Fall is coming, my friends. Soon the air will get cooler and our landscapes will be filled with warm fall colors. I can hardly wait. I love the beauty of the changing leaves. They are even beautiful as they fall to the ground. My daughter and I made these lovely mixed media fallen leaves over the weekend to celebrate our love for the fall. I have to admit that, once again, my daughter’s project came out better than mine. So, here is my talented 6-year-old showing you how it is done.
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What you will need:
The video tutorial is my project, while the pictorial below is my little girl.
Use a Sharpie to draw about 5 or 6 large leaves in different shapes onto a sheet of newspaper. Keep your designs simple because you will have to cut them out later.
Paint your leaves in fall colors. We painted them before cutting them to make them easier to paint.
Set the leaves aside to dry. While they are drying, paint the backdrop onto a piece of watercolor paper with watercolors. The grass should be about half of the paper. On my projects, I just painted my paper half green and half blue. My daughter, however, wanted to make a sunset in her background and painted her sky in lovely pastels and added a bright sunset. When you finish your background, set it aside to dry and work on cutting our your trunk and your leaves.
The newspaper dried pretty quickly. We both were able to cut out our leaves right after painting our backdrops.
Cut a large tree trunk out of a piece of construction paper. Draw a few lines onto the trunk with your Sharpie. My daughter added a little shading to her tree. She explained that it would be a little shady because the sun was setting. I love how she thinks.
If your background is dry, glue all your pieces in place. You can glue all of your leaves to the ground or have some falling. Feel free to add any other extras to your picture. Draw or paint in animals or acorns. Have fun with it.
My daughter was pretty proud of her finished project and so was I.
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