There’s something about the fleeting life of a flower that makes me want to stop and capture it and freeze it in time. I used to have a lot of them pressed between the pages of various books. I went through a phase when I was obsessed with taking macro photographs of flowers at various stages of life – bud, bloom, decay, death. And now that I’ve been creating art journals, I’ve been thinking about ways in which I can capture them on the page.
That’s one of the reasons why I am drawn to encaustics – they can be easily trapped behind layers of wax, which would further enhance their ephemeral beauty. But since I’m still a bit scared to venture into encaustics, I’m thinking of other methods.
One that I’ve tried recently is to coat leaves with gel medium to preserve them. For this, you will need the following materials:
Leaves of your choice
Baking paper or plastic sheet
Lay out your leaves on the baking paper and pat dry them.
Apply a thin layer of gel medium on the leaf or flower. Let dry for 24 hours.
Peel it off from gently from the baking paper or you risk damaging them.
Turn them over and apply a layer of gel medium on the other side. Let dry 24 hours.
And viola! They are ready to use.
Note: The gel medium will look white when wet, but will dry clear.
This same technique can be easily used with other organic elements like flowers, seed pods, and feathers.
Do you think you would be inspired to save a little piece of nature to use in your art projects?
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