|A lovely leaf relief with a dotted background by one of my former students.|
Hey guys! This post has been very popular...if you are interested in other leaf related projects, be sure to look at this Leaf Printing post and my Leaf Press Project. Thanks!
While second grade was completing that project, I was working with my third graders on these Leaf Reliefs. It's a very spring/summer kind of project, so I thought I'd share it with you.
|A close up of one of the 3" X 4" reliefs. I love that this artist chose a less than perfect leaf.|
|Completed by an adult during an art afternoon I hosted a while back. I love that she chose to use a dandelion.|
- matte board ... I used 3" X 4"
- leaves, delicate flowers, lace ... really anything flat with some sort of texture
- 3M Spray Glue
- inexpensive aluminum foil
- the $1 a can matte black spray paint found at Home Depot ... seriously, you want the cheap stuff
- 0000 steel wool
- canvas, matte board or even cardboard for the background
|One adult used impatiens and they turned out beautifully. I like that she even added some color to the foil with watered down acrylic paint.|
Once that was complete, we took our boards, a large drop cloth and some cheapo spray paint outside. I attempted to let the kids spray paint but I ended up giving the boards a final coat to insure complete coverage. We let their boards dry until the following art class.
|Rubbing the spray paint off of the matte board to reveal the textured leaf underneath.|
Using the softest of steel wool, the kids burnished their leaf reliefs. Some kids chose to burnish the boards completely while others liked the variety of values. And even though I emphasized not to rub too hard, we still had several incidences where the kids tore their foil. Usually they noticed right away and the foil could be gently glued back into place. In other cases, we repaired by using a black or silver sharpie to camouflage the tear.
|I picked up a ton of matte board at a local framing shop when it was going out of business. I'm sure any such shop would make a donation. I love the burlap texture on this matte board.|
|This background here was created by an adult using a leaf stencil. I love the combination of two reliefs.|
|Another adult example. I love her use of type and found objects. So many possibilities!|