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How to Make Leaf Prints

Magazine article Sunset

How to Make Leaf Prints

Article excerpt

Turn colorful fall foliage into stylish wall decor

A SINGLE LEAF contains a world of beauty. Bring a bit of nature's magic indoors with this simple project Just gather a few of your favorite leaves on your next walk, flatten them under a book, then copy them face down with a color photocopier.

The resulting print, once glued to a canvas-covered art board (about $2), highlights a leaf's startling details, from its watercolor hues and treelike form to its intricate veins and delicate stem. Look for unblemished specimens with beautiful shapes or variegated colors; we love the foliage of oak, sycamore, and smoke tree (pictured above, from top), as well as Japanese maple, Chinese pistache, and ginkgo.

Hang one perfect print for solo drama, or display several in a row. Plan on spending about $15 for the first project and roughly $5 apiece after that.

Materials and directions

* Fall leaves

* Heavy book

* Color photocopier

* Sheet of white paper

* Canvas-covered art boards (often used for paintings); 8 by 10 in. or smaller usually works well

* Soft, flat paintbrush

* Cloths or paper towels

* Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (available at most art-supply stores); choose a matte formula

* Craft knife

* White glue

* Small unfinished-wood craft frames (to use as hangers)

STEP 1 Flatten each leaf slightly under a heavy book. …

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