Creating art with leaves and nature can be fun, interesting, meditative and inspiring. Plus, it can connect you with the outdoors in an enjoyable and relaxing way. Here are a few great ideas to get you started.
Photo by Kristy Severin
1. Collecting Leaves
This can be such an enjoyable activity, whether you're alone or with family or friends. Spending time outside in nature and taking the time to look closely at the world around you can bring such a sense of peace and wonder as you may find something unique and wonderful or even something you've never noticed before. Take notice of the brightness of a particular red maple leaf or how different trees lose their leaves and change colors at different times. Once you've collected your leaves, you can begin creating art as you wish.
Photo from KC Edventures
2. Leaf Rubbings
This can be the start of a small project or an extension of a layered piece of art. It's a simple way to create art with leaves that can be done alone or with children of all ages. By simply placing paper on top of your leaves and rubbing them with crayons, you can create a detailed leaf in any color and preserve its beauty.
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3. Leaf Mandalas
Mandalas, a meditative process of arranging the leaves in a circular patterned shape, can act as permanent or temporary art.
Photo from G Sheller
4. Leaf Garland
Arranging leaves in patterns by stringing them through yarn, twine or string can be a lovely decoration for your home or even a great gift for a friend.
Photo from The Magic Onions
5. Preserve Leaves in Beeswax
This is a natural way to preserve the beauty of a leaf.
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6. Leaf Identification Book
Another enjoyable way to arrange some of the beautiful leaves you may have collected, start your very own leaf identification book.
Kristy Severin is a mother of two, a certified art instructor, photographer, painter, writer and cook. She earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa. Inspired daily by her children and love of the earth, you can find her fine art and writings at The Art of Green Living.