Fall Art Tutorial: Crayon and Watercolor Leaves

Crayon and Watercolor Art

Watercolors and crayons are so fun to play with!  I'm always fascinated with the effect of the crayons resisting the paint.  It's awesome!  

Here's a Fall Art Project using this fun resist method that you can do with your kids:
(Too bad I can't take the credit for coming up with this cool idea.  The original idea comes from Elementary Art Fun.)
White Card Stock or Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paints

Step 1:  Draw leaf outlines on your paper with crayon.  You can look at a leaf or trace one to help you out. Then draw the veins inside each leaf.
leaf drawings

Step 2:  With watercolors and a brush, paint the leaves with pretty fall looking colors.  Try to stay inside the lines for this one, but you don't have to worry about being perfect here.
Watercolor Leaf Art

Step 3:  Let the paint dry and you are done!
Watercolor Leaf Art
Watercolor Leaf Art


  1. I remember doing things like this is grade school . . . using crayons as a resist to watercolors. You have brought this process up a notch or two . . . very pretty :)

  2. Oh wow, these are awesome! I adore watercolors, but I'm always too afraid to try anything. I think I'll do this with my girls this weekend.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Rebekah Somewhere in the Middle

  3. gorgeous! you make it look so easy....I doubt mine would turn out so nice!

  4. Beautiful! Younger kids could trace a lightly-printed leaf shape from the computer.


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