Art Project #46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art

Alec loved the gold tint found on and around this tissue paper leaf art craft so we decided to add that to our 100 Days of Art Challenge.

This project ended up being one of our very best projects ever!

The colors were beautiful and the whole project reminded us so much of all the colorful fall leaves.

I had printed out a few different leaf templates from the internet and spent a small portion of the morning cutting some tissue paper leaves out in various fall colors: red, orange, yellow, green, and purple.

I called the boys over to the table and using some watercolor paper and glue sticks we started gluing leaves down on our paper.  They were free to choose how many leaves they wanted and placed them anyway they wanted on their paper.  We used purple glue sticks that dried clear and we made sure to add the paint to our watercolor paper so as not to tear the tissue paper leaves apart.

Any leaves that went off the page; we just trimmed with scissors 

Once our leaves were on we set them aside to dry.  The glue dried pretty quickly and we then used a gold Sharpie pen to trace around the outside loosely; not minding if we left a bit of white showing through.   A few of us even used the pen to add a few vein lines in our leaves.

We used some watercolor and paint to fill in around our leaves with a bright blue background. We all used a few shades of blue and blended them together.  Ian and I also used some additional watercolor colors to add just a bit of shading inside our leaves along the vein lines.

Once our paintings were dry we just could not stop admiring them!

We could not have been more thrilled with how easy this project was and how pretty they turned out. 

Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 28: Tin Foil Art

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  1. These turned out gorgeous. I love the craft projects you take up with your boys. #mg

  2. What a great craft for a rainy day! I'll have to do this with my grandkids! Thanks for the idea!

  3. What a great idea!
    Those turned out beautiful!

  4. These are beautiful! Adding this project to my to-do list this week. :)

  5. That's beautiful work! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  6. Beautiful! We did a similar project with diffusing paper. Cutting out the leaves was the worst part for my kids. I really like how you added the gold sharpie! :)

    1. I had diffusing paper but was afraid of how that might turn out. We might try it both ways and compare.

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    1. Thank you. We were thrilled with how they turned out. Definitely going into some frames for display.

  8. Beautiful and colorful!! They turned out so well!

    1. Thank you; I think it's the colors that really made this project pop for us.

  9. These really turned out beautiful! The colors are so bright and vibrant too. Where are you putting all of this amazing artwork?

    1. I LOVED the colors of these final projects so much! They're displayed on our pantry door. I am having a hard time finding room to display them all though!

  10. Turned out really well. Pinning this.

  11. Oh, those are lovely! I think that's one of the things I'm missing most with the kids in school: an excuse to do arts & crafts! I feel like if I "do art" it needs to be really good, grown up art, instead of the kid stuff I've had so much fun with the last few years. :/


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