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,

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