Fall Leaf Magic Marker Watercolors

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Kids will use watercolor pencils or washable markers to create leaf-themed works of art.

By Pamela Julian Manney [Pamela is an art educator at Port Huron Area School District in Port Huron, MI]

What You Need:

Day One

  • pencils
  • one piece of 80-90 lb white paper – 12″ X 18″ (student grade watercolor is the best but sulphite will also work)
  • variety of leaves (or patterns)
  • watercolor pencils or washable markers
  • brushes
  • water/containers

Day Two

  • construction paper – variety of colors
  • glue

What You Do:

  1. Trace 7 to 9 leaves onto the 12 x 18 white paper.
  2. Using the washable markers, outline (with a thick line) the outside and inside of each leaf, focusing on the veins of the each leaf. Stress the use of a THICK line.
  3. When all lines are complete, dip the paintbrush into water and spread over the marker line. The marker will run and create different color values. I like to ask the students to go from light to dark. The lightest being in the center of the leaf.
  4. Continue to finish all leaves.
  5. Spread the color into the background around the leaves.
  6. Let dry.
  7. When dry, cut away some the the outside border of the 12 x 18 leaf watercolor. This creates a irregular line around the whole picture. (see image).
  8. Glue down on colorful construction paper.

Fall Leaf Watercolors

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