Flowers can be used to make the most amazing works of art, but none of them compare to the ones crafted by Helen Ahpornsiri. This artist specializes in making illustrations from pressed plants, and you’ll have to look really close to realize what they truly are.
Ahpornsiri is based in East Sussex, and she was drawing a Fern Weevil when she came up with the idea to use real fern in this process. This was the beginning of an amazing creative adventure, and she’s been pressing plants and flowers and composing them together ever since.
Her illustrations consist of real flowers, petals, stems, and leaves, and it takes one to six weeks to press them until they’re ready to use. Ahpornsiri uses no paints and dyes along the way, so it’s important to preserve the natural colors of the flowers during the pressing process.
The British artist enjoys giving these plants a new life through her illustrations, which show everything from honey bees and moths to birds and rabbits. Many of them can be found on her Instagram, but she’s also the author of several books, including Drawn from Nature and A Year in the Wild.