As summer moves on and fall rapidly approaches, the foliage on deciduous trees has begun to change colors and shortly they will become the focus of attention signaling that autumn is here. During this time, something magical and delightful happens to the leaves of trees and shrubs that bring much joy to natural dyers. The colors in the leaves changes and become more intense and vibrant and they seem to adhere more easily to fabrics and paper. The pigments from the leaves this time of year provides us with a whole new palette of colors in red, gold, orange, and brown.
Whenever I am out driving or walking in the neighborhood, I have been gathering windfall foliage of different shapes, sizes, and ones that have interesting leaf venation. I especially like the leaves that are starting to turn moldy and showing signs of decay–they add a whole other dimension of texture and color to the print.
Below are a series of greeting cards made with these wonderful leaf markings.
Mirror, Mirror, who is the prettiest of them all?
I found these old sewing machine cabinet drawers, circa 1920’s at an antique store. It is made of oak with lovely carved leaf detailing. They will be perfect for displaying my greeting cards at the gallery.
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