How to Preserve Leaves

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Preserved Leaves

 

 

How to Preserve Leaves

By: Rebekah Meier

 

preserve leaves

Mixed Media Foam Sheets

I found a way to preserve leaves and flowers I collect every fall.  Follow along and I will show you how I used Mixed Media Foam Sheets to permanently save them.  I made a trio of leaf squares of different varieties.

 

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Maple Leaf

 

Leaf Collection

Here a just a sample of my leaves.  The “raggy” the better.  I like them to have character!

 

preserve leaves

Peel one side of Mixed Media Foam film.

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Center leaf onto the sticky foam.

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Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background.  Let dry completely.

preserve leaves

I used a variety of paints and applied the color with a cosmetic sponge.

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Apply sepia to cracks with a cosmetic sponge.

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Keep adding paint colors, drying between applications.

preserve leaves

Once paints are applied, add a coat of satin varnish to seal the project.

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Outline leaf with black pastel pencil.

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Maple Leaf

For the maple leaf, I also incorporated my Rosetta stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  Simply apply molding paste through the stencil before applying the crackle glaze.

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