Spiced 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.
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.