As an art student I am always looking for new ways to incorporate a skill or craft to make a mixed media piece. So this week, Helen Belcher-Education Curator, at the Sam Houston Museum and Learning Center, was gracious enough to teach me all about Plant Pounding.
Helen had shown me some of the pieces she had finished using some of the botanical plant matter off of the Museum grounds and they were wonderful. I was intrigued by the thought of being able to capture the essence of these plants by pounding the dye out of their petals and leaves.
|Helen's 1st assignment, |
go collect fresh plant leaves and flowers
|Now it was time to Pound.|
|Separating the petals and leaves came next.|
2" masking tape was added to cover those pieces.
|The really fun part, Pounding away. |
A great way to relieve frustration and
Make some beautiful art.
|Helen suggested using a clear sheet protector|
to stick the plants onto after they were pounded.
A great reference guide for drawing later.
|Here it is, our test sample on Muslin.|
I love how it looks.
|A helpful book about this process.|
For more detailed information, here is a wonderful PDF you can download and use as a tutorial. How to Flower Pound PDF
UR-TURN: Do you have any favorite ways to preserve or use botanicals for art? If so, please share.
Until Next Time.