I got out my paints, and doodled the different shapes with a large brush and paints. I then doodled on some of the eucalyptus leaves with acrylic paints and a fine brush, which was great fun and made the leaves look more feather like. The more I played, the more ideas I got, and I decided to make some leaves out of leather.
I cut a few leaf shapes out of my off cut leather and “doodled” into them using my swivel knife and a variety of leather tools, experimenting to see what patterns I could make .
I had not used my swivel knife and carving tools for a while,so it was a great way to practise and get back into using them again.
I made a tan coloured leaf, and a eucalyptus inspired leaf out of dark green veg tanned leather I liked the shape of the green one and I think the shape would look good as a necklace/ choker on a simple cord alongside some hand-made beads.
In the next weeks I will experiment with the leather leaves some more, and hope to make some leaf inspired jewellery .