Herbarium: draw flowers and leaves with the help of ... a hammer
What only crafts does not happen! Today we publish an unusual master class: an American Wendy from Oregon will teach how to make elegant prints of flowers and leaves using tools. So, reach for the hammer - we will be engaged in botany!
This method, based on the use of natural dyes found in plants, was taught to me by my institute friend. The technique is great for making cards or simple prints with floral and floral motifs.
In principle, almost nothing is needed except a hammer. Here is what you need:
- flowers or leaves from which we will make an imprint;
- watercolor paper or other acid-free paper with relief
- several different hammers (if there are spherical or flat hammers, they will work best)
- solid work surface (cutting board, piece of wood or something like that)
- paper kitchen towels
- a pen
- tweezers or toothpicks
- acrylic spray in a can for fixing the picture (optional)
First go for a walk: walk around or around your garden and find beautiful leaves and flowers. We need bright shades, in addition, the leaves and flowers should not be either too juicy or too dry. In any case, in the beginning you will have to experiment to find the most suitable ones, so type a lot of different ones and see what happens.
Then prepare the workplace. You need a smooth hard surface on which you can knock with a hammer and not worry that it will crack or get dirty. I took a plastic cutting board covered with a paper bag.
Then remove all too thick or sluggish pieces of flowers and leaves and lay the prepared material on watercolor paper.
Cover the plants with 2-3 layers of kitchen towels. Plain paper is also suitable for this, but towels are better because they absorb excess juice and dirt.
Mark the place where you have to knock on the towels. Of course, if you do not plan on how to be discharged and relieve stress - then you can knock at least the entire board.
Start with light, flat flat strikes. It will "stick" flowers or leaves to paper. Then carefully handle the entire marked area with a hammer with a spherical or transverse striker. First, move up and down the rows (see arrows in the previous photo), then once again go left to right. You will need to “tap” the whole leaf or flower, so be patient - it will take time.
Lift up kitchen towels to check how things are going. If the picture is imprinted on towels, most likely, you can finish. If not, put the towels back in place and continue tapping the surface.
These leaves are well processed.
Now remove the leaves from the paper and look at the print.
Keep in mind that different hammers create different effects - I used a spherical hammer to work with part of this print, and as a result I received several round sections that, for my taste, look too gray and blurred. More natural and red areas of the print came from a hammer with a cross brisk.
Here are samples of plants that I chose today. Best of all turned out red Japanese maple and periwinkle. Others may also come out well, if you still knock on them.
You probably have to try to make prints from different plants to find the right one. The quality of the work will depend not only on your owning a hammer or on paper, but also on the properties of the plant, for example, colors, moisture content, fiber hardness and the presence of a "wax" coating.
When you are satisfied with the result, you can process the sheet with a protective acrylic spray with a UV filter to preserve the brightness of the color for a long time. Remember that this must be done in a well-ventilated area.
This is an excellent occupation, and much more plants are suitable for it than the Japanese maple leaves shown here. I would be glad to see photos of your prints in the comments.
And finally, a note about security: please be careful and do not hit the fingers with a hammer. And do not use poisonous plants. If you take into account and control this, then the technique itself will be quite capable of children.