This project has been on my mind for months. I collected leaves in October for this artwork but I could never get started. I had my leaves pressing between newspaper for a few months and I thought it’s about time to get it started.
I have been checking out our local thrift stores for cheap smallish artwork pieces with a good mat and nice frame. The frame to me was the most important part. I could always make a new mat. One of them was only $2.99. That’s cheap!
My original intention was to use the leaves in their original condition and paint the frames gold. Since then, I have decided to paint the leaves gold and keep the frames in their original color. Most of the leaves turned a brown color so I figured gold would make them shine a bit more.
The first step was to dismantle the frames and remove the matting from the print that came with it. The prints weren’t actually ugly so I thought it may be cool to just mount the gold leaves onto the existing background. My husband nixed that idea. What does he know anyways? 🙂 I ended up damaging one of the prints because it was taped to the mat so I couldn’t do much with it then but to throw it away.
The next step is to paint the leaves. I had to paint mine a couple of times so it had a good coating of gold paint.
Look at my oak leaf shimmer in the sunlight.
Now is also a good time to select the background you want in the finished project. I had lots of nice scrapbook paper laying around so I selected my favorites that went with the frame, mat and leaves.
Next, cut your scrapbook paper or background to fit the frame and decide on the look of how you want your leaves to appear once complete. You can have your leaves straight up to down, or at an angle. You can have more than one leaf in each frame to if you want. Think outside the box here.
Last step is to glue down the leaves. I don’t think it matters what type of glue you use. I had Alene’s craft tacky glue laying around that glues clear so I used that. I would recommend gluing on the spine of the leaf as opposed to the leaf itself. When the glue is all set and dry, reassemble the print and attach a mounting device if you do not have one.
Assemble on the wall as you like.