Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial video for how make a leaf pattern drawing and a leaf coloring page. Sometimes the simplist projects have the most amazing results.
Leaf Resist Pattern Video
This is an example of what happens when are able to combine the best of the best for one easy fall art project.
First, start with good watercolor paper, which gives you all that lovely painted texture when finished. Multi-media paper is the next best thing, but really, textured watercolor paper just holds colors like no other.
Next, you use what I think is the best watercolor paint for kids, namely the liquid type. I’m not sold on any one brand, they all seem to work fine. Dilute the paint as little as possible so the colors stay bright. Spill proof contains work great for busy classrooms.
Lastly, hope to have a talented student like this young first grader named Sara, who took simple instructions like “make lots of patterns with the crayons” and ran with it. Some kids just have a flair, and that was apparent with this young girl as soon as I met her. Over the years, she made many things that took my breath away, but this leaf art probably remains my all time favorite.
A preview of the Pattern Leaf Tutorial
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Leaf Pattern Coloring Page
Leaf Tracing Page
Materials for How to Paint a Leaf Pattern Resist
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- Watercolor Paper.
- Real watercolor paper always makes the watercolor paint much more vibrant.
- The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Crayola Crayons.
- This classic brand always works well.
- Rounded Watercolor Brush.
- A good paint brush can make all the difference in the world. Who can paint small details with one of those big floppy brushes? This style with a sturdy rounded tip were my hands down favorite.
- Liquid Watercolor Paint.
- These paints are so easy to work with, leave such bright colors and last for a long, long time. Well worth the investment.
- Non-Spill Paint Cup.
- Train your students to leave the matching brush in each cup after they use it, and you have an easy system with very little cleanup.
Directions to Make a Leaf Pattern Drawing Step by Step
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw a Leaf Pattern
- Draw a long diagonal line.
- Add about four V shapes.
- Draw “fingers” around the lines. Trace with black marker.
- Use crayons to make patterns.
- Continue, changing the crayon colors often.
- Add more patterns until every section is filled.
- Add several crayon outlines around the outside.
- Fill the rest with crayon shapes.
- Paint over all the crayon lines with watercolor.