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How to Make Scratch Art with Autumn Leaves for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
September 15, 2021

A fun and easy Fall leaf art activity created by making your own scratch art paper inspired by the colorful leaves!

Updated August 2021

It’s that time of year again! Autumn, when we can collect leaves of all different colors and use them for so many crafts! Each autumn leaf is a work of art – a tiny canvas worthy of framing.

Here’s a leaf art project we love, inspired by some of the beautiful fall leaves we’ve collected.

Did you know that you can make your own scratch art paper? It’s super simple and fun! In this post, we’ll show you how to make beautiful Autumn leaf scratch art paper, but you can also make spooky Halloween scratch art paper!

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Fall Leaf Art with Scratch Art Paper

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  1. Fill your paper with color

    First, cover the paper with oil pastel drawings until the entire sheet is full of color. You can draw something specific or abstract designs.

    filling paper with fall colors

    Optional: You can cut this paper into smaller pieces, to make more pages of scratch art paper.

  2. Cover your color

    Cover the oil pastel drawings with paint, making sure to cover the drawing completely. The purple seemed like it might not work with the autumn colors, but it was perfect! And reminded us of the lovely fall flowers blooming.

    painting over oil pastel drawings

  3. Add your leaf designs

    Finally, scratch your autumn leaf designs through the surface of the wet paint with toothpicks and Q-tips.

    fall leaf scratch art

  4. Optional: use a layer of oil pastels instead of paint

    You can also try a scratch art technique from Babble Dabble Do where you layer black oil pastel over the colored oil pastel.

    This definitely takes more time and muscle power than a quick coat of paint, but once it is on, it is a stunning way to make scratch art designs.

    coloring black over oil pastels

We recommend you make some fall leaf art with scratch art paper! If you make your own scratch art papers, you can focus on autumnal colors (even purple!) or if you want to use pre-made scratch art paper, that works just great, too.

oil pastel scratch art

More Fall Leaf Art Activities

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Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!

And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn. Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

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