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Invitation 3: Leaf Collage

I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days


A friend introduced me to Frederick by Leo Lionni last fall and I want to share it with you. There's so much to love about this book and while it is a children's book, I believe it's a gift for all the dreamers and poets out there. I hope you'll seek out a copy at your library or local bookstore.

Here's a lovely nature art craft to go along with the book.

Part 1:

Head out to a natural area on a warm sunny day this fall.

Take time to be in this place. Walk around slowly and sit for at least 15 minutes.

Start to notice what's going on around you. Can you hear the leaves crunching beneath your feet? How does the air feel? What can you smell? What colours do you see? Do you hear any birds? How does it feel when the sun shines on your face? Open yourself up to all of it.

Part 2:

Start gathering leaves to bring home for the craft. Maybe you could make the craft in this place? Is there a picnic table or stump nearby that you can use as a table?


Clear glue or. acrylic gel medium


Markers, pens, paints (whatever you have)

Piece of paper (thick cardstock or mixed media paper works best but any paper will do)

Part 3:

Create a collage inspired by Frederick. Maybe there's a scene you want to recreate from the book? Maybe the collage expresses how the story made you feel? Create something meaningful to you.

Look at your art piece this winter to feed your spirit.

I'd love to know if you try the craft. You can send me a DM Instagram @andreamerredew or use #frederickcraft so I can find you.

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