I decided to try Susan's tutorial and although it didn't turn out like hers I'm happy with my finished piece....I started out with a 16x20 gessoed Masonite board...incidental this is the first time I've ever done anything this big Whoa! after picking small leaves I soon realized I was gonna need bigger leaves so I used some off of a plant that has big sturdy leaves....I sprayed base colors like Susan did and then added my leaves and sprinkled rock salt around and let it air dry and used the heat gun on it...what can I say I get impatient :-)
After removing the leaves it looked okay but seemed to need more depth so I outlined the impressions of the leaves with some thinned down gesso and a liner brush then sprayed more Color Mists. I continued this several times and then decided to spray the leaves themselves and then press them onto the board over the areas that I had outlined and I really liked the results I achieved doing this so I repeated it 3 or 4 more times using the heat gun to dry in between spraying and stamping with the leaves until I was happy with the end result which has a lot of texture to it from all the layers. I then sealed it with PYMII...I'm not sure which way I like the piece vertical or horizontal...what do you think?