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Old 09-03-2018, 06:51 AM   #1
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I am late to the party on duoprinting with the chlorophyll from plants. I saw a video by Understandblue; tried it yesterday and loved the results. My question is, how do these prints "age"? Does the green fade or turn brown? Before I do more and make up gift sets (it is addictive), was wondering if anyone knew if the prints look as good several months down the road. Thanks.
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Ordinary pressed flowers and leaves fade, so my expectation would be that these probably do too. Apart from for the recent DTGD challenge, I've always inked my leaves before pressing, and the ink is certainly stable over several years even though it's a mix of ink and whatever came out of the leaf.
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Actually, I still have a few of the prints and 3 of the cards I made originally to share at Lydia's retreat. Some were printed on watercolor paper and some were printed on a 'confetti white', card stock with a bit of tooth, but not the bumpy texture of watercolor paper. After seeing this question posed, I "had" to get that group out to check.

Mine are 3-4 years old, and look just like they did the day I printed them. They have not been exposed to 'sunlight' per se. They have been kept in a ziplock bag within a plastic box .... just like all of my other samples and card sets. So, if gifting to someone you know will enjoy saving them, just include a brief note suggesting they be kept out a lot of sunlight. IMO, sets of these make marvelous gift sets. Enjoy!

edited to add: Sample your leaves first, as some literally press out to be a brown shade rather than the green you see on the leaf. Wild grapevine leaves in this area press out to be a pale brown rather than their sage green appearance.
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Actually, I still have a few of the prints and 3 of the cards I made originally to share at Lydia's retreat. Some were printed on watercolor paper and some were printed on a 'confetti white', card stock with a bit of tooth, but not the bumpy texture of watercolor paper. After seeing this question posed, I "had" to get that group out to check.

Mine are 3-4 years old, and look just like they did the day I printed them. They have not been exposed to 'sunlight' per se. They have been kept in a ziplock bag within a plastic box .... just like all of my other samples and card sets. So, if gifting to someone you know will enjoy saving them, just include a brief note suggesting they be kept out a lot of sunlight. IMO, sets of these Tare marvelous gifts. Enjoy!

Such good news!! Thank you for checking your older stash of leaf prints.
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I pressed some pine needles several years ago and I ran across my sample here back while trying to dig thru the bottomless pit I call my craft room and it is still as lovely as it was the day I pressed it. I was thinking about doing some more prints with pine needles, may do that this fall.
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I pressed some pine needles several years ago and I ran across my sample here back while trying to dig thru the bottomless pit I call my craft room and it is still as lovely as it was the day I pressed it. I was thinking about doing some more prints with pine needles, may do that this fall.

Thanks for that input about how they age! I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with your & Texas Grammy's input. Actually I wouldn't have thought pine needles would be 'squishy' enough, but now will try it!
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Just make sure they are green needles. They should work just fine.






""Thanks for that input about how they age! I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with your & Texas Grammy's input. Actually I wouldn't have thought pine needles would be 'squishy' enough, but now will try it!""
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Did my first ones last year and they did not fade. This year, I did some in August before the leaves start to lose their moisture. Tried coleus and begonia - very pleased. Also tried a pink Mystery Lily and it looks wonderful. Going to have to try the pine needles. Yes, this is addicting. Just walk around my yard and woods and wonder what foliage to try next. I used GP 110# Cardstock which has a bit of tooth to it. If paper is too smooth, you'll have a squishy mess. Try this method. You'll love it!

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I’ve never heard of leaf prints. How do you make them?
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Iíve never heard of leaf prints. How do you make them?

Here's a Splitcoast tutorial:
Duoprinting with Chlorophyll Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers

And here's a video (both done by the same person, 'Understandblue' aka Lydia):
[ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r4BdTaCALM]Duoprinting With Chlorophyll - YouTube[/ame]
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