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Herbarium: we draw flowers and leaves with the help … What hammer

only hand-made articles do not happen! Today we publish the unusual master - a class: American Wendy from Oregon will teach how to make graceful prints of flowers and leaves by means of tools. So, get the hammer - we will go in for botany!

to This method based on use of natural dyes which contain in plants me was taught by my institute friend. The equipment perfectly approaches to do cards or simple prints with vegetable and flower motives.



in principle, does not need almost nothing, except the hammer. Here that is required:

At first go to walk: you walk after the district or on your garden and find beautiful leaves and flowers. We need bright shades, besides, leaves and flowers should not be neither too juicy, nor too dry. Anyway, at the beginning it is necessary to experiment to find the most suitable so gather many different - and look what will turn out.

Then prepare for

a workplace. You need a smooth firm surface on which you can knock the hammer and not worry that it will crack or will be soiled. I took the plastic chopping board covered with a paper package.

Then remove with

all too thick or sluggish parts of flowers and leaves and spread out the prepared material on water color paper.

Cover with

plants 2 - 3 layers of kitchen towels. For this purpose also usual paper will approach, but it is better than a towel because they absorb excess juice and dirt.


on place towels where it will be necessary to knock. Of course, if you do not plan to be discharged and reduce properly stress - then can tap though all board.



with easy equal blows flat brisk. It “will paste“ flowers or leaves to paper. Then accurately process all marked site the hammer with spherical or cross brisk. At first move on ranks up and down (see arrows in the previous photo), then once again walk from left to right. You will need “to tap“ all leaf or a flower so have patience - on it time will be required.

Raise kitchen towels to check how there are affairs. If drawing imprinted on towels, most likely, it is possible to finish. If is not present, return towels into place and continue to tap a surface.

These leaves are well processed by


remove leaves from paper Now and look at a print.

Keep in mind

that different hammers create different effects - I used the hammer with spherical brisk for work with part of this print, and as a result received several round sites which, on my taste, look too gray and indistinct. More natural and red sites of a print turned out from the hammer with cross brisk.

Here samples of plants which I chose today. Best of all the red Japanese maple and a barvinok turned out. Others can leave not bad too if on them still to knock.

to you, probably, should try to make by

prints of different plants to find suitable. Quality of work will depend not only on your knowledge of the hammer or on paper, but also on properties of a plant, for example, of a coloring, moisture content, the hardness of fibers and existence of a “wax“ covering.

When the result you will suit


, can process a leaf protective acrylic spray with UF - the filter to keep brightness of color for a long time. Remember that it should be done in well aired room.

This excellent occupation, and is suitable for it much more plants, than leaves of the Japanese maple shown here. I will be glad to see a photo of your prints in comments.

I, at last, remark on safety: please, be careful and do not get the hammer on fingers. Also do not use poisonous plants. If to consider and control it, then the equipment will be quite in power and to children.