Look! A stained glass leaf! Isn't it pretty?
I was inspired by our leaf rubbing banner to experiment with the idea a little more yesterday (when Maia was at a friend's house and I probably should've been doing dishes) and I ended up making several different stained glass leaves* to hang in the window with our summer leaf banner.
*Okay, I know I should probably stop calling everything "stained glass" just because I hang much of our art in the window. I know it's not really stained glass. I like the term though, better than suncatcher, and am not sure what else I would call it.
Anyway, first I did my leaf rubbings. Besides the colors above, I did a few with white. This time I set each leaf upside down so the rubbings were done against the more prominent veins on the bottom of the leaf.
Then I did a wash over the leaves with liquid watercolors.
After the paint dried, I cut out each leaf
and hung them in the window with the banner. This photo doesn't do them justice. They really look beautiful!
Here's a detail of one of the leaves. I made this one with a white oil pastel (the others were done with crayon) and teal watercolor paint.
Most people seem to save their leaf art for the fall, but these leaves are decidedly summery!