Morning. Yesterday I had a spare couple of hours after taking the pooch out for a walk and decided to try a little leaf printing. There isn't much in the way of autumn colour around here, the temps have been in double digits, so no frosts so far but the Japanese Maples by the house have started to turn from subtle golden red to a more vibrant colour. They are still hanging onto their leaves though as I had to give the leaves a fair old tug to get them off the branches.
My attempt at printing was influenced by the challenge at CAS Mix Up and as I haven't entered their challenge for awhile I thought I'd have a play. Less is More's challenge is OL Autumn so with that in mind also, I went ahead. Here is the result.
I started by creating a mask for the square on an A6 white card, then inked through with a selection of DIs, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple and Seedless Preserve. I chose those colours as they most closely represented the fiery maple leaf colours. When dry, I dusted it liberally with anti-static powder.
Using one of the Japanese Maple leaves, I added Versamark to the reverse side and placed it carefully over the inked panel. I laid a piece of copy paper over and then trying not to move the leaf, brayered over the top. After carefully removing the paper and leaf, I heat embossed with gold EP. As I had used Versamark to stamp, the print wasn't visible until the EP was set, no second chances there! I rather like the way the leaf disintegrates towards the tips, totally not intentional! My sentiment from Uniko was stamped with Altenew's Grapevine to match the colour in the panel at that point, then heat embossed with clear EP.
I enjoyed the process and the challenge of a OLC hope you like it too.
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