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  DESCRIPTION     Scan fall leaves against a hand painted background  
  DETAILS     The computer is a great art tool. Our grandchildren are technologically savvy enough to use it to good advantage or if they're too young, a little adult help makes this a doable project for most children.

Begin by sponge painting an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper (see creative papers). I used red and yellow water color paint, the kind that comes in bottles from craft stores and regular computer paper. Each color had it's own sponge and its own pie tin. I dabbed the colors recklessly on the paper, mixing them here and there as the spirit moved me so I got yellow, red and orange. Not satisfied with the dabbed look, I took a fat brush and mooshed the colors together and added a little white until I achieved the look in the picture. I waited for the paper to dry, then laid the leaf face down on my scanner, topped it with the painted background and scanned. After scanning, I printed the image. You can achieve the same effect by using a color copier. Check out the other creative papers for different background ideas. Try other colors. Be creative. I thought the end result pretty enough to hang, contemplated a series of leaves hung in those frameless clip frames. Great for the hall or up the stairs.

  AGE RANGE     5 to 15 and up  
  GENDER     All  
  SEASONAL     Yes  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Leaves, computer, scanner, printer, water color paint, cut up sponges, paper, fat brush, tins for paint.  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Ability to use the scanner, the computer and the printer.  
  TIME TO PREPARE (Minutes)     15  
  TIME TO MAKE (minutes)     30  
  MY RATING (1-10)     10  
  ALL RATINGS (1-10)                                                                                                Rating Formula   
  NAME     Suzy Smith  


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