July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spray Painting Leaves

Hi Everyone.

I apologize in advance to the blogger whose site I visited but did not note the url.  She had put together an autumnal theme using real leaves she had bleached to a ghostly effect.  They were really cool!  But fragile.  Her idea of bleaching leaves gave me the idea that ultimately led to - taking a short-cut. What follows is the progression of my not-always-logical-thoughts:

I thought perhaps I might be able to do the same thing myself, only quicker than soaking the leaves in a pan of bleach overnight and then drying them out, and perhaps by-passing the fragility thing...  Ha!  Ha ha ha!  Joke on me. 

I first tried painting a bleach/water solution on to the leaves with a water color brush and letting them dry on newspapers spread out over my kitchen counters.  No change in color occurred.  Then I tried painting on straight bleach.  Nope, no change in color with that method either.

I'm not particularly patient.  Without doing any internet research on the subject, I decided after about an hour or so of futzing around with bleach and leaves to go for the gusto.  I collected many more wet fallen leaves on my front lawn and driveway (it was stormy outside last weekend and windy, there were a lot of leaves from which to choose).  I set up a spray paint area in the garage, which for me consists of laying layers of newspaper over the concrete garage floor.  I then set the leaves down on the newspaper fairly close together and yet separated. 




I spray painted them one side at a time, first using hammered metallic bronze and then a few spritzes of gloss white on each side to finish them up.  I did NOT dry the leaves before spray painting; I thought the water droplets remaining on the leaves might give me an interesting effect, and I was also thinking that if I put enough spray paint on the leaves, some of that moisture might be trapped on the leaves and they wouldn't curl up and "die" in a day or two.






It didn't take long for the leaves to dry.  Because of all the moisture still in them, they were easy to manipulate.

I pulled out of my stash a large "champagne" shaped decorative glass, filled it with hazelnuts, and then stuck the leave stems in, one by one.  This is what I ultimately arrived at:




Close-up of the textured effect of spray paint over wet leaves.

Overall, I was very pleased with how my leaves turned out. 

Another close-up.  It is so cool how some of the leaves turned out looking ghostly, some turned out looking
gold, and some turned out bronze-colored.


 

2 comments:

  1. Jan,
    I apologize for not stopping by sooner but I have been so busy!!

    LOVE this idea!! The leaves look fantastic!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Hi Deb,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I visited your site earlier in the week and saw how busy you were over your vacation! Whew, you tired me out with all of your home projects! I like how you swapped out the ceiling medallions and some of the accessories in your master and guest rooms. Isn't it amazing what just little changes can do! I will visit again soon. I have not visited your Christmas pages before, I am looking forward to that, but I'm not in the Christmasy mood yet, that usually doesn't hit me until after Thanksgiving!

      Take care of yourself!

      Jan

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