Friday, October 03, 2008
G has been getting into rubbings. He likes rubbing textures from outside - bark, table tops, wood, concrete. So, of course, rubbing leaves is pretty cool too. Today we did fall color rubbings of leaves from our maple tree.
You just get a leaf, tape it onto the table to keep still. Place a piece of paper over the leaf (we used nice resume paper since it was thicker with a light texture, yet not as thick as drawing/watercolor paper). You can tape the paper down a little too - keep it from moving. Then rub the leaf! We used stockmar block crayons - they work GREAT for rubbings and the colors are nice and intense, but you could also use unwrapped regular crayons.
The boys like to mix it up - so used a bunch of different colors. When the rubbing was done, they painted (using watercolors) a bit over the top using brown and red paint.
After they dry (I put into a book to help dry flat) you can cut them out and use them however you like. We have been making cards to send to family but they would be nice mounted and framed or on fall banners. They are very colorful and very fall!