Making decorative leaf images on calico is a lovely activity for a rainy day.

Leaf rubbing calico print mallet (1)
Choose leaves that have great ridges, unusual shapes, and those with a good proportion of moisture in them. If you have a flat surface to work on you can lay the leaf and calico directly on top without the need for a clipboard.

Equipment

What to do

  • 1. Attach a piece of calico to your clipboard.

  • 2. Slide a leaf between the calico and the clipboard.

    Step image
  • 3. Gently hammer over the leaf, so that it releases its moisture and colours onto the calico, gradually recreating the shape of the leaf.

  • 4. The images are beautiful mounted onto cards or into picture frames.

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