Thursday, September 26, 2013
Stamped Autumn Tree
Ok, just one more tree project and then I'll move on.
This is a very easy one that is quite striking. It includes use of a homemade stamp.
- wc paper
- watercolour paint or disk tempera, blue, green. black, and Fall colours
- spray bottle with water
- sticky back craft foam
- piece of corrugated cardboard, wood, or even a small candy treat box (smartie)
- ink pad
Tape off wc paper onto art board. Paint in a sky starting with lots of blue paint, then gradually just painting with water to create a graded wash.
Paint in a horizon line and the ground.
Take 1 or 2 scraps of wc paper.
Paint with Fall colours, spray some water on to get the colours to mingle a bit.
Set aside to dry.
When background has dried paint in a tree with a few major branches.
I love, love, love using craft foam to make my own homemade stamps. It's kid friendly, no carving or using sharp tools, cheap, and produces a great effect.
Having sticky back foam makes it super easy but you could use regular craft foam and just tape in place with a loop or glue in place.
You could also use store bought stamps. I'm always picking up some from the dollar bin at Michaels.
Cut a leaf shape out of the foam. Using a pencil and pressing hard draw your detail lines.
Remove the sticker paper and stick to a base. I often use wood (2"x2") that
is cut into cubes. You can also stick to corrugated cardboard or even to an empty little treat box.
Cut out some leaf clumps. Stamp on your leaf stamp here and there.
Glue into place on the tree.
That's it for this one.
Here is another variation. The individual leaves are cut out.
The tree is cut from painted paper and the small branches are done in pastel.
The stamp on this one is made from plasticine or modelling clay.
Roll your modelling clay into a cylinder shape. Tap one end on the table to make it wider and flat.
Carve your design into the clay with a toothpick or skewer.
Instead of a stamp pad I used black tempera.
See you next week.