with Aleka Artemis
A lifelong passionate gardener and trained landscaper, I have developed a technique of botanical pounding in which I place plant material - flowers, buds, leaves and herbs - on watercolor paper, covers them in wax paper and pounds the flora with a hammer, imprinting the pigment into the watercolor paper permanently.
I found it to be a mindful experience in which I discovered new aspects of flowers and non-flowering plants. For example, flowers from woody plants, such as roses do not pound well and have none of the vibrancy of the flower. Bright plants with strong pigment that have stained my gardening clothes, such as day lilies are too moist and when pounded, create nothing but a big wet splat! I grow my own flowers and colorful non-flowering plants, or pick weeds, herbs, tree seedlings and tree blossoms, therein creating the term botanical pounding.
Take a look at some of my Compasspoints: Maxims for Clearing the Chaos in Our Cages and Botanical Poundings to get a better idea of the type of work I do. If you’d like to learn more about my collections or a specific piece,or book me as motivational speaker or trainer,please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
About Aleka's Botanical Pounding
Botanical Pounding Process
Choosing the color scheme of the botanicals, I compose the print by laying the plant materials on watercolor paper in a tentative composition. Because each pound creates a unique result, I must be flexible in my composition planning.. Then I lay individual botanicals on the paper, either face down or face up, cover it with wax paper, and pound with an ordinary hammer until the botanical has left the best possible imprint, leaving pigment in the paper, keeping the composition from fading. When my composition is complete, I add touches of black or gold archival art marker to define edges.
Botanical Pounding Formats
My original Botanical Poundings are available for sale in the following formats
cards, 5x7" with envelopes, blank inside
prints of all sizes,
matted or framed, or unmated and framed.
I am happy to discuss custom sized and themed prints, with the understanding that the botanicals determine the success of a print. I may tell you the plant or flower you desire doesn't pound well.
I am working on high quality printed packages of five different Botanical Pounded note cards 4.5" x 5.5" with envelopes. All cards are blank inside.
Please explore what is currently available and the format of each print as described.
Please visit my store or contact me directly to inquire about placing a custom order!