My research/obsession into stitching on leaves continues (#untilmyvisionisblurred). Deciding whether I should or should not care about preserving them and having thoughts about eventual presentation.
The leaves in the photo above have been pre-treated with gum tragancanth which makes a lovely protective coating and allows for stitching without having the leaf crumble in my hands.
It is good.
Now for Glycerin
I'm experimenting with soaking the leaves in a glycerin/water solution and after 5 days, the leaves are soft. I'm soaking them before I stitch and/or draw or alter them in some way.
The photos that follow show the leaves in a glass dish under the weight of a smooth rock I found while spending time stitching with 2 super good friends on the shores of the Great Lake Superior
I'll be stitching into these leaves next.
Pieces of wool fabric hand stitched onto a leaf. Diggin' this.
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