This was an experiment to create a miniature plant out of real leaves.
Photo courtesy of Earth Floral- These Aralia branches are in fact faux branches
It was MarG's birthday and someone gave her a bunch of flowers with some Ming Aralia for foliage. The ones picked had really small leaves that I thought would look great in miniature.
I really just did 2 things. Step 1: Paint the leaves in acrylic green. Step 2: Gloss varnish the leaves when dry.
After that, I plucked the leaves and stuffed them into a pot. Then I applied a 2nd coat of gloss varnish.
17 days later......
As you can see from the picture above, the leaves have dried up a bit but the colour and gloss stayed. At this point, the leaves looked like they were made with paper. So I added some dried flowers to liven it up.
I guess I have successfully made something real look like something fake. Let's hope it last like one.