Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in paint printing, Painting, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

 

May your blessings outnumber

shamrock-imageThe shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

–Irish blessing

Quick Facts About the Famous Clover:

  • St.Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to teach about the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • Late French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, escaped certain death when he bent down to pick up a four-leaf clover just as a bullet went whizzing overhead!
  • Clovers belong to the same family as peas.
  • A shamrock is considered to be a young clover.
  • The odds of finding a four-leaf clover, compared to a clover with only three leaves, is 10,000 to 1!
  •  The most leaves on one clover to ever be found is twenty-one!
  • The Shamrock became a symbol for national pride and rebellion amongst the people of Ireland, when the English began taking over Ireland under Queen Victoria. The people of Ireland wore a shamrock on their clothing to show their unity as a nation, and opposition towards the English monarch.
  • Under the order of Queen Victoria ‘the wearing of the green’, as it is often referred to, was punishable by death if worn on a military uniform.
  • The leaves of the four-leaf clover represent: hope, faith, love and luck.

Shamrock (Sticker Stencil) Painting

This is a simple way for little ones to create a St. Patrick’s Day painting with perfectly formed shamrocks.

All we used was:

  • paper
  • green, non toxic paint
  • a package of foam shamrock stickers (I bought mine from Dollaramma)
  • square piece of sponge used to dab on the paint.

I peeled the backs off the stickers and helped B stick them all over his paper.

Shamrock Painting

Then I gave B some green paint and a piece of sponge and had him dab the paint all over his paper.

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By the end, B kind of resembled a little green leprechaun!

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We let the painting set for a few minutes, then carefully peeled the foam stickers off of the paper to reveal the shamrock prints beneath.

Shamrock Painting

Green Pepper Clover Stamping

I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to try it with M. I thought it was such a clever idea to use green peppers as stamps to create four-leaf clovers! First I sliced a green pepper into thick slices, and set the middle piece aside to use as the stamp. I took out all of the seeds and fleshy bits, and dried it with a paper towel.

Shamrock Painting

See how the green pepper slice looks like a four-leaf clover?

Then, for a mini paint mixing lesson, I gave M some yellow and blue paint and had him mix the two colours together to make green.

Shamrock Painting

Once he had created his new paint colour, I gave M a piece of black paper and he began stamping with his green pepper stamp.

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M was quite proud of how his four-leaf clover painting turned out!

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I made sure to display both of the boys paintings. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even bring us a wee bit of extra luck!

Shamrock Painting

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!