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New Leaf Prints on Paper Tutorial

I just finished my second tutorial, “Variables for Leaf Prints on Paper,” and I’m excited to share it with you! This more advanced tutorial is a follow-up to “An Introduction to Leaf Prints on Paper,” and assumes that you have a working knowledge of the leaf print process. If not, read the introductory leaf print tutorial first.

The tutorial documents the results of 40 leaf print tests examining the effects that 15 variables have on the prints. Each test is fully illustrated with photographs of the leaf prints, so you can see the results for yourself.

Variables for Leaf Prints on Paper” is a PDF file available for immediate download, and is for everyone who’s intrigued with the leaf print on paper process and wants to know more.

Leaf Print Tutorial

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Leaf Print Tests

I’ve been getting some questions about the quality of leaf prints from people who have purchased my Leaf Prints on Paper Tutorial, so I thought I would run a test. Using the same leaves, I printed on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and cheap white construction paper. Here’s how some of them look — watercolor paper on the left, construction paper on the right.

Leaf Print Test - Paper

Fernleaf Ironwood leaves

Leaf Print Test - Paper

Silk Oak leaves

Leaf Print Test - Paper

London Plane leaves

So yes, the type of paper you use is important. You get clearer, crisper prints on a heavier paper, and more bleed-through on a lighter paper. The prints also tend to be darker on the heavier paper, but not always. The London Plane prints look to be about the same value on both papers.

Then I thought, well heck, if I’m testing papers, I may as well test water, too — distilled versus tap. And while I’m at it, let’s test mordants and boiling versus steaming. So this is turning into a huge project, and it’s going to take some time before all of the results are in. I think I’ll put them into another tutorial. It’s actually facinating doing all of these tests and keeping track of the results! Opening up the bundles to see what I got is like a kid opening presents on Christmas Day!

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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!

LeafPrintPaper1

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Leaf Print Process

My Leaf Prints on Paper process is now explained in full detail in a PDF Tutorial available for immediate download on my website. Discover the wonders of creating beautiful art using natural materials.

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.

LeafPrintPaper1

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