We have a beautiful Virginia Creeper that grows up the side of the house, and at this time of year it's leaves turn the most stunning Crimson. Although lovely, as you can see from the photos, it really is the most rampant of plants, and every couple of years Hubby asserts his authority over it. This weekend was the fateful weekend when it all came off.
The kids and I collected some of the smaller leaves up (we like to be helpful!) and decided we would try and decoupage with them. On close inspection, the leaves don't lie flat, but have a bit of a curl to them, so before we started we stuck them in the telephone directory, under a pile of books for a few hours to try and flatten them out - much in the same way as we did in Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles. This time however, we wanted our leaves to still be fresh, not dried, so we just left them overnight, which did the job nicely.
We decoupaged onto a Kraft notepad. Before we started, we painted a layer of slightly watered-down pva glue to the blank cover and let it dry. Traditional decoupage is the art of decorating with cut out pieces of paper. The finished artwork is then covered with many layers of varnish, giving a beautiful glossy effect. There are many different decoupage paper and glue products on the market, but for our crafting adventures we have always had great results with scraps of paper we already have around the house, and plain old pva glue.
Working a patch at a time, we applied a generous layer of the slightly thinned glue, applied our leaf, and immediately coated the top surface again with glue. We continued working like this until we had covered the whole cover of the notepad. We then put it to one side to dry. Once the glue was completely dry we painted over another layer of glue. Our finished notepad has had two extra coats of glue on it, and the surface feels nice and robust. The finish on the leaves almost has a leathery look about it, and we are hopeful that the glue will do its job in preserving their integrity and colour.