I saw some really cute leaf prints, made my hammering a real leaf onto watercolour paper and leaving a coloured impression from Wendy at Build/Make/Craft/Bake via pinterest and knew I had to try it to see if I could create such pretty results.
So we got out our trusty hammer, some watercolour paper and some paper towel. Wendy has really great instructions at Build/Make/Craft/Bake including suggestions of different types of hammers to use. We only had a regular old hammer. You lay the leaf onto the water colour paper, cover with a paper towel to absorb the extra juiciness, and hammer away. Here’s how that turned out.
You could really see the marks where the hammer struck the leaf. And, the leaf slid around a lot, not the best results on the first go. But, attempt number two got a little better. We held the leaf more carefully, and tried to hammer more gently. Turned out pretty good.
By attempt number three or four we got the results we were looking for, a very pretty little leaf print if I do say so myself. We did learn to try and choose the “juiciest” leaf we could find. Since it’s October and the leaves are drying out and falling, perhaps this project would have worked even better in the summer.
I love the final results, and I found the perfect frame at Dollarama for $2.50 I think it looks really sweet in its little frame, and certainly very fall-ish. It would also make a pretty card.
The verdict on this little project: it works, give it try, with our whole-hearted endorsement! With a pretty little fall leaf print on your table, life really is a party!