Painted Leafies!

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Textile-inspired painted leaves- perhaps the easiest project to do this season with little ones! Nothing cures the grumps like a few strokes of paint, and the prints and pattern ideas are endless. Click through for more tips on creating your own cheap and cheerful little "Leafies."

Step 1: FORAGE! It's helpful to gather around this time of year- when leaves are first starting to change and you have an array of colors. Both trees and decorative shrubs shed some nice shapes- try to retain tiny steps if possible for little hands to grasp during the painting. 

 No Pantone can beat Nature's colors of the season!

No Pantone can beat Nature's colors of the season!

Step 2: Pick a color story. Acrylic pastels are fun- and even true whites and blacks add nice lines. We usually tear off a piece of Parchment Paper for a workspace. A glass of water to clean separate brushes for each color and a kitchen towel for dabbing dry all keep your work tidy. 

 how could  these colors  NOT be on your mind? 

how could these colors NOT be on your mind? 

Step 3: Paint! Play with symmetry and scale! Let your littles make their own or collaborate by having them paint the base and you detail on top after it dries. 

Step 4: Let them dry a few hours and you are done. Frame them. Tie-on packages. Make pairs and play memory "card" games. Keep them in a decorative basket for some table-top curiosity. 

 imperfect details

imperfect details

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