The floral scan, a cool alternative to the floral photograph and a great way to capture your favourtie bloom. Sometimes haunting and always beautiful, we had been told that getting a really good scan can take some practice, but with a few pointers from Sydney based Graphic Designer and Flower Scanning Pro, Rebecca Buttrose, and a handful of blooms, we set out to scan our way into flower imaging heaven. Honestly, it took us about 10 times to get something that even resembles a flower, but we got there in the end!
If you want to create your own floral scans you will need to get your hands on a scanner (or photocopier with a scanning option), flowers for scanning, a soft brush and a dark room and to follow the following instructions of course!
1. Choose what you want to scan. Any flowers will work- because the lid of the scanner doesn’t need to be closed, your flowers don’t have to be flat.
2. Rinse and dry your flowers carefully, removing all soil and water. Dry thoroughly and use a soft brush to make sure your flowers are clean.
3. Set up your scanner in a room that can be darkened as much as possible – we suggest working at night or in a space with no windows that can be completely closed to natural light.
4. Go flower crazy on the scanner bed and once you are ready, turn off all the lights and scan with the lid of the scanner open. The darker the workspace, the easier it will be to achieve a black background.
You can create everything from a single flower scan to little arrangement scan or, for the more adventurous scanner, you can create an amazing floral kaleidoscope which involves creating a floral scan, then cutting and duplicating with the help of Photoshop! Whichever you choose to try out, I just want to warn you all in advance, flower scanning gets very addictive…
Henry Hudson is a place where floral folk can head for inspiration, to find out about innovations in floral world, and connect with new friends all over the globe to exchange floral ideas and stories. We love flowers so much, we thought there must be others out there who love them just as much (and want to talk about them lots!)
We are interested in everything floral from pretty wedding bouquets to grand scale botanical installations. We are constantly searching for the exceptional, the cool, the fun and innovative botanical and floral designers, creations and inspiration from around the globe to share them with you!
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