“MOMMY I WANT TO MAKE ONE OF THOSE!” That’s what my daughter said as we were looking at some of my friend Fran’s botanical photographs on her site Punk and Roses.
I told her, “Maybe another time,” because Fran was going to come over and we were going to make woodland creatures from acorns, pine-cones and other things we found on our walk. That was my agenda. About five minutes into our walk my agenda was doused with gasoline, thrown into the fireplace and torched.
I went about my way searching for lovely flawless acorns instructing my kids to do the same as me. My ridiculous instructions were abandoned. My kids were at Fran’s side who was finding “cool” acorns filled with worm holes, pieces of bark, sticks with odd shapes and the like. After 15 minutes Fran had us all smelling leaves, looking closely at the veins and comparing textures and colors. An hour later we were creating “art.” I’m talking about the real deal. Gorgeous botanical prints that we could print out and frame, use as a holiday card or birthday cards, screen savers and pretty much anything you can get printed.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- An open mind
- A bag
- A camera
Pick up anything that looks interesting and throw it into your bag. When you have a nice sized collection find somewhere to spread it out. Have the kids pick out objects they find interesting and lay things out on a white plate or plain paper (or whatever color you like.) Photograph your works of art. Take close ups and let your kids take photos as well. When you download them onto your computer, crop them, tint them, over-expose them and let the kids play with the controls.
Here are some tips: Encourage everybody to mix and match. If you find an empty nutshell, fill it full of berries, arrange items by color (this worked well for my four-year-old) or line acorns up by size in a line. DO NOT collect things from other peoples property or let small children handle berries or mushrooms you are not familiar with.
All of these photos are creations my kids made with Fran. I will be updating the Flickr show all day as we take this day off from school to create!
Questions? Just Ask Holly in comments.
Explore….Discover….Create and repeat!