Nature Printed Rocks

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Leaf printed nature arts & crafts - outdoor fun for kids

It was another beautiful weekend & we had a ton of outdoor fun. While sitting out on the grass, I was struck by this beautiful shadow that was cast on one of the rocks. I quick ran inside & grabbed some paints and was going to capture the shadow on the rock with some paint. We explored shadows & art last month and I thought this would be a beautiful project to do. Alas, the sun disappeared & did not come back and I lost my lovely shadow.

Capture the beauty of a nature shadow on the rocks with paint

It did however inspire a different project with leaves & rocks. I could not paint my shadow, but I could still capture the beauty of a leaf on a rock.

We tried using a fern for a nature resist painted rock. This was a little tricky because the fern moved around a bunch.

Nature resist painted rocks. A fun outdoor arts & crafts project that you can do with the kids.

We tried painting the leaves & then pressed them onto the rocks.

Applying a thin layer of paint works best or it might squeeze out the sides.

Press firmly with your fingers around the whole leaf. I found that painting the back of the leaf creates better imprints.


Let the paint dry & then add a sealant if you choose to keep in the paint.


Leaf printed nature arts & crafts - outdoor fun for kids.

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