Dyeing to Obtain Exotic Colors

Coral-and-Aquamarine Pressed Flowers

Dyed Coral and Aquamarine Pressed Bougainvillea and Queen Anne’s Lace Flowers

I have a lady who sometimes likes colors that are not naturally found in nature. This is a time-consuming process, but easy to do with dyes formulated for dyeing flowers that have already been pressed.

First I mix the dyes to obtain the desired color, then apply the dye using a small soft paint brush. This request was for several varieties of pressed flowers in turquoise and coral. I didn’t think I’d like them but I was wrong. We got some interesting results, so I thought I’d share a picture.

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red Using Floral Absorption Dye

Solidago, commonly called goldenrod, is in the aster family, Asteraceae.They are herbaceous perennials found growing wild in fields, meadows, pastures. I picked these myself from a nearby field and brought them home to press. This is an easy plant to press.

The Solidago flower is naturally yellow but this has been dyed using a red floral absorption dye.