I'm packing it up this weekend to send to a bookbinding competition, so I took some pictures before it goes. The insides are a journal through pressed flowers, & occasional leaves, mostly from my garden. Color swatches on the left show the original color(s) for when the flower eventually fades. It's been interesting to see what happens to them in the press, actually—most flowers keep their color or get pale/turn brown right away, but occasionally, like a delphinium I took out today, the color is deeper and nicer than in real life.
One of the last things I did when I worked at Columbia was mounting sheets from an herbarium. I love these old specimens, taped flat to support sheets, especially when labels are handwritten. I didn't know until recently that herbaria are still made, although it makes sense to preserve primary source material for future research.
I've been pressing flowers and foliage in my book press for months now, between blotter and Bondina (nonwoven polyester), under whatever conservation or binding work is in there. And recently I thought about a ream of nice paper I have, and my pile of pressed plant bits from my rooftop garden & window boxes, and decided I should make my own herbarium.
It's kind of amazing which plants keep their color—canary creeper leaves still look beautiful with mottled yellow & green; heuchera kept the rainbow of autumn colors. The bright purple campanula flowers have almost no color left. The fluorescent magenta delosperma flower turned sort of faded orange. And the red poppy, the reddest red there is, is still a rich color but more of a crimson. I think the poppy is my favorite whisper-thin specimen so far, but there are always new ones waiting in the press: