This has been a week of experimentation for me. I got the bug to do some leaf prints, and I had a new technique I wanted to try.
It’s not leaf season, but some trees do lose leaves in early spring. I found lots of Sycamore, Bauhinia, London Plane and Silk Oak leaves. I scavenged Coffeeberry and Toyon leaves from my yard trimmings. And I was lucky to find two small Redwood branches when I was at Manning Park in Montecito.
I had never printed with Redwood before, and wasn’t sure how it would turn out, if at all.
“Redwood,” 14 x 11 inches, leaf print on watercolor paper
The technique I used was steaming the bundle of paper and leaves first, and then submerging it in a dye made from yellow onion skins. The onion skin dye gave them an interesting sepia tone. If you’d like to learn more about the leaf print process, check out my Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper tutorial.
“Bauhinia,” 14 x 11 inches, leaf print on watercolor paper
“Sycamore,” 11 x 14 inches, leaf print on watercolor paper
“Coffeeberry,” 14 x 11 inches, leaf print on watercolor paper
“Silk Oak,” 14 x 11 inches, leaf print on watercolor paper
I’m always amazed at the prints and colors from the leaves. These would look lovely framed and displayed as a group.
What fuels your passion for experimentation? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Wishing you all the joy that comes from a deep knowing of the Earth and all of her beloved beings.
Much love and appreciation,