Windfall of Leaves

Cassandra Tondro leaf prints

Merry Christmas, Friends!

As luck would have it, we had strong winds last week that brought down some Eucalyptus branches in the park. That can only mean one thing — time for leaf printing!

These are Ironbark Eucalyptus, and the leaves give lovely rusts and reds. It’s interesting how every print is different, even when I use the same materials and methods.

The two prints below were both done using copper vinegar, meaning that I soaked the silk scarves in a copper vinegar solution before printing. Copper vinegar is just white vinegar with pieces of copper pipe in the jug that have been given time to oxidize.

The first print is darker and clearer than the second print, but they’re both beautiful in their own way. They’re printed on 12mm silk crepe de chine.

Cassandra Tondro leaf printsCassandra Tondro leaf prints

And here are the same leaves printed on the same silk using plain white vinegar. Very different color scheme.

Cassandra Tondro leaf prints

It’s not knowing what to expect that keeps this process interesting to me. It can also be frustrating when the prints don’t turn out as well as I had hoped. But it’s the serendiptious surprises that keep me going.

Now it’s raining cats and dogs, and I’m hoping to collect London Plane leaves in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. Those are the trees with the largest, most beautiful leaves.

How are you spending Christmas Day? Celebrating? Not celebrating? Creating art? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I’m spending Christmas Day looking at beautiful images like the ones you posted today and making plans for creating new work in 2020.

  2. I always enjoy your posts! We have had wind and rain here as well. Time to wonder outside during the break in the weather to see what inspiration awaits! Happy Holidays to you.

  3. I lost my dad on Dec 23rd. So I spent my Christmas reliving all the time I had to spend with him. It wasn’t a sad Christmas, just a reflective one. I wondered how many others were sharing the loss of their dad too.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan. That sounds hard. I lost my father a little over a year ago, and this was our second Christmas without him. Definitely easier than the first Christmas! Take good care of yourself.

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