I’ve been attending a really fun “Water, Paper, Paint” class at our East Branch library taught by a very talented Connie Walts. She has based her class on the book by the same name.
I’ve not really explored working with watercolors much lately, so this was a fun way of reintroducing me to the media. In the class last week one of our exercises was to print with leaves.
I like working with natural things, especially from our yard. On an earlier post I shared my hammered leaf printing. That was fun, but this took much less effort!!
I had so much fun in class, I decided to try it here at home. First to pick out some leaves.
These fig leaves are so pretty. Look at those figs!!
Now to pick paper. I decided to use some scrapbook paper in my stash I don’t like.
Next, I painted the back of the leaf with watercolor paint.
Then pressed the leaf on paper.
I like to make sure the leaf has contact with the paper so I took my paint cloth and pressed on the leaf.
The finished print. I added white paint pen to give some definition to the leaves. I love my white paint pens!!
I do like the scrapbook paper much better with the leaves. That was fun!
What a great technique! Thanks for sharing.
Oh Lynda, this is awesome! I love your papers with the printing. Thanks for sharing it…guess you know what I’m going to be doing soon….
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just found your blog…great images and love the leaf prints. Glad l found you and l have subscribed.x lynda
Kathy, Thanks. We need to make that play date!
Lynda, So glad you’re here. Your blog is wonderful. I’m off to check it out again – I know I’ve been there before. Lynda
Halle, Thanks! And thanks for stopping by. Lynda
Ok! One more thing to try! Thanks, it is wonderful.
I enjoyed the great photos and the process. I love figs and the leaves are perfect for this project. The white pen paint added dimension to your lovely scrap paper. I love ending my day with your inspiring blog posts. Thanks for sharing.
Diana, Thank you so much for your kind words. I could see using these fig leaves – the larger ones – for fabric projects and garden stones. Thanks again for stopping by. Lynda
Lynda, Regarding play day…I can’t wait! As soon as my exhibit is up…I can play.
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Thank you, for mentioning your web page in class today.
I will be looking forward to seeing your EVPL Art Journal posts in the future.
Ronda, Thanks for dropping by my blog. Lynda
I love figs and the leaves are perfect for this project. The white pen paint added dimension to your lovely scrap paper. I love ending my day with your inspiring blog posts.
That is beautiful, Lynda! That white paint pen is surely putting that last extra touch on your painting!
Thanks so much for the idea.. When I was outdoors with my dog this morning I saw some beautiful oak leaves.. and I’m going to pick them up and try this.It is so unique..What kind of white pens do you buy? I have problems with them Thanks Sylvia
Sylvia, I really like the Sharpie Paint pens and markers. They seem to write over everything. Lynda
How pretty – thank you for the tut – I really like this 🙂
Georgia, Thank you. It was so much fun! Thanks for dropping by. Lynda
I absolutely love your Watercolor leaf painting project — both the process and the beautiful finished masterpiece!! Thank you for sharing 😉
Carol, Thank you. That’s another craft I need to revisit especially with all of the leaves out now. Thanks for dropping by.