"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves. "NOW thyself" is more important than "Know thyself." Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that somewhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful." ~ Mel Brooks

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Impressed by Leaves

Today was the quintessential Autumn day. Warm yet brisk. The sun shone such bright light but you can see and feel the difference from the sunshine of our summer days.......fragmented, shifted, indirect. The leaves tumbled passed us as the wind carried them across our yard. The littles chased them to and fro and came back to me with ones they thought were just so beautiful; their colors, their crunchiness, their shapes. We decided to place our favorites into a basket and bring them inside to examine them a little more closely.

Charlotte had really hoped to keep them all, forever!, and we would have if I had had enough beeswax (so we could preserve them in the melted wax) but alas! In the end we compromised on making a leaf impression and then finishing it with a little wax resist painting. It was a multi-stepped process (the littles love that) and took only about 30 minutes to complete. It was perfectly engaging for them and by the time we were finished, Charlotte felt that she had properly paid homage to the little leaves she considered such a gift.

First, we placed their leaves randomly all over a piece of paper that was
anchored down to our table with some tape.
Next, we rolled another piece of paper over our leaf collage.
Then, they rubbed some crayons all over the top piece of paper.
It was so beautiful to hear the girls "ooh" and "ahh" whilst seeing the leaves
pop out from under their crayons. They would rub harder and then lighter to see how different
the shapes and veins looked beneath them. It was really fun to watch.
Isn't it beautiful?
Charlotte wanted to continue on and began by applying some watered  down egg dye
to the leaf impressions. I kept our egg dye from Easter to use all year long for 
projects that call for water colors or dyes of some sort.
They do last for about that long before they get moldy or stale in color. 
Here is a detail shot of how the wax from the crayon resists the water color.
The crayon colors just pop right through and create such a beautiful prism of color.
We're lacking in wall space so I'm challenged to utilize other areas for displaying our works.
Here you can see I've used a bamboo shade as an easel for our leaves painting. The sunlight
coming through the window allows the impressions to really stand out.
"It's Autumn again,
Leaves whisper the sound of our past."
~ Andrea Rieck
What are you crafting this Autumn?
This post was shared on The Magic Onions
Friday's Nature Table


  1. This is a great project! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is lovely! I like how it looks with the light behind it. Please consider linking up on Waldorf Wednesday.


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