Collage Techniques #4

Creating Background Paper with Leaf Prints

This technique of printing with real leaves has been around for a long time. It is very easy to do and requires only a few materials and makes wonderful backgrounds for Collage, Altered Books, Handmade Cards...Below are some samples I did just playing around.

These were done using pages from an old book, a leaf, and copper and green acrylic paints. To see an enlargement of the pages just click on the image.


These were done using colored text weight paper and copper and gold acrylic paints. To see an enlargement of the pages just click on the image.


This is my favorite..I used a heavy mulburry type handmade paper and gold acrylic paint. To see an enlargement of the page just click on the image.

You will need some sturdy leaves, acrylic paints, small brush and whatever papers you want to do prints on. Simply put a light coat of paint on the back side of the leaf and press it onto the paper and lift straight up with the stem. I was able to get two prints of the leaf from each paint will need to get a fresh leaf when you change paint colors. This is fun now to see what I can do with my new backgrounds!

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This canvas collage is by Sherre Hulbert. She not only expanded on the technique but used the leaves as well. To see a larger view of this piece just click on the image.

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