Almost 40,000 years ago, humans began making art using the only thing they had — natural materials. They used what they found around them to make pigments for painting on cave walls, glazing pottery, painting on skin, and more. These dyes were often made of ground rocks, dirt, sticks, reeds, and grass. Over time, the art became more complicated but they always found some thing in nature to inspire them. This round-up is all about art inspired by natural materials. Feel free to share your earth art with us via Facebook and Instagram. We would love to see it!
Print Making with Leaves
This a super easy project for all ages. Pick leaves you want and print away until you run out of paint.
Evergreen Paint Brushes
These paint brushes are a super fun way to add texture to a painting. Half the fun is finding the evergreens for the bristles and the twigs for the handle. These brushes themselves become a piece of art.
These beautiful nature wrappings will be a hit for any present or book cover. They are so lovely you might just want to frame them and hang them on the wall instead!
Waxed Leaf Banner
Waxed leaves are on of my favorite art projects for the fall. I take the time to pick the most beautiful leaves I can find and then using real beeswax dip them and preserve them. The wonderful warm beeswax smell lasts all season!
Mushroom Spore Printing
The prints made by mushrooms spore is endlesslly factinating! You'll want to make lots of these prints for sure. They make fun collages for wall art!
Hanging Earth Art for Mother's Day
These clay plant impressions are so fun to make! You can make them big or small and use whatever plant materials have the most interesting textures!
Hidden Earth Art
Hidden earth art is a great way to make art while hiking or out in nature when you don't have a lot of time. Arrange leaves and rocks and twigs to make make beautiful patterns and designs and leave them for others to enjoy!
Nature hearts, we made this tutorial for Valentines day, but don't feel limited to the shape of just hearts, try out all kinds of fun shapes for what ever holiday is coming up.
Mud Pies and Mudball Critters
Mud pies are the ultimate earth art. They can be made practially anywhere, all you need is dirt and and water and plant materials to decorate with. Kids will already know jsut what to do, but if you are a grown-up you should try this too. You might just find you love it as much as they do!
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About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.