Making Replica Butterflies From Dried Leaves

You can decorate the living room in a variety of ways. Among other things with dried leaves. Paint these dried leaves and arrange them.

Making Replica Butterflies From Dried Leaves

In Europe and America, this art has evolved over the last 5 – 10 years. The original idea was to only make use of the dried leaves that fall in the garden. Various dried leaves are used as a medium for painting. Various forms of painting can be produced, ranging from natural scenery, animal shapes, human faces, to abstract paintings.

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Painting steps:

1. Choosing leaves

Choose the type of leaves that can be dried. Leaves that contain a lot of water (e.g. duck cocor leaves, aloe vera, impatient) can not be used. The shape of the leaves must be adjusted to the desired animal figure. For example, the leaves of butterflies can be used to make butterflies. If you want to make a beetle, choose lanset-shaped leaves (long). Look for leaves that are a bit old and whole. If it's too young, it's not good to dry.

2. Drying

Clean the leaves from the rest of the water or dew with a rag or wind – wind it first. Then the leaves are tucked between the pages of the book. Arrange in such a way that all the surfaces of the leaves are covered by the book. Avoid leaf buildup to keep the dry shape good. Preferably on top of the book put a load so that the pressure on the dry leaves is evenly distributed. This drying takes between a week and two weeks. Actually you can use two screwed boards. This tool is used for mass production or large leaves for special works.

3. Coat the base color

Once the leaves are dry, you just have to color them. In order to bring out the perfect color, the leaves are given acrylic base paint white color until evenly. After that it is winded about 10 -15 minutes until it dries. Next step we create the selected animal motif pattern.

4. Create the Pattern

Actually, this step is not necessary if you are used to coloring. But to avoid mistakes, patterns are still needed. Make the lines fit your creation with a regular pencil. Or it can also make use of the veins of the leaves as a pattern.

5. Give color

This coloring follows the pattern that has been created. It will be easier if you color the light colors first. Only then are the colors older. The last black color so that the paint does not bother. The combination depends on taste. Variations of shapes can be obtained by cutting the edges of the leaves and combining colors. It's just that this cutting will eliminate the original shape of the leaves. Once the paint is dry, you can stick a pin or double-tape behind the leaves as an adhesive on the plane or curtain to be decorated.

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