Carol R. Eaton Designs

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Monday, July 11, 2011

How to leaf stamp!

We are all so busy during the week between work and family that I always try to carve out time on a weekend morning to go for a walk with my long time friend Sharon! We covet our quiet time together to let our guards down from the demands of business to catch up on our families and just be free to enjoy a nice walk in the woods! Last weekend I collected some interesting leaves on our walk to bring back to the studio for some leaf printing. I enjoyed the results and call the series "Weekend Walk". Give it a try yourself or if you like the results I have fabric for sale - just let me know if you're interested and we can talk about the rest!

Please note for the best results choose leaves with raised veins or texture!
Begin by painting the underside with a fabric paint or silk screen ink.

Flip the leaf paint side down onto your fabric. Press gently with your fingers or use a Brayer to roll across the back of the leaf. Gently lift up the leaf - this is fun right!

Keep going until you feel you have enough leaves for your design. 

Next I wanted to paint the overall piece with a wash of fabric paint. I use Pueblo fabric paints because they behave like water color.

Once I painted the fabric I tossed on some Kosher salt (large crystals) and left it to dry. Below is the final result.... "Weekend Walk Series" has been born! I can't wait to see what I collect on my next weekend walk!

Have fun and let me know if you give it a try!


  1. Hello brave experimenter...I always look forward to your next creation using "who knows what" to get a beautiful result!

  2. This is amazing - I was trying to come up with a way to stamp gold leaves on my green marbled silk - this is exactly the look I want!

  3. Fantastic Debra! I'd love your feedback on the technique and pictures of your results! Please feel free to email me!

  4. Can you identify the plant that provided your lovely leaf?

  5. Hi Debbie,
    I'm so sorry but I got the leaf while walking one weekend with my girlfriend. I don't know exactly what leaf it is... however when it comes to stamping leaves any leaf with a distinctive vein texture will work well. There needs to be some type of texture to work well.

    Let me know if you have other questions and I always love to see other artists results!