Bundled Q-Tip Autumn Tree

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Here is a new twist on Q-tip painting with amazing results. This Q-tip fall tree painting is a great idea for toddler to adults.
Q-tip fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids

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I just can’t get enough of fall trees. I think it is the beautiful colors that draw me in and delight me. Autumn trees are one of my favorite painting subjects because of those gorgeous vibrant colors and because they are just plain fun to paint. While we love the paint brush, it is always fun to experiment with different tools & methods.

Last night, we had an idea to make a Q-tip tree, but since the swabs are so small & it can sometimes get tedious for my little girl, I tried bundling them to cover more area. I think the result was fabulous.

What you will need:

Canvas or Watercolor Paper

Acrylic Paint

Q-Tips

Rubber Band

Paint Brush

 

Directions:
I painted two canvases with a simple bare tree on them.

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I grabbed a handful of Q-tips & bundled them together with a rubber band.

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We squeezed acrylic paints in yellow, orange, red, brown, gold & green into an old paper bowl.  We dipped our bundled Q-tips into the different colors & pressed the bundle onto our canvas & all around the tree’s branches.

fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids

fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids

Here are our finished projects. The technique looked different between the two canvases.

My daughter’s leaves came out more bold & vibrant by using more paint on her Q-tips  & mine created softer more textured leaves using a lighter amount of paint on the tips. The results were very different, but both came out lovely.

fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kidsfall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids

If you enjoyed this, then you might also like these beautiful bubble wrap painted fall trees or these lovely clay leaf bowls from Red Ted Art.

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fall tree painted with bundled q-tips - autumn arts & craft projects for kids

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  1. I used this experience in Children’s Worship in church this morning after part of the Creation Story. The children drew their own trunks and branches. They chose the colors they wanted to paint with. They were very serious about their work. Each piece turned out unique and beautiful. A craft? I saw the process more as art with direction.

  2. Just shared your lovely Q-tip trees with my closed FB group, Barefoot Journaling Chronicles! I know they’re gonna love it! TFS!

    And if you or any of your readers would like to join us for more creative inspiration, please request to join, and I’ll be pleased to welcome you in. 🙂

    Blessings,

    ~Evon Robinson
    Barefoot Journaling Chronicles

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