leaf prints

April 16, 2013

Gramma came to whisk Olie away for an overnight yesterday, so while Solvi and I waited for the dryer repairman, we celebrated Spring Break in our own way: with leaf prints. I vaguely remember seeing a project like this on pinterest, but didn’t have the particulars, so we just winged it. We had so much fun gathering specimens and banging them with hammers, that the results hardly mattered. But I do like what we got: an ephemeral, homage to spring.

Here’s what we did:

First we gathered anything with an interesting color or shape in our yard. We were really just experimenting, so didn’t know what would work best. It turns out that leaves without too much water were preferable. Flowers and juicy leaves just became a blur.

Placing a piece of paper on a board, we arranged our specimens on top.

Then placing a second piece over the leaves, we taped the two papers together on the board, and then hammered away.

Finally we removed the tape, gently pealed the papers apart, and scrapped away any plant residue to reveal two leaf prints!

My favorite was this simple trio of sprouts.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

dinah April 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Dear Justine, I love your leaf printing! I am a printmaker, this is heaven to me!! Thank you for sharing such a nice gallery!


Justine April 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Dinah! We’ll have to do this with Tilly and Audrey this summer. The kids love the hammering!


cari-jane April 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Looks like you had a ‘smashing’ time :)


emmel April 18, 2013 at 1:37 am

love this!!


erica April 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

What a wonderful Idea!! I fell in love with the small artworks your daughter made!


angela April 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

What a lovely project Justine! want to try with my kids!


Alessandra April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

what a great little project, and it turned out beautiful ^.^


Bianca June 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

Absolutely going to do this with my 4yr old! Brilliantly beautiful xx


Andrea August 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

These are adorable! What type of paper did you use? Or does that matter?


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