Alright folks, it’s been one week today that I started the 30-day leaf art challenge. And today has been a little bit of a challenge. Well, it’s not the art that baffled me but the tree. Identifying the tree was quite brain racking. I’ll tell you why, in a bit. But that aside, the highlight of today’s art was the process I used – leaf printing. It was fun, I gotta tell you that much. :-)
So, check out the art, delve into my work process as I share the beauty (ha! chaos?) of the space where I create my art these days. Plus, like always – see the pictures of the Kassod tree. Kassod – that is – Senna siamea.
The Kassod (Senna siamea) tree stole my heart at first sight – so beautiful are its leaves and the glossy green sheen on its surface. But, what I did not expect was that identifying it would be quite an ordeal. When I came back home to refer to my field guide – Trees of Delhi, I figured that there are at least 3-4 other trees that have leaves quite similar to that of Kassod.
The flowers could have been a distinctive feature but Kassod trees haven’t started flowering yet, so I had to rely on only the leaves and the bark. (The flowers of Kassod are pale yellow in large clusters at branch ends.)
Some other trees that have leaves similar to Kassod are – Archibald’s cassia, Brazzilian Cassia, even Imli (tamarind). Only when you observe keenly comparing the tiniest of features – leaf tip, veins, colour on the under side of the leaf etc, will you be able to tell exactly.
The bark of the Kassod tree is grey, often marked with dark, parallel streaks. Relatively smooth, becoming cracked and rougher as the tree ages.
The Art and the Process:
On an impulse, I decided to do leaf printing today and also ended up using the real pressed leaves along side the printed leaves. I think the combination is pleasing as it helps compare and appreciate how the two came together to form the art.
I’m so happy that I had some dried and pressed Kassod leaves in one of my books for I couldn’t have done the printing with fresh leaves – they’re quite thin and delicate for that, I think.
I used the fabrica acrylic colours to do the printing and chose the shades of green, yellow, blue and pink from the pearl colour kit.
I think acrylic paint serves best for leaf printing. The vein details come out pretty clear even with leaves that don’t have prominent vein network.
I also used the Fabel Castell 3D outliners to embellish the real leaves with dots.
And here’s my work space. These days, I use the dining table for my art as Pari’s art table remains quite busy. Plus, the table being close to kitchen, I can pop in and out between cooking and other stuff.
And, a happy end result. What are your thoughts? :-)
If you missed my previous Leaf Art, check out here: