. . .”Tis the season . . . for leaf preserving! As fast as the leaves are falling, I am picking the prettiest from every corner of our little town in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
To press or flatten the leaves, I have many of them stuffed in every yearbook our family has ever accumulated (middle school for my husband, high school for me and my husband, college for me, preschool through high school for our teenage son). They remain there for two to three weeks (depending on the types of leaves).
I have leaves resting in silica gel, which will be mostly flat and already well-preserved; leaves drying from being sealed in acrylic spray; leaves ready to be selected for beautiful artwork.
Now comes the fun part! Creating interesting pieces from leaves has become almost an obsession. I am constantly looking at the leaves to see what they “tell” me they want to be!
The colors of the autumn leaves are so intriguing. Only God could make something so beautiful. They never cease to thrill or amaze me.
Through all the busy-ness of the fall season, my workroom/spare bedroom/everything room has become a disaster of epic proportions. Next on my list is cleaning it out so that I can get back to work on my leaf art!