Students learn to make leaves transparent by drawing them only with lines. Make them overlap and then fill the paper for a pretty fall drawing project.
These students are 1st graders and they really took their time and drew LOTS of lines. I think having quality markers made all the difference.
- Drawing paper
- Leaf stencils, or templates cut from posterboard
- Stabilo Markers, or other medium tip markers*
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- Students trace a leaf with a pencil. They add a stem and center line.
- The leaf drawing is traced with a marker. The inside is filled with diagonal lines. The closer the lines are to each other, the better.
- A leaf stencil is placed on the paper, slightly overlapping the first leaf. The same process is repeated.
- When there is no more space of whole leaves, then fill remaining white areas with partials that go off the page.
Super Skinny Line Art Leaves
Here’s another option with thin markers and no tracing around the edges for a very sophisticated look.
This technique of drawing something with lots of parallel lines could also be used with objects besides leaves. Whatever you choose though, I recommend keeping it very simple. Any template or shape that can be lightly traced will get everyone off to a good start. The fewer heavy pencil lines, the better.
My example uses ultra fine tip markers, which are great for those that want to make LOTS of lines. Another option is to use thicker markers so the process goes faster. Lots of options!
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1. Arrange and trace wood leaf shapes onto a sheet of paper with a pencil. Make the lines as light as possible. Add a spine to each leaf. Keep the overlapping of the leaves to a minimum for younger artists as it can get confusing if you create lots of layered areas.
2. Using a marker, start drawing angled lines on one side of a leaf. Continue making parallel lines until the side is filled in. Try to avoid tracing the outside edge as it will be defined by the ending marker lines. Tricky to avoid, I know, but the effect is very cool!
3. Continue drawing lines in all the leaves until they are filled.
4. Erase the pencil outline.
For those interested in more of a challenge, try adding even more leaves: