This is one of my favorite projects last Fall! Give it a try and share your results, either in the comments below or on Instagram – tag me: @eileenmckenna.
- heavyweight watercolor paper
- watercolor paints (3 colors – light, medium, dark. I used yellow, orange, and brown.)
- paintbrushes (1 thick, 1 thin)
- leaf (for shape and inspiration)
- Trace or draw leaf onto the watercolor paper
- Cut out the leaf shape
- Use paintbrush and water to wet one side of the leaf shape
- Soak up yellow paint from your palette, with a very wet brush (you can even dip the brush into the water after absorbing the paint)
- Paint the entire leaf yellow (or a light color of your choice)
- With a wet brush, absorb the orange paint and paint the edges of your leaf. The orange will bleed into the yellow – this is a good thing!
- Use a thinner (and not as wet) brush and absorb the brown paint. Paint thin lines onto the leaf. (Copy the veins from your real leaf.)
- Allow the leaf to dry a bit. (The dryer the paper is, the less the paint will bleed.) Then, add more thin brown lines.
When I first showed my kids my painted leaf, they thought it was a real leaf!
Have fun! Can’t wait to see what you make. 🙂
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