Leaves Have Color, Too

Let’s Do A Project

I know, I know. I should not be pushing fall while flowers are blooming away. But since I was removing the annuals to make a nice bed for the bulbs, I kept getting ‘dropped’ on.

Not by the birds thankfully, but the leaves. Those pesky Norway maples I keep talking about. They are starting to turn, and like I mentioned, they can be quite beautiful, if not a mess in the fall. It is not just them, but all the trees are feeling the chill.

So I gathered up some of the prettier leaves and scanned them in artistically. They have an explosion of color themselves and make a nice little wall hangings if kept in a grouping. And if you have enough of them framed, they look like a patchwork quilt when hanging tightly in a group. This reads as a pop of color and pattern. See the group on the gray wall at the end of the post.

Remember, you are aiming for the look as a whole, not each individual image. They look equally great in a white minimalistic, contemporary powder room or just as chic in a countrified kitchen with all the colorful textiles. I use them in my gray and white traditional kitchen. Your color choice of frame helps to make your design scheme.

This is so simple to do, but make sure that you put down some construction paper of your color choice to protect the scanner bed because the leaves will stain the white backplate. I used white paper.

Scan them, then print them on photo paper to get your highest color saturation, yet still retain the natural color of the leaves. This step is really important to get them looking like these shown.

Find a nice composition of pattern and color, crop, then cut them out to the size of the glass of the frame. Do not cut out the individual leaves, but just as you see here.

I made mine 8 inches by 8 inches to fit the Dollar Store frames I purchased. It is quite a deal with the glass and they make my simple project look worth a whole lot more when framed and displayed as a group. Just make sure all the frames are exactly the same for that designer effect. Keep your spacing between them consistent.

Make a mock-up of the frame with brown paper or cardboard and lightly tape them to the wall. This way you can see if your creations scale to the decor arrangement before the holes go in the wall.

Or have a little fun in the pattern department with a camera and some ten minute Photoshop magic. Remember my carpenter ant post? I had some really cute ants in that one. Well, make it contemporary with the Ant March.

And if you want to stay on the dark side, I spray painted leaves black and pewter, then decoupaged them to a live, white pumpkin. With the glue coat, the pumpkin lasted a really long time – after I additionally lacquered it.

I use flowers and flower petals from the garden for a summer pop. They make a lovely grouping.  I coordinate the colors of the blooms with that of my interior decor. I just swap out the leaves for flowers. The frame does double-duty.

I quickly made these to show you. The flowers are hydrangea, impatiens and rose petals. The combinations are endless, just remember, they have to be relatively flat to get even shadowing on a flatbed scanner.

You can do the same thing a little more upscale with the dried flowers, but the fast, temporary nature of this project is what appeals to me. They can be changed out as often as you want.

Remember, it is not about the leaves and flowers, but the pattern they form as a group. I made so many of these and sold them at our garage sale a few years back. You can imagine how profitable it is when you sell any product in groupings. A 3 x 3 group makes a nice display. Here, five scans make nine prints. Since they are square, just flip them. Instant color.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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11 Responses to Leaves Have Color, Too

  1. I love the idea of scanning leaves to make into prints to frame. I do actually have 9 prints in my kitchen (all in dollar store frames) of various flowers from the garden. I’m going to try fall leaves to add to my frames in the bathroom, where right now I have 3 glass frames hung vertically of green leaves from various plants.

  2. I’m not mad that you are a Fall pusher.

    Fall is the drug, and you’re the pusher-man! 🙂

  3. gardeningasylum says:

    My goodness – I’m thinking about all the things I could scan: fall leaves, ferns, dried flowers, fountain grass tassels – fun!

  4. One says:

    Very Beautiful! I have always admired the various interesting shades of leaves during fall. But it didn’t cross my mind to frame the beauties up. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing.

  5. TufaGirl says:

    I am not a crafter type but that layout would be wonderful as a matte for fall photos.

  6. TufaGirl says:

    BTW -if you send me your email I will give you the scoop on the windchime…..

  7. debsgarden says:

    What a great project! I am definitely ready for summer to be over, and I am looking forward to seeing some fall colors.

  8. Bernieh says:

    Wow … what a fabulous idea! Your collages are stunning. Unfortunately we don’t get that fabulous Fall foliage here in my part of Oz … the leaves are just stunning! Thanks for dropping by my blog … I’m glad you enjoyed a glimpse of the Wattles growing around me here.

  9. tina says:

    You are so creative! The images are wonderful. I had to look twice to see how you had flipped the same image-too cool!!

  10. I love this project, I wish we had those leaves here in Florida. But with this idea maybe I can come up with something.

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