Tuesday, August 18, 2009

HOW TO DO LEAF PAINTING

I have done these leaf painting long back.Its very interesting craft but a difficult one to maintain.I dont have all those things now.This is from the net,hope it will be usefull for you all.











Painting on Peepal leaf is a delicate work of art originated in the southern India (Kerala). Its done on dry Peepal leaves. Its one of the oldest form of art, which shows the ingeniousness & patience of the artists. This art form originated because the leaves of the peepal tree have a beautiful shape as they taper to a needle point. Though now only a few artists are left who practice this leaf art.

Themes of painting
Typically themes are painted on peepal leaves are:
• Religious Indian figures
• Animals
• Scenery
• But we can experiment with modern an abstract art also .

Material required
Its very inexpensive all you need is:
• Peepal Leaves
• Oil paints
• Sheet for the background

Method
The method is divided into 2 process
1. Drying the leaves
2. Painting on leaves

…….For drying Peepal leaves

Place a few leaves in a bowl full of water for15 days or a month . But do remember to check it once every few days to see the condition of the leaves. The purpose of soaking the leaves is to remove the outer layer of the leaves. After being in water for long, the leaves get a film over them, which you need to clean by washing it off or use a brush periodically. And do remember to change the water with a fresh one periodically Once the outer skin is lost, it leaves behind a beautiful bony structure, usually off-white in color.
Now dry it for a day & you got a leaf to paint on.

………For Painting the leaves

Step 1
Use oil paints to paint your favourite design on the peepal leaves
Step 2
Put a coloured sheet for background. Use a colour that will enhance the effect of the painting. The background is usually kept because Peepal leaves are very fragile and may rupture.

Tips and tricks• The most important tip is to be patient while drying peepal leaves and handle them delicately.
• You can also paint the peepal leaf in two colours. To give it a different half and half look.
• Use Golden colour to make a border. You can also use golden colour for highlighting or making jewelery.
• Add glitter to enhance the look of your painting
• Mix and match various mediums. For eg. You can make Ganeshji of clay and stick on the peepal leaves
• If Painting is not your cup of tree then dip these dry peepal leaves in bright , vibrant water colours and then dry it. It will give beautiful look
• Many wedding cards are decorated with dry peepal leaf .You can also use these
• Cover with transparent sheet to protect your work

Similar to the above lotus leaves even peepal leaves can be painted with vibrant colours
So just start just start and make your own creative piece of art on peepal leaf.

NOTES:
This tutorials belongs to
www.pepalleaf.blogspot.com

6 comments:

Lisannerosalie said...

Wow those are really nice. Thanks for posting this. Makes me want to try! :)

Glitter Birdie said...

Hi Kavitha,

Thank you for the tutorial. I saw this technique in Thought Factory's Blog:

http://pepalleaf.blogspot.com/

So it must be from there that it came to Indus Ladies. Anyways its a lovely technique isn't it??

Btw I love your works too...

Keep it up

Love

kalalayaa-paintings said...

thanks for the informationn ya.
ya it is a lovely work.
and thanks for the compliment too

Jeffery E Doherty said...

I paint onto eucalip (gum) leaves. They are very sturdy and don't need to be soaked forever. I just press them for a few days to get them flat, seal then paint straight onto them. I have also painted on maple leaves, they do require a backing sheet because they are fragile,

Jeff
http://jefferyedoherty.googlepages.com

Jeffery E Doherty said...

I paint onto eucalip (gum) leaves. They are very sturdy and don't need to be soaked forever. I just press them for a few days to get them flat, seal then paint straight onto them. I have also painted on maple leaves, they do require a backing sheet because they are fragile,

Jeff
http://jefferyedoherty.googlepages.com

Sheetal Ahlawat said...

used to do it a lot before marriage. One of my paintings is still hanging in my mother's kitchen :)