That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang…
William Shakespeare (Sonnet 73)
I have neglected my blog for some time now, -usual excuses- work, illness and family stuff, got the better of me. But with autumn in full swing (my favorite season), I am starting to write again. I have a lot of new ideas, which I cannot wait to share with you. Every autumn is a new beginning for me, a joyful period, really.
To get you into celebratory mood, I laid out some leaf masterpieces and new fall-fun activities for you and the kids.
1. This school teacher in China, uses nature as her canvas in a big way. According to the Daily Mail (UK), she has inked thousands of sketches that are “beyond be-leaf”.
2. This is a new way of painting on leaves from Alice Burke. Classy!
3. This post is “a little forgotten gem”, in my opinion. I will try to do something like that with my little one.
4. This 16-years old kid has also gone an extra mile –she created a whole painting on the leaf– simply glamorous!
5. In the world of leaf-carving, the British artist Andy Goldsworthy is recognized around the world, for his ingenious art-work. Just have a look at his version of Mona Lisa! So exquisite and fragile!
6. Following this leaf-relief technique, with foil and shoe polish, will give you an elegant piece of art, on a budget, and a lot of fun for your kids.
- A white candle, or paraffin, or oil pastel
- A piece of paper
- A knife
- Some acrylic paint
There are 2 ways to achieve this type of printing:
1. Place a piece of paper on a (preferably fresh) leaf and start rubbing the contour of the leaf,with a piece of oil, or chalk pastel, revealing the whole structure of the leaf.
2 Repeat the above, but with a white candle or piece of paraffin.
Evenly cover all the page with acrylic. Paraffin from the candle will preserve the image from the acrylic – hence the imprinting of the leaf. The drawing can be left as it is, or used as the basis for further refinement.
Fully Enjoy The Fall Season!