Sunday, August 9, 2015

Leaf Rubbings using aluminum foil

A few weeks ago I was searching Pinterest for some new art lesson ideas and ran across the project below.  I had all the necessary supplies and here in the Pacific Northwest we have so many beautiful leaves I decided to give it a try.  The whole project turned out far better than I ever guessed it would!  First use spray glue to stick the leaf to a piece of mat board. Put the side with the most vein texture up.  Spray it with glue again and cover it with regular aluminum foil.  Use your fingertips to press/ softly rub the foil into all the cracks and crevices of the leaf.  (Even delicate leaves work really well.)  Fold the excess foil to the back.  Spray the whole thing with black spray paint.  Let it dry about an hour and then use really fine steel wool to rub the paint off the high spots.  The pictures don't do these justice.  They are gorgeous!  In fact, the kids got out of the classroom before I had pictures of all of them.  They are just the thing for name tags or something special on an elegantThanksgiving Day Table.

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