As any artist would be, I’m crazy about colors.I love how complimentary,analogous and triadic colors work. So it’s no surprise that I adore the fall season.Although I can only experience autumn through photographs,I can definitely breathe life into them through art.So in today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to paint leaf wreaths in fall colors.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

How I wish I could experience the wonderful season of autumn. I love how nature creates beautiful hues of browns,reds and purples to form an array of colors that are so mesmerizing. In Doha,the weather pattern is pretty much in the lines of summer-winter-summer with occasional sandstorms.The only thing that marks fall here are the Pumpkin Spice lattes that make their appearance at Starbucks.

In today’s tutorial on how to paint leaf wreaths,I’ve shown two examples-A complicated fall wreath and a simple green leaf wreath.My post on how to paint floral watercolor wreaths – Part 1 and Part 2 were so well received by you that I thought it was only fair I do another one. I created the fall wreath to send it off to one of my friends in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. I know that it’s almost a month and a half away but as an artist and blogger running behind a toddler, it’s best to plan before hand.Raise your hand working mommies!

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

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Materials you’ll need to paint leaf wreaths are:-

1.Fall leaf wreath

I used the Sennelier 24 pan watercolor set for this painting.The colors I used are

  • Naples yellow deep
  • Cobalt violet light hue
  • Phthalocyanine blue
  • Phthalo,green light
  • Yellow ochre
  • Warm Sepia
  • French vermillion

Step 1:Draw a rough circle in pencil (very lightly)for your wreath guideline.I’ve used maple leaves for the wreath here.Start with a base of naples yellow deep.While the paint is still wet,add some french vermillion.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 2:In the image below, I painted a leaf using Cobalt violet light hue.I painted it i na smaller size under the leaf I first painted.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 3:By mixing Phthalo,green light and a tiny bit of yellow ochre, I painted the next leaf.By varying the sizes and colors of the leaves, you can create interest.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 4:The next leaf is a mix of Cobalt violet light hue and Phthalocyanine blue.This creates a deep beautiful purple.Continue to add more leaves by mixing different colors to get warm hues.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 5:When the initial leaves were dry, I painted veins on it with a darker shade of their respective colors.I kept one or two large leaves and the remaining smaller to medium sized. However, you can paint in any way you wish.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 6: Complete the leaves to form a wreath.When you paint leaf wreaths that are inspired by fall, it isn’t necessary that you need to do maple leaf alone.You can use any leaf but the colors will be different from the usual green.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Step 7: Since, I’ll be sending this for Thanksgiving,I thought it would be complete with “thanks”written inside.This was created using a dip pen fitted with a calligraphy nib.This step is optional.However, if you want to write a few words inside and you’re not comfortable with calligraphy pens, you can use Sigma micron pens that are waterproof.They dry quickly too.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

2.Simple leaf wreath

In my last post, I had explained the process of painting a simple leaf.To paint leaf wreaths,you can follow the same technique.

Colors used:-

  • Forest green
  • Viridian green
  • Phthalo,green light
  • Lemon yellow

This is basically a one step process.It’s just repeating the different elements to complete the wreath.

Draw a circle with pencil as a guideline.Start painting small leaflets overlapping each other and emerging in different directions.Change the shades of green as you progress.Continue till you reach the starting point.Your wreath is done!

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath. Learn how to paint leaf wreaths in this tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.You'll be able to learn a fall inspired leaf wreath as well as a simple green leaf wreath.

 

What do you think?

Now wasn’t that fun? And not to mention colorful too?Does the fall season bring amazing memories to you?I would love to hear your wonderful stories.Let me know in the comments below or send me some e-mail love.And if you try how to paint leaf wreaths,show me by tagging your posts with #makeinkstruck on Instagram.Also don’t forget to pipe in your suggestions.

Cheers!