I’ve been wanting to try drawing on leaves for a while, and I must say it’s as fun as it looks. It’s a great impromptu activity when you want to fit in a quick project, and it’s fun for both kids and adults.
All you need are some leaves and a silver permanent marker!
I started by following the veins in the leaves and drawing patterns within the different segments I drew. I colored the edge of the next leaf and covered the rest in lines. For my third, giant leaf, I decided to give it one overall pattern. The silver looks so pretty against the coppery brown of the leaves.
This is fun stuff- it’s like nature Zentangle. You can sit around and let your mind wander as you draw shapes all over the leaf. Let the shape of the leaf inspire where you draw and see how many patterns you can think up.
The best part is that this is a project anyone can do, even if you feel like you aren’t artistic. I love projects that are stress-free, because I think everyone can benefit from a regular dose of creativity.
Some other ideas for these doodle leaves would be:
- String embroidery thread through them with an embroidery needle to make some sweet bunting or Christmas tree garland
- Cover in Mod Podge and use them as bookmarks (great gift idea!)
- Set out leaves and a few markers for when your kids get home from school as an ‘invitation to make art’ with you
- Tuck a few into a small vase for a whimsical Fall decoration
- Don’t forget to save some blank leaves in the pages of books to pull out when you need a mid-Winter fix!
- Try going one step further by using acrylic inks or paints to add more color to your leaves