The leaves are finally just starting to change colors here in Chattanooga, and I can’t get enough. And what’s great is that the leaves gradually change colors in the fall is an effect that’s actually pretty easy to recreate with watercolors. There are so many different ways to paint leaves, but I am sharing a really simple three step tutorial for painting fall watercolor leaves over at Oriental Trading’s blog. Click through for the full tutorial.
If you’re new to watercolors, check out this post I wrote: 10 Tips for Learning to Paint with Watercolors.
One big mistake that I see people making is trying to paint things from memory. Even if it’s something pretty simple like a leaf, it is SO helpful to have an actual leaf or pictures of leaves to glance at while you’re painting. Since I painted these leaves before any had really started changing colors here, I used a picture I took of some leaves last year.
Stop by Oriental Trading to see the full tutorial broken down into just three simple steps. And if you follow this tutorial and paint some leaves I would LOVE to see them! Tag me on Instagram @linesacross.
These are gorgeous, Rachel! Can’t wait to check out your full tutorial!
Mary G says
Gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to learn how to use watercolours and these tutorials excite me 🙂 Heading over to look at some of the other ones you’ve posted, now! Have a lovely day 🙂
Thanks so much! I’ve shared a few different tutorials and ideas that are great for beginners. Let me know how it works out and feel free to email me with any questions 🙂
Tet | Drawn to DIY says
Having the actual leaf is a great tip! I’m guilty of painting from memory which doesn’t always work out. 🙂
Me too! And then I wonder why it doesn’t look quite right, haha!