Monday, March 8, 2010

big leaf painting

Have you ever painted with leaves?  I bet you have.  It's an oldie but a goodie.  

But have you ever painted with really big leaves?

Children love to paint natural materials:  leaves, rocks, logs, stones - you name it.

You just need a really big sheet of paper and some monster leaves and you are good to go.

What natural materials have you used in your art experiences?

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  1. Gorgeous! I could use some palm frawns we have in our playground. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. My children would love this - so we will be painting with BIG leaves. What a fun way to spend some time outside.

    I love the idea of a fairy inspiration book and how sweet to make up signs for the fairies. You can't have those fairies getting lost!! Something like a fairy garden incorporates so much more than the design.

  3. Wow! we don't get leaves this big in Scotland! I'll have to persuade a friend who works in a Botanical Garden to assist. Think of the possibilities with BIG leaf work.

    Thanks for more inspiration!

  4. I'm glad you like the idea guys. The kids always love painting outside on the grass and love painting natural objects like stones and wood - and love using bigger brushes (I think they seem more grown up) -small leaves were always too fiddly so this was the solution.

  5. Love it! We like painting on big pieces of bark too. Think there are some examples on my blog in outdoor activities.

  6. Oh, I hadn't thought of bark. I'll go and check your blog for inspiration. We painted logs and stones last week - that was fun too!

  7. What kind of paint do you use for this type of project? Finger painting or washable tempera paint?

  8. Very cool project! What type of paint would you recommend -- finger paint or a washable tempera, etc.? Thanks!