With all the pumpkin crafts and fall harvest related themes floating around the web right now (and of course posted on Craft Schooling Sunday), I thought I'd share some Mediterranean harvest watercolor paintings as an alternative to all the orange pumpkins and colored fall leaves crafts which only really apply to a relatively small portion of the world! Now, of the four species that I'm sharing with you here, one of them is actually harvested in Israel in the late spring/early summer. Can you guess which one?
Yes, that is right, wheat! Here in Israel I don't know how much wheat is grown today, but anywhere that wheat is grown does not have a severe winter and thus fields are plowed and seed sowed in the Fall. The barley harvest is the earliest harvest, around March/April followed by the wheat harvest in May/June.
Of the remaining three items, which are all fruits, grapes are harvested started in the late summer, followed by figs, and dates. Ever seen what dates look like growing on a date palm? The individual branches do look like my watercolor, but these little branches are clustered together in large quantities creating a really spectacular site.
- watercolor paper
- watercolor paints
- a pencil
- kosher salt
- some paper towels
With a pencil, lightly draw the outline of the fruits or vegetables that you'd like to paint. Fill in the shapes with watercolors, using a wet brush. Large areas can be painted by first wetting the paper, but this should not be done for small areas as then paint may bleed beyond the lines defining your shapes. If you add too much color, you can dab it with paper towel, and you can also use the paper towel to create texture by dabbing the painting in select areas. Do keep the painting on the wet side, as after you are satisfied with the painting, scatter some kosher salt on selected areas and set aside to dry. Make sure painting is 100% dry before you shake off the salt. I know, it is hard to wait, but if you don't you can ruin all your efforts.
These little water color paintings do look lovely just as is, or you can lace them together with some twine and make a fun little wall hanging. Enjoy!