November | #creativereadofthemonth
We’re growing our literary and creative skills with November’s #creativereadofthemonth! This month we spread our roots with “Trees”, by Lemniscates. Learning all about seasonal changes, and the importance of trees on our beautiful planet, the kids and I had so much fun turning this book into a simple DIY stamp painting.
Keeping it simple with just black paint and a few homemade stamps, we created a kid’s monochrome painting idea into a wall worthy piece of art for our home! Your children too, will be proud to see their “Seasons of Trees” hanging alongside your family photos and home decor. Follow along as we share how our creativity bloomed this month!
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How the Artwork in “Trees” Inspired Our Homemade Stamps
I’m a sucker for a beautifully illustrated book! Whether it’s the colors or composition, a good children’s book must capture my eyes as well as my ears.
I absolutely loved the minimalist style of “Trees”. A limited color palette and refined style of form, it was a nice reflection of it’s storyline. Even with a minimal amount of words, it amazes me how much of a narrative can form! Sometimes less really is best!
To continue the books illustrations into our own kid’s monochrome painting idea, we choose to use similar techniques. Creating our own homemade stamps was not only fun, but it expanded our creative thinking…. What could make a tree look like winter, spring, summer and fall?
Try using our homemade stamp suggestions, or come up with your own! The main point of this DIY stamp painting is to keep it minimal and monochrome, and of course to create something that resembles trees in their various seasons. lol
Seasons of Trees | Kid’s Monochrome Painting Idea
What You Need for this DIY Stamp Painting
- Mixed Media Paper (or any paper that can hold the moisture of paint)
- Black Paint
- Paint Brush
- Plastic Bag
- Paper Plate
Cut paper to *****. Draw four lines equally spaced to outline where your trees will go. Tip: I drew them about three inches long and about 2.5 inches apart, that way the kids knew exactly where to start painting.
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Fill cup with equal parts water and black paint. Paint over the four lines for your tree trunks. Next, paint three branches on your first tree (winter). Take your straw and blow hard into the three branches. The paint should disperse and create a branch like effect. Tip: If the paint isn’t moving easily, add more paint to the three branches or dilute the paint a little more.
Cut your lemon in half- long ways. Pour a small amount of diluted paint on a paper plate and dip your homemade stamp into the paint. Press onto your second tree (spring). Next, dip your blueberry into the paint and place your “flowers” onto your spring tree.
Cut your lemon once again, making it into a quarter slice. Dip your homemade stamp into the paint and press onto the third tree multiple times. This is your summer tree.
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Finally, repeat the same steps you took for your winter tree for your fall tree. After you’ve created your branches with the straw, dip a small section of your plastic bag to create the last homemade stamp. This will illustrate the leaves for your fall tree. Press a few times onto your tree, as well as the bottom to create a leaf pile.
Your DIY stamp painting looks so good! Make sure you frame your “Seasons of Trees” kid’s monochrome painting idea and hang it on your wall do all to enjoy! Try even reading the book “Trees” by Lemniscates before and after you make this #creativereadofthemonth.
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About “Trees” by Lemniscates
This is a quick read that ages newborn- 8 should enjoy. It’s even a great book for your beginner reader! If you ever need a book to teach your children the roles trees play, this is a perfect one to start you off. It’s simple dialogue gives you the key points you need, and really opens up opportunity for discussion. As mentioned before, I also really loved the illustrations in this book. If your wanting a nice book to read and display, this might just be the one you were looking for!
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