You might scowl when your child comes home with the knees of his brand new jeans covered in the tell-tale green scribbles of grass stains, but you can use this natural marker to your artsy advantage. Whether you’re just looking for a natural way to create a craft or you’re fresh out of temperas (and who wants to pack the kids up and trek to the craft store to spend your hard earned money anyway?), your own backyard can become an art supply treasure trove.
I grabbed a handful of grass, picked a quickly wilting tulip and pulled some of those uber-invasive dandelions to make an abstract art activity.
What You’ll Need:
· Colorful natural items such as grass and flower heads
· White paper
What You’ll Need To Do
1. Hit the backyard and pick a fistful of grass, deface some dandelions or grab some freshly fallen flower petals. You’ll need vibrant or bold items to make the color transfer.
2. Have your child “draw” or “finger paint” with the natural items on plain white paper.
3. Even though it may seem like grass stains magically appear with almost no effort on your kiddo’s clothes, they actually take some muscle to make. Your child will need to gather together a bunch of blades (of grass, that is) and push them across the paper. Dandelions and flowers are much easier to transfer the color.
4. If your child wants to go beyond an abstract artwork (even though his mini masterpiece may rival some of the contemporary pieces that you may see in a gallery), he can fill in a simple marker or crayon drawing with colorful plant life. Have him draw the outlines of a design, and then push the plant color on the paper in the same way that he would fill in a coloring page.