Leaf Prints on Paper Tutorial

I just completed my first illustrated tutorial — Leaf Prints on Paper — and it’s available for immediate download on my website.

It takes you through the complete leaf prints on paper process including the equipment and materials you will need.

Leaf prints are a fun project for both children and adults. They are the ultimate in eco-friendly art. No dyes, inks or paints are used — just fallen leaves and paper. The colors and patterns of the leaves are transferred to the paper through steaming, and afterwards the leaves can be put into a compost pile.

Check it out!




  1. This guide is great, thank you Cassandra!
    Before I get started, I have a question: is there any reason why one couldn’t steam the paper+leaves in the oven, rather than over a hot plate? Is it simply that you don’t recommend doing the steaming where you prepare food?


    1. Thanks, Andy. Interesting question. I had never considered the oven. I can’t think of any reason not to use the oven, other than what you said — separating art from food preparation areas. You would probably want to check periodically and make sure the pan hasn’t boiled dry. Let us know how it works if you try it.

  2. Thanks Cassandra. Yes, boiling dry was something I was thinking I’d have to watch. If I go that route, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. Just downloaded your tutorial and I’m eager to give it a try. I did a batch of leaves last night and I’m interested in why the pages are stained with such a yellow color.

    All leaves collected along the Blue Ridge Parkway of varying ages
    2 bundles: steamed one hour (1), steamed two hours (1)
    300gsm, 140lbs, rough pressed
    both bundles opened when wet and some leaves stuck/ripped the paper more than others, especially the eucalyptus

    1. Hi Christina! Different papers give different colors. Were you using Arches watercolor paper? That gives yellows, which may be why your paper is stained yellow. And leaves sometimes stick more to Arches for some unknown reason. Peel the leaves off slowly. Even if they tear the paper, you can press the torn parts back down while it’s wet, and the paper will retain its integrity. Or, try another paper. Fabriano gives lovely rusts and is easy to work with.

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