Botanical art, Plantable paper, pressed flowers

Saratoga Springs, New York
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Announcement    Thanks for visiting my shop or coming back again! I am on sabbatical from August 2022 to December 2022. I hope you will come back and visit me and see all my new work. See you at Christmas!

Plantable paper, pressed flower art, botanical notecards and handmade paper sculpture. EVERYTHING LISTED IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP WITHIN 24 HOURS unless otherwise noted on the individual listing.


Last updated on Aug 3, 2022

Thanks for visiting my shop or coming back again! I am on sabbatical from August 2022 to December 2022. I hope you will come back and visit me and see all my new work. See you at Christmas!

Plantable paper, pressed flower art, botanical notecards and handmade paper sculpture. EVERYTHING LISTED IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP WITHIN 24 HOURS unless otherwise noted on the individual listing.



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About PulpArt

Sales 21,659
On Etsy since 2008

“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

My father gasped when I showed him “some weird-looking flowers” that I had picked from deep in the woods. They turned out to be endangered Lady’s Slippers. Cradling them in my palms, I gently placed them into the pages of the fattest book I found so that, once pressed, I could examine their curious petals.

And so began my fascination with pressing flowers. That was more than, er, 35 years ago and I haven't stopped being intrigued and inspired by the colors, shapes and textures of pressed flowers. When I made my first pressed flower figures, I was enchanted. I dubbed them Petal People and printed my favorite images onto notecards. I now wholesale my line to stores all over the country and I introduce many new designs every year. No part of these figures has been drawn, painted or computer-enhanced. They are created only from ferns, leaves, flowers and herbs, or parts of those plants that I have grown in my garden (or snatched from other gardens, road sides and fields). Lately, I’ve been putting a little more sass in them, including a naked stick figure here and there, which entertain me to no end. Check out more at www.PetalPeoplePress.com.

My mother stopped what she was doing, stood frozen and tried not to look alarmed. With a forced casual tone she asked, "What do you mean you want to make your own wedding invitations?" I had recently learned how to make handmade paper and was obsessed with making sheets and sheets of it. It took months of cajoling her before she finally gave in, probably because she had bigger fish to fry: I asked her if I could get married in the back yard of my childhood home…

That was more than 20 years ago and I haven't stopped making handmade paper since. After making my own wedding invitations (successfully, even according to my mother), I realized I could sell my paper. I signed up for my first craft show and kept doing them while I waited for the internet and Etsy to be created. When I left a decade-long career as a newspaper editor to start a family, I turned to making paper as a way to be creative and stay at home. Thankfully, it grew big enough that it's the best excuse ever for not going back to work. Although sometimes my family wouldn't mind a little less paper created in the kitchen and a few more home-cooked meals made there instead.

I recycle 100% post-consumer waste paper to make my plantable papers and I use the freshest no-GMO wildflower seeds to spread the love. And I will tell you a little secret: I didn't do it on purpose, but my wildflower mixture helps the honeybee population because it includes many of the wildflowers that they prefer for pollen. (Hummingbirds love them, too!) #luckycoincidence

I have built my business on custom orders and have made place cards, favors and invitations for hundreds of brides, corporations, non-profits and individuals during 25+ years of business. My work has been featured in LA Weekly magazine, The NY Times Style Magazine, GreenCraft magazine, the Huffington Post, the book '1000 Handmade Greetings" by Lauren McFadden as well as countless blogs. I am tickled that my work has even been purchased by a celebrity!

I have experimented with many different creative outlets but I always, always come back to papermaking. I am so grateful that I have been able to re-create the craft for myself, to make paper sculptures, cards, Christmas ornaments, all kinds of seeded paper products, wedding invitations … all of these different ways of using the same medium has kept me motivated and excited. Even after decades of making paper, I am still delighted by it. I hope you feel the joy and passion in everything I make!

Shop members

  • Martha (when I was 4)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I learned a long time ago that, to be happy, I have to create and be creative every day. Of course that means I have every tool known to man, from glass grinders to glue guns, a gocco printer, wood-carving tools and a weaving loom. Go make something!

  • Monkey


Production partners

  • Fort Orange Press

    Albany, NY

    We use direct-to-plate pre-press technology, enabling us to move jobs from the earliest phase to completion quickly and efficiently, streamlining the total turn-around time of a quality job for our customers.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
How long until you ship my package?

I ship every day, Monday through Friday, via USPS First Class mail. I wait until the afternoon to take orders to the post office to capture as many orders as I can. (But I will go early in the day if my customer has a time issue like an Express Mail drop-off.) So it may take as long as 24 hours for your package to be shipped but it is often much less. And if you want to know a little secret, I live within walking distance from a post office so sometimes, and especially on nice days or if I have an errand to run, I will make a second trip to mail something if I get a sale late in the day. I often ship on Saturdays, especially if it's a beautiful day to get outside!

Wholesale availability

I do not wholesale my plantable products but I do wholesale my Petal People pressed flower art cards. Please inquire for more information.

Can you ship to me? I live outside the United States.

Because of customs regulations for shipping live seeds to other countries, I do not offer international shipping on my plantable products but do ship my Petal People cards internationally.

Will you make a donation to my organization?

Because I get so many donation requests, I have had to limit those charities to whom I donate. I now only donate locally, and to companies and charities with whom my family is directly involved.

Will you send me your products for free? I will review them in my blog.

Yes! However, I am very selective who I give my products to, and I don't give them very often. I will need proof of a certain amount of consistent readership, as well as evidence of cross-promotion on social media, and a well-established presence in either the crafting world, wedding market or another audience that hits my target customer base.

I got shipping notification but there is no more tracking information beyond that.

When I package up an order, I print a shipping label in my studio. Once the label is printed, an email is automatically sent with tracking info, but your package has not been shipped yet. When I drop off the package at the post office, it is scanned with the postal gun. The postal folks don't transfer that information from the gun to their computer system until after 5 pm when they upload the scans into their computer. It can still take a few more hours for tracking info to appear on the website. If you have been sent an email with tracking but it isn't showing up, just check back a few hours later or the next day.