Winter Leaf Prints

Greetings Friends!

Fall is a whirlwind of activity for me, with holiday sales and shows. I just finished my last show of the year, and I’m excited to get back into the studio to work on my art.

We were fortunate to get rain last week, and it brought down quite a few leaves. I collected a bag full of Ironbark Eucalyptus and Sycamore leaves, and I’m starting on a series of leaf print silk scarves.

Cassandra Tondro artist leaf prints

If you aren’t familiar with the leaf print process, I gather fallen leaves, press them against paper or fabric, and steam them over boiling water for two hours. The colors and patterns of the leaves transfer to the paper and fabric.

I’m playing around with some new techniques, and I also printed on two cotton t-shirts, just to see how they would look. The leaf prints aren’t very distinct on the shirts, but the colors are nice. These are Ironbark Eucalyptus and Fernleaf Ironwood — no mordant.

Cassandra Tondro leaf print t-shirts

If you’re inspired by the leaf prints, I have beautiful leaf print silk scarves and frameable leaf prints on paper available on my website. I love when I can use natural materials for my art.

Cassandra Tondro leaf prints

I’m thinking of you and hope you’re doing well. What’s on your agenda this week? Anything fun or creative? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



    1. Your leaf prints are gorgeous, Rose. I don’t use mordants because I’m sensitive to chemicals, and I don’t want to deal with it. But I do sometimes use pieces of iron or copper dissolved in vinegar. That seems relatively safe. Will the Eucalyptus fade? Maybe. I’m not sure. I don’t worry about it too much with wearables. They can always be re-dyed. Fine art is another story, and that’s why I don’t use botanicals for my fine art. On the other hand, the house paints that I use for my paintings and the magazine cutouts that I use for collage also fade. What’s an artist to do?!! Unless you want to use oils or acrylics, which don’t interest me, you’re going to run into fading. Thanks for sharing your work with me!

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