Our Spooky Halloween Tree
Last month we painted Our October Tree, and it was so much fun I decided to make it an ongoing art project. While exploring outside, we always notice the colors of the leaves and how they are changing. We love to collect the fallen leaves (in lieu of the flowers that have stopped blooming due to the frigid temps), especially the red and orange ones. So pretty!
For our last tree, we used cotton swabs to dot the leaves onto the tree branches, in different colors that we mixed as we went along. This time, I decided to use something different, spouncers in all different sizes. And they worked perfectly! Spouncers are round stenciling sponges, and I loved the way they picked up the paint. Along with some tempera paint, a large piece of black cardstock (I actually used a black poster board, cut in half), regular paintbrushes, and newspaper, we started our Spooky Halloween Tree!
Mix it up!
My tempera paint collection consists mostly of primary colors, I like to let my little painter mix colors to find what she's looking for. She was concerned about the brown paint on the black paper, that we wouldn't be able to see it. "Don't worry princess" I reassured her, and we mixed up a lovely light brown. Also some nice oranges, light green and different reds. Fun! We started with the tree trunk and branches, also a full moon. Then I handed her a tiny spouncer and let her go!
As she started, I was tempted to give her directions and correct her use of the spouncers. She was using them like paintbrushes, and that's not what I had in mind.....luckily, I have mellowed out a bit so I reeled the crazy back in and let her be. As you can see, we had different ideas of what our tree should look like.
Who says that my way was the right way? Her's was perfect just the way it was. We talked about what different colors we see outside, and how to represent them on our tree.
Make it Spooky!
Next we needed some Halloween howls, I had "The Great Pumpkin" in mind as I dipped a large spouncer into the orange we made. I made sure to get half of it in orange, then the other half in yellow and back and forth. I was trying to create some dimension. Didn't work out, but they looked pretty! While I worked on pumpkins, my pumpkin painted some spiders.
We added some faces, and some falling leaves, and finally, a witch gliding across a full Halloween moon. She was a bit worried when I started the witch (so was I) but it turned out okay! So much fun. And the best part was that we did it together, and we each had our own ideas of how it should look. I think both are represented beautifully on Our Halloween Tree.
We are both very proud of our project, and it hangs on our fridge for all to see! We will compare it to last months tree, and think about what next months tree will look like....will it have a turkey in it?
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