Leaf Painting with Margaret from Star Graf Designs.

One of the best things about blogging, I have found, is the people that you meet.  I have lost count of how many wonderful women I have met in just two years of writing this blog.  This really is such a wonderful community!  Today I’m happy to have Margaret visiting, from star graf design.  Margaret links up regularly with Creative Me Monday and always has great ideas.  After seeing one of her Make a Mess Monday projects I invited her to share one of them over here.  Here she is!

Hello Southern Institute readers my name is Margaret, and I’m super excited to be a guest blogger today. Besides showing off my handmade creations and sharing random tips & tricks on my blog Star Graf Design projects, I came up with “Make a Mess Mondays“. My two little misters and I create art projects, hopefully teaching them {and reminding myself} that it’s okay to get down & dirty, letting go of “the rules” in the process. Since it will soon officially be Fall, I chose to use leaves for this Make a Mess Project.

I like re-using things I have laying around the house. So we stole from our household painting supplies a small roller, a paint brush and a paint tray. I like to use crayola’s washable paints because they easily wash out of everything, yes everything.

First thing’s first, walk around the yard finding leaves of all shapes and sizes. Next spread the paint on the leaf, either with a brush or smashing the leaf into the paint. We found that using a little bit of paint on the bottom side of the leaf {the side with all the spines} made the neatest leaf prints.

With my own boys the bigger the drawing space the more they engage in arts & crafts projects. When they’re not contained to a small sheet of paper, painting can be more of a whole body experience making it more enjoyable. Want to engage your boys?  How about using a roller on the sidewalk to roll watered down paint onto the leaves. Once the leaf has been painted stamp it on the sidewalk, a nearby tree or even your front steps if you dare. Don’t worry- you can always wash it off with the hose later.

Not messy enough yet… Try using your feet to press the leaf onto the paper or another surface. Notice our own little experiment pictured below: the bigger the paper the more leaf stamps my two little misters were interested in doing.

To be quite honest, painting with my kids stresses me out and making messes is so not my strong suit. But I am trying to let go of my “clean freak self” to have fun creating with my sons. I’d love to hear your favorite leaf projects or stories attempting to make this mess in the comments. Thank you Jenny for letting me share this Fall kids art project!

You are a brave woman, Margaret!  I’m with you… I don’t take to messes very well, which makes paint something that doesn’t make appearances too often.  I have to be feeling pretty ambitious!  But taking it outside makes it seems much more appealing!  Thanks so much for sharing with us today.  I encourage you all to check out Margaret’s Make a Mess Mondays archives.  She has really fun ideas!

Have a great day, everyone, and don’t forget to link up your projects with Creative Me Monday!  You can link up as many projects as you’d like, Monday through Saturday night!

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