Started painting the smallest of the silk leaf undersides and plastic veins today.
A possible winning method consisted of first covering the table surface with masking tape, sticky side UP. I pressed down the leaves onto the tape, spaced as closely together as possible, and essentially re-painted what the poor political prisoners in China had already made nicely in light shades of terra cotta and green. Then I peeled them up and flipped them over to essentially re-paint the topsides, in several shades of happy, spring-fresh greens, that the neo-emerging labor classes of the next-global megagloboulos empire had already made so pretty and realistic when I bought them from Michael's craft supply shop.
I'll know more when I get more deeply into the painting process tomorrow, but the tape should help keep the top and bottoms cleaner by holding the edges flat against the table. On the test leaves a few weeks ago, I kept inadvertently having the wrong colors seeping on to the wrong sides when holding them up for a slap dash paint job.
After these leaves are painted on both sides, I'll be attaching each stem to the finished tree trunk with a dollop of hot-glue. This shiny bump will be later covered up with a pinch of tinted flexible cement to grip the stem more tightly and blend the surface textures of plastic stems and woody branches together.
Embarking on something new here in Halfland. Woodn't want to leaf anything out. Ok, I'll stop.