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 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
Project 8: Oil pastel flowers
Project 9: Fingerprint dandelions 
Project 10: Beaded Sun Catchers
Project 11: Bird Crafts and Snacks
Project 12: Color Mixing Butterflies
Project 13: Water Gun Art 
Project 14: Using Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouette Paintings 
Project 16: Painting Pet Rocks
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist 
Project 18: Water Bottle Windsock 
Project 19: Stained Glass Kits 
Project 20: Tin Can Windsock
Project 21: Firework Glue Art
Project 22: Qixel Art
Project 23: Makit Bakit Kits 
Project 24: Wood Burning Project 
Project 25: Making Our Own Raft
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 27: Paper Bowl Jellyfish 
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles
Project 30: Chalk Pastel Paintings 
Project 31: Washi Tape Votive Holders
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 34: Tissue Paper Transfer
Project 35: Stained Glass Class
Project 36: Visiting the Art Museum 
Project 37: Taking an Art Class
Project 38: Making Minecraft T-shirts
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 41: Wax Resist Watercolors
Project 42: Splatter Paint on Canvas
Project 43: Fine Line Fall Leaves Drawings
Project 44: Fairy Village Trip
Project 45: Oil Pastel Resist Leaves

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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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