Thursday, June 18, 2009

Getting Creative

I promised my kids we would do some art projects this summer. So today, we got the paints out and got a little messy!

We made leaf prints with our radish greens (yes, I said radish greens), and they turned out beautifully. See?

So, here's how we did it, for those of you with kids who love to get messy with paints.

You'll need some poster paint in various colors, several sheets of art paper (5x7 or 8x10), paintbrushes, and some fresh leaves.

Place the leaf veiny-side-up on the table and paint with a thin coat of poster paint, using a wide, flat brush for best results. Be sure to paint outward (middle to edge) so you don't wrinkle your leaf. For a more colorful leaf, add a few dabs of a contrasting color.

Once your leaf is painted with a thin coat of paint, carefully place it on the center of a sheet of art paper. Be careful not to move the leaf once it is placed on the paper.

Now you're ready to print. Place a clean sheet of paper (copy paper is fine) on top of the leaf, hold it in place and rub over the leaf with your palm. Be firm but gentle.

Lift the leaf off of the paper to reveal a beautiful, unique work of art!

*This post has been edited since it was originally published, to include the image of the leaf print.


  1. Oh, I wish I could see one! Maybe take a photo and upload? :)

  2. Radish leaves... cool idea. My oldest told me she was bored yesterday, so this might be fun to organize. She would love it.

    Sorry to hear about your scanner. I hope it gets better soon.


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