Autumn Leaf Painting

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This gorgeous Autumn Leaf Painting project is an exploration of basic colour-mixing principles, with the aim to recreate the Autumn hues and shades as observed by Arty Crafty Kids.

Throughout the process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to mix their own colours and describe what happens when the colours mix.

Ask questions:

  • How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
  • How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
  • How do you make Brown?
  • Can you make the same colour twice?

Kids will naturally adopt a process of trial and error to create their desired colours, and this simple process has many positive learning outcomes:

  • Mathematical Thinking  – Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring and testing paint ratios to create new colours
  • Problem Solving – The process of working out ‘HOW’ to create a new colour and replicate the shades of the leaves they’ve collected is problem-solving in action.
  • Language – Simply talking about their processes and finding appropriate words to describe their new colours helps develop vocabulary.

And all of these outcomes combined stimulate and enhance children’s imaginations and creativity!

Autumn Leaf Painting: Materials 

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Stock Card / Mixed Media Paper
Paint – Primary Colours
Sponge
A Gorgeous Collection of Leaves

Autumn Leaf Painting: Tutorial and Video 

Check out our nifty video to see the Autumn Leaf Painting project in action!

 

 

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Step 1. Head outside and gather as many leaves as possible.

Variety is key here, so have a good rummage and find different shapes, sizes and colours!

Once your Arty Crafty Kids have a bag or two filled with leaves, start painting!

Using three separate plates, place one of the primary colours on each (Red, Yellow & Blue).  This will allow plenty of room for colour-mixing and painting!

For reference, take a look at our basic colour-mixing chart:

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And begin mixing colours.

Sponge painting around the leaves may take a little practice, especially for smaller hands, but there’s no rush and the process is all about playing and exploring.

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Step 2. Moving on from the play to create a complete piece of leaf art is very easy to do.

Position a number of leaves of different sizes and shapes on top of the canvas.

One by one, begin sponge painting around each leaf, adding different colours and tones as you work around the leaf.

Once complete, gently peel the leaf away to reveal the silhouette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 3. Repeat the above process until the canvas is full of leafy silhouettes.

Once complete, begin filling in the remaining negative space with more Autumn colours, layering the paint to create additional depth and texture.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 4.  Next, add a leaf print within some of the silhouettes. 

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This is a really fun way to play with negative and positive space. In art terms, negative space is the surrounding area of a point of interest. In this instance, our leaves.

The notion of positive and negative space is naturally explored in this project and one your Arty Crafty Kids will consider without knowing the official terminology or theory – they’ll be too busy doing!

The Autumn Leaf Painting is now Complete

For more Autumn inspired Art’s and Crafts, take a look at our Autumn Handprint Tree, Accordion Leaf Autumn Tree and Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree.

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Autumn Splatter Tree

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We’re half way through the Summer holiday and we’re already talking about Autumn.

While the sun shines (well mostly between our notorious British showers), Miss O has noticed a seasonal change.

The leaves are changing colour. Some are beginning to fall and the onslaught of questions has begun:

“why do the leaves fall?”

“why do they change colour?”

So after a lot of chat and checking out a few books, we decided to get arty, and I have to tell you, this Autumn splatter tree was not my idea!

Miss O was playing around with paint and she declared the splats were like Autumn leaves falling from the tree!

I do love her abstract thinking and well, we rolled with it.

And here’s the result, a gorgeous Autumn Splatter Tree!

MATERIALS: Autumn Splatter Tree 

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White card (US / UK )
Tempera Paint (US / UK)
Paintbrush with firm Bristles (US / UK)
A plastic knife/ glue stick

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Let’s Make It! 
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Using our Splat Painting technique, Miss O applied the first layer of paint.

Scraping a hard bristled brush against a plastic stick (of any form, I suggested a knife or glue stick) is a great way to control the splats.

You will achieve a better coverage and better splats!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Autumn Splatter Tree

Continue to build on the splats, using a variety of Autumn colours.

Keep going until the sheet of card is full and leave to dry before moving onto the next step.

