I really love this art activity and I hope you will give
it a try! You'll be using pigment inks (which have an oily
texture) on glossy paper, so they take longer to dry. It's a
bit like oil painting where you get a chance to blend and
build up colors. Precision Q-tips are the perfect brush tool
too! I chose to paint seasonal fall leaves, but of course
this technique can work with any design.
To get started, go on a walk and collect some fresh
autumn leaves. At home, look closely at the beautiful
colors and notice they are all unique and perfectly
imperfect! Turn the leaves over and trace the veins
with your finger and observe the different vein patterns
among the leaves. After this close-up observation
you are ready to start painting.
If you are in short supply of fall leaves in your area
I have scanned some from my yard for you to use!
Click here for a PDF download
of beautiful autumn leaves.
Fall Leaf Ink Painting Video Tutorial
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fresh fall leaves
glossy paper (like photo paper)
pigment ink pads in fall colors
- the brand I used is Color Box
permanent black marker like Sharpie or Pitt
1. Trace a leaf (or draw your own) with the permanent
marker on the glossy paper. Draw in the vein details.
Let dry - it shouldn't take too long.
2. Choose a light color ink to begin with. Roll your Q-tip
in the ink and start coloring your leaf. If your leaf is big
enough, you can dab the whole ink pad on your
drawing to get started.
3. Choose your next color of ink and a clean Q-tip, then
add the second layer. Continue adding colors and
blending until you are happy with the results. Add
texture by rolling and pouncing your Q-tip. To
remove color just use a clean Q-tip to
wipe it off. Let dry.
These make beautiful garlands, greeting cards, place
cards, and decorations for journals and scrapbooks.
This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was
provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®;
my tips and usage suggestions are my own.