Sunday, November 14, 2010

Printed leaves

You need:

  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. flat dried autumn leaves
  3. white tempera and another cool colour
  4. brush
  5. colour pencils
  6. piece of sponge

I found this project on Artsonia. Ask students to take some autumn leaves for this lesson. The leaves should be dried flat, for example in a phone book.

Paint the veined side of a leaf with thick white tempera. Press the leaf on black paper; use a clean sheet to cover the leaf and press on it with flat hand. Do this with several leaves.
Then pick an additional cool colour to blend with the leftover white paint and sponge paint the background. Be sure to leave a little black around each leaf for contrast.

Add some autumn colour to each leaf using coloured pencils.