Monday, September 26, 2011

* Easy Colorful Fall Leaf Project With Elmer's Gel Glue and Watercolor

For this project you will need:
  • Leaves to study and look at (or print-outs from the internet of leaves)
  • Student quality Watercolor Paper
  • Pencil
  • Elmer's Gel Glue (or Elmer's White School Glue)
  • Watercolors (brush, water dish)
  • Table Salt (optional) for fancy sprinkle effects

Appropriate for Ages 3- 103

This simple fall art project can be done with a variety of ages. For preschoolers (ages 3 and up) they can draw the leaves with pencil and have help (if needed) outlining the leaves with the Elmer's (blue) Gel Glue, you could also substitute White Elmer's School Glue. 

Students can even try tracing real leaves on their papers.

Don't forget to draw the veins on each leaf, notice how their patterns change too!

Older children should be able to lightly sketch their leaves onto the watercolor paper and outline them with the glue by themselves. Allow the glue to dry completely before painting with the watercolors.

After the glue has dried, have fun painting the leaves and background areas with a variety of beautiful watercolor colors. Students can use "realistic" or "natural" earth tone colors but I always encourage my students to use bright and colorful colors, it's more playful and whimsical that way.

The glue will create a natural resist or barrier to the paint and pop out the outlines and veins on the leaves.

While the paint is still wet, you can add a sprinkle of table salt or sea salt to the painting to create a sprinkle effect. Just shake off the excess salt after the painting has dried.

These leaf paintings are a beautiful bit of fall color for your home or hallway. 
They're also fun to laminate and turn into fall place mats!

Happy Leaf Painting!

Pink and Green Mama,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

* Fall Fun: Art Lesson with Warm and Cool Colors Leaf Study

This fall art lesson was always a big hit with my students when I was an elementary art teacher. 
It was a nice way to talk about the different shapes of leaves,
warm colors (red, orange, yellow, gold, tan) and 
cool colors (green, blue, violet, silver, gray),
as well as explore complimentary color combinations. 

We would start with a fall leaf gathering walk.

Then, we'd work on a piece of black construction paper folded into fourths or quarters.

Sketch one leaf in white chalk in each square (rectangle). 

Then, using oil pastels color two leaves with cool colors
and the other two leaves with warm colors. 
This is a good project to practice blending and mixing colors.

Color the background with the opposite color combination, 
so if you have a warm-colored leaf you would color a cool-colored background
and for a cool-colored leaf you would color a warm-colored background.

Here's an example of the leaves in progress, notice how it takes
a while to build up the layers.

Close-up of the intersecting backgrounds. 

Happy Fall Art-Making!

pink and green mama

Sunday, September 18, 2011

* Fall Fun: Making Leaves With Elmer's Glue and Waxed Paper

The girls and I have been having so much fun with 
our homemade rainbow glue.
(you can find directions here)
We decided to see what would happen if we made 
glue "leaves" on waxed paper. 

I always love it when the girls come up with fun projects to experiment with!

First, we drew some leaf shapes with a black permanent marker
on the less waxy side of the waxed paper. 
Then, we flipped the paper over and worked on the waxy side.

Outline each leaf with colored glue, 
then fill it with more colored glue. 

Try not to let the tip of the glue bottle touch or it will smear your project!

The girls and I all worked on this sheet together.

"E" came up with this technique adding 
lots of neat colors, patterns, and shapes 
(kind of like our art studio rug!). 

This rainbow leaf was my favorite.  "E" did a great job on it. 
I think Wassily Kandinsky (or my buddy Meg Duerksen)  would love it too!

After we finished our leaves, the girls asked if they could make other glue shapes.
So they each drew on a new piece of waxed paper. 

"E" made a glue "felt board" play set with: a frog, some grass, 
a worm, flower pot, snail, a monogram "E", and a flower. 

Blurry pictures of her snail and frog in progress.

"C" working on her rainbow "Pteranodon",
she's obsessed with the show "Dinosaur Train" on PBS. 

Not to shabby for a 4-year-old!

We set our glue masterpieces aside to dry in the art studio for a day.
Then, carefully peeled them off the waxed paper. 

The ones that were made with thicker layers of glue did much better.
The thin ones, cracked and broke apart : ( 

Happy Fall Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

Monday, September 5, 2011

* Kid-Friendly Fun: Liquid Watercolors Spin Art

Nothing fancy today, just a little show and tell 
of one of our favorite crafty toys!

The girls love our spin art machine.
We picked ours up with a coupon at our local craft store
years ago to replace our salad spinner (homemade spin art machine) and we love it. 

It's so easy that the girls can use it on their own,
they just have to let me know they're doing it and work together.
We always lay out some newspaper to work on. 
I keep a box stocked with pre-trimmed squares of paper,
the spin art paint bottles and liquid watercolors. 

pink and green mama

Friday, September 2, 2011

* Salt and Glue Watercolor Paintings!

I always wanted to try this salt and glue technique from 
MaryAnn Kohl's book, Scribble Art.
When I saw it on Jean's blog, the Artful Parent it was so pretty
I knew we needed to give it a whirl. 

You will need:
 white school glue (we use Elmer's)
cardboard scraps or pieces of heavy watercolor paper
brushes, pipettes, or eye droppers to apply the watercolors

Start by "drawing" your picture with glue on a piece of 
stiff watercolor paper or cardboard. 
Use something that can handle the weight because it will be heavy!

When the glue drawing is finished, cover it with a generous amount of salt.
Just like applying glitter, 
tap off the excess and re-use it for another art project (don't eat it!). 

The nifty part is that you don't have to wait for the salt and glue to dry
 before you start painting!

The girls painted their pictures with liquid watercolors.
You tap or touch the salt lightly with the brush and watch the color spread.
Don't drag your brush through the salt and wet paint or it will make a big mess.

The colors will be very bright and vivid while they're wet.
They'll fade a bit as it dries.

Then we tried making a RAINBOW 

Alternating stripes of colored glue and plain white school glue.

The salty rainbow with wet watercolors...

The next day, after the paint and glue dried.

"E" working on her self portrait profile 
on a scrap of cardboard.

I LOVE all the colors on this one!

Sometimes it's easier to draw/sketch your picture first,
then outline it in glue.

This is "C"s portrait of Arthur (from PBS) on a scrap of 
cardboard from the recycling bin.

Close up of his glasses.


Happy Salty Glue Painting Making!

pink and green mama

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