Painting on Leaves

Being in Canada, we’re blessed with beautiful fall foliage. The scenes of rich reds, warm oranges and bright yellows always inspire me to create something artsy with the colourful leaves each year – a reason that autumn is one of my favourite seasons.

This year, I wanted to do something different and make an activity out of it with my toddler, because let’s face it, you can never have too many activities while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic!

To start, with the help of my little assistant Peanut, we collected different leaves from our hikes and stuck them in a heavy book to dry flat. They would serves as our canvases. A few weeks later, it was time to paint! (One week is probably enough for leaves to dry, I just forgot about mine lol.)

I drew small patterns right on the leaves using metallic markers (mine are these ones from Amazon). I mainly used the silver marker because they popped against the leaves and gave a little bit of shimmer. It’s not difficult to create beautiful works of art when you have pretty canvases to work with!

Peanut recently started drawing stick figures and tried to draw them on the leaves – though I think she enjoyed testing out each pen colour more! Here are some mommy + daughter art collaboration results.

Then we moved on to more messy art – I offered Peanut two brushes, some paint and she was a happy camper. It’s funny how a toddler can create gorgeous abstract art without even trying. The trick is to limit the palette choice, I stuck with just two: blue (Peanut’s favourite colour that week) and white.

This definitely gets quite messy, so covering the table and using a smock on your little one is highly recommended. Peanut preferred paint over markers much more and kept requesting for more leaves until we ran out – looks like we’ll be doing this activity again next year!

Now I just have to find a spot to display these 🙂

Thanks for reading et à la prochaine!



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