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Mixed Media Autumn Leaf Painting

by Jean Van't Hul
October 3, 2012
Mixed Media Autumn Leaf Painting

We’ve continued to experiment with doodled autumn leaves in combination with other fall arts and crafts ideas just because they are so fun and beautiful. These fall paintings were recently made by Maia and Daphne on canvas with paints, leaves, and metallic sharpies.

The sharpie drawings were more of an afterthought on this particular project, but such a nice one. I’m starting to think that every art project needs a little silver or gold sharpie addition…

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Maia requested paints in fall colors, so I got out our
BioColor paints
in red, orange, gold, yellow, etc (tempera or acrylic paints would work, too). She painted graduated rectangles around her canvas…

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…and Daphne painted hers pink and orange and then covered it all over with red. They both added (pressed and dried) leaves to the wet paint. Daphne used small red leaves in a random design while Maia created a frame around the edge of her canvas with larger leaves.

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Once the paintings were dry, I set them out with metallic sharpies as a simple after school art project.

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Maia carefully traced the veins of a couple of her leaves.

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Daphne circled the canvas with her sharpie and then added smaller drawings directly on some of the leaves and also on the painted canvas part.

(As usual, I lovef seeing how the two of them approach art projects so differently!)

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I added a coat of
mod podge
to the leaves to help preserve them and also to make them more vibrant and shiny.

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I love the look of the leaves in combination with the canvas paintings!

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Love it! I don’t know why we didn’t think to add autumn leaves to our paintings before now. We’ve added just about anything else you can think of—glitter, salt, tissue paper, construction paper, 3D objects…

Have you tried anything like this? Or have any other leaf arts and crafts ideas for us? I’m in the mood to try anything leaf related!

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