We found a lonely Morel in the forest on a nature walk and decided to use it as a reference in a painting. Before the girls were born I started a very long painting of a forest floor with some morels. The painting was made using a technique of layering the paint and scraping some away with a fork to reveal the colour underneath.

It was such a fun technique and inspired many more paintings like it, so we wanted to show the girls how to do it! They had so much fun we decided to make it into a blog post so that others could give it a try! We love the way it looks but it’s also super fun for the kids to paint. Who doesn’t like painting with unusual, silly objects, like a fork!

Once the background is painted, it’s time to study a morel mushroom and paint it’s interesting curves and grooves. You could get lost in the shapes of a morel, they are fascinating and look like something from another world.

Older kids may prefer to paint the morel with a paint brush but younger ones will have fun creating the mushroom using their fingers and fingerprints! We also used a homemade stamp for the silhouette, which can be made using a potato or cardboard.



Using a natural item as a still life reference is always fun and it gives children a special connection to the natural world by examining the object and painting what they see.

Prior to painting, go on a nice nature walk and see what mushrooms you find. If you arent't certain that they are poisonous, leave them in the ground. You can also buy an edible mushroom at the store, or use a photo of a morel mushroom as reference.

The painting above was made by our two year old, so as you can see any age can make this craft. From two to 100. The other painting was created by Charlotte age 6.

Here's the wild morel that we found. Interested in finding some wild morels? They grow in one season only, the springtime! They can be found in the forest growing in both open areas and under trees. The best way to find a lot in one place is to go to a burn site from the previous summer, these are called burn morels and grow from the ashes of the fire!


We found this false Morel on our forest walk too! Do not eat these, they can make you sick.


Here is the long painting that the kids used as a reference. Notice the colours and the masking and scrapping directions.

You can add ladybugs to your painting, or anything else found in the forest! This one isn‘t finished and I plan to add more mushrooms and insects to it someday.


Materials:


  1. A Morel musroom or any mushroom as a still life reference or a Morel Photo

  2. Washable or acrylic paint

  3. Paint brushes

  4. A fork

  5. A canvas, we used board canvas

  6. Jar of water for the paints

  7. Masking tape

Optional: a Morel Stamp made from cardboard or a potato, to use as a white silhouette to start off the mushroom for the painting.




Use a photo of a morel if you can’t find a real one. Print it off from the computer.


Directions:




1. Set up a white canvas with a paper under it to reduce any paint mess.


2. With a medium or large paint brush, paint the entire canvas yellow or a very light or bright green, even florescent green. Allow it to dry.