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Colour with Leaves — Crayons

What do you see?

  • Which colours can you see?
  • Which materials have been used to create these?
  • Have any colours overlapped to make new colours?
  • What can you say about the colours that are opposite each other on the wheel?

PROJECT: COLOUR MIXING WITH CRAYONS

You’ll need crayons in the primary colours. These colours are generally simplified as red, yellow, and blue.

For the purposes of colour mixing you will get better results if you start with the colors cyan, magenta, and yellow. Cyan is close to blue but closer to turquoise. Magenta is close to red but with more of a purple-ish tint.

CREATE A LEAF STENCIL

This project begins with one simple shape. We chose a simple leaf shape but it could be any shape. The important thing is to draw a simple shape and cut it out.

Use a black marker to trace the shape onto the larger paper. A good rule of thumb is that every time the shape is traced it should either go off the page or overlap another leaf.

IDENTIFYING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACES

Colour the background black with a permanent marker. This creates a nice sense of balance of light and dark.

COLOUR MIXING WITH CRAYONS

The spaces in which leaves overlap will feature overlapping layers of crayons too. Layer two primary colours on top of one another and you’ve got secondary colours!

Start by colouring all the leaves you’d like to be yellow. Spaces that are coloured heavily red or blue will be hard to layer in red or blue to get those secondary colours.

Just keep layering on colour until the colours look bright and saturated. Since this project takes such a simple supply list it’s no big deal to put this away and get it out for another sitting later. Don’t colour till your hands hurt. This project is a great one to work on two to three times.