i always forget what a troublesome occupation is leaf production. first and foremost, you need to make a neat imprint. look at the result, make a grimace and send the imprint back to a shapeless state. repeat until a result that suits you. to spend a certain amount of life behind this intriguing (no) occupation.
i used to tint it raw before, but this time i tried it differently, it seems to me that light colors are richer, but the pigment consumption somehow goes much faster, so this method is questionable now, because i use expensive pigments. the next stage is baking leaves, after which holes are drilled in them. next - priming for pigmentation . at this stage, some more insufficiently good leaves are rejected. then tinting. here you already have meditation, and pleasure and all that things. although it often happens that some leaves are repainted several times, if something in them stubbornly does not please the eye. after - two-stage fixing of the pigment. Еhen again, the terribly boring and not too fast process of clinging accessories. which i will do today at night, apparently.
oh, and more - a photo! on which (to capture, having caught the necessary unsteady light, to sort the photo, to process) it takes almost the same time as the whole leaf-making cycle. when i get rich, i’ll hire a full-time photographer. and a massage therapist. heh.
ps. and dew! i forgot about dew on leaves!