Fall Nature School, Lesson 1 – Using Plant Pigments to Create Water Colors

Collect different types of plants, flowers, berries found in your yard or park. Only collect as much as you are going to use. Do not collect from a neighbor’s yard unless you ask.


Take each leaf,  flower petal, or berry and smoosh it against the paper.  Test different types of plants to see which ones work best.


Choose the plant pigment you want to use. Create a shape on your paper. From that shape create a creature, living or imaginary.

After sharing this activity with Reba Luiken, of the MN Landscape Arboretum, she featured it in the Nature Notes from the Arb. I like the way she presented it. To read Reba’s post, go to: