Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Art Adventure: Leaf Rubbing and Watercolor

Let's mix two fun things together to make fall pictures.

Leaf Rubbing and Watercolor
  • paper
  • leaves
  • crayons
  • watercolor paints
  • brush
First gather a few leaves to make your rubbing. It helps if they are not competely dry and brittle so they are easier to handle.

Lay a leaf on the table so the ribs are facing up. 

Lay the paper on top of that and color across the whole leaf with a crayon. This creates the leaf rubbing.

Do this several times. It's okay if they overlap.

Then get out the paint. And these don't have to be fancy, just the kid's watercolor pans are great. Just paint across the whole picture with one or more colors.

The crayon resists the paint because it is made of wax, so even if you paint directly on the crayon, the watercolor will pull away and you will still see the crayon in the finished product.

It becomes even more prominent when it is completely dry. (I was a bit impatient when I snapped these pictures.)

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