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Tony's Tip: Leaf prints

By Tony Schumacher

DORCHESTER (WAOW) -- Let's check in with Newsline 9's Tony Schumacher out in Dorchester, where he has a cool idea on how to bring the outdoors indoors during these upcoming cold months.

Tony says: "If you're like me and you like trees and all of their beautiful contrast, maybe you want to pick some leaves early in the fall season or any time of the year and make a leaf imprint.

Now I have a couple of different kinds of leaves here that I found will work really well. This is hydrangea bush, maples, oaks and we have cottonwood and birch make nice prints and these are blueberry leaves.

So here's the idea, here. I'm on a concrete floor and I put some newspaper down and I've got a thin dishcloth, white. you can have some linen if you want or some muslin. But you want to spread that out nice and flat.

Take your leave, have the underside facing up with all the veins sticking up and just put that any where you'd like on the cloth. Put a piece of wax paper over it and then take a mallet or a big hammer and pound it. Your kids will probably love this project too. You want to make sure that you get all of the leaf surface touched by the mallet.

 The reason we put the wax paper of the top is so the leaf tissue doesn't actually stick on the hammer and splatter all over. You can do the stem as well. Now I'm going to take the wax paper off carefully and see what you got.

Hopefully, If I did this right, you have a leaf print. You're going to have to experiment with different kinds of leaves.

Here's a clue as well. Make sure you just pick the leaves an hour or two before you do this because if they dry out, it does not make a good print.

This is an oak leaf. Let's try the same thing with that. Wax paper over it. Hopefully, we'll get some good red color out of here. Brown. Okay. Check that one out.

Now the leaves, they get ground in so far that they'll actually get stick to your cloth. That's fine. Just let them dry for a half an hour to an hour. Take a rough brush or a wire device like this and you can do a little scraping but make it dry so it doesn't smear all over.

So that's how you do that process. I got one that's actually finished right over here and you can take a look at this. I put it on a table, use it as a table cloth or runner. Pretty interesting stuff. You can find leaves of any color or shape you'd like.

And one other clue, if you want to set those colors in after it's dry, just take a hot iron, press it down on them a little bit and you've got yourself a pretty cool piece of artwork. You can actually frame it as well. I actually didn't do that but that would be another idea. If you want to bring your garden indoors all winter."

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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