#242 – Maple Leaves Painted
Paper Casting Project
Set a beautiful table to celebrate Arbor Day in the spring
or Thanksgiving in the fall with a centerpiece of candles and scattered leaves,
and a dessert of matching maple leaf cookies.
paper castings: To achieve a rich, warm brown color, add a small amount
of cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spice to your pulp in the blender. Be
careful not to add too much, or the color will become too dark. If you
varnish the casting, the color will turn slightly darker. Also, too
much spice can cause the pulp to stick to your cookie stamp. It will
help if you use cooking oil to pretreat the stamp, then clean it well
when you're finished.
*Note: Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from clay instead of paper (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.
Note: You can substitute Import design #1015 - Maple Leaf for Heirloom design #242 (pictured).
1. Cut out the leaf design from each casting.
2. Apply a coat of varnish to both sides of the cut-out castings and let dry.
3. Apply color with markers or experiment with
acrylic paints and lightly dry-brush highlights onto the leaves. Try
letting color spread from the middle of leaves. For a different effect,
use color on just the edges of leaves. Look at the leaves in your yard
for inspiration and have fun!
This paper casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Paper Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.
Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Photograph by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.
Cookie decorated by and photograph courtesy of Goose Hill Farms.