Projects & Recipes
Leaf and flower pounding 101. What is leaf and/or flower pounding? Believe it or not this is a form of art that is older than any of us. For modern day applications you take a piece of Muslim or 100% cotton fabric and lay it out flat on a hard surface. Find yourself some fall colored leaves or some bright flowers. For leaf pounding you lay out the leaf flat on the fabric, remove the stem, then cover with a paper towel. Use a rubber mallet or hammer and pound the entire area of the napkin several times. You are probably wondering lay the leaf face down or up? I have tried both and it really doesn’t matter all that much. For a better outline lay face up, for better vain lines lay face down it’s all in your preference really. For flowers you take just the flower head, no stem and you also cut out the center stem with the pollen. Lay on fabric open face down, cover and pound it out. You may notice that some of your leaf or flower may stick to the fabric. Don’t freak out! Just leave it on to dry and later brush it right off, no harm done. These projects make great wall art. In fact, Nina and Amethyst started one today as a Christmas present for a few people. This is a great time of year to start this project, on the cusp of fall colors. Nature is at it’s most glorious in the fall, pound out some aggression and hang up your art work!
What you will need:
flowers and/or leaves
hammer or rubber mallet
100% cotton or Muslim fabric
cardboard or white paper to lay under your fabric
paper towels or napkins to lay over your flower or leaf