The Art of Botanical Rubbings: Plant Calendar
Turn ephemeral elements of the outdoors into long-lasting decorations.
A plant evocative of each month -- pine needles in January, sugar-maple leaves in September -- reveals itself on the petal-thin pages of a handmade calendar. We worked with 13-by-19-inch Japanese rice paper, available at art-supply stores. For the February winterberry, only a branch was used -- berries were drawn in with a crayon. A single hydrangea bloom was repeated for August; a stem of lily of the valley for May. We cheated on September, with green leaves colored to suit the month.
- Pressed leaves or flowers
- Plain thin paper, or Japanese rice paper
- A paperweight
- Crayons or colored pencil sticks
- Calendar Template
Collect leaves and flowers you like. Thicker leaves, such as those from magnolias or geraniums, work best; many flowers are too delicate, but hydrangeas and Queen Anne's lace are sturdy enough.
Flatten your selections in a phone book or between sheets of newsprint under a heavy object.
use Japanese rice paper or tissue paper to make framed art, a calendar, an album, or wrapping paper.
To assemble the calendar, punch two holes 5 inches apart and 1 inch from top of each page. Tie with ribbon, and hang.