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Cre­ate a unique pat­tern us­ing leaves as nat­u­ral stamps.


Pongee 5mm silk scarf from Ge­orge Weil ( news­pa­per (for cov­er­ing the ta­ble and cut­ting into squares for the print­ing process) clear Cel­lo­phane a se­lec­tion of leaves in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes Sys­tem 3 acrylic paint in lemon yel­low, cobalt blue, crim­son and white Sys­tem 3 tex­tile medium old plate (for mix­ing paint) flat medium wide-area hog-hair brush, avail­able from Royal & Lang­nickel (ar­tuk.roy­al­brush­

Cover a flat work­sur­face with sev­eral lay­ers of news­pa­per, then a length of Cel­lo­phane (slightly larger than the length of your scarf ), then the scarf. Mix to­gether your cho­sen paint colours: yel­low and blue into shades of green; red, blue and yel­low into var­i­ous browns, adding more red to make a richer tone and red and blue to make mauve. Adding white will cre­ate paler tones. Mix the colours with the tex­tile medium – 1 part acrylic paint to 1 part tex­tile medium. Take a leaf and cover with an even coat of paint over the veined side of it. Pick up the leaf by the stalk and place face down onto the silk scarf. Put a square of news­pa­per over the leaf and press down firmly with the palm of your hand – try not to shift the leaf or the scarf as this could smudge the print. Care­fully re­move the leaf. Con­tinue to paint and print the leaves, us­ing a se­lec­tion of shapes, colours and dif­fer­ent sides of the leaves un­til the scarf is cov­ered, or looks as you want it to. Print with dif­fer­ent colours, com­bin­ing tones to cre­ate an at­trac­tive and eye-catch­ing de­sign. Leave in place and al­low to dry. Once it is to­tally dry, gen­tly pull the scarf away from the Cel­lo­phane. Fol­low the tex­tile medium in­struc­tions for set­ting the paint.

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