Leaf Prints
May 14th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Children can study nature and create some artwork to use in other paper crafts with this printmaking technique.

leaf-print-paintLeaves are such a great subject for children’s art and craft. They come in a variety of shapes and colors and are usually pretty easy to come by. For the children, collecting leaves is part of the fun of the activity. Then their artwork reminds them of the collecting experience. Probably why I have so many leaf related artworks and crafts!

As I mentioned in the apple printing activity, once you start using objects to print with you keep thinking of more to try. So once you are all set up for printing the leaves, move onto anything else that the children suggest.

To make the leaf prints use a paintbrush or dabber, (scraps of material bunched up and secured with a rubber band) to apply paint to one side of a leaf. Place the leaf face down on some paper, place some scrap paper on top and press gently (the scrap paper protects the print from fingerprints).

This is a great activity for autumn when leaves are making such a display, but is also fine in summer when the leaves are still green. If you want to try some other leaf crafts for children there are more at Autumn / Fall Crafts for Children.

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Printing with Apples
May 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

apple print pictureFruit and vegetable printmaking show children a different way to look at their food!

This is moving a little away from paper crafts for children and heading one step towards art, but I reckon craft is a form of art and plus we need lots of decorated paper to use in our crafts anyway. So with that justification, on with the arty crafty project. One of the fun things about this is it starts the children off thinking about what else can we use to make fruit or vegetable prints with. This is a great way to get them thinking creatively and you may be surprised with some of the objects for printmaking they come up with! It is also really useful for children to experiment with art and craft just to see what happens and focus on the process more then the result.

So wander in your garden or the vegie shop and see what you can find to print with. We picked some apples from our granny smith apple tree – it is covered with apples in autumn and we leave them on until it is really cold as that is when they are sweetest. This year the pesky bugs have found our tree and we had to pick a few apples to find ones that would give nice even bug-free prints.

apples for apple printCut your chosen fruit in different ways, with the apples we cut them in half from the stalk down and also across the middle to create a star shape in the print. We also cut them into quarters, so we found lots of ways to print from them. After experimenting with the apple prints we made a design using our favorite prints. You could also just make lots of prints and then cut the best print shapes out to make a fruit print collage.

This is a great Autumn or Fall craft for children, I have some more @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

apple prints

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