FUN AND EASY LEAF RUBBING ART WITH CRAYONS

FUN AND EASY LEAF RUBBING ART WITH CRAYONS

Leaf Rubbing

If you haven’t tried leaf rubbing art with crayons yet, you really must add it to your list. This was fun project from start to finish. We headed out on a lead treasure hunt around our garden and local area. Then we used these leaves to produce art prints using an array of wax crayon colours.

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Neither of the girls had ever experienced this process art activity before. Whilst out on the lead hunt, I explained that I we were looking for leaves that had a very pronounced vein structure on their under side. I asked the girls to feel the leaves and showed them an example of what I meant. We collected an array of shapes and sizes to experiment with. We’re well into Autumn now and with the leaves starting to change colour an fall we were lucky to find quite a few green ones still on the deciduous trees and we have lots of native every green trees in our area too.

leaf rubbings

The process itself is very easy. We used a board to do the rubbings on top of. Simply arrange the leaves, underside up onto the board.

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Place a pieced of paper on top. We used plain printing paper but you could experiment with different types of paper.

leaf rubbings art

Holding the crayon lengthways, gently run it over the surface of the leaf. It’s best to start gently then experiment with different pressures as the crayon moves over the leaf.

This particular leaf was a very large one and produced a beautiful effect. I like how she used lots of different colours to highlight the structure of the leaf.

If you’re doing this with preschoolers, you might want to stick the leaves onto the flat surface or you could tape them to the back of the paper to hold them in place.

Leaf Rubbings

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