Leaf Printing autumn colours with school tempera paints

LEVEL: Pre-School and Primary School.

This is a simple, quick but colourful school painting project.  It brings nature indoors and takes your creativity outdoors.  This is a great autumn inspired paint activity.   You can collect the leaves yourself but it is much more fun to get the kids out doors collecting good printable leaves with you.  

Leaf Printing autumn

You will need:

: White Paper
: Tempera Paint – just a few colours. Autumn earth tones are ideal.
: A brush
: A roller – an old rolling pin is ideal – Plastic would be better.   
: Leafs – try full leafs with strong veins for printing in a range of sizes.
: Apron and a cover sheet, newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:

painting leaf super tempera
Turn the leaves on their back so the veins are facing upwards

Leaves: before you start make sure they are clean and free from bugs and dirt.  Also before you start have some paper towels ready.

Turn the leaves on their back so the veins are facing upwards.

Paint the underside thinly with the brush.  Making sure you get the stem and all the veins.

Carefully place the leaf onto the paper and place a sheet of the paper towel on top of the leaf. This will help protect the roller from getting covered in paint.

Use the roller to firmly press the leaf into the paper.  

Painting leaf
Use the roller to firmly press the leaf into the paper.
Use paper towels to keep the roller clean
Carefully remove the paper towel and lift the leaf off the paper.

This can be repeated in different colours.

Allow to dry

- Try not to use too many colours.
- You can also cut out the prints and paste them together on one sheet of paper
- Be careful not to pour dirty paint using back in to the paint bottles.

Share and enjoy & have fun.

Tony Parker

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