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acrylic gloss medium, white tissue paper, olive green F&W acrylic inks, Japanese maple leaves
1) I have to remember to open the spread really deep into the gutter. If I glue something across the page, and the center crease doesn't go as far down into the center as it can, then this has a negative impact on the way the other pages around it open and close.
During the summer I made the paper that covers these two
pages. This is how I did it: I took a piece of tissue paper
and placed it on a piece of freezer wrap. I covered it with
a coat of gloss acrylic medium. Then I placed the Japanese
maple leaves that I had picked from my tree earlier in the
day, and placed them on top of the wet tissue. After that I
took a second piece of tissue, laid it on the freezer paper
next to the leaf covered sheet, and covered it with medium.
I gently, oh so gently, lifted up the second wet sheet of
tissue, flipped it over, and placed it on top of the other
one. I smoothed both sheets together, making a tissue-leaf
sandwich and let it dry.
I'm afraid the loveliness of this page doesn't really show through in the picture on this page. I have to say that I was really surprised with how well the leaf paper turned out. I didn't dry the leaves at all, and I didn't think they'd last; however, it's been several months now, so I'm hopeful that they'll stay fresh-looking.
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