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It was the first day of autumn last week (Friday 22 September), although here in the UK, it feels like it’s been autumn for a good few weeks now! I really love autumn, despite the weather turning colder – nature’s colours are just beautiful at this time of year.
With autumn in mind, I was inspired to do a little leaf art recently and am sharing a tutorial for this today! This is a fun craft that’s great for mindfulness and if you have kiddies, they will love doing this too.
You’ll need the following materials:
- Real or fake leaves – I’ve used fake ones that I got from The Works last autumn. I haven’t seen them in the shops this season, but you can find similar ones here on Etsy.
- Sharpie pens in red, orange, yellow, gold and bronze. If you’re planning to get your kids to do this, they’d be better off using child-safe washable felt tips that won’t stain clothing or little fingers!
- 1 x sheet of A4 plain paper
Step 1: Creating a leaf outline
Use one of your leaves as a template, press it firmly against the paper and then use one of your sharpie pens to make little dots around the edge. Keep the dots close together, so that you’ll see a definite outline when you’re done.
Step 2: Add more dots with your sharpie pen
Once you have the outline defined clearly, remove the leaf and add more dots with your sharpie pen. Keep the dots close together near the outline, then as you work further away, spread the dots out a little for a more random look.
In my leaf art, I layered the leaves and added little stems afterwards. You could do just one leaf or many, it’s totally up to you! When you’ve finished, you could frame your leaf art and you can also use this technique to make leaf art mugs, cards and more!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. If you did, please take a moment to share this online with your social media followers!
Before you go, check some other autumn crafts I’ve done previously:
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