Leaf prints make great bookmarks, and this is a project anyone can do. If you’re not familiar with the leaf print process, check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial for instructions on how to create the prints. Printing with leaves is an easy and fun project for both children and adults.
Tear the paper into 2″ x 7″ pieces, either before or after creating your leaf prints.
I used Fluid 100 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (affiliate link) for these prints. It’s an interesting paper that gives lovely rusts, oranges and golden browns, and dainty dotted outlines of some leaves.
I put a saying on the back side of the bookmark, such as “to be continued…” or “more to be revealed.” I prepare the text in Photoshop, and print it out to make sure it’s the right size.
Once the text looks OK, I flip it horizontally in Photoshop to create a mirror image, and print it on a laser printer. If you don’t have a laser printer, you can use a photocopy machine to mirror the image and create a print using toner. It’s the toner that transfers to the leaf print. Ink jet prints won’t work using this technique.
More information about solvent transfers here.
I use a Chartpak colorless blender marker (affiliate link) to transfer the text to the print. You can also use a solvent or Citrasolv.
Place the text upside down against the leaf print. Hold the paper with the text in place, and rub the blender marker over the text two or three times.
As you lift the paper away, you will see that the text has transferred to the leaf print.
I finsh my booksmarks by punching a hole at the top and adding some yarn or string. The string on these two bookmarks was dyed when it was used to hold bundles together when steaming leaf prints.
These handmade bookmarks make a beautiful and easy-to-create gift that nicely accompany a book.