Weeding the gardens outside on such a clear, blue sky bright day I had to stop to enjoy the master painter's use of brilliant colors.
Yesterday I had Dale pick up a block of wax. I need to preserve the colors until Thanksgiving if I can. To get the best leaves I need to pick them off from the trees. Next years buds are starting to set so I need to be extremely cautious.
The wax comes with 4 bricks in a box. I used one brick in an old disposable pie tin. The heat needs to be as low as possible.
I was impatient and put the smaller leaves in first and started coating them.
They need to get entirely under the wax but not for long!
I couldn't remember if I placed them on wax paper, aluminum foil, or saran wrap to dry. I chose wax paper. Mark that off the list.
I removed the small leaves before dipping the large leaves.
Later in the day, I went out to a different tree to pick the leaves. Obviously there are two different types of Maple trees in the yard.
The burgundy and dark green looks like a candle burning red at sunrise.
The sunrise behind me was brilliant with a large variety of colors.
God's color pallet is awesome!
I placed the waxed leaves over and around my bouquet of dried roses to give it an autumn look.
...that and I didn't have a clean spot on the table to set a basket or cornucopia.