I tried some leaf monoprinting today, as described on Cassandra Tondro’s Green Art Blog, which I got to know through Amanda Waton-Will’s Blog. It is a seven step process and none of them are hard to do but many rather time consuming:
- Gather some freshly fallen autumn leaves, preferably those that stain the stones.
- Lay the leaves out between paper and press over night so that you can start with nice flat leaves the next day.
- Tear paper to size and soak in water.
- Make bundles of paper with leaves in between the pages.
- Steam for two hours.
- Unpack and remove leaves.
- Let the paper dry flat and under some weight.
What I learned so far:
Most leaves only print from the under side. It is useful to keep that in mind when distributing leaves. Those that had more dye left in them are visible from the other side of the paper, too.
I folded the sheets in half to fit a larger piece into my steamer. That worked really well, and I could imagine folding up even larger sheets. Maybe I’ll try this again this autumn.
I used two different types of cardboard and the wood-board (yellowish) was much nicer to use.
Now I am impatiently waiting for the paper to dry so that I can continue to work with them. I’ll let you know when they are done!