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Quick Fix For Fall Leaf Color Fade!
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:53
So! Sharing how I restored the red in my faded leaves!
A very good idea that hit me while responding to a reader's question about how to prevent color fade in fall leaves that have been applied to lanterns using Mod Podge.
Certainly over the past 5 years, the leaves on my own lanterns have lost their color - especially the red and orange leaves. Disappointing yes. But it never bothered me too much because the lanterns are still beautiful when lit. (Original how-to here)
While writing a reply, it suddenly occurred to me that I just might be able to restore color by using Sharpies! I had already used the technique to restore color to faded dried ferns I applied to a gourd several years back.
Need I say more?
I found that I can actually apply one color over another and blend them together. So this opened the door to accenting with brown or purple here and there as well as adding a bit of color to the tips of the background leaf so it looks more like it did when I first collected it!
Sharpies don't usually fade and I am finding the color flows on very nicely over the Mod Podge surface. Pale colored pens add subtle color - or use red and deep orange if you really want impact..
And the best part! It took me less than ten minutes!!!
Pretty cool don't you think?