Today we play with wax resist and watercolors.
Get out there and gather some real leaves. Pick some nice supple, fresh leaves that will stand up to some handling. Maple, Dogwood, Oak all have different shapes and different colors. Can you find more? Even the ferns will look pretty when you do the water colors.
Trace or draw your leaves on the watercolor paper with your crayons. Press hard enough to leave a good line. Draw all those veins in the leaves as well.
Choose your colors and dampen your brush with water and paint your leaf.
I chose to also paint the background blue to represent that beautiful blue sky that I love.
Let dry! That's it!
These painting are pretty enough for framing!
You could use just black crayon to outline the leaves.
You could mix colors.
You could overlap colors.
You could use a brown to help those bright leaf colors pop.
Books to extend the activity:
50 Hikes in CT - David Hardy
Foraging New England: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants from Maine to Connecticut by Tom Seymour
I Wonder Why Leaves Change Color by Andrew Charman