Wax Resist Leaf Rubbing Paintings

I really wanted to do some sort of fall/ leaf themed art project with my boys.  I had quite a few great ideas and so I left it up to them to decided what we'd be doing.

They all agreed on trying our hand at some wax resist leaf rubbings.

We went walking through the woods to collect leaves and then we assembled our supplies:

  • white computer paper
  • crayons 
  • watercolors
  • brush
  • water
The boys all settled on a color they crayon they wanted to use for their leaf rubbings and then assembled the leaves under their paper the way they wanted.  Using the side of the crayon they rubbed their paper until they had their leaf shapes set.

It's practically impossible to see the white crayon leaf rubbings on the white paper; no matter what angle you use! 

Once we had our leaves all rubbed we used watercolors to color in behind them and make them pop.

Once dry we looked them over and determined that those darker leaves looked better; especially if we used a nice dark wash of watercolors with them.

We really enjoyed the white and black outlines and talked about what the leaves would look like in other colors..

It was such a fun, quick and easy art lesson that was just perfect for fall!

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  1. Whay a fun craft!! My girls are too young yet but I want to try this (which will have the added benefit of me looking like a pro when they finally are old enough ;))! I don't currently own any watercolours though . . . I wonder if it would work with food-colouring-coloured water?

    1. I wouldn't see why that wouldn't work. Anything colorful and water- based should work just great.

  2. I like the twist on the usual leaf rubbings! So pretty. Sharing with my grandkids.
    :) gwingal

  3. beautiful art work I can recall doing that in scouts.
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  4. This is really cool. I love how the white one turned out. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    1. Me too! Though it was very hard to tell where we had rubbed!

  5. These look fab and are a great activity to do with the kids. I think are a little young but no doubt they'd enjoy having s go! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. Thanks; I find that leaf rubbing does work with kids as young as preschool/ kindergarten with a bit of instruction. They don't turn out as detailed but that's OK.

  6. So going to try this with my kids this half-term week! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I'm totally doing this for some artist trading cards and for some journal pages. In love with these.


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