that I would make some pressed floral art for today's post. Again, this is something I haven't done in years and so it was wonderful to be sent back to a time where things were simpler. My phone was off and away from reach. It was just me, my flowers and my cat (who decided she wanted to get into floristry too).

The rich pinks and purples jumped off the page and into my soul and it made me sad to close those pages upon them. I placed the book under some encyclopedias and in a few weeks I will reopen that book once more, hopefully finding perfectly pressed blooms.

For now I am grateful for the time I made for myself to live simply. It's so important to switch off and immerse yourself in natural life. To take a bath, or a walk or a roadtrip, or simply a wander around your garden. As kids we had it right, we knew how to be happy and to be simple. Why did things have to change?
***Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog. com) for next month's theme or visit her here

Click on the pictures below to check out some other Floral Friday posts for this month!

28 comments:

  1. oh my gosh. *swoons* your stills + the light + the bokeh... absolutely fantastic! so so so lovely! xx

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  2. love it! these photos were beautiful! nerd alert. i have my own flower press. . .hahah

    xoxo

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    1. So jealous! I would love to have one of my own

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous, Sam. I love that you went exploring in your garden and shared your memories of doing so as a little girl.

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  4. So super pretty - I especially love the last shot - I wonder how they'll turn out? I recently got myself a flower press and have been meaning to press flowers but always forget about that project!

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    1. You must do it and show me some photos. Pressed flowers are always so beautiful

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  5. this is so awesome! we are going to have to try this :)
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

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  6. such a talented photographer! Your images tell a beautiful story. they have such a lovely feel. you don't need words when you have images like this:)

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  7. There's honestly nothing more beautiful than flowers on a page. Gorgeous pictures!

    Jes | Naturally Jes

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  8. The ones with the cat are so sweet. I went looking for flowers the other day but then I realised that of course it is autumn and so there aren't as many flowers, you managed to find quite a few! :)
    Emma | theearththroughalens

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  9. You kitty is so cute! :3

    I love the colours in all this shots, so happy and vibrant. The first photo is just stunning. x

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  10. I'm so glad I've discovered your blog! Beautiful shots! :)
    Sara

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  11. A nice set of photos. I used to press flowers with my kids when they were small. I still press them myself. I discovered a microwave flower press made from clay that gives instant results. Very satisfying. You can press the flowers and use them in your art the same day :) Wendy x

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    1. I've heard of those and Ive been meaning to get my hands on one. Adding that to my wishlist

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  12. Just goes to show that true beauty does lie within the earth, that we overlook every single day. Thank you for doing flowers and other blooms justice. x

    LUCID STARS

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  13. i love this! i love living nearby parks and open land, but i really don't live by much of anything that spectacular. at least, not in walking distance. this post makes me happy as we received about 6 inches of snow last night. boo.

    and thanks for stopping by! always excited to see my visitors.

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    1. I wish I had 6inches of snow where I lived. That would be so magical

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  14. What a lovely post!
    Nice to meet you
    Visiting you has been a pleasure

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  15. these are some nice photo's. I visited your blog because you commented 'is it okay if adults do this too' on the merry thought egg hunt post. I liked that, same brain.

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    1. :) I still think its okay for adults to have a little fun too

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  16. so beautiful! i adore the images of the flowers on the notebook!

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  17. As usual, your photography is stunning... lovely journalistic capture - M

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  18. The photos are really beautiful of you gathering your basket of sweet flowers.
    I am always drying flowers to use in projects and cards.
    happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  19. the colors in these pictures are like woah!

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  20. Your photos are beautiful as is your selection of flowers to press! Well done!

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  21. your pictures are gorgeous! i haven't done this with flowers in a long time. need to do it again.

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