Virtual SEL Art: Botanical Prints
The botanical print project is an easy activity that people of all ages can complete. The project can be paced out between two parts or completed in one afternoon. It requires no more than an hour to complete.
Part 1. Preparation
Before you start make sure you have all of the necessary items for completing this project.
What You Need For This Project
– Paint (any oil based paint will work but acrylic is suggested)
– Medium sized paint brush
– Paper of any kind, we used watercolor paper to create a mailable postcard (This project can be completed on fabric as well; such as pillow cases or reusable tote bags)
Go outside and gather some leaves from wherever you are staying. Find some leaves that are interesting or inspire you. Keep an eye out for Birch and Pine trees! Make sure the leaves are taken from the ground and not pulled from living plants. Try and find leaves that are greener and smooth rather than a leaf that might crumble under the pressure of a paintbrush.
Part 2. The Printing Process
You will want to coat your leaf, flower, pine needles, whatever you have collected in a generous amount of paint. Do not put too much paint or you will not get the intricate details of the leaf.
Place the leaf exactly where you want it on your paper because once it is placed you cannot reposition it or it will leave a mark.
Once the leaf is where you want it, press down on the back of the leaf as if you are smoothing it out. Once you think it has been pressed enough, carefully remove the leaf and look at the print you made!
You can then redo this process until you are satisfied with your work!