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What you will need

– A set of Glob natural, botanical, watercolor pigments (paints)
– water
– paintbrushes
– leaves
– recycled paper
– scissors
– a heavy object (such as a book)
– mixing palette

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Step 1: Gather your Leaves

Any art project is more fun when you incorporate the great outdoors. Take your children for a walk around your neighborhood and backyard to collect leaves of different sizes and shapes. This is a great time to bond with your child and incorporate a little science and botany into your outside time.

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Step 2: Prepare the Leaves

Bring your leaves home and then gently rinse them under cold water and pat them dry. (We also brought home other natural items!)

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Step 3: Prepare your Workstation

Use an old towel, tablecloth, drop-cloth or newspaper to prepare your workstation. Collect all of the supplies that you will need to complete your leaf print art project. This the perfect time to let your child smell the Glob natural pigments, they smell wonderful – my son loved it!

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Step 4: Mix the Glob Paints

Using equal parts glob paint pigments and water, mix your colors. We used an empty egg carton that we found in the recycling bin as a paint palette.

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Step 5: Coat the Leaves with Paint

Give your little ones full creative control and let them use a paintbrush to paint a generous amount of Glob paint onto one side of a leave. The Glob natural paint is water based so the colors are beautiful – we added more pigment for a thicker consistency.
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Step 6: Press the Leaf

Place the leaf (paint side down) onto a piece of recycled white paper.Cover with another piece of paper and use something heavy like a large book (we used an antique iron) to press the leaf onto the paper for a couple of minutes.

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Step 7: See How it Turned Out

Carefully remove the heavy object and leaf from the paper. Your child will delight in seeing the colorful leaf image that transferred to the paper.

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Step 8: Cut the Leaves Out

Once the leaf prints have completely dried, use scissors to cut the paper to your desired size.

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Step 9: Hang the Art Gallery

Using pushpins create a leaf art gallery anywhere in your home. We decided to hang our leaf prints above my son’s desk. You can also frame them or give them away as gifts.