I took some photos of the leaves while walking along and the next day it was so rainy I decided to make a study of them in my sketchbook.
To preserve the feeling of Autumn leaves in my journal I decided to make some prints, so I dashed out between the clouds and collected some. I was careful to choose newly fallen leaves and some from the tree, to get the best print impressions. I have found that the crumbly leaves from the ground don’t make the best prints. I rolled out some acrylic paint on my silicon baking mat and placed some ‘Autumn leaves’ on top. Now it was not the first print I was after …. Having rolled on top of the paper covering the leaves, I removed the leaves showing the impressions that had been made in the remaining print. These are what make the ghost prints. I laid a fresh sheet of paper on top and pressed it down with my hands, being careful not to move it. Then I pulled it and, ta da, beautiful impressions of the leaves to use in my art.
Next time I will show how I used the leaf prints in my journal.