Nothing reminds me more of Fall than leaves. Five years ago I wrote a post on using watercolors with the leaves on paper. You can check that post out here.
But today we’re talking about printing with leaves on fabric with Jacquard Textile Paints. There is a short video at the bottom of the post. If you are receiving this blog via email, you will need to come to the blog to view the video.
So let’s get started. First gather up some leaves to print with. You are looking for leaves that have thick veins that will print.
If you want to save your leaves or the extra ones you pick now for future art projects, preserve them. I did that with the bunch I picked this past week.
Here is my tutorial on preserving botanicals.
Now that we have our leaves, here is what else you’ll need:
- Plastic to cover table
- Daubers or foam brushes – See my instructions on making foam daubers.
- Fabric paint – I’m using Jacquard Textile Paints
- Fabric – the smoother the better
- foam plate for palette
- spoons for paint
- newsprint or computer paper
- iron and ironing board
Let’s get started! With spoons add paint to your palette. I really love Jacquard Textile Paints. They are the perfect consistency for this project.
I like to take my fingers and smooth down the leaf again. This probably isn’t necessary, but I like to make sure the leaf has good contact with the fabric.
The leaves can be used over and over again until they fall apart. If they have been preserved, just wipe them off and replace them in the storage container.
I like using the daubers because of how the paint looks on the fabric.
Now for what to do with this fabric. I added one piece to canvas. See this tutorial on how I mounted the fabric to the canvas.
This fabric can be made into potholders, journal covers, bags, wall hangings, or even pillows.
Here is a cloth napkin.
This piece I thought would be perfect for a pillow, but I’ve decided I’ll mount it on canvas and hang in our living room. Or then again, I might free-motion stitch it into a wall hanging.
I’ll also be making some blocks on the different individual leaves. Here are a couple of those prints.
Here is a little video on the process. If you are receiving this blog via email, the video will not come through. You need to come to the blog to see it.
I was on WEHT Local Lifestyles Friday demonstrating this technique. Here is the link.
Hubby was also be on the program making hot sauce!
I’m linking up today with Off The Wall Friday. Check out the link for other creativity!
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you feel all ready for Fall now!