Friday, October 29, 2010

Autumn Leaves Painting~ A Craft by Heather Young

For this activity, you will need:

A blank piece of white watercolor paper
Fairly large paintbrush
Watercolor paints (they don’t have to be the expensive kind)
Table salt
A pencil

Note: To help the paint dry faster, you may want to use a hairdryer.

1. Choose an assortment of colors to paint with: red, blue, green, yellow, brown, and/or purple, or any other colors you want to use will be fine.

2. Place your paper horizontally, and, using the paintbrush, cover the paper with water.
3. Paint stripes of color across the page.

4. Wait a minute or two, and then, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle table salt all around the paper. The salt will begin to dissolve in the water and absorb it and make little white dots on your paper.

5. Once the paint is completely dry, wipe off the salt into a trash bin. With pencil, draw outlines of leaves on top of your background.

6. Paint another layer of water and various colors on your background, going around the leaf shapes you just drew.

7. Then, draw more leaf outlines, and paint over your background again.

8. The more layers you do, the more realistic your autumn leaves will look! Hope you have fun!

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