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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  11. Kim
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    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

  12. Anya
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    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.

  13. Laura
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    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?

  14. So Beautiful…

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

  15. Kimara
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    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.

  16. Maya
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    Love the colors in it!

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

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