This is a replica of a favorite project I did a while ago. I call it Leaf Poetry. Why? because you use the leaf templates or you can trace leaves and paint them anyway you desire. Then you are going to write some very simple poetry on your leaves. You can use as many leaves as you want but I chose three. See…Leaf Poetry.
Starting out with my supplies. Watercolors, template(this one is courtesy of the blog, A Beautiful Mess), brushes, scissors and water.
Now, you are going to paint both sides of the leaves. For the first side I picked greens and yellows. Reminding me of spring. I also decided to go with the ones that had the most of them same style so I wouldn’t have to print too many pages.
Here they are cut out.
Once cut out, I flipped them over to paint the back side. You can paint it before you flip but I like the affect that you will see in the end of cutting them first.
Stated with golden hues.
Then added various shades of orange, brown, and red. I used a Large dry brush to dab up the extra water and add texture and blending.
First I wrote my simple poem on orange side.
Then on the green side. The poems are just simple ideas. You can even use a favorite quote.
Holes punched. I ran a ribbon through and knotted it at the hole. Then tied the other end into a knot around the stick.
This is what the orange side looked like when finished.
And then the green. This project was inspired by a very similar project I did at a writers retreat about three years ago. I really enjoyed the mix of art and words. I still have it put away out of a little child’s reach. So that’s it. Enjoy this mixed art activity.