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Autumn Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels

Autumn Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels :: A Tutorial

So, as you may know, I get crazy inspired by Autumn leaves. I just love them.

Yesterday, Daphne and I used a low-key sick day to make some colorful Autumn leaf art. And today we’ll probably make more.

Here’s the super simple step-by-step tutorial in case you want to give this a try yourself.


Materials Needed for Autumn Leaf Art

Autumn Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels

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Draw a Leaf

Start by drawing a leaf with the black Sharpie. Large is good. See if you can fill the page with your leaf. And add the vein detail.

Using chalk pastels to color autumn leaves

When you are happy with your leaf drawing, get out the chalk pastels.

Using chalk pastels to color autumn leaves

Daphne colored larger areas, then used her hands to explore blending and color mixing with the powdery chalk pastels.

Using chalk pastels to color autumn leaves

I used the vein sections to keep colors separate.

Blending with chalk pastels

And then blended the colors a bit. With my fingers.

Blending with chalk pastels

Then blew the extra chalk dust off outside.

Daphne at work in the studio

It was a peaceful art activity for a slow day.

Autumn Leaf Art Hanging Above the Mantel

And provided the perfect Autumn decor to hang above the mantel.

Autumn Leaf Art Hanging Above the Mantel

Along with all of our doodled tissue paper lanterns.

So, how about letting Autumn inspire you? And make some colorful leaf art?

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Autumn Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels
Autumn Leaf Art with Chalk Pastels


  • Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    they look really beautiful- what a lovely idea thank you :)

  • Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Great – next to the beautiful lanterns too!

  • Reply
    Carolyn Lucento
    September 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I LOVE using chalk pastels and hardly ever see posts for these fun materials. I really like the largeness of your paper and the drawings that resulted. Daphne’s wonderful details with so many fine lines of the leaf veins are just magnificent! Thanks for the inspiration. Your blog is one of my very favorites!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      September 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      You’re welcome, Carolyn! And I’m so glad you enjoy my blog!

  • Reply
    September 22, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I”m always looking for seasonal craft ideas to do with my daughter. We’ll be sure to give this a try. Lovely blog, by the way. I’ve enjoyed poking around and now I feel super inspired.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      September 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      So glad you like the idea, Cristal! And WELCOME! :)

  • Reply
    September 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This is just beautiful! The colors and the images of your art table are inspiring!

  • Reply
    October 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Funny, I have been searching for an Autumn chalk pastels tutorial everywhere, to no avail. Thanks so much Jean! I totally share your adoration (obsession) for Autumn leaves. I am always trying to think of new ways to bring them indoors!! TY

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