For a recent story hour, Where Once There Was a Wood, we created this nature craft for kids, the negative forest painting. It is a process craft that allows children to investigate an underused art technique of negative printing.
To create this craft you will need:
- Plastic animals that would live in your local forests
- Faux, or real, parts of plants from your local forests
- Liquid watercolor paint
- Spray bottles
Prepare your liquid watercolors by pouring a desired amount of liquid watercolor paint into your spray bottle and then dilute it with water until you reach the color you’d like.
To begin painting, place the desired objects onto the paper where you want white to appear.
Next, spray whatever color over the animals and faux plant parts that you desire. *Note: if you spray too much paint over top of the items the liquid watercolor can seep underneath of them creating zero negative effect.
Add additional colors if desired.
Remove items and let dry.