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July 22, 2011

Leaf Prints

I saw the most amazing leaf prints at Kleas last week and pinned it on Pinterest thinking that maybe some day I would come across a large leaf that I could replicate the idea with my children. We don't have any large trees in our yard and I haven't seen any in our neighborhood so I thought I was out of luck on finding any. Low and behold, a couple days later I drove a bit of a distance to visit a friend and as I was about to leave in the evening I looked up and saw a tree with large leaves in her front yard. Score!

The only problem....We got home after bedtime and I knew if I left the leaves out over night they would smooth out some and not give me the quality of print I wanted. This is the point that I realized I am totally obsessed with children's crafts (lol!) as I insisted that it was totally ok for my children to stay up late for the sake of ART. (I know I have a problem, and yes I might even need a bit of counseling in this regard. hahaha)

Our leaf prints did not turn out nearly as beautiful as the ones I saw at Kleas, but I am still pleased with them. Now that I've done the project I have all sorts of ideas flowing through my brain of how I'm going to use this technique again in the future.

To make the leaf prints we simply added some paint to an old baking sheet, spread it around a bit, and then pressed the large leaf on top of the paint and onto our paper.

Happy Crafting!!


Delaney said... Best Blogger Tips

These are cute!

Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

I remember doing this at school! I must do it with my 2, it is such a cool idea!

Dixie Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all of your ideas and am SO happy that you found me so that I could find you :-)

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

It was so worth staying up late for! I love the open-endness of printmaking! Thanks for visiting my blog- you are too sweet ;-) I am def. following ya back and looking forward to all of your ideas!

Smallgood said... Best Blogger Tips

They are beautiful. I like doing leaf prints and leaf art in the fall.

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know what the Kleas' leaf prints look like but yours are AMAZING. I'd be framing those beauties! Thanks for sharing! I want to try this with my oldest son.

kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rachel! Thanks for letting me know you did this project and that you posted it. Also thanks for linking to me!

Yours turned out beautifully...I'm glad you were able to find the huge leaves as it really does make such an impact when they are big.

You have a wonderful blog and I've enjoyed looking at your projects for kids. xx

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

They turned out so pretty! I just love the way the colors mixed.

And what a fun mom you are. I'm like a drill instructor over bedtime, lol!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is really cool! :)

Andie said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to say THANK YOU!!! for all of your awesome ideas! I just found your blog, I can't even remember how...but I have bookmarked a bunch of your ideas for use in my upcoming preschool year! I am planning on doing an art that goes with each letter of the alphabet, and have gotten so many wonderful ideas from just a few minutes on your blog. THANK YOU!! You can bet I'll be back!
Blessings to you-Andie

Erin @ Two More Seconds said... Best Blogger Tips
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Erin @ Two More Seconds said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Rachel!! Thanks so much for your comment and letting me know you found me in that West Jordan Journal - I need to get a copy because I don't get it! LOVE your blog - adding it to my reader for sure. These leaf prints are beautiful!

LeighAnn said... Best Blogger Tips

This is really pretty!

Kristi McInerney said... Best Blogger Tips

Anything for the sake of ART!!!!!! Love that! You had to have watched Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts! Great movie! And I can't wait to try this leaf press with my kids, do you think 2, and 3 is too young?

K. the Littlest Crafter said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! So beautiful

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

@Krisiti-You might have to help place the leaf in the appropriate place on the paper, but your 2 & 3 yr old will love getting to press down all over the leaf to make the imprint all by themself, and they can pick all the pretty colors they want to use.

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Yay- you linked up again! As I said before- I LOVE IT and get it framed mama- Thank you for linking up with us on The Sunday Showcase

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! Thank your for sharing it!
I am sharing it as a featured project on our next Playdate at Beneath the Rowan Tree (goes live Sunday evening, July 31).
Please feel free to snag a 'Featured' button and share the love!


jerry brown said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you very much! That is really sweet of you to share my projects I really appreciate it :)
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