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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Batik and Leaf prints


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.


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!


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!


First, draw a pumpkin and color very hard with crayons


Then crumble it up


Paint with India Ink


Rinse in the sink


And Voila!


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



LEAF PRINTS!!! One of my favorite Fall activities! Fun for ALL ages! Last year we made leaf print turkeys!



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


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


Outline with black chalk


And paint Tempera Varnish on top


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



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


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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!

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

  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.

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

  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?

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

  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

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

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

  11. Batik is a pictorial fabric that is made specifically by writing or applying night to the fabric, then the processing is processed in a certain way that has a specificity. Indonesian Batik, as a whole of techniques, technology, and the development of related motifs and culture, has been designated by UNESCO as a Humanitarian Heritage for Oral and Non-Income Culture (Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity) since 2 October 2009.


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