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Zentangle Leaves for Fun and Beauty


Make Zentangle Leaves on Autumn Leaves

This post contains affiliate links. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how in love with Autumn leaves I am.

Obsessed even.

I stop and pick up every beautiful or interesting leaf I see on my daily walks, coming home with a new stack of red, orange, yellow, brown, and green everyday.

I admire and photograph autumn leaves. I gush over their colors, patterns, veins, transitions, meaning.

My kids and I craft with the leaves. Draw and paint autumn leaves. And draw and paint on the autumn leaves.

Last weekend, I had a friend over for an evening of talking and doodling, and we made some Zentangle leaves, using the book, One Zentangle A Day for inspiration.

Later my kids joined in the leaf tangle craziness.

Zentangle Leaves


*A note about the leaves :: You can do these on pressed and dried leaves or on fresh Autumn leaves. If you use fresh leaves, you may wish to press them for a few days after drawing on them, so they dry flat rather than curling up.

Protect your work surface for Zentangle Leaves


Protect your work surface with a mat or piece of paper (in case your permanent marker wanders off the edge of your leaf). We like to use black paper, because the metallic Sharpies look so good on it and we tend to doodle on the paper, too.

Protect your work surface for Zentangle Leaves

Choose a leaf and doodle designs, images, and words on it with the metallic Sharpies.

Zentangle Leaves with Kids

Use a Zentangle book for inspiration if you like or create your own repeating patterns and designs.

Zentangle Leaves on Real Autumn Leaves

You can do different designs in each leaf section…

Zentangle Leaves with a Half and Half Design

…or on each leaf half if you desire.

Zentangle Leaves - A fun and simple zentangle project for kids

Or an all-over pattern.

Zentangle Leaves with a mandala pattern

Or a mandala.

Set your finished Zentangle leaf aside and start a new one.

Zentangle Leaves with Real Autumn Leaves

Make an Autumn Leaf Garland with Zentangle Leaves Continue tangling and doodling until your leaves run out and you feel the need to go outside to get more.

If desired, add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the Zentangle leaves.

This brings back the vibrant color and also makes the leaves more supple. You can do the same to the back, and I used to, but I find that one coat on the top is enough unless you’re hoping to save the leaves year after year.

6 Ways to Use Your Beautiful New Zentangle Leaves

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    Carolyn Lucento
    October 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I do follow your instagram and your obsession is so FUN! I didn’t think you could come up with many more leaf activities, but THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I’m outdoors right now gathering up some leaves for this lovely idea and I think making the garland is my first project. Thanks for all your artful inspiration always!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      So glad you like it, Carolyn! :) Enjoy!

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    October 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Great ideas, great inspiration. Can’t wait to do this with my grandkids. Thanks!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 26, 2015 at 4:56 am

      So glad you like the ideas, Sue! Hope you and your grandkids have fun with this! :)

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    October 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    These look absolutely stunning. Going to try it with my boys. Thanks, always, for the lovely ideas. :-)

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      Jean Van't Hul
      October 26, 2015 at 4:57 am

      Hope you enjoy the activity, Louisa! And you’re welcome!