Nature Crafts: Fruit Paint and Charred Sticks

The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

This nice simple activity, was inspired by my son, who took his love of natural dyes/paints and tried to redecorate our front room with half a cherry!!

Materials:

  • recycled texture paper (thicker than standard paper), something like watercolour paper would be perfect!
  • fruit (we used defrosted frozen fruit, but you could also use fresh)
  • charred sticks (I made these from some sticks in the garden, which I charred using our hob, best not to let the kiddies help with this! If you have had a bonfire or campfire recently, you could let the kiddies pick some charred sticks from the left overs, after it has properly cooled of course!)

The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

The selection of fruits we used was: Strawberries, Cranberries, Blueberries, Mango, Cherries.

Isaac is very much into copying his older sister and as Lily started out printing with the strawberry pieces, so did he!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

Lily quickly found that she could squeeze the berries to produce rich droplets of pigments.The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

She said that these were chicken pox!!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

Isaac was the first to have a go at drawing with the charred sticks, which worked perfectly!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

Another discovery was that the sticks were great to use as pens with the pools of juice/pigments and it created a great effect! I love it!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

We learnt that the mango, didn’t produce very strong pigments, but did change the colour of other pigments slightly and worked great as a sort of sponge/spreader tool!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]

Isaac really wanted to squeeze out the juice into little pools of pigment, just like his big sister, but he wasn’t quite as adept!The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]He figured out that squishing with your hand was just as good!

The Crafty Kitty | Nature Craft [Fruit Paint and Charred Stitcks]The kids made 3 pictures each and probably would have kept going, so definitely a good activity to come back to! The fruits produce, wonderful watercolour/ink effects.

More ways to explore painting with natural materials:

  • compare painting with fresh vs defrosted vs frozen fruits
  • try crushing fruits to extract juice or blending green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale or boiling red cabbage
  • try using different plant leaves and flowers

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4 thoughts on “Nature Crafts: Fruit Paint and Charred Sticks

  1. August 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    what a fun idea! I love that it’s experimental and hands on…and a little bit messy too! :) the pictures turned out wonderfully.

  2. h.
    November 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you for a nice idea, my 1 year old ” I put everything into my mouth” always want to join his brother in his painting experiments and this will work great for them both.

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