Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy


Welcome to an introduction to pressed florals with artist Karly Murphy. In this workshop, Karly teaches the foundations of flower and leaf pressing to capture beautifully dried botanicals. Once an assortment of flowers and leaves have been preserved, Karly shares her tips to creating finished works of art with bundled composition and style.

The curated materials found in our kit pair a handcrafted floral press in one of two sizes with the specialized precision tools Karly uses in her studio to create her compositions. Learn more below to see what Karly has in store and don't forget to listen in on Karly's interview on our podcast episode (also linked below) for more background and creative insight.

Flower pressing is an age-old art that at its heart can become a memory keeping craft to time capsule important events such as weddings, baby showers and even funerals. Preserve florals from an abundant garden harvest in a new home or press leaves on a favorite family vacation. Pressed florals make lovely framed art or special gifts for family and friends.

We are so excited to have you join us for this project as we dive into flower and leaf pressing with Karly. We would love for you to share your final product by tagging us at @thecraftersbox and our featured artist @kmpressed in your photos. Don’t forget to use #thecraftersbox to show everyone - and see what others - are up to as well! Happy making.

This workshop includes: 

  • A detailed, digital workshop by Karly Murphy
  • A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in creative conversation
  • Tools and materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you, by Karly

The tools & materials included in this kit:

  • A custom 8x8" flower press
  • Specialized absorbent pressing paper + cardboard layers
  • Blunt tweezers
  • Paintbrush
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Heavy weight paper
  • Blank notecards and envelopes
  • Glassine sheets
Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy
Pressed Florals in Natural Oak MOEBE Float Frame | Karly Murphy | Flower Pressing Workshop
Pressed Florals in Natural Oak MOEBE Float Frame | Karly Murphy | Flower Pressing Workshop
Karly Murphy
Podcast Interview

Materials Kits for More Exploration

We've curated some optional materials kits for further pressed floral exploration. Display your artwork in either our natural oak or antiqued brass float frames.

MOEBE Natural Oak Float Frame | Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy

MOEBE Natural Oak Float Frames

We’ve collaborated with the design house MOEBE in Copenhagen, Denmark to bring their natural oak wood float frames to our community. Moebe builds sustainably made home goods with long-lasting function in mind. This frame is perfect for displaying flat and two-dimensional art objects from pressed plants and photos to drawings.

Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy

Floral Pressing Paper

Continue to capture those beautifully dried botanicals with a fresh set of absorbent pressing paper. To align with The Crafter’s Box custom floral presses, this new paper packet features custom 6×6″and 8×8″ size pre-cut paper to make it easy to dive into more making in this beautiful technique! This kit restocks the paper that is supplied in your press.

Antiqued Brass Float Frame | Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy

Antiqued Brass & Chain Float Frames

Artisan made brass frames complement our pressed floral workshop for a beautiful display. Choose to display your finished art in an antique-inspired brass metal float frame in one of two sizes, ideal for pressed florals, leaves and other two dimensional paper keepsakes.

Large Flower Press | Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy

Floral Press

Our custom 8×8″ flower press is perfect for the majority of floral exploration. For those looking to capture longer fern fronds, florals with stalk and ideas in between, the 10×10″ flower press goes big.

More About Our Artist: Karly Murphy

Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy

Karly Murphy is the owner and creator of KMPressed, a small business founded in Barbousville, Virginia where Karly lives with her family.

"I find a lot of joy in collecting a bouquet of wildflowers on a walk, or sitting in the garden admiring raindrops on leaves and petals, or combing a beach for tiny shells and stones to put in my pocket." Karly grew her pressed flower interest from a creative hobby to a blossoming business several years ago when she observed the interest in a few of her early pieces that were on display at a local floral shop that she also worked at. Today, Karly presses wedding bouquets for brides and offers original art and prints in an online shop.

Several years into floral preservation and Karly continues to grow and explore her techniques and process. We are honored to work with her to build a complete kit in how to create beautiful pressed flower and leaf art.

Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy
Pressed Florals | Karly Murphy
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