We had tons of fun creating this project. From start to finish we worked on it together … and discussed the changes that were occurring in our life as a family … as well as the changing of the season around us. It started off with seeing the Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Fall Leaves from The Chocolate Muffin Tree.
I started the project by taking an oak leaf from the front yard, of the house we currently live at, to trace it on the coffee filter. Then, I put several filters together (like how they come packaged) and cut many “leaves” from the one that I traced. The kids and I then spent the next couple days created different leaves when we had the chance. We did this by scribbling on the leaves with washable markers and then taking a wet paintbrush to create a watercolor effect on the leaves.
The process had a very existential and sensory aspect to it as the sharp lines of the scribbles softened, faded, and blended together. They CHANGED … very much like the world around us does in fall. Very much like we all do through life. This is how I discovered it would be a beautiful use of art media in play therapy to demonstrate and discuss change (a frequent and CENTRAL issue/topic in therapy).
After the leaves were complete and dry, I gave Henry the task of finding a branch from outside that we could use to glue the leaves on. He completely the task superbly and found the perfect stick. I then hot glued several of our favorite leaves onto the branch and tied long pieces of raffia on so I can hang it in our new house.
Made at, and from pieces around, our old house … to be hung in our new. The leaves of change.