The Autumn leaves have been fantastic this year in God’s forgotten country, so I had this idea, I wanted to print on leaves. With my cheapo ink jet printer. I expected to fail, but I didn’t. It turned out to be easy, fast, and fun.
WARNING: THIS WORKED FOR ME, IT MAY OR MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU. DO NOT BLAME ME IF YOU END UP WITH LEAF LITTER IN YOUR PRINTER. ALRIGHT?
First you are going to need some leaves. I got mine from the yard.
1. Seal your leaves. I used glossy Mod Podge mixed down about half and half with water. I brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge on one side of the leaves, let it dry, then did the other. The eaves stayed very pliable and were just shiny enough. I was very pleased.
2. Decide what you want to print on your leaf and open up MicroSoft Word or whatever word processor you have. Play with the fonts and come up with something that will fit on your leaf. With some trail and error I figured out it’s best to go bold and as large as you can without getting too large for your leaf. This is what I came up with..
Yeah, I know it’s corny, give me a break. The idea here is for you to come up with your own. You can even use a picture.
3. Test print your sentiment or picture on a piece of plain paper. You’ll want to move this to the center of your page because you’ll be attaching your leaf directly to this.
4. Line up your leaf with the printing on your test page and stick it down with removable glue dots (seriously) and run it through the printer. I used 4 glue dots per leaf, trying to keep all the edges stuck down, use more or less depending on your leaf.
And that’s all it takes.
Now do something wonderful with your printed leaf. I made the shadow boxy thing above.