A 12 by 12 piece of Plexiglas (you could use any size or use regular glass instead).
A rubber type brayer,
Acrylic paints: I like the thinner craft paints like Folk Art.
Leaves: I used rhubarb leaves and tansy, but others just work as well!
Squares of cotton sheeting or muslin. I used 12 by 12 inches
Cardboard to cover your surfaces
These are prints I created with rhubarb leaves or tansy leaves. I loaded some more of these on flickr if you look at the photostream. I painted acrylic paints on to a Plexiglas square and laid the leaf on to the painted surface. For one print I left the leaf on the painted Plexiglas, rolled paint over the leaf and put the cotton sheeting square over the whole thing and rolled over it with a rubber roller. Then carefully I took leaf off of the Plexiglas and laid it on a square of cotton sheet and rolled over it with the brayer. For a third print I laid sheeting over the Plexiglas that had the removed leaf for a “ghost” print. I liked all the prints!
Tips: The acrylic dries fast so have your cotton squares ready to go if you want multiple prints!.
Use up some scraps cotton to clean up your paints and you can use them in art quilts. You can flatten the leaf a little with the brayer before you use it to get more vein detail. Try stripes of colors on the glass or use just one color to get different effects.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Big Rhubarb Leaf Print