Crayon Leaf Rubbings :: A Summery Banner for the Window

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Crayon Leaf Rubbings

Reader beware. This is yet another 1.) stained glass window project that combines 2.) leaf rubbings with 3.) crayon resist, and 4.) liquid watercolors. All of our favorite materials and methods!

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

First we did crayon leaf rubbings. The leaves were spread out across the table and covered with a long sheet of paper torn from the easel roll.

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

Maia's friend Marlise was over for the afternoon and this was an indoor break after lots of backyard swimming, water play, and story telling. I showed them how to use the side of a crayon to do the leaf rubbings, and they did it that way some of the time and with the pointy end the rest of the time.

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

After finishing the leaf rubbings, I got out our favorite liquid watercolors and the girls painted over the crayon.

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

Here's the finished banner, before the paint dried. I love how it looks, but the leaf rubbings got a little lost in all the bright, contrasting colors. You can see them, but they are subtle. Next time, I'd probably stick with a more limited color palette. Maybe dark crayons and light colored paint. Or light crayons and dark paint. (Update: We made a beautiful leaf rubbing stained glass with dark crayon and light paint for the door.)

This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while now after seeing Filth Wizardry's autumn leaf mural. Theirs is beautiful! You should take a look.

Crayon Leaf Rubbings

We hung ours in the window, just because. I can't resist the sun shining through colorful art!

Crayon Leaf Rubbings 

Here's another detail. See the leaves?

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  1. says

    Whooo! It’s lovely! I’ll have to link to it in the next round up I do of other wizards of filth! We still have our autumn one up because I like it so much. Maybe it’s time to make a new one though huh?

  2. says

    Absolutely Gorgeous!! I bet it’s even better in person with all of the leaves and colors blending/overlapping.
    Thank you for sharing — I wish I had a big window to do something like this!
    xoxox
    MaryLea

  3. says

    I love how it turned out. You can feel the love and innocence that was brought that work of art to life. You’ve picked a perfect spot to hang it. Maia is quite the little artist.