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Leaf Rubbings

Leaf Rubbings

Wed, March 25, 2020 by Brookgreen | in Education

Want to create a unique nature-inspired picture? Go on a walk outside around your home and collect a variety of objects with interesting textures and shapes. Using leaves or the bark on a tree create a magnificent colorful rubbing that all will love. 


Leaves and bark

Peeled Crayons or pastels



Collect leaves of various shapes and sizes. You can use fresh leaves or dried fallen ones.

Place a leaf with its back side facing up.

Put a sheet of paper, preferably thin or lightweight, over the leaf.

Rub the side of a crayon or an oil pastel gently on the area over the leaf. As you do this, you'll see the colored areas start to take the shape of the leaf.

Rub over the entire leaf, continue until you've rubbed over the entire leaf.

Remove the leaf from under the paper.

Make more leaf rubbings using other colors and different leaf shapes.

Overlap the leaf rubbings to create a stunning picture!


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