On our very last page, we show you how to make your own artworks out of sculptural leaf shapes.
Make your own botanical art with sculptural foliage
We created: Floating frames containing pressed foliage.
How we did it: We used a combination of brass and wooden floating frames, staining the plain pine frames using Resene Colorwood natural wood stain. Then forage in your garden for interesting shaped leaves, or check out your local florist’s selection (monstera leaves make great statement pieces). Fleshier leaves will retain their green colour for longer – be careful not to bruise them or they will discolour. To press, dry leaves with a paper towel, place between two pieces of brown paper and place in the middle of a thick heavy book. Weigh books down and leave to dry and flatten for at least a week. Position foliage in the frame and secure using small pieces of double-sided tape on the back. Hang and admire. The details: From left, succulent $5 and terracotta pots from $8 from Greenpoint Studio, greenpoint.co.nz; wooden frames $6 and $8 from Kmart, kmart.co.nz; brass plant mister $60, Esme Winter letterpress card $10, Anchor Ceramics planter $125 and goatsbeard seed head paperweight $90, all from Garden Objects, garden-objects.com; succulent $10 from Greenpoint Studio; green vase (part of a set of three) $188.95 from May Time, maytime.co.nz; Clean vase $22 from BoConcept, boconcept.com; brass floating frames with recycled sari ties (included) 12.5 x 18cm $62 and 20 x 25cm $72, all from The Axe, theaxe.co.nz; Broste oak console table $1668 from Leopold Hall, leopoldhall.co.nz; wall painted in Resene ‘Spanish Green’.