Printing Leaves

I live in a small town where we're lucky enough to have our own arboretum. It's a peaceful, beautiful spot to take walks, go fishing, or have a picnic. There's rarely more than a handful of people there at a time, so it truly feels like a retreat, just minutes from the center of town.

Currently, the arboretum is attempting to raise enough funds to build an environmental education building. To show my support, I offered to make a print that can be given to people in exchange for a donation to the building fund. Although I normally make woodcut prints, I thought it would be neat to make a print from some of the plants that grow in the arboretum. Here are some photos I took while collecting and printing the clippings.

After making prints of the leaves and flowers, I scanned them and arranged them into this mandala design. Although nothing compares to the peaceful feeling gained from spending time in nature, this print can act as a reminder that nature awaits!

If you live locally (Northern NJ) and would like to make a donation to the arboretum's environmental education building fund, you can find this signed, limited edition print at The Curious Reader on Rock Road in Glen Rock, NJ.

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