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Making leaf silhouette paper, part 1

I want to show you the super-easy steps to making this stenciled paper. You can certainly use different colors than I did, but I’ve included them here for those who care :-)

1. Wet a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. I used 140 pound cold pressed.

2. Paint the entire sheet with a thin glaze of a medium color acrylic paint. I used Quinacridone burnt orange.

3. Before the glaze is completely dry, sponge with some darker colors. I used Permanent violet dark and Dioxazine purple.

4. Let the paper dry thoroughly.

5. Hold down leaves and sponge around them with Jenkins green acrylic. Let it dry completely again.

6. Wipe lightly with Quinacridone gold to pull all the colors together.

Copyright 2007 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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