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Exploring the Therapeutic Art of Pressed Flower Creations

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC

In the field of art therapy, incorporating nature into creative practices has become increasingly recognized for its stress-reducing and mood-boosting properties. Therapeutic

Art with Pressed flower creations offer a unique avenue for artistic expression, combining the beauty of botanical specimens with the meditative process of their preservation and arrangement.


The act of mindfully collecting flowers from a garden or natural setting fosters a connection with the environment. Selecting vibrantly colored blooms or interesting foliage initiates a thoughtful engagement with the natural world.  One might choose a variety of flowers in different stages of bloom, bud form, and full bloom, for textural and color variation. It may be ideal to opt for flat or single-petaled flowers that press well, such as pansies, violets, daisies, or wildflowers.

Once collected, the careful pressing process itself becomes a meditative practice. Here, focus and patience are key as flower specimens are meticulously arranged between absorbent papers and pressed for several weeks.  Additionally, repetitive tasks like flower pressing can be calming and help regulate the nervous system. The focus required during the arrangement allows for a temporary escape from daily worries.

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Following the drying period, the creative potential unfolds. Pressed flowers, with their delicate textures and preserved hues, become the artist's palette. Art therapists can guide clients in arranging these botanical elements into intricate collages or explore minimalist compositions featuring a single, perfectly pressed bloom. One can experiment with different layouts and compositions until you achieve a design that speaks to you.  The flowers can be adhered to high-quality paper or matboard, creating framed artwork or greeting cards. For a more wearable art form, pressed flowers can be carefully laminated and incorporated into jewelry designs.

The beauty of pressed flower creations lies in their accessibility. This art form requires minimal materials: flowers, absorbent paper (such as blotting paper, coffee filters or parchment paper), a flower press (or heavy books), and artist's glue for assembly. Art therapists can use pressed flower creations as a tool for self-expression, exploring themes of growth, impermanence, or the beauty found in nature's impermanent forms. Alternatively, creating pressed flower art can be a collaborative social activity, fostering a sense of community and shared accomplishment.

Therapeutic Value of Pressed Flowers

Ultimately, the therapeutic value of pressed flower creations extends beyond the final artwork. The entire process, from mindful collection to meticulous arrangement, offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, engage in focused creativity, and create a lasting piece of art. By incorporating elements of the natural world into your art, you can bring a touch of serenity and tranquility into your living space. Displaying these creations can serve as a daily reminder to pause, breathe, and embrace the beauty around you.  This art therapy technique can be a powerful tool for promoting relaxation, self-discovery, and a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

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