WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Fall foliage is lovely to look at, and raking the piles of leaves that amass in our yards can be fun — at least for a day. This fall, take a break from leaf raking and follow our tips from local creative types for fun, artistic, and practical uses for leaves. 10 tips for … T H I N G S T O D O W I T H F A L L L E A V E S S T E V E M A A S writer one Preserve Them Select your favorite, most beautiful leaves and save them for enjoyment all year long. Three simple preservation methods involve a glycerin/water solution, wax paper and an iron, or a microwave and acrylic spray. For directions, visit www.homesciencetools.com/a/preserving-autumn-leaves. two Decorate a Window Jen Nemeczy, who teaches at the Regis Children's Center, says her toddlers were inspired by the book Look What I did with a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi. The children tear up the leaves, place them in precut contact paper shapes, and hang them in a window for a stained glass effect and colorfully creative window treatments. three Create Autumn Gifts Barbara Gage Mulford, who teaches arts and crafts at Wellesley's Council on Aging, has another suggestion for preserving leaves. Press the leaves between books to flatten them, then encase them in peel-and-stick laminating strips. Next, cut out the laminated leaves, allowing for a quarter-inch margin outside each leaf. Punch a hole in the stem area and tie with a string. You might string them together as a mobile to hang from the ceiling or stick the leaves to windows for decorations. Or forget the hole punch and instead present your friends with a lovely bookmark for their favorite fall reads. four Rub Them Another artistic technique Mulford suggests is creating leaf rubbings. Select a variety of leaf shapes and place each leaf bottom side up on a flat surface and cover with a piece of thin paper. Rub gently with a crayon or oil pastels. Repeat using a variety of shapes and colors. five Be Inspired While Wellesley artist Yvonne Unger doesn't actually incorporate leaves into her art, she couldn't create her watercolors without them. Unger starts out by painting a base color — often blue to suggest water— on Ampersand Aquaboard. She then uses various methods to transfer the images of actual leaves onto the surface. She applies paint to the underside of leaves and then presses them onto the surface for several minutes. After the leaves are removed, she has not just a stamped impression of their shapes, but also of their veins, stems, wrinkles, and pinholes. To create negative space, she paints over and around the leaf and then removes it. "Leaves are an inspiration and jumping off point for the picture," says Unger. C E L W E L L / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 24 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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