Autumn is such a great time of year for collecting things outdoors - it seems that with every trip to the park or woods we return with a bagful of leaves, sticks, acorns, fir cones and other bits and pieces. Last year we had fun imaginative play cooking over a pretend camp fire and making an autumn leaf bowl with some of our finds. This year we have also been busy collecting leaves etc. and today Shoeshine and I had a go at some autumn leaf printing.
Shoeshine collecting leaves in the local park.
Little Chick collecting leaves on a recent trip to a local National Trust garden.
(This little girl just doesn't feel the cold - You wouldn't think it was a fairly brisk autumn morning here!)
We got all the autumn colour acrylic paints out and some glitter paints as well. Acrylics work well on canvas but don't always wash out of things so take precautions, Shoeshine still managed to get paint on her top even with the overall on. The leaves were fairly fresh, still soft and fairly flat so they didn't curl up or crumble when we painted them.
She got busy painting the leaves. I painted one first and did a few prints on a piece of paper to give her the idea of what we were going to do.
She soon got the hang of painting the leaves, adding different colours and then printing with the leaves, although she did need a bit of help with ensuring the whole leaf was pressed down to get a good print.
This was to a certain extent a collaborative art project so I did make occasional suggestions as to what leaf she might paint next and helping with making sure there wasn't too much paint on the leaf before printing and encouraging her to make sure it was fully pressed down.
Gradually the picture started to build up.
With more and more leaves until she was happy the picture was finished. She's really pleased with the picture and I think she will love to have her art work on display in our house, we just need to work on the other seasons now!
As I said this was a joint project so I thought it would also be nice for her to have total freedom for another picture, so I gave her a sheet of paper and left her to create.
This is a fab, but messy, autumn activity and you could use leaf printing to make some beautiful autumn wrapping paper too.
Shoeshine 2 years 3 months