1. Find leaves. I went for a walk in the woods and chose a variety of leaves of all shapes, sizes, and thicknesses from trees and plants that looked healthy.
2. Wash leaves. I didn’t want dirt in my paper, so I rinsed the leaves off with warm water.
3. Tear leaves apart, mash up, and mix with water. This was supposed to be the part where the paper base started to come together. Instead, I ended up with a conglomeration of leave bits that did not look like they were going to stick together by themselves.
4. Decide to add liquid glue. You know, to hold it all together.
5. Decide to use a paper towel as backing. So that now we have paper towel leaf paper. Can you tell I did not plan this well?
6. Spread into a thin layer and let dry. For several days. You will be able to smell the leaves, but it won’t be unpleasant unless you hate nature. Eventually the smell will go away.
7. Use clear packing tape to keep the leaves from falling off the paper towel. Apparently glue was not enough, as I found out when I went to cut the paper to size and glue it to my bookwork.