TIP: Card tends to be a much better base for painting. Kids, especially little ones, like to add layer after layer of paint and often with lots of water! Using a firm base will prevent the painting becoming too soggy and potentially spoilt!

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Once the splats are completely dry, start creating!

While Miss O decided to create an Autumn splatter tree, your kids may choose to paint something else!

Using black against a coloured background is amazingly effective for creating a silhouette.

I’m sure you’re kiddos will have their own ideas!

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I hope your kids enjoy making their own Autumn splatter tree. If this is an idea you’ll come back to, make sure you pin it before you go and check out our collection of art ideas for kids!

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Christmas Doodle Art

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We love to doodle, we love simple art ideas and LOVE colour! making this Christmas doodle art idea an instant success with the kids.

Using just a few materials and with a preparation time of less than 5 minutes, the kids were enjoying the Christmas vibe for hours as they carefully painted their Christmas trees, snowmen and festive stars in an array of different colours.

Christmas Doodle Art: Materials 

Watercolour Paper
Watercolour Palette
Christmas Themed Cookie Cutters
Sharpie Pen

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To get started, simply draw around the Christmas themed cookie cutter and doodle twirls and swirls on top using a sharpie pen.

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Explore the full palette of watercolours and fill in the doodle twirls with different colours.

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This is a great opportunity for your kids to get experimental with the watercolour medium; mixing colours, applying different ratios to water and paint to create different shades and to quite simply, having a good ol’ play!

While we have chosen to create Christmas doodle art, this art process can be applied to lots of different shapes. Your children could try drawing their own picture or use cookie cutters of a different shape. They could also try creating a simple doodle art as we have done in previous post – Calming Watercolour Art 

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Leaf Chalk Art

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Leaf Chalk Art

Leaf Chalk Art is an incredibly simple art activity for kids and a super way to extend those autumnal nature walks, where the kids inevitably return with an arm full of gorgeous yellow, orange and red leaves.

I love this activity on many levels. For one, it kept my kids entertained for an entire afternoon. They adored creating different patterns and playing with the colours. They paid special attention to the natural structure of leaves, incorporating the natural lines ( more often than not without even realising it) and shapes into their creativity.

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To get started, all you need are leaves and chalk markers UK Link/ US Link or paint. It couldn’t be easier!

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And of course willing kids who are happy to experiment and create!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Leaf Chalk Art

My kids can’t wait to introduce their best friends to Leaf Chalk Art and I can foresee this being an activity we return to time and time again. I hope your kids enjoy this art idea for kids as much as mine.

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Scrape Painting

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Scrape painting is a super art process for colour mixing! using just red, yellow and blue paint the kids created bold and colourful works of art with an amazing range of new colours.

They played with shapes and tried quick scrapes, slow scrapes, light and hard, adding depth and texture to their paintings.  Ultimately, they had a blast scrape painting and revelled in the chance to swap the paint brushes for something new – scrap cardboard!

To recreate this activity at home, all you need is paint, cardboard ( an old cereal box) and plain white paper!

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To get started, cut up lots of cardboard and simply add small amount of paint directly onto the paper.

Take a piece precut cardboard and drag it across the paper to push the paint in any direction.

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Do the same again with a different colour and try scraping it over the previous colour to blend the paint.

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Add more and more colours, criss crossing and swirling to bring the scrape painting to life and make lots of wonderful colours and shapes!

Scrape painting is a simple art process with lots of educational scope that allows kids to freely explore and play.

I hope your children have fun creating their own colourful works of art!

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Messy Handprint Bowl

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Kids art and crafts come hand in hand with mess and of course, messy hands! I have many photos of my kids covered in paint, mud, flour, chocolate…and the list goes on. I’m sure you do too?

Our Messy Handprint Bowl is a keepsake that captures these precious, fondly remembered messy moments.

Inspired by a gorgeous Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba, we’ve used broken wax crayons to create the messy hand effect.

I love how it turned out, evoking memories of Angel  painting her hands green to look like an Ogre and Cakes discovering she can make prints with her painted hands for the first time.

The Messy Handprint Bowl is surprisingly easy to make.

