Leaf printing is a fun way to create nature art. There are various different ways of doing leaf printing. My girls enjoy painting leaves and then pressing them face down to make a print. This time though, I thought I’d give hammered leaf printing a try.
You will need:
- Kitchen roll
- A hammer
1) Place a leaf on a piece of paper and put a sheet or two or kitchen roll on top.
2) Gently pound the leaf with the hammer. You may need to go over the leaf a few times to bring the colour out.
3) Peel back the kitchen roll and remove the leaf to reveal the print.
I tried a variety of different leaves and a couple of small flowers. Some of the leaves produced much better prints than others.
I was a little disappointed by my prints as they hadn’t come out quite as well as I hoped. However, the shapes that were left behind on the piece of paper inspired me to start doodling. The flower prints became butterfly wings; one long leaf looked like an insect. Instead of leaf prints, I saw the starting point for fairies and dragons, boats, birds and even a Disney villain.
Some of the prints are still fairly clear in the finished doodle. Others provided the outline and got a little lost in amongst the drawings. It was fun to let my imagination run riot for a while and just doodle. I always find drawing very relaxing – it’s a good way of switching off and just focusing on the here and now. It certainly made doing some leaf printing a little more fun.
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.