Monday, November 1, 2010

Blown-Ink Fall Trees

Oh, but this one is a beauty!  Courtesy of our Czech skolka (preschool)!  They never cease to amaze me with creative ideas for lovely art-making!

Each of the children had his or her own take on just how to make that tree look "right".  And there ain't no tellin' preschoolers how something is "supposed" to be done - especially when they outnumber you!
All you need is... this great drawing ink or tus (which comes in many colors), a straw, some glue, paper, and free leaves (dried and crushed - or not :)! The drawing ink is available at Tesco stores and local art stores.
A dollop at the bottom and give the kiddie the straw to start blowing up and out to form the trunk and branches.  Now that's a great beginning to a great process-oriented project!
Add some glue spread across the top where the leaves are and around the bottom where the leaves have fallen.  I must say, I think I would be happy with just the trunk and branches alone...Simple beauty.
Each tree was an original and the beauty of this project really came to life when the kids viewed all their creations together outside.  And outside is really where this project should be done - as it's a fantastic recreation of the landscape around them!  More projects with Blown-Ink to come!


  1. Love those blown-ink trees! We may need to give this a try!

  2. You are so inspiring! I can't wait to make these with my girlies.

  3. I have a guess which one your oldest made! ;)