Media of the Week Laminating 1: Leafy things and paining marks

Leaves

You can laminate anything as a reference for drawings heading into winter. Autumn is the perfect time for picking up dried leaves to laminate when they as crisp as wafer thin cornflakes. Even today I still love crunching and kicking up flurries of leaves on dry paths and pavements when walking anywhere just as I did as a child. Why indeed don’t adults jump in puddles too or have a go on some swings if they’re big enough in a park. I wonder at what age and why such activities seem odd as we reach adulthood even among parents of young kids. If you laminate leaves that are not thoroughly dry you’ll often get the sap oozing from the thickest pieces of foliage which may or may not be desirable.

You can laminate anything at all so long as it is never more than 2mm thick, so why not tear out leaves from a magazine or book, cut out images, or just experiment with business size pouches with different scraps of materials, fibres, netting, wire, threads, string, packaging, cellophane or thin plastic. You can make up a design, an abstract set of playing cards, a board game and not just pictures. In short laminators are versatile devices for all sorts of projects and ideas and it has the added benefit of being easy and quick to do. You don’t have to stick things down although you can use glue or sellotape for accurate positioning and at times, especially with matt pouches, in raised surfaces at the end can be all the more interesting.

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Amateur artist trying to complete my challenge of an artwork for each day of this year. Along the way I'm sharing techniques, favourite artists for anyone interested.

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