Monday, September 22, 2008
The nights are getting brisk, the trees are beginning their colorful transformation, and the apples are ripe. The first official day of Fall has arrived. We welcomed it with our traditional salute...adorning the house with Autumn colored leaves. Here's what we do...
1. Gather leaves of interesting shapes and sizes... doesn't matter if they're still green.
2. Set up a leaf studio with crayons (beeswax blocks are our favorite for rubbing) and watercolors.
3. Taping leaves to your surface first makes it easier for little artists. Place tape on the front of leaf and flip over. The back side of every leaf gives a better outline.
4. Cover leaves with paper and rub your crayons (we choose only fall colors) over each one.
5. Wax resist some of them... add watercolors to each leaf for a little batik effect.
6. Any age can participate in the first steps, but the final step, cutting them out, should be reserved for older children and adults (for safety reasons and less frustration).
We attach the leaves with a small bit of double sided tape to our windows and watch the sun stream through them.
You know how much I love newspaper...I'm about to do a window display for Mama Goose and I'm playing around with this idea...
More on that soon...