Saturday, October 22, 2011

Simply Smashing !!

I discovered this idea recently
in a very old Somerset Magazine
The article talked about groups of women
getting together and 'smashing'
Even though it was very close to the
end of the flower season I just had to try it
DISCLAIMER- if you try this and like it,
you maybe come addicted
'no bouquet no matter how nice will be safe'
I feel better having warned you now.
I suppose you want to know how??
Okay to do this you will need:
papertowel or absorbent cloth

cement floor
{this is not my floor, I only wish it was}
I used my basement floor
or you could use a good sturdy
a selection of flowers and leaves
I used garden flowers, each type transfered
a little differently so have fun and experiment
Watercolor paper and an old magazine
~Working on your solid surface or cement floor
~NOTE- I use an old magazine between the floor and project
~Choose your flower
~Position it face down on your watercolor paper
~Place your paper towel over the back of flower
~ Doing your best to keep flower in place, grab that
   hammer and start smashing, watch your fingers
   you don't have to hit very hard, just make sure you
   smash every bit of flower down
~try smashing on canvas or fabric
~I left mine to dry thoroughly
~If there are bits of flower left on your
  project gently flake them off after it drys
~play around with your layers, here are some more sample
  of the results of my 'SMASHING SESSION'

positioned  doing greenery first then flower

with names to give you a heads up
the purples and reds seemed to transfer the nicest
I didn't have any pansy left in my garden, but
am thinking they would transfer like the violets
with almost photo clarity

Have fun, let me know how it worked out for you


Sonya Johnson said...

Very cool, and absurdly simple (which I love). I'll definitely have to give it a try at some point. Might be a great way to make some gift cards or something as well.

Thanks for sharing this very "smashing" idea!

Deb said...

this looks very satisfying, must give it a go, probably next spring as everything has already died here!
have a great weekend, Debxx

Andrea said...

I love this idea! I'm definitely going to try 'smashing'!

Micupoftea~ said...

Wow, what a unique idea! Great job. I would also use the p/towels in a project...perhaps a card? Thanks for sharing this idea, Pam. Hope you stop by for tea and treats...calorie free! lol

Jan Hennings said...

I used to be hooked on the smashing..such a fun technique! I did discover that it works well to run the flowers through my diecut machine :)

Pretty Arty said...

how fun!!! I'm going to try this! said...

I think Beth and I tried it when it was first published and didn't have as good of results as you did. It does seem like violets did the best.

Hey, what a nice surprise to get back from my trip and have a goodie bag waiting for me! How nice of you, thanks!!

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

Hey...thanks for your comment on my blog! While checking out yours for the first time, I came across this! Love it! So, I can smash directly onto a bathbag? Do you use a fixative afterward?