Reader beware. This is yet another 1.) stained glass window project that combines 2.) leaf rubbings with 3.) crayon resist, and 4.) liquid watercolors. All of our favorite materials and methods!
First we did crayon leaf rubbings. The leaves were spread out across the table and covered with a long sheet of paper torn from the easel roll.
Maia's friend Marlise was over for the afternoon and this was an indoor break after lots of backyard swimming, water play, and story telling. I showed them how to use the side of a crayon to do the leaf rubbings, and they did it that way some of the time and with the pointy end the rest of the time.
After finishing the leaf rubbings, I got out our favorite liquid watercolors and the girls painted over the crayon.
Here's the finished banner, before the paint dried. I love how it looks, but the leaf rubbings got a little lost in all the bright, contrasting colors. You can see them, but they are subtle. Next time, I'd probably stick with a more limited color palette. Maybe dark crayons and light colored paint. Or light crayons and dark paint. (Update: We made a beautiful leaf rubbing stained glass with dark crayon and light paint for the door.)
This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while now after seeing Filth Wizardry's autumn leaf mural. Theirs is beautiful! You should take a look.
We hung ours in the window, just because. I can't resist the sun shining through colorful art!
Here's another detail. See the leaves?
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