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Leaf Prints

If you have ever used store bought or cut potato stamps, you've come very close to creating leaf prints.

Leaf printing is very simple and can be done with water- soluble paint (for use on paper products) or with acrylic paints (for use on fabrics like long-sleeved T-shirts). If using the permanent acrylic paints, be sure to have on gloves and to do the craft in a protected area.

You will need:
  • heavy cardboard
  • tree leaves
  • white liquid glue
  • poster paint (or acrylic paints)
  • construction paper, note cards, or fabric
  • paint brushes
  • box cutter or something sharp enough to cut cardboard (supervision required)
  1. Have an adult cut pieces of cardboard slightly bigger than the leaves to be used as the stamper.
  2. Put glue on the smooth side of a leaf, the one without the raised veins.
  3. Glue the leaf onto the stamper.
  4. Brush a light coating of the paint onto the leaf stamp.
  5. Place the leaf stamp on the paper or fabric and press firmly.
  6. Gently lift up the stamper and voila!You have a leaf print.
  7. Repeat the process with different leaves and different colors. If choosing to overlap colors, it is best to allow one color to dry before doing another.
The artwork can also be used as placemats (if sandwiched between sheets of adhesive paper) or a child's note to a grandparent.

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