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Take It or Leaf It

8 Nov

Successful Leaf Rub

Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post gives you a prompt to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of the season of Autumn.  If you are in a different season where you are located have no fear you can still do this leaf project in your area if you have access to trees and plants.

Staying true to low-cost activities, today is no exception as you learn how you can create on a limited budget.  This activity requires some time outside as well as inside.  It is perfect for children of various ages, and it is easy to do with limited resources.  Leaf rubbings!


Leaves.  A variety of leaves in different sizes and shapes work well.  The color does not matter.

Paper.  As long as the paper is not too thick, you can do a successful texture rub with most types of papers.

Crayons.  If the wrapper from the crayon is removed, the side of the crayon can be used in a rubbing, along with the side of the point.

Optional:  Tape, paper clips, or clothes pins can be used to secure a leaf from possible shifting under the paper.

Making use of the falling leaves from trees and plants in your area can be fun. First, gather a variety of leaves. For best results leaves that are still a bit supple work best however, they should not be damp or wet. If a leaf is too dry, it will crumble easily and your rub will be difficult to do properly.

Place a leaf directly under a sheet of paper. Using the side of a crayon rub the crayon against the leaf to reveal its pattern from under the paper. As you rub you will see the veins and details of the leaf shape emerge before your eyes. Try to overlap your rubbings for an interesting look and alternate colors for additional uniqueness. Try incorporating different items from around the house and see what texture you can pick up as relief. Be careful as to hold the paper secure for the best results. Tape, paper clips, or clothes pins can be used to hold down the leaf from slipping but remember to remove it before rubbing the surface or an unwanted texture may be created.

Colorful Fall Leaf Rubbing. Now you can say that you've seen a blue and purple leaf!


Water color paints, paint brush, cup of water. A quick “wash” of paint over the paper surface can seep color into the art while the areas with wax crayon will resist the paint, creating an interesting added effect.

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After rubbing, try to crinkle up the paper by wadding it in a ball and tightly smash to make fold creases in the paper. Once folded flat again do a water-color wash over the paper and watch in amazement how your work changes!  Children love to ball up the paper like they are going to throw away their creation.  Simply remind them not to be too rough as to rip the paper. They are happy when they can take several easy steps in a project at their own pace and can experience open-ended art.  I know, this has always been a favorite Fall art lesson plan exploring texture, technique and color mixing.

Texture rub using coins.

This creative exercise may not be a new discovery to try but, hunting for items that will make an interesting rub can be.  Be on the lookout for anything with texture that is fairly flat.  Consider these ideas: lace, buttons, tape and glue adhered to paper before rubbing begins, stencils, puzzle pieces etc.  Use your imagination. Take these suggestions or “leaf it”.  Good luck and have fun creating a unique leaf rub and appreciate nature at the same time.

Fall Color Review (TNT)

13 Oct

Club Creative Studio informs you of an array of creative topics.  Today’s post entitled: Fall Color Review ( TNT), is the TNT post that gives you information about “this-and-that”.  Thank you for visiting as you learn about color, trends, fashion, designer’s insights and what you will find in the Club Creative Studio online storefront at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

During New York’s Fashion Week we can look forward to the forecast of Pantone, Inc.  We can admire and look out for what colors may be the hot trends for the season they announce.  It is not a surprise, this Fall awaited the same forecast with anticipation.

I am getting ready to physically get in the mood for cooler weather.  I reside on the coast of Eastern North Carolina however, I find myself traveling often to the mountain regions of North Carolina. So, although on average I experience mild weather, I can easily go from one extreme to the next within the same state.  I may still have the connections of the past season’s trend colors, so I need to know what color trends are announced that will let me translate with confidence from one season to another.

Pantone’s released the Fall 2011 colors to communicate to us that COLOR will remain with us as we move from the short sleeves to the knit sweaters.  This is GREAT news to people like me who love color, and strive to include it in their life.  The color trend report is usually associated with women’s fashion but, fashions for men, home decor items, wedding schemes, fabrics and paints also take notice of the report.

Attracted To The 2011 Color Trends?  What is your “It” Color For Fall?

Pantone calls the fall colors “The Art of Color — Sensible and Spirited.”  You may want to download the full report from Pantone.

Knowing that you can mix and match and focus on any of the color combinations gives you many options and directions to explore.  If one featured color is not your taste, maybe your eye is drawn to another on the list?  Take mental notes from reading this and see for yourself how these colors will be introduced to your world and the world around you.  If you desire a custom piece of jewelry or home decor item that has a focus on the use of any of these color themes, includes my hand-made, hand-rolled beads  just ask what I may do for you to help create a one-of-a-kind item just for you in the trend colors that are valued this Fall season.

Pantone Fall 2011 Color Trend
I will be excited to inject this palate into the fall items that I create.  It is useful to have this as a guide when I hand-mix my clay colors.  Taking note of the fabrics and color trends I see in the stores and around me are important factors to use in design. It gives me a direction to aim and inspiration to mesh with fashion week’s designs.  Let me know if you need something special to coordinate and highlight your unique style and look of the season.
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