Monday, November 2, 2009

Leaf Press Alphabet

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So the yard is covered in leaves right now, much to the chagrin of the raker in me , but much to the delight of the artist. Last year I saw this leaf alphabet project from Martha Stewart Kids and I thought it was a fantastic autumn activity- this fall seems the perfect time to give it a try.

I appreciate that the project guidelines have detailed steps, from the actual pressing (needs to be done a week or two in advance), to display (as a border or book), and that the leaves are called "nature's tissue paper" - you can cut and manipulate them to build the perfect piece of art. For each letter of the alphabet you choose an object or animal and see how you can create it from your leaf collection.
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This art project also just happens to have a book that makes a great accompaniment- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Ehlert's leaf man takes off in the wind from a backyard and in his travels sees illustrated sites all comprised of intricate leaf collage. It is the perfect inspiration for any leaf alphabet.
Perhaps raking up the yard this year can be less of a chore and more of a treasure hunt...

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