With not much more than a hammer and some leaves, you can make beautiful botanical cards or prints and enjoy spring greenery year-round.
Who knew that venting your frustrations could have such aesthetically pleasing results?
Step 1: Take a walk
Be sure to ask for permission before snagging your neighbor's prized plants. Oh, and try to avoid things like poison ivy and nightshade, okay?
Step 2: Assemble your materials
- flowers or leaves to print
- watercolor or other rough, acid-free paper
- selection of hammers (including ball-peen or cross-peen, if you have them)
- hard work surface (cutting board, slab of wood, etc.)
- paper towels
- a pen
- tweezers or toothpicks
- tape (optional)
- acrylic finishing spray (optional)
Gather your materials and set up your work surface. You want a smooth, hard surface that you can hammer on and not worry about denting or getting messy. I used a plastic cutting board covered with a paper bag.
A note on safety: please help kids with hammering. Smashed fingers hurt! Safety goggles are a good idea, too.