Monday, November 19, 2007

Leaf Monoprints

Friday I visited my son's preschool to do an art project with the kids, leaf monoprints.

This is a really easy project to do with young children, with only a little adult prep work.  First, you want to get some leaves, the flatter the better.  (You can flatten a leaf in a book overnight.)
Then, on a sturdy piece of cardboard, glue the leaves down.  Now you'll probably need about an hour or so for the glue to dry well.  Good time for a lunch break!

We used a small foam roller to apply yellow and red paint, and we covered the entire board.  Then you take a nice clean sheet of paper, press it down on your cardboard, smooth it with your hands, pull it off and VOILA!  A monoprint. 

One template has about 3-4 prints in it before the leaves pull off.  So if you're doing this with a group, better make a few templates.  (The kids will like the variety anyway.)

We all had a lot of fun and I think the kids enjoyed painting on the leaves.  A nice project for capturing fall colors.

1 comment:

äiti said...

What a great project! I wish I had seen this before all the leaves came down in the SNOW last night...there's always next year.