Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Painting with Dandelions, Sticks and Feathers

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This little project gets the kids outdoors in the fresh air to collect materials to paint with.

If that hasn’t worn the little rascals out, you can come home and create a fab flower picture from the bits and pieces you collected.

You can use whatever you find to create this little art work… okay, not dog poo, not even the hard white stuff!

In our case we went out into the park and found Dandelions growing in the grass. They are actually a weed and no one is going to complain if you pick the flower heads.

We also picked up small sticks and a couple of feathers kindly discarded by their former owners.

Materials for Painting with Dandelions, Sticks and Feathers

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

  • A little shopping bag to collect all your bits.
  • Dandelion heads – or any other flower heads, preferably weeds, that you can collect without getting shouted at.
  • Twigs, feathers, grass heads or bits of bark. Be creative, if you think you can print with it or use it as a paint brush then it’s okay.
  • Poster paints in different colours.
  • Paint brush or anything that you can use to apply paint.
  • Plastic tray (recycled food packaging) as a paint palette.
  • Paper, whatever size and quality you have to hand. White, coloured or both.
  • Plastic table cloth.
  • Pinny or apron for the little ones (and the big ones if you’re messy).

Step 1 – Paint some grass

Use the feather or a brush to paint some greenish grass along the bottom of your paper.

Step 2 – Print flower stems

Coat one side of a twig with brownish or green paint and print onto your paper to look like stems growing out of the grass.

Step 3 – Print your flower heads

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Dip the Dandelion flowers into the paint – red or orange – some colour other than green or brown, and print onto the end of your stems.

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Step 4 – Paint leaves on the stems

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Use the feather or the end of a leaf to paint some green leaves on the stems.

Step 5 – Experiment

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Let the little ones print with whatever they want and use the makeshift feather brush and flower head to create their own little works of art.

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

By all means see if they can recreate the adult version but they’ll get a lot of fun from experimenting with their own creations – and you will too.

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

Okay, so here’s the adult one, but I bet you can guess which version went on the fridge.

Painting with Dandelions Sticks and Feathers

 

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