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Autumn is the season of colour and leaves. This craft is an exploration of Autumn colours and my little lovely adored mixing the paints to match the shades of our leaves; experimenting with different ratios of paint to create a range of unusual colours. Our Autumn Leaf Painting project is a fantastic opportunity for children to explore colour mixing beyond the typical secondary colours.

Kids will love venturing outside to rummage through the fallen foliage to collect a gorgeous array of colourful crunchy leaves.


Autumn Leaf Painting: Materials and Tutorial 

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Stock CArd / Mixed Media Paper
Paint – Primary Colours
A Gorgeous Collection of Leaves


Arty Crafty Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

  1. Begin by mixing the colours on seperate plates to create Autumn shades using just Red, Yellow and Blue! This is an amazing opportunity for children to explore and experiment with colour mixing, moving beyond the regular secondary colours of purple, green and orange.

Continue mixing until the desired shades have been created and then divide a sponge between each of the colours.

Arty Crafty Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

2. Now for the leaf! Place the leaf directly onto the card stock and then simply dab the sponge around the leaf to create a silhouette. Encourage your arty crafty kids touse the full spectrum of colours as they work around the leaf.


Arty Crafty Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

3. To add a secondary dimension and explore negative and positive space, apply the paint directly onto a smaller leaf and then print within the silhouette of the larger leaf.

Arty Crafty Kids - Autumn Leaf Painting

4. Continue the process using a variety of different leaves, using both negative and positive space to create a stunning Autumn Leaf Painting. 

5. Fill in the white space around the leaves by laying the paint with a sponge.

The Autumn Leaf Painting is Now Complete

For more Autumn themed activities to try with your kids, take a look at our incredibly popular Autumn Handprint Tree, Chalk Leaf Art and stunning collection of must try Nature Crafts for Kids! 

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My name is Helen and I LOVE getting creative with my kids! Inspired by my kids, Arty Crafty Kids is our home for our artsy craftsy projects and creations and if your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love getting stuck in with the paint, glue and glitter and at times, getting Super Messy!

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