Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The photos below are just the finished leaves. I've got a batch of gingko + others currently being pressed in the shelves, for the end of May!
- Place recently picked leaves (less than 30mins) between two sheets paper inside a book.
- To fully press the leaves, place the leaved-book underneath other books. I put my leaves in a horizontally-positioned Michael Crichton book.
- Wait 3 weeks before opening book
- Paint the wrong side of leaf with Mod Podge
I used a satin finish this time around, and I paint the "bad side" of the leaf first, usually (this has to do with how the Mod Podge dries & pools).
If you're going to seal the pressed specimens directly to a piece of paper, then paint the wrong side with Mod Podge, place the leaf on the paper, and paint over it. This will seal the pressed leaf to the paper in that position.
- Let leaves sit ~10 minutes to dry.
I like to use plastic as a drying mat for the leaves. They're slightly less likely to be destroyed when picked up if plastic is used instead of paper.
- Paint the "good side" of the leaves with Mod Podge. You want to make sure the leaf is fully covered, and be sure that no paintbrush hairs were left behind.
- Let leaves sit and dry overnight.