I have always collected fallen leaves. I press them in an old book. They lose a lot of their colour and become quite brittle but if you are gentle, they can be used for beautiful creations at anytime of the year.
Working on Christmas cards, I spread a few leaves out onto my desk – 3 leaves immediately spoke to me – The Three Wise Men
Your Imagination is key to unlocking the Magical Stories hidden in Nature
After painting their crowns, I experiment with different mediums for the background.
First I played with watercolour but wished for a richer, deeper background for my wise men. I move onto oil pastels.
Working with oil pastels is messy fun, I love smudging and merging one colour into another creating texture and depth.
Using an old pen I can etch little details like hearts and stars.
Fallen leaves intrigue me, they are forever whispering to me, inviting me to play, create and share their stories…isn’t it magical, to think one single leaf can evoke such wonder, wisdom and joy.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein
Can’t wait to share this nature play with my students – Our little wise men can be puppets, changing our background as we create and share our stories.
“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson
These little leaves were once growing on a tree, now they continue their sacred journey enchanting our children and gifting beautiful, rich authentic experiences.
Let’s make nature play part of every day!
Full of gratitude on this sacred new day, wishing you all a beautiful and creative Thursday and to all my American friends, a very Happy Thanksgiving, love and peace Marghanita x
I am currently working on a storytelling with nature weekend for Spring – if your interested email me or leave a message. We would love you to join us at Educating the Heart. If you can’t make it in person why not join our online Nature Art Progam. Sign up today for a magical and enchanting 12 chapter program, you can do from the comfort of your own home.