A perfect gift for Mothers day, Fathers day, Birthdays, Christmas or for ‘just because’ type of days.  Angel  reserved hers for Daddy’s desk to ‘help’ him look after his keys (the keys he’s always losing).

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 Messy Handprint Bowl: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay
Broken Wax Crayons
A Blunt Plastic Knife
Cheese Grater
An Oven Proof Large Bowl or Small Bowl/ Silicone Cupcake Case (anything that has some curves and can be placed in the oven).

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Messy Handprint Bowl

Begin by softening the Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay  with a good knead, then roll it out to about 1cm depth.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Place your childs hand onto the clay and gently cut around their hand outline with a blunt plastic knife. I used this method to obtain an accurate shape of Angel’s  hand – as you can see, she has long slim ‘piano’ fingers!

If you have a younger child, try pressing their hand firmly into the clay to create a print and cut around the print.

Smooth the edges of the print and remove any loose bits of clay.

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At this point, if you would prefer to create a simple handprint bowl without using an oven and wax crayons, pop over to the Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba to see how.

Next, grate the broken wax crayons into flakes directly onto the clay handprint, using a variety of colours. Gently press them into the surface of the clay without distorting the print. We used a rolling pin.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint BowlPlace the clay handprint directly onto the bowl or silicone case (an ovenproof large bowl is preferred) and shape the fingers around the case as if the hand is holding it.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Place the print directly into a pre-heated oven for around 5/10min on a high heat until the wax crayons begin to melt.

Once the wax has melted, remove from the oven.

The should still be reasonably soft and allow to air dry until firm. This could take up to 24 hours.

If you have used a smaller bowl or silicone case as I have, allow the clay to cool until its warm and safe to touch, and transfer the print onto a larger bowl covered in tinfoil.

To reshape and adjust the clay handprint to a larger bowl, gently place another bowl on top of the clay to secure its position.

Leave to dry until firm.

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This idea behind our Messy Handprint Bowl makes me smile. We all know that kids art and craft isn’t always neat and perfect; more often than not. it’s very messy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our second instalment to the Junk Play Challenge – A challenge to creatively reuse unwanted materials and waste. For the Messy Handprint Bowl, we have reused the broken wax crayons that always seem to accumulate at the bottom of the pencil case.

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Splat Painting

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Splat painting is an amazingly fun art process for kids! there’s something about flying paint splattering in various directions that leaves kids gripped with anticipation and excitement.

Process art is all about the experience of collating materials, experimenting and exploring a medium to create freely, go with the flow and simply, see what happens. A process important to developing creativity within early childhood.

Our splat painting abandons the Jackson Pollock flicking of a paint brush method for a washing up bristle brush, with super results!

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With just a few materials, our bristle brush splat painting can be easily set up at home! 

Splat Painting: Materials

Washing up Bristle Brush
Paint
Plastic Knife
Paper

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Begin by covering the bristle brush in paint and rest the brush onto the paper at an angle.

Next, take the blunt plastic knife and pull it towards you from the bottom of the brush, making the bristles flick as the knife brushes against them.

Watch the paint fly across the paper!

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This method of splat painting gives the arty kids control over the direction and spread of the paint, adding texture and body to their modern work of art.

Arty Crafty Kids - Splat Painting - Process Art for Kids

Encourage the arty kids to experiment with the angles of the brush and the force they apply to the knife when stroking it across the bristles.

A great exercise for developing coordination and fine motor skills!

Angel adored the entire process and I have to admit, there were a few instances of paint flying into the air (and onto mummy) as she moved the brush in the opposite direction.

As you can imagine, she found it hilarious!

I hope your kiddies enjoy splat painting with a bristle brush!

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This post forms part of a painting challenge hosted by the fabulous Messy Little Monster, which focusses entirely on the painting process rather than the outcome!

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Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing

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Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing is a great art process for kids and super easy to set up. Who doesn’t have an old paper roll to hand?

Combing it with mixed media enables children to explore different materials and concepts to enhance their art work and creativity with depth and layering.

