Leaf Printing with Paints on Paper

Leaf Printing with Paints on Paper

leaf printing

We’re investigating print making with leaves. It’s the middle of summer so we’re using green leaves which although did work reasonably well; we can’t wait to try this out again in autumn. I think the results may be even more striking with autumn leaves.

leaf printing

Printmaking takes many different forms, this example is super quick and easy to set up and completely hands on for kids of all ages including preschoolers. Part of the fun with this easy art project is getting the kids outside to collect leaves. They can experiment with different types of leaves from different trees too. We used leaves from around our garden but I’m excited to broaden our search and investigate the effect from ferns and woodland trees too.

leaf printing

We used:

  • Leaves

  • Acrylic Paints

  • Paper

  • Paintbrushes

  • paint roller (but not necessary)

This activity doesn’t really require a great deal of explanation. We simply painted the back of the leaves (the underside of the leaf has more texture), then pressed them firmly onto some white paper. If you have a paint roller it would be great to use that to press the paint evenly onto the paper. If you don’t have one, the children can simply use their hands and press down on all parts of the leaf. Then peel the leaf off to view the printed lead pattern left behind.

leaf printing

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