One piece of pvc: roll up in oilbased inks, you can have fun here, you can make stripes, squares, bit of the pvc that are not rolled up, ie, will print as only relief etc.... but for a starter, let's go with a solid background.
next, roll up your leaves in colour or colours you want them, and place them on top of the pvc, put paper, either print size or card size on top, and pad with a bit of newspaper, so you don't get a mess on your blankets...... pull through the press -
1) remove the paper, and see what you got
2) very gently remove the leaves, turn them over, and place them on a clean piece of pvc, very gently, - you are going to print from them.
3) the rolled up pvc, now has impressions of the leaves in the ink, you can take several prints from this, increasing the pressure on the press as you go along, I have had up to 5 prints from the piece of pvc, always go for one more than you think, sometimes the most etheral, fragile prints come last.....
and if you don't like it, turn the paper over and print on the back!! That keeps you from getting to paper frugal......
4) Print the leaves you have turned over and placed on the clean pvc
|Once I am done taking the prints I want from the leaves I go on to printing a whole gang of cards, I roll up the leaves again, on both sides, and place them on top of cardpapers, I the add a second lot of cardpapers......|
|.........on top of that, as I rolled up the leaves on both sides, I can print 2 sets in one go......|
getting all in all 4 sets of cards out of one roll up...... I might add more leaves, I might change the position, I sometimes add other objects..... a bit of lace rolled up etc...... to get some more fun... who want a bunch of cards that are all the same?? not me.......
A little tip..... when you are done with the leaves, place them on a piece of newspaper and let them dry, they make super decorations around candles etc,,, especially if you have used metallic inks!!
Enjoy, and feel free to share any discoveries or other ways of printing with natural things!!