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Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}

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This is one of my favorite Fall projects! Give it a try and share your results, either in the comments below or on Instagram – tag me: @eileenmckenna. For convenient printable instructions – visit my Etsy shop. Supplies:
  • Heavyweight watercolor paper – I used Fluid Easy Block
  • Watercolor paints (3 colors – light, medium, dark. I used yellow, orange (or red), and brown.)
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes (1 thick, 1 thin)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Leaf or photo of a leaf (for shape and inspiration)
Steps:
  1. Trace or draw leaf onto the watercolor paper
  2. Cut out the leaf shape leaf1
  3. Erase remaining pencil lines.
  4. Wet one side of the leaf shape using a paintbrush and water.
  5. Using a brush wet with yellow paint, paint the entire leaf yellow (or a light color of your choice). leaf2 leaf3
  6. With a brush, wet with orange paint, paint the edges of your leaf. The orange will bleed into the yellow โ€“ this is a good thing! leaf5
  7. Use a thinner (and not as wet) brush and paint thin brown lines onto the leaf. (Copy the veins from your real leaf or photo.) If your leaf is still wet, the lines will bleed which creates a cool texture to the leaf. leaf6
  8. Allow the leaf to dry, then add more thin brown lines. (The dryer the paper, the less the paint will bleed.) lastleaf
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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ready to get started in watercolor? Check out my new guideย โ€œBeginner Watercolor Exploration”ย 
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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Watercolor Artist, seascape painter, collector of creative inspiration. Sign up for my newsletter! Want to learn watercolor? Visit: https://shop.eileenmckenna.com/

17 thoughts on “Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}

  1. Oh wow, your leaf does look real! Thanks for showing your steps. Great work!

  2. Awesome! I will try to do it this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love your colors! Enjoyed seeing your process! Happy fall! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒฟ

  4. Thanks for sharing your process that gave you these BEAUTIFUL results!

  5. Fun! Lovely idea, thank you for sharing the inspiration and the process.

  6. nice tutorial….lovely idea!!

  7. Wonderful! Love the rich colors, Eileen!

  8. Thus is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! It does look real!!! I am trying this!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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