How to paint with flowers

painting with flowers

My friend Nell came over for a coffee the other morning. While I made her a flat white, she pulled out a mini mortar and pestle and frozen blue pansy petals. She told Elfie to find a few flowers from the garden. We were intrigued.

Nell began grinding the flower petals using the mortar and pestle. She added a speck of boiled water, and then, curiously, added chalk dust.

She painted the colour onto white paper. Blue…like duck eggs. Lovely.

The following rainy Sunday, Elfie filled her basket with petals, leaves and weeds from the garden. We sorted them into colours, by putting the petals in ice cube trays and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.

painting with flowers

painting with flowers (rainbow)

It was fun grinding the different petals and discovering the colours. Surprisingly, the colours were strong and vibrant. We experimented, adding a little chalk dust to some, and salt to others.

painting with flowers

making natural paint from flowers

natural watercolours made form flowers

To make natural paint from flowers:

1. Collect petals and leaves

2. Separate into colours and kinds using an ice cube tray

3. Freeze for a couple of hours

4. Grind a small handful of petals or leaves one colour at a time using a mortar and pestle, or something similar

5. Add a few drops of boiling water to activate the colour

6. Experiment by adding chalk (alkaline) or salt or vinegar (acidic)

7. Paint onto paper

According to lovely Nell, the colours don’t fade if kept out of direct sunlight.

Have fun! x

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  • LydiaCLee

    What a great idea…though our backyard would only offer shades of green…

  • What a gorgeous idea Zanni!

  • The Plumbette

    This is fantastic. My girls would love doing this! Thanks for sharing. x

  • What an awesome idea!! i had never even thought of this!

  • That is so cool Zanni and I’d never heard of it before. I’m pinning this post for later!

  • beautiful idea, I would have never thought x

  • how cool is that!! you must have a beautiful garden. There are no flowers in ours 🙁 -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

    • I have made a point of planting loads of flowers, even though weeds and other green things tend to take over 😉

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    My little girls are going to love this! We are always picking flowers but have never thought of making paint out of them. Thanks for another great idea x

  • Wow that is very special! As a wee girl I used to crush flowers in books and they would be so flat and gorgeous! This is a very natural way to paint. LOVE IT. See you soon lovely, I haven’t even packed but I’ll get there! xx

    • Yay Em! How come you have to pack though? Don’t you live on the GC? Are you staying over? Fun x

  • WOW… this is brilliant and beyond gorgeous! This is going in the ‘actually try it and don’t forget to’ basket! 🙂

    • Ha ha… yes that basket of mine is overflowing!

  • Zanni, what a beautiful idea! Bell presses flowers when she finds favourites, but this is another special thing to preserve them, isn’t it? Love it xx

  • How wonderful! This is truly special.

  • What a lovely idea! Bec x

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