- Sophie &Friends
Leaves are starting to fall, and I have just the perfect way to use them, fallen leaf crafts! There are endless projects that you can do, but I wanted to highlight one specific technique I like to call stenciling. You are actually using the negative space left from the leaf, so the leaf itself becomes a stencil for your patterns.
Put down a tarp under your project to keep things nice and tidy. Next, take your leaves and pin the leaves securely to the paper. Arrange the leaves in different patterns.
Take your watercolor spray and start spritzing from about a foot away.
You can come back with a different color or lay the leaves in a slightly different pattern.
Get as carried away as you'd like and use different colors to make cool patterns.
For the t-shirt, place a piece of cardboard inside to stretch the t-shirt and give the pins something to stick to.
For fabric you will need to use acrylic paint. Place a small amount of paint in a spray bottle and dilute with water. You want to use a 4:1 ratio of paint to water.
Pin the leaves in your desired pattern onto the t-shirt just as you did with the paper project.
Spray the shirt with your acrylic paint from 1-2 feet away.
Add some additional colors if you like. Remove the leaves and see if you would like to add more color or patterns.
I decided to make a butterfly shape on my next t-shirt attempt. You can use fabric markers to color-in the butterfly and add text if you'd like.
All done. Recycled fallen leaves become wearable art. The art of nature.