How to Paint a Leaf in Watercolors

How to Paint a Leaf in Watercolor by Elise Engh

I know it's a little late in the season for fall decor, most of you are already thinking about Christmas  by now, right? Well, lets give one last hoorah for fall with some Watercolor Leaf Art! You can impress your Thanksgiving crowd with your artistic skills! 

watercolor paper- 5x7
watercolor paints
gold acrylic paint (optional)
black ink pen

Step 1: Grab a fresh leaf off a tree or from the ground and lightly trace the outline onto some watercolor paper in pencil.

How to Paint a Leaf in Watercolor: Grow Creative

Step 2: Optional- if you want to add a cool golden effect to your leaf, start out by painting in a few areas of the leaf on your paper in some gold acrylic paint.  You can water the paint down or leave it nice and thick.  Your choice. Let this paint dry.

How to Paint a Leaf in Watercolor: Grow Creative

Step 3:  Pick a color scheme- like greens and yellows for one leaf, or reds, oranges, and pinks.  Paint in the remaining areas of the leaf with these colors, varying the shades throughout.  You can paint on top of the previously painted acrylics in some areas or paint around it in others.

Step 4: With an ink pen, trace the outlines of your leaf to give it some definition.  Let the ink dry before the next step so that it doesn't smear all over your paper.

Steps to Painting a Leaf

Step 5:  Now look at your actual leaf from outdoors.  With your pen, recreate the veins inside the leaf're done!

Steps to Painting a Leaf

watercolor leaf tutorial
Instructions on How to Paint a Leaf


  1. They are really beautiful!!

  2. These are super cute!! Also, wanted to let you know I have a link party on Wednesday, hope to see you there! Can't wait to party with you at :-)


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