Fall (and Halloween!) 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 go add some spiderwebs to your leaves, here's a step-by-step tutorial with photos:
- Leaf/leaves (not too dried otherwise it may easily crack)
- Gel pen in white
- Acrylic paint in black (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!)
- Medium brush, I used an 18 flat
- Cup of water to clean brush between colors
- Paper towel to dab brush so it’s not too wet
- Test out gel pen on the back of the leaf or an extra leaf before using to make sure it has an even smooth flow.
- Look up images of real spiderwebs for inspiration.
- Don't try to do a design that is too small--the lines will blend together and won't look clean and clear.
- Try adding some dark blue and purples to the black background.