This blog post is part of a 3 part series on different ways to paint fall leaves. You can find the other tutorials here: sunflowers and spiderwebs. Have fun!
Fall is my favorite time of the year and I thought I'd celebrate Autumn Equinox with an art project inspired by the season! I decided to replace my sketchbook pages with some fall leaves and tried painting them in a few different ways: adding sunflowers with a brush, experimenting with abstract and palette knives, and doing something a little more Halloween inspired with spiderwebs.
Trying a new canvas was interesting and I had a lot of fun painting leaves and seeing how each one turned out!
I hope you'll take a stroll outside, pick up some leaves, and see where inspiration takes you! If you'd like to try creating some abstract art on leaves with palette knives, here are two methods to try with photos and some tips:
- Leaf/leaves (not too dried otherwise it may easily crack--I used a dry leaf as well as fresh eucalyptus leaves)
- Acrylic paint: I used a gold/white/dark green palette along and fall colors such as yellow, orange, brown, and red (I like Liquitex brand acrylics as they are a bit thicker consistency)
- Palette for paint (you can use a paper plate, yogurt lid, it doesn’t have to be fancy!)
- Palette knives, I used a small one and a rounded one, you can try whichever knife shapes you'd like!
- Cup of water to clean brush between colors
- Paper towel to dab brush so it’s not too wet
ABSTRACT 2 WAYS:
- Don't be afraid to use a generous amount of paint!
- Try using different amounts of pressure when using the knives--press down hard and press down lightly.
- Experiment with the different parts of the palette knife: the tip, the edge (it's a great way to make straight lines!), the bottom.
- Let it dry completely before handling to avoid smears!
- Have fun with it!