Tissue Paper + Watercolor Fall Leaves

Tissue paper leafThese are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint.
1. I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template, and traced it on the tissue paper (mine was an American Greetings® brand from the drug store). I found it helped to cut out several layers at a time. I cut out various sizes and other simple shapes of leaves to make my collage more interesting.

2. Using a glue stick, I covered large sections of white card stock paper, and layered the leaves on top. I used a purple glue stick and found that any extra glue did dry clear and smooth so don’t worry about using too much glue.
3. I took a gold Sharpie Poster Paint marker and traced around each leaf, and added some veins inside as well. Loose tracing is OK as it adds a casual look to the art.
4. I like Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set paint. It has a very pretty cyan and magenta color, along with a darker navy. I used a generous amount of cyan paint to fill in the background, and then just a small, watery amount to add more color inside the leaves.

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  16. Kim

    Kathy- I am starting an art journaling class with homeschool students 4-6 grade. I would love to embark on your endeavor of “filling the page” with our journaling. I am ot an art teacher, just an ambitious mom so I am really starting from scratch. I am wondering what size journal do you suggest for this age and if you have any other suggestions…I would love it! Thanks- Kim

  17. Anya

    Hi, Kathy. I want to say thank you for this project, I did it with my son yesterday and he absolutely loved it. Your blog is great, I absolutely love it. Thank you again.

  18. Laura

    Cool! Love this technique! Were the leaves cut out of coloured paper with added paint or out of white paper and completely coloured with paint?

  19. So Beautiful…

    But I’m such a galoot I think I would just rip the tissue paper! : )

  20. Kimara

    I love this look. Although I work mostly with younger children, I know this could easily be adapted for them. Love your site. I’ll be linking on Facebook.

  21. Maya

    Love the colors in it!

  22. Angel

    I love this technique. I can think of several projects to use it with. I love fall art projects too.

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