The Rainbow Tree

I'm calling this activity
Project: Rainbow Tree
It's winter still,
The trees are bare.
We felt the need to brighten them up a bit
and 
hopefully put a smile on someone's face.

We soaked sidewalk chalk in water for a few hours,
went on a walk through a wooded area near where we live,
picked out the cutest little tree
and started coloring
and coloring
 and coloring some more.
 Then, when we finished coloring,
we painted the chalk with water
to swirl the colors around a bit
By the time we were done,
we had one beautiful tree that stood out among the others.
It is,
The Rainbow Tree

Have you ever used trees to create art?
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28 comments:

  1. Such a creative idea! We are planning a trip to the forest in June for children's church, so we will definitely do this. Also, you will see your negative print greeting cards at our Easter Club soon. I'll be sure to link back. Thanks for taking the time to share all of this!

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    1. Thanks Sheila! Can't wait to see your greeting cards!

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  2. What a great activity - I'm pinning this for next winter for us to do as a lot of our trees now have buds and some are in bloom already and it will really brighten up our garden. We've got a some tree works in the pipeline!

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  3. This is such a lovely idea. What a fantastic looking tree to say goodbye to at the end of your walk. Hope the weather stays so beautiful so that the rainbow effect lasts a while! Fantastic photos of the process and the results!
    Really must work out how to post comments as somebody!!! (Lisa Butler of Let's Create and Make facebook page)

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  4. Oh my goodness that is the coolest idea ever. Like tree graffiti that looks beautiful. I love it. I'm off to do some guerilla tree painting

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    1. I never thought about it being a guerilla art! LOL I have to say that some of my most favorite art work is actually guerilla art so maybe that's why we did this! :)

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  5. Love this! What a sweet idea! We painted with wet chalk today, too, but I never thought of painting a tree with it! Perhaps this weekend we'll paint the little tree at the end of our garden :-) The neighbours will think we're crazy! ;-p Thanks for linking this up to the Outdoor Play Party!

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  6. What a beautiful idea and a great way to brighten up Winter! Thank you for sharing at The Outdoor Play Party!

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  7. at first .. I was like meh. why are you painting a tree?
    then I was like .. ooohhhh they painted a treeee !
    I really like the final product and despite my skepticism would love to do this with my family. thanks for sharing the idea ... I can't wait to visit the woods :)
    Danielle -- CraftPlayLove.com

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    1. LOL, Danielle.
      I was thinking the same thing when I was writing the post! "Painting" on trees with chalk, meh, who is gonna like that!? But I really liked the results and just had to share :)

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  8. Wow, the result is stunning and it must have been great fun to do too.

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  9. Cool! My daughter has chalked on trees before on her own. Never thought of doing a whole tree like that? Maybe I just questioned if it was okay to do that?

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  10. How creative! My girls would love to do this in our backyard.
    If you would ever want to add a learning element (books, activities at home or other classroom type activities) to your bi-weekly themed post I would love to be involved! What a great way to keep your learning, play and artistic imaginations flowing.
    Thanks so much for linking this up to the outdoor play party!

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  11. In Basque Conutry there is a forest painted this way ... :-)
    http://www.bizkaia.net/home2/Temas/DetalleTema.asp?Tem_Codigo=4960&Idioma=IN

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing! What an amazing place!

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  12. That is so beautiful! A rainbow tree! Great idea!

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  13. What a beautiful idea! My boys would just love to do something like this.

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  14. This is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op last week! I've included this post as one of my favorites from last week!

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  15. I love this so much!!! We are going to go on a hike, and find things to paint tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration! :)))

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    1. I love your spraying the watercolors post, another great way to add pizzazz!

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  16. Thanks for this! It's on our to do list once it warms up! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! We had a really great time :)

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  17. Have featured this in the latest edition of the Outdoor Play Party :-) http://www.mamapeapod.com/2012/03/outdoor-play-party-bubble-wrap-run.html

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  18. I am surprised that no one sees this as graffiti/vandalism. If you did this on the side of an old grey building it would be considered a crime.

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    1. You are absolutely right
      but since we did it in an area where nobody lives or even saw it we escaped the clutches of authority!
      My kids are like Kindergarten Banksy(s)!

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