Today I am going to share with you Peepal Leaf Painting which I tried recently. Actually my son has got this project for his holiday homework, which obviously I had to do. Peepal leaf painting is not a very common form of painting, consequently the info. on the same on net is quite limited. However, with the info. available and with the help of few crafter friends in IL, I have managed to complete my painting.
Since, this is originally a kid's project, I have painted a colorful butterfly (they are my weakness.....) and to cover the empty space above I have painted flowers. I won't say its great, but I will grade it good.
Materials required :
1. Peepal leaf/leaves
2. Oil colors
3. Brush to paint.
Firstly, you need to soak the peepal leaves in water for about 15-20 days till its green color wears off, and you have a beautiful off white color leaf, with all its veins visible. You also need to change the water once a while and try to clean the leaf. Be very careful as the leaf becomes very fragile after being soaked in water for so many days.
Once the leaf has dried properly, you can start your painting. Choose a design of you choice and use oil colors mixed with linseed oil to paint the leaf. Always keep a paper underneath you leaf. so that you don't have a dirty work area.
The paint will take a day to dry. then you can attach this leaf, preferably on a dark colored sheet so that the colors on the leaf get enhanced. You can also make greeting cards out of it or you can just paint them and store them in your scrapfile for the artist's satisfaction within you.
Hopefully the process is clear to you and in case you need more information/details you can find here.
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