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Leaf Printing Make+Take: Mandalas and Motifs taught by Linda Snouffer


December 9 @ 10:30 am 12:30 pm

$44.00 Includes supplies


Learn about leaf printing history and how to make your own beautiful prints using fresh leaves, water soluble relief inks, and simple tools. You’ll get to practice on paper first, making 3-5 cards, then create of leaf print mandala or other motif on a 10×10″ wood panel that is ready to hang.

All materials are provided. No art experience necessary.

Participants are asked to wear clothing that can tolerate art messes or bring an art apron or old shirt to cover up with, if possible. Adult sized aprons are available in the classroom.

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Leaf Print Make+Take: Mandalas and Motifs
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Bio: While traditional botanical printmakers focus on illustrating details of specific species, my landscapes use printed leaves and grasses to reflect my interpretation of meadows, forests, and wetlands. 

The core of my art is unassuming: apply ink to a leaf, lay the inky leaf onto a prepared surface and press it; removing the leaf reveals the ink image left behind.

The simplicity of printing leaves is made more complex by assimilating artistic techniques from fiber arts, painting, pastels, and printmaking.

With dozens of native and cultivar species, grasses are used regularly in my work.  Striking structural variations in stalks, blades, and seed tassels print with exceptional artistic versatility. Printed grasses often recreate the prairies from which they were harvested. Likewise, the bottle-brush tassels of Timothy grass looks like cattails and reeds can be created by printing grass blades.

I often use leaf prints to represent completely different species: prints of yarrow leaves or ferns resemble trees; and mountains are formed using layered prints of banana leaves. 

My work has merited honors; the Science Museum of Minnesota awarded me a residency to print a prairie series; and I have earned commissions for Ramsey County Library, and Hennepin County Medical Center.


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