DIY Hapa Zome botanical print

I always find crafting to be therapeutic and soothing, but this project takes it up one notch by allowing me to literally hammer my troubles away while creating beautiful botanical art. Welcome to the wonderful world of Hapa Zome.
Hapa Zome is a Japanese art form whereby flowers and leaves are hammered onto fabric or paper to create a botanical print. I first came across it in Alys Fowler's The Edible Garden series and was so fascinated I decided to give it a go! It is a very satisfying exercise and the results are instant and gorgeous. Here's how...
You'll need:

Flowers and leaves (pick fresh ones with lots of moisture for best results)
Cotton fabric
Hammer
Paper towels
Wooden chopping board (or any other block of wood for hammering on)

Method:

1. Place fabric on chopping board and then arrange flowers and leaves on fabric in desired pattern.
2. Working in sections, cover flowers and leaves with 1-2 sheets kitchen towel and hammer away.
3. Carefully peel off paper towel and gently rub away the mushed up flowers and leaves

30 Responses to DIY Hapa Zome botanical print

My Garden Diaries said...

This is just fantastic! I have never tried this method before...the result is just pure beauty! WOW!!!! I will be pinning this to try with the beans! Thanks for sharing friend! Nicole xoxo

Niken said...

trishie, you're one talented lady! it's so pretty

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. That's gorgeous. And it doesn't look too hard. I must try this.

kidgranny said...

These are gorgeous! You have such a lovely array of flowers from your garden.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

What a beautiful beautiful project! Can't wait to see more!

Ananka said...

This is a nice idea, I like it and so simple too :-)

Jane said...

wow! so amazing! i definitely want to try this one day!!

Kelsea Echo said...

Wow - what an awesome project! So gorgeous!!

Rose said...

This is so beautiful.

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

that looks beautiful! I need to give it a try.

burntfeather said...

WHAT! this is amazing - I never would of guessed they'd leave such a vibrant colour and amazing pattern :) Must try craft!

Sharlynn Ng said...

This is such a neat trick! I've never realized you could do this kind of craft by pressing on leaves and flowers! Love love the watercolor like color print from them!! I can see how these would make lovely gifts and cards and little prints to put up around the house!

OtherMix said...

Great idea!

Anouk said...

I have never heard about this technique but the result is so beautiful!

oomph. said...

oh wow, that's really neat!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How very pretty! I love this! Thank you for sharing xo Karen

Azura Chan said...

This is so creative and beautiful!!!

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow Trishie I've never heard of this before, gorgeous!

Tina Bradley said...

This artwork is so lovely! I, too, find creative pursuits such as this to be so therapeutic and well worth my efforts! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This is such a pretty project!

Poppy said...

Wow, Trishie, how pretty! Your design is sweet and looks lovely!

Poppy
P.S.: Haven't forgotten about the fabulous Floral Friday party, but haven't been able to contribute the last few times, due to various things. Hope to again, soon!

Sharon D said...

This is amazing, Trishie. I love it! I will try this out one day ^.^

Brandi said...

How beautiful is this! I had no idea this method was even possible. This is something I'd love to try. Thank you for sharing, Trishie!!

Imogen Eve said...

Wow. I love this. I can't believe I haven't heard of it until now! It looks so wonderfully simple, but effective.

Claudia said...

Hi Trishie,
what a wonderful idea! Looks great!
Thank you for your visit and kind note!
Happy weekend to you,
Hugs
Claudia

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, an absolute beautiful craft - whtatan intriguing way to catch nature´s bounty on fabric - thank you for sharing this technique, I had never heard of this before! Love to come here for a visit and learn new things!

Michelle Katherine said...

this is such an amazing ide, it would make a great gift too!! we'll have to try this out some time soon. we love a bit of DIY!

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Louise said...

this is absolutely gorgeous, and I want to try this too (for real!). I'd love a bit of botany in my home! :D

Feronia said...

I love this idea! Thanks :)

Feronia said...

I love this idea! Thanks :)