Learn how to paint colorful Fall leaves and add them to all kinds of Autumn inspired crafts and DIYs.
Make coasters, paint table runners, add them to fun signs, you name it!
These leaves are easy to do and oh so fun. There is a video at the end of this post so be sure and watch it for a look at how I painted a few leaves on both a white and a stained wood surface.
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I painted my leaves on painted wood for a sign like these Scrabble tiles..
To see that post click here FUN DIY SCRABBLE TILE ART
So let’s get painting our colorful Fall leaves!
1. Start with the design. I actually copied a leaf from a Maple tree to make mine. A free printable pattern is available in the resources page. A form below is available to fill out if you don’t already have the password.
2. Place it on top the surface to paint. With graphite paper trace along the outline. This is a guideline but I don’t follow it exactly.
Load Brush with Paint
3. I double load my brush with Georgia Clay and Spicy Mustard. Start from the base of the leaf and using mostly the chisel edge of the brush and wide sweeping strokes.
Wiggle the brush in and out dramatically keeping an eye on the outer edge. In the leaf segments try to make a pointy tip.
4. Come back to the center and wiggle on to the next leaf segment. You may have to reload the brush with paint at intervals along the way.
Use Correct size Brush
In this photo demo I am actually using too small of a brush but in the video you will see how I am covering the center much better.
5. Proceed to the very tip of the leaf, wiggling deeply on the chisel edge to get the outside of the leaf serrated as much as possible.
6. End at the tip. (ignore the portion below the tip, I had started in a wrong spot.) Where my brush tip is in this shot below is where I end this half of the leaf.
Second Half of Leaf
7. Reload the brush. At the base of your leaf start the other side, working and wiggling your brush along the segments as you did the previous side.
This can take a bit of practice but if you do it on a painted surface and you goof up you can wash it off with a rag and begin again. I did.
8. End at the tip and make sure they meet, sometimes I end up with two tips and have to go over them. (I actually do that in the video)
And here you have your leaf. It looks wonky in the middle because my brush was not large enough but you get the picture. In the video I am using the correct size brush for this size leaf.
Make Yours Unique
So now you can mix up the colors and paint a collection of leaves.
Happy Fall Painting!
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