Returning again to the leaf journal, I did a combination of things for the elm leaf. I did a rubbing, watercolored it, and added line work to bring out all of its interesting features. I think that it is the most interesting of all of the leaves, and I remember working on it at the picnic table in front of the cabin, enjoying the cool breeze and a cup of hot tea!
The pin oak was fun, as I simply lay the leaf onto the paper and used a toothbrush to flick several colors of paint across it, making it a stencil. The painting got rather out of hand, as all of us were enjoying the process to the point of flinging the paint on each other...rather a bonding moment!
The dogwood leaves were painted with thickened watercolor, and then pressed onto the paper. It is a real challenge getting just the right amount of paint, so that it highlighted the veins and outlines of the leaves. You can paint your interpretation of a leaf in a painting, but the real thing is amazing to see!
And finally, the post oak. We scrounged a can of spray paint from the owner of the cabins, and chose leaves with a lot of chewed out holes and character for this stencil option. The real challenge? getting the leaf to stay in one place when we directed the spray at it! I am so pleased that I kept this old journal. Memories came flooding back, of good times and wonderful women. The experience has helped to make me the artist I am today.