Fall is my favorite season.
I like everything about it, especially the leaves.
Not surprisingly, I've always wanted a nice, big pile of 1:9 scale fall leaves. A couple years ago, I stumbled across a simple sounding tutorial for miniature leaves. It used real leaves and a readily available paper punch.
I bought the punch, gathered the leaves and went to work. The results were not spectacular. The miniature leaves were pretty, but impossibly fragile. I'm hard on my toys, so I need props to be at least kind of sturdy. These were never going to work for me. I brushed them into the trash and tossed the punch into a drawer. I didn't touch it again until a couple weeks ago, when I saw a fall leaf tutorial on My Froggy Stuff's YouTube channel.
This tutorial used that same punch plus watercolor paints...and printer paper.
Since I still had a need for 1:9 scale leaves, I decided to try this again. My technique is based on Froggy's with a few extra steps. First, I painted the paper in fall colors. I used many, many layers...
and painted both sides.
I let the paper dry, then coated it with watered down Mod Podge to strengthen the paper and deepen the color.
When that was dry, I punched out some leaves.
These are okay as is, but too one-dimensional for my tastes.
Using a colored pencil, I added some veins and a little shading.
I also gently curled each leaf to make it look more realistic.
I repeated those steps many, many, many times and slowly but surely created a pile of beautiful, sturdy fall leaves.