Learn to Create Gorgeous Leaf Monoprints – No Gel Plate Required!

Grab some ordinary leaves and get ready to introduce a new art technique to your toolbox!

Let’s explore leaf monoprints – no gel plate needed! In this art demo you will learn how to use paper, paint and inks to create beautiful patterns with both skeleton and real leaves. The textures and the designs they create are truly magical.

My goal for these papers is to capture the elaborate patterns and energy of each leaf. Using acrylic paint and inks, along with some highlights of silver and gold, create stunning contrasts. A good leaf for monoprinting has defined veins on its back, which will pick up the paint and ink, transferring it easily onto any type of paper.

Scavenging for unique items like leaves in my backyard, or while I am traveling, and then transforming them into one-of-a-kind collage papers, helps me to make collages that hold the energy of where I gathered my leaf treasures.  I trust you will love making these beauties as must as I did!

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Supplies Used

Homemade water color paper
Black card stock paper 
Drawing paper 80 lb
Copy paper 22 or 28 lbs 
Palette paper
Leaf Skeletons
Leaves collected where you live
Brayer
Shop towel or soft cloth
Ink Pad – VersaCraft, black and white
Nova Acrylic Paint

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