I’ve been having fun experimenting with making plant themed paper with 3 different methods!
Leaf prints on tracing paper. I think this one turned out to be my favorite! Gather fresh leaves, paint the backs of them with acrylic paint using a foam paintbrush, press onto tracing paper by placing a plain sheet overtop and smoothing out with your fingers. Even the plain sheet that I used to press the plants down had interesting patterns!
Rubber stamping on tracing paper. Stamp designs onto a piece of tracing paper with different colors, some darker, some faded, fill in some small areas with watercolor.
Tissue textured paper. Brush a piece of tissue paper with watered down mod podge glue (place a piece of plastic underneath), arrange dried leaves/flowers/plants on top of the glue, brush the tops of the plants with a thin layer of glue, place another piece of tissue paper overtop of all, then brush with watered down ink or watercolor for an antique effect and hang to dry.
All 3 of these sheets have a wonderful flexibility to them and are ready for cutting or ripping into smaller pieces to embellish cards, tags or journals. I had a few blank pages in my new Wildflower Journal (see my recent blog post on how to make a wildflower journal!) so I glued a ripped piece of the leaf print page into the journal, so that if I place a storage pocket on that page, you’ll still be able to see the print behind it!
Inspired by TheCreativeCove on YouTube (tissue textured paper & rubber stamping on tracing paper) and A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook by Jude Siegel (leaf print).