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Jul 29, 2021
As a horticulturist, I find great joy in growing plants. As an artist, I am always getting new ideas after getting to spend time relaxing in my garden. I have had an idea swirling around in my head for about a year now,
Find out how to preserve a leaf while maintaining it's delicate vein patterns, that doesn't involve the smelly fumes of spray paint, yet still allows me to paint on it with oil paints if I want to.
Pouring diluted gesso over fresh leaves.
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Fully coated moonflower leaf.
and I couldn't be happier!The leaf I am holding is from a weeping Redbud tree in our garden. I love the heart shape, and how the gesso still allows the delicate vein pattern and some of the dried leaf color to show through.
I had intended to paint the leaf with oil paints, but I really love the chalky white look here.
I was really happy with how these turned out, but still not sure what to actually do with them.
gesso to water mix.
Drip drying from my tripod, attached with masking tape.
Maple, Oak, Fothergilla, wild grape, hops, Redbud, Birch... I had fun.
Combine leaf with abstract paint palette.
I have been creating abstract paintings on palette paper for months.
I have been experimenting with these leaves since fall of 2020.
Almost a year later the idea to combine these 2 ideas finally came to mind!
Available in 14 or 16 inch sizes. Order with or without the insert. Pillows with inserts can be ordered with or without a zilpp
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