Give Yourself The Gift Of Creative Playtime: A Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Winter Themed Art Tutorial
I simply can NOT stop collecting leaves lately; they are SO beautiful this year, damnit - I have to take them all home with me! Which is why I've been wondering: if I took the time to press some of my favorite ones (instead of letting them collect in a pile on my desk, slowly curling up as they dry out, and then getting snacked upon by wayward cats), could I draw upon these leaves with some of my art supplies as if they were a pieces of paper?
Well folks, the answer to that curiosity of mine is a wholehearted yes!
|I didn't take much time at all with the doodles|
I did on these two naturally dried leaves, so
please do not use my art as representative
of what YOU can create when you draw
on such leaves!
|Something to keep in mind:|
the smooth and shiny texture of the
naturally dried leaf made for a much slower
drying time of the paint pen and marker.
Draw carefully so as not to accidentally
get paint on your clothes or furniture!
Now I can hear what a few of you may be asking: "Oh that's lovely, Michelle! What do you do with with those leaves?" And here's my answer: nothing. There isn’t a “purpose” to art of this kind; it just is for a while, and then it’s gone. But while it lasts, this little bit of leaf art makes me smile every time I look at it, especially when it catches the early evening winter sun streaming across my desk.
So, y’all if you’ve got gorgeous leaves still falling from trees in your neck of the woods and some markers (Honestly, I think regular permanent markers would work really well on pressed leaves if they were good and juicy, but let me know what you discover in the comments below!), I humbly suggest giving this little leaf art project a try. I’m sure kids of all ages would love doing it, and it is certainly more fun (and good for you) than raking them all up!