Leaf Monoprint Process – Liquidamber Leaves

Liquidamber leaves are one of my favorites for my leaf monoprints.  The trees are deciduous, and the leaves turn various shades of yellow and red before they fall.

Look for deep red leaves that are fresh, and not brown or dried out.  The deep red leaves work the best for leaf monoprints.

The liquidamber leaves have several different looks, depending on which side of the leaf is pressed against the paper.  Here are some liquidamber monoprints on India and Fabriano watercolor papers.

8 Responses to Leaf Monoprint Process – Liquidamber Leaves

  1. Carmen January 16, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    OMG these look amazing!!! I am a total novice, first seen this kind of printing with leaves only recently and I’m dieing to try this out myself. I want to thank you so much for posting the leaf monoprint process, it looks so simple and easy and the results are just fabulous! And I love your work!!!

  2. Cassandra Tondro January 16, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks, Carmen! It’s my pleasure to share this information with you, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  3. Gill May 20, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Hi Cassandra

    wonderful thank you for sharing with the world. a student has done similar but yours is available for me to look at and take more note; her work has been taken away and i want to share yours with other students.



    PS she prited to silk chiffon and felt

    • Cassandra Tondro May 20, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks, Gill! Keep me posted about what you do with it. I always like to see other people’s work.


  4. Cassandra Tondro May 20, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I just remembered that I should mention my Ecoprint Daily blog, where I post a new ecoprint Monday through Friday. I thought it might interest you.


  5. Alison September 2, 2015 at 2:00 am #

    Hi Cassandra,

    Your blog is really helping me. I wonder on these leaves why the last two prints are a different colour. Is it a different side/paper or have you added something? All my prints are coming out yellow and I’m longing for some variation!

    Thank you!

    • Cassandra Tondro September 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Hi Alison! Yes, different papers give different colors. I’ve found that Arches gives yellows, Fabriano gives rusts, and there’s a paper that’s just called “India” and is hard to find that gives greens.

      • Alison September 3, 2015 at 12:37 am #

        Thanks Cassandra. I’ve been working with an eco paper made in India and sold by an art shop in the UK. I’ll try some others. I appreciate your help!!

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