How To: Leaf Printing

cover-image_how-to-leaf-printingLeaf printing is an incredibly easy way to make a striking artwork. There are many different ways to do it. Here I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

I printed my leaves onto both paper and fabric – either medium turns out really great.

An easier way of painting the leaves would be to use a small paint roller, but I didn’t have one so I just used a small paintbrush.

Ensure the leaves you use are fresh, and try to pick ones that have prominent textures and patterns on them.

This is a fun exercise for people of all ages to enjoy.




  1. Fresh leaves
  2. Paper / fabric
  3. Acrylic paint / fabric paint
  4. Paint brush
  5. Paper towels
  6. Garbage bags or newspaper for surface protection
  7. Rolling pin
  8. Plastic container lid or tray to mix paint


  1. Cover your work area with garbage bags or newspaper pages.
  2. Place a leaf onto your workspace, and apply a thin layer of paint to the surface of the rougher side of the leaf. Make sure the paint coverage is even.
  3. With the painted side facing down, place the leaf onto the paper or fabric.
  4. Place a piece of paper towel over the leaf, then use a rolling pin to put pressure on the leaf by rolling on top of it a couple of times.
  5. Lift the paper towel and peel away the leaf. You can get around 2-3 prints from the same leaf, with each iteration getting lighter and less defined.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 until desired artistic effect is achieved.


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