With the kidlettes now home for summer, simple and inexpensive projects are always in demand. With this fun “get-your-hands-dirty-with-paint” how-to, you (and your kids) will also discover and bring into your home a bit of nature. There’s a good chance you may already have most of these supplies on hand, so let’s check the list and have a go!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- paper (typing, card stock, or anything you have handy)
- craft and spray (choose any colors you wish!)
- brush (one to cover the page, the other for smearing and/or detail work)
- dish for paint
- leaves (any type will do…you can even use grasses or flowers or anything that’ll lay flat)
- spray on adhesive (here’s an example by Elmer’s)
- Mounting board or frame
Here’s what you do:
Important prep work: if you’d like, have the kids hunt around the backyard or neighborhood for leaves, flowers or anything they want to use as a silhouette. For best results, place your leaves between two pieces of paper, then flatten between two heavy books. This could take a good day or two (or more, depending on the type of leaves you choose).
- On a protected work area, paint the entire sheet of paper with your desired color. Let dry.
- Using the adhesive glue, spray the back of the leaves or flower to simply tack onto the painted surface. Make sure edges are pressed down cleanly to insure next paint layer won’t seep under.
- Spray paint the entire surface and over the leaves/flower to cover. Be sure to spray lightly from left to right and from approximately 1-2 feet away. This will create a smooth and non-drippy result.
- Carefully peel away leaves/flower/item. Optional: if desired, you can now take your detail brush and smear the new paint over the original layer for a more artistic look. Or, you can add an additional color for shadowing or detailing.
- Once painting is fully dry, mount onto a board or frame to finish.