Autumn inspired leaf Art


yellow leaves

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang…
William Shakespeare (Sonnet 73)

I have neglected my blog for some time now, -usual excuses- work, illness and family stuff, got the better of me. But with autumn in full swing (my favorite season), I am starting to write again. I have a lot of new ideas, which I cannot wait to share with you. Every autumn is a new beginning for me, a joyful period, really.

To get you into celebratory mood, I laid out some leaf masterpieces and new fall-fun activities for you and the kids.

1. This school teacher in China, uses nature as her canvas in a big way. According to the Daily Mail (UK), she has inked thousands of sketches that are “beyond be-leaf”.

Chinese teacher creates hundreds of intricate pieces of art by drawing on fallen leaves with fountain pen

2. This is a new way of painting on leaves from Alice Burke. Classy!

 leaves like lace

3. This post is “a little forgotten gem”, in my opinion. I will try to do something like that with my little one.

very cute leaves - leaf creaturesvery cute leaves - leaf creaturesvery cute leaves - peacockcute leaves - elephant

4. This 16-years old kid has also gone an extra mile –she created a whole painting on the leaf– simply glamorous!

16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves to create stunning paintings

5. In the world of leaf-carving, the British artist Andy Goldsworthy is recognized around the world, for his ingenious art-work. Just have a look at his version of Mona Lisa! So exquisite and fragile!

Andy Goldsworthy’s Land Art Mona Lisa

6. Following this leaf-relief technique, with foil and shoe polish, will give you an elegant piece of art, on a budget, and a lot of fun for your kids.

 In the Art Room: Leaf Relief

7. Finally, you will love the Frottage art technique, applied to leaf printing. All you need is:

  • A white candle, or paraffin, or oil pastel
  • A piece of paper
  • A knife
  • Some acrylic paint

There are 2 ways to achieve this type of printing:

1. Place a piece of paper on a (preferably fresh) leaf and start rubbing the contour of the leaf,with a piece of oil, or chalk pastel, revealing the whole structure of the leaf.

 Place a piece of paper on a  leaf and start rubbing the contour, with a piece of oil, or chalk pastel

2 Repeat the above, but with a white candle or piece of paraffin.

2 Repeat the above, but with a white candle or piece of paraffin.

Evenly cover all the page with acrylic. Paraffin from the candle will preserve the image from the acrylic – hence the imprinting of the leaf. The drawing can be left as it is, or used as the basis for further refinement.

Evenly cover all the page with acrylic. Paraffin from the candle will preserve the image from the acrylic - hence the imprinting of the leafEvenly cover all the page with acrylic. Paraffin from the candle will preserve the image from the acrylic - hence the imprinting of the leaf.

 The leaf drawing can be left as it is, or used as the basis for further refinement.

Fully Enjoy The Fall Season!

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