Leaf 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.
- Fresh leaves
- Paper / fabric
- Acrylic paint / fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Paper towels
- Garbage bags or newspaper for surface protection
- Rolling pin
- Plastic container lid or tray to mix paint
- Cover your work area with garbage bags or newspaper pages.
- 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.
- With the painted side facing down, place the leaf onto the paper or fabric.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until desired artistic effect is achieved.
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