Do you all know Justina Blakeney? She’s a designer and artist who lives in New York and I just LOVE her style! I can’t get enough of her patterns and colors and everything that she creates. She has several IG accounts. Her most famous is @TheJungalow. But today I want to share with you her @FacetheFoliage account because that was the inspiration behind these “Face the Foliage” inspired flower portraits. This is a perfect summer art activity that is great for every age, from toddlers to teens!
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Supplies needed for Flower Portraits with Kids:
~ white roll of paper to cover table
~ masking tape
~ flower petals and foliage
How to set up Flower Portraits with Kids:
1. Cover your table with white paper. Before you take the backing off of the contact paper, place however many pieces around the table and draw an outline around them. Now draw a simple face inside. This will be each child’s place setting and template.
2. Collect flowers and leaves before the children arrive, or do it together with them for an extended project.
3. Take the backing off each piece of contact paper and use masking tape or washi tape to tape it to the white paper. You want to be able to see the tape because at some angles, it’s hard to see the clear contact paper, so the tape is a reminder that it’s still there.
4. The children can use scissors to cut the leaves and petals if they would like. Younger children will tend to fill in the face but work around the features. Remind them to fill in the eyes and mouth and nose, and even outline the jaw. The finished piece will not have the lines in it, those are just used as a guide. So putting in as much detail as they can will make the faces pop.
5. When they are finished, use another piece of contact paper to place on top and seal the flowers and foliage.
6. We then went inside and the children used wire and beads to create a hanger. I punched to holes at the top of the contact paper to attach the hanger.
Another wonderful IG account to visit for inspiration is my friend Gina Vide @willowdaygram who lives in Sweden and has spent years creating these amazing flower illustrations.
Also, this portraits can be done with paper collage material and not flowers if don’t have access to foliage.
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