You will need:Something to protect your worksurface (newspaper or bin liners)
A tray or sink filled with shallow water
Acrylic paints and medium paint brushes
Paint pallette (you can use a sheet of cardbord instead)
Lots of different leaves
Some sheets of paper for the extra paint
Card or heavy paper for printing surface
Roller or plastic rolling pin
|Use a varitey of leaves|
• Cover your worksurface and lay out your supplies.
• Breifly soak the card or heavy paper in water, then bring it out a lay it on a tea towel. You want it to be only damp when you print on it, or the colours will run.
|The leaf on the right was printed when the paper was still wet.|
• Squeeze small amounts of coloured paint onto your palete or a piece of cardboard.
• Apply a thin coating of paint to a leaf using the brush.
• Press the leaf down onto the spare piece of paper. If you have a roller it is better to use that for even pressure.
• Peel away the leaf, holding the stem. Press the leaf down onto the damp card and if you have a roller, roll it over in one direction a few times so that you get a lot of detail.
|The first leaf prints|
• Peel away the leaf, holding the stem. Do you like the print? Remember, practice makes perfect, and you will soon learn the right amount of paint and pressure to apply.
• Keep printing more leaves in different colours onto your card to create a leaf collage! You can stick your dried leaf prints to the front of cards or on bookmarks too.
• When you are done clear everything away and wash the paint off your brushes, palette and roller.