By exploring mixed media art processes, children can learn how different mediums compliment each other, which encourages them to ‘think outside the box’ and experiment.

What is Mixed Media?

Mixed Media is an art form where different materials and artistic process are used.

For example, our Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing is built up with a collage using textured papers and recycled books, watercolour paint, ink and paper roll printing with kids acrylic paint.

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To start, we tore strips of recycled tissue paper, an old page from a book and some perforated white star paper and stuck them onto a sheet of watercolour paper in a random arrangement.

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And then applied watercolour paints using a variety of colours, covering some of the torn paper.

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Two lines of stamped patterned circles were added using light blue ink.

Arty Crafty Kids - Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing

Using a paper roll, we added the final layer to our mixed media art, using black paint.

Angel suggested making flowers and made the petals by squeezing the paper roll to create a petal shape.

The black paint contrasted beautifully against the background, creating a focus point of the painting.

The paper roll could be swapped for a bottle top, a cork, bubble wrap or anything else that you have available at home, which captures the essence of what mixed media is about: exploring and experimenting with the materials you have accessible.

 I hope you’ve enjoyed our Mixed Media Paper Roll Printing post.

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Watercolour Flower Card

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Since learning to write, Angel has been making cards for everyone, everyday and for no reason other than for fun. Our Watercolour Flower Card is a heart-warming card perfect for any occasion. With its simple design, it’s a card for kids to make of all ages.

Watercolour is one Angel’s favourite mediums. She loves blending the colours, playing with the water and just seeing what happens. I’ll hold my hands up and admit, I don’t actually know how to use watercolours and I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. I enjoy experimenting alongside Angel and going with the flow, and from a kids perspective, watercolours are really great fun!

Watercolour Flower Card: Materials

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Watercolour Paints
Watercolour Paper
Thick White Craft Card
PVA Glue
Buttons
Green and Black Marker Pens

Watercolour Flower Card

Using  Watercolour Paper ,  we cut out a few basic flower shapes and set to work applying the Watercolour Paints.

I encouraged Angel to use the full range of colours, layering, mixing and using various amounts of paint and water. She loved how the the colours merged, noting that some colours were bolder than others. This is such a great process for children to work through; it not only enhances creative thinking, but is great for observational development and problem solving.

The results are also very pretty!

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Watercolour Paints are easy to use and quick to dry – essential for eager arty kids!

Next, we folded our Thick White Craft Card in half and drew three green stems, gluing our flowers to the ends.

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And to finish off, we added a white sticker (acquired at the local scrap store) and a cute button!

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Oh, and not forgetting our little play on words! this gorgeous Watercolour Flower Card can be used any time of year, for mum, dad, grandma or dog.

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Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

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Adapted from our very popular Cling Film Art technique, babies and toddlers can now enjoy this sensory art process too!

Cakes is 14 months and loved smoothing out and moving the lumps and bumps of the paint across the paper.  Virtually mess free, babies and toddlers can pick  their art up, wave it about and even put it on their heads (baby cakes did this to play peek- a-boo) without the risk of getting messy!

They can fully explore the texture and colours, making this Sensory Art  for Babies and Toddlers a sensory delight.

Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

Large Zip Lock Bags
Paint – A range of Colours
Card or very thick paper

Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

To get started, cut the paper to the size of the zip lock bag so it fits comfortably inside.

Squirt random amounts of paint in various directions and colours across the paper, pop it into a zip lock bag.

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Next, hand the locked zip bag over to your arty kid and encourage them to glide their hands across the zip lock bag to see what happens.

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Cakes facial expressions switched between a mixture of intense concentration, to bemusement to sheer excitement. She loved it and her elder sister, couldn’t help but get involved too!

Arty Crafty Kids - Sensory Art

I love that this fantastic Sensory Art Process can be adapted to suit the needs of a broad age group.

The zip lock bag is great if you’re focusing on the sensory element of painting. If you’re looking to create a piece of art for keeps, I would advise using our cling film art technique, as it’s quite difficult to remove the paper without smudging the original painting.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our adaptation and your little ones love our Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers as much as Angel and Cakes!

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