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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Batik and Leaf prints

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I LOVE Fall! I get really giddy when it comes to Fall art! Last year we left a pumpkin on the front porch until it was no bueno and we had to dispose of it. The pumpkin left behind a friend in the crack of the stairs on the front porch that grew into a massive pumpkin plant this summer! We loved our pumpkin plant and even named her! (Raspucia) We tended to her with such care through the drought in hopes of a pumpkin patch by Halloween! Sadly a pumpkin grub recently got inside the vine and completely hollowed it out. I got a text from my neighbor the day we cut her down…everyone was quite fond of her.

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I even used my beautiful “Raspushia” as a backdrop for a newborn photo-shoot looking all like the Great Pumpkin in her Fall Harvest Glory!

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Every Year I paint pumpkins with at least a few grades and this year we are making a Pumpkin crayon batik! I played around with different ideas for the background. I modified this lesson from a Paul Klee Fish Batik I got from my friend Haley Ann, an art teacher in my district!

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First, draw a pumpkin and color very hard with crayons

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Then crumble it up

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Paint with India Ink

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Rinse in the sink

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And Voila!

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I managed to save some of Raspucia’s leaves for my Fall projects!!

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LEAF PRINTS!!! One of my favorite Fall activities! Fun for ALL ages! Last year we made leaf print turkeys! http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/search/label/leaf%20print%20turkeys

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My daughters made these leaf prints with their friends a few weeks ago!

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For the Batik background we used construction paper and magazine squares to create an interesting pattern background

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Outline with black chalk

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And paint Tempera Varnish on top

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We glued pieces of cardboard under the pumpkin and leaves to create a 3d effect

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I cannot wait to post more of our Fall Fun projects!

10 comments:

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  2. Love, Love, Love these!!!! Great leaves. Mine are all gone. :(
    Next year I will have to save some to print. Great project!

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  3. Love this -- all the crinkly cracks are luscious! Nice that you salvaged some leaves so your plant lives on in the art!!!!!

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  4. I like how all the different elements come together for this project.It's so original.I love the story of Rasputia. Maybe you can try again for another pumpkin patch next year.

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  5. I love all of your ideas! You are so great!!!

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  6. Any other ideas of what I could use other than India Ink.. and maybe this is obvious, but is the pumpkin coloured on paper or fabric?

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  7. I was wondering the same thing, fabric or paper? It looks like paper in the pictures, but usually batiks are done on fabric.

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  8. I'm so sorry i am just now seeing these last two comments.The pumpkins were made on paper, any kind of art paper works as printer paper tends to end up getting torn

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  9. Thank you so much for all of yoiur sweet comments, I LOVE reading them!!

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  10. What did you use crayons? wax Crayons? Crayola crayons?
    When using oil pastels,The paper was dirty.

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