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November 9, 2011

More Acorn Art

Before taking our Acorn books back to the library we decided to make one more piece of art. I saw a great idea on The Nature of Grace where they painted with tea bags and I knew it was something that we HAD to try. My Mother-in-Law is an artist and uses tea bags for painting backgrounds all the time so I knew how beautiful it would look. Funny thing is that while my kids did enjoy painting with the tea bags, once they had the opportunity to use water colors on their picture, they painted completely over all of the tea painting. So it might have been in vain, but oh well. Here is our pictures and underneath I'll describe how we made them.

My Acorn Art. I made mine before trying it out with Luke so I could see if it would work out how I wanted it to)

Luke and Andy's Art. I had only planned on Luke doing this project so I only had one ready with the acorns traced on them. When Andy decided he wanted to make one too, we ended up just making a joint art piece. Luke did the left side, Andy did the right side.

To make the artwork, I started by tracing an acorn cookie cutter all over the card stock paper very lightly in pencil. Then after making a cup of tea we squeezed most of the water out of the tea bag and then pressed it and rubbed it all over our paper to make the background. You can see the effect in the top picture.

Once that was all dry (which only took a couple minutes) we traced our acorns very darkly with brown crayon. We also drew a line for the top of the acorn and colored them in, making sure to leave a little bit uncolored to fill in with green paint.

Last we got out the water colors and painted our acorns brown (Luke painted a couple red because it's his favorite color) and the tops green. I added some colors around the edge of my paper but the boys decided to paint over the tea background with fall colors. It was a little disheartening at first but as they got painting it looked so pretty so I really didn't mind.  :)  I thought it kind of looked like the acorns were laying in a pile of fall colored leaves.

If you missed our Acorns Everywhere Craft you can read about it HERE. I have pictures in that post of the books we read to go along with our Acorn crafts but they were Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry and Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert.

Happy Crafting!!

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Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea, Rachel. I love the idea of tea staining and watercolors.

Vicky said... Best Blogger Tips

These came out great! Love the fall colors. I am visiting from Kids Get Crafty. Vicky from Mess For Less

RedTedArt said... Best Blogger Tips

You acorn art came our beautifully! Love that you worked on it together!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great craft! I love the acorns!

I can't believe I didn't know about the robot backpack giveaway. JDaniel would have loved it.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing at Crafty Moms Share!! I love your post and am always happy when you share your wonderful ideas at my sharing party.

Beth ( said... Best Blogger Tips

These came out super cute! What a good idea to trace a cookie cutte to get the right shape! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I look forwad to seeing what you link up next week! Beth =-)

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said... Best Blogger Tips

Very creative, these came out great!

Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up,

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad you posted these. I've been wanting to do something with acorns :) And thanks for stopping by my blog. Just found out about your Thursday blog hop as well and will be certainly stopping by as well.

We Made That said... Best Blogger Tips

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Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

Rachel, thank you so much for linking up this darling acorn craft. I love how diverse you are with the type of art materials you use with your kids!
I also wanted to let you know that I featured your blog on my "All Things Wonderful Link Party" this week, and I hope that you will come back and link up again.
Take care and I hope that you are having a great week with your kids!

Natasha said... Best Blogger Tips

great craft!!!

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday.
Hope to see you there again tomorrow

Natasha xxx

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! I don't think I have ever painted with tea bags before- I love how it turned out ;-) Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase