Bring a touch of nature into every room in your home. Learn how to create graceful painted accents using natural leaves and a little paint. Decorate walls or fabric -- it's easy and fun.
Mother Nature has come up with the perfect image for painted borders and trims -- freshly fallen leaves. Scatter their crisp images across towels, fabrics, rugs and walls by brushing leaves with paint and pressing them onto your surface. Whether on fabrics (shown here) or walls, you can master this technique with our detailed how-to instructions.
Choose hand towels with a smooth overall surface or a banded edge; heavy texture distorts the stamped pattern. If you can't find such a towel, stamp the pattern onto a strip of muslin or canvas, then sew it to the towel to create a patterned edge.
Artists' canvas is perfect for transferring the designs onto large areas. Wash medium-weight canvas in warm water and dry it to check shrinkage. Custom-make a curtain or skirt in the size you need, then stamp the leaf design around the edges.
Painted on a backdrop of white, natural green leaves bring a fresh, simple design to a basic boxy bathroom. Apply the two-toned stamped design over a base coat of latex paint. Keep a little extra wall paint on hand for making any needed corrections. Simply "white out" your mistake, let dry, and try again.
Choose a variety of fresh leaves or treat dry leaves with glycerine (available at crafts stores) to make them pliable. If you can't find the shapes you want, preserved leaves are often available at craft stores.