Nature Paintbrushes

Make simple paint brushes from nature and see what painty patterns you can create. This outdoor art technique is all about the process.  Get outside, go on a nature walk, collect lots of interesting pieces of nature and then get painting!

Process art using Nature paintbrushes

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To make nature paint brushes you will need: 

  • Sticks (1 for each paint brush)
  • Lots of interesting pieces of nature
  • Elastic bands (or string)
  • Poster paint
  • Large roll of paper

Collecting your nature for this activity is half the fun.  Go on a walk and see what interesting things you can find.  Look for different textures and patterns.  Talk about which pieces of nature you think will make good prints.  

How to make nature paint brushes

Making the nature paint brushes is easy: Simply attach a piece of nature to each stick using an elastic band (or a piece of string). 

TIP: To avoid breaking your pieces of nature put the elastic bands onto the sticks first and then slide your pieces of nature into the bands. Make sure the elastic bands aren't too tight. You may need more than one band to keep your nature in place. 

Nature Paint Brushes.  A fun outdoor art activity for kids. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers (EYFS). Summer process art.

Painting with nature paint brushes

Lay out a roll of paper and get some pots of paint.  I like sticking to 2 or 3 paint colours. Explore the different patterns and textures each of the paintbrushes can create.  

Painting Techniques: Use nature paint brushes

Try dabbing the brushes on the paper or sweeping them across it. 

Painting for kids using nature paintbrushes

Most importantly enjoy the process.  Have fun, get messy and explore!

Process art using Nature paintbrushes

Harry loved this activity.  He had a great time collecting his nature and loved getting covered in paint as he tested out what he could do with each of the paint brushes.  

Harry: Age 3
Nature Paint Brushes.  A fun outdoor art activity for kids. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers (EYFS). Summer process art.

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  1. I love these, they are so beautiful and I love the art that you guys made from them too.

  2. Totally love your ideas! What a great way to use nature for art!

  3. I adore this, such a beautiful and fun thing to do.

  4. These are beautiful and my kids will have such a great time painting with their own brushes this spring and summer. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!


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