HOW TO PAINT A WATERCOLOR FALL LEAF – THREE WAYS

And here goes another fall inspired tutorial. The last post was on painting a watercolor tree and in this post I’m going to break down three different styles of painting a watercolor fall leaf. I hope this post inspires you to create pretty leaves in beautiful fall colors.

Love to paint fall beauties? Learn to paint a beautiful watercolor fall leaf in three different ways from this post. Detailed steps included. Click to find out more - Inkstruck Studio

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As promised, here is another watercolor tutorial perfect for fall. In this post, I also wanted to highlight the different ways you can approach a similar subject. Hence, the idea of how to paint a watercolor fall leaf popped in my head.

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1. Using a colored wash as base

Here, I approached the leaf by laying down a light wash of color. This forms as the color upon which you’ll be laying down the rest of the colors.

Now while the paint is still wet, drop in colors that represent fall. I imagined the leaf to be just turning it’s color hence darkened the edges while keeping the inside relatively the same.

What happens is that the color blends seamlessly with the base this creating a very natural effect. Lastly, while the paper is still slightly damp, paint the veins with an ever so light touch keeping it really subtle.

Love to paint fall beauties? Learn to paint a beautiful watercolor fall leaf in three different ways from this post. Detailed steps included. Click to find out more - Inkstruck Studio

2. Blending all colors together

Now I absolutely love this approach because it’s super quick and you can see really vibrant results. Using the classic colors for fall, lay it down allowing it to blend with each other quickly.

And that’s it! Blend in as many colors and layers you wish to and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to add the veins just as explained in the previous method.

Love to paint fall beauties? Learn to paint a beautiful watercolor fall leaf in three different ways from this post. Detailed steps included. Click to find out more - Inkstruck Studio

3. Using water as the base

This method follows a similar path as that of the first one but with water as the base. While still wet, drop in all the colors you wish to and allow it to blend with each other.

The water helps make the color travel without effort and you’ll see really soft edges. The process is delightful to look at because you can actually see the color moving in water.

And lastly, paint the veins to complete.

Love to paint fall beauties? Learn to paint a beautiful watercolor fall leaf in three different ways from this post. Detailed steps included. Click to find out more - Inkstruck Studio

And these are three different ways you can paint a watercolor fall leaf. Aren’t they super simple? I love all of these techniques and I hope you give them a go as well.

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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.

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