Watercolor Leaf Rubbing
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 5 and up
By using certain crayon colors matched with brown watercolor paint, you can create a cool, almost neon affect with your leaf rubbings!
What you'll need:
- Various leaves
- 2 sheets of white copy paper
- Glue stick
- 2 paper clips
- Orange and green crayons
- Water color paints: brown, orange, yellow, red
- 1 sheet orange construction paper
How to make it:
- Place a piece of white paper onto the work surface. Arrange leaves face down, onto the paper. Tack them in place with a glue stick. (See photo.)
- Place the second piece of paper over the top of the first and hold together with a couple of paper clips.
- Use orange and green crayons to color over the top of the leaves on the paper, causing the imprint of the leaves' veins to show through. (See photo.)
- Remove the paper clips and take the paper with the leaves out from underneath your rubbing.
- Paint over the top of the entire picture using brown watercolor paint. Water down the paint so it is rather thin and add a bit more paint when painting over the leaves since it will bead up a little. Spread the paint around with your fingers and spread it around. You will see the colors of the crayons come through the paint. (See photo.)
- Mount the white paper on a larger piece of colored construction paper to give it a framed look.
- This creates a pretty cool picture on the back of your painting as well! Turn it over to see the result.
- Look for leaves that are free of bugs or any small growths.
- You do not have to use a glue stick to attach the leaves, but it does help to keep them in place.