Get creative with this fall leaves black glue watercolor resist art project. Painting autumn leaves using black glue as a resist medium is a fun and easy art project for kids, teens, and adults!
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Fall Leaves Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art
Enjoy painting one of these with the kids for a fun weekend project or homeschool art lesson. Fall leaves black glue watercolor art turns out so beautifully that it can be framed and hung on the wall to add to your autumn home decor.
Related: The science of watercolor resist art
Fall Leaves Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art: Materials
- White Glue
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Heavy cardstock or 140 lb watercolor paper
- Liquid, tube, pallet or Stockmar watercolor paint
- Paint brushes or water brushes
- Construction paper
- FREE Leaf Art Printable Templates (optional)
Fall Leaves Art Project: Directions
1. Make black glue by adding a good squirt of black acrylic paint to a small bottle of white glue and shake very well. Make sure the bottle is not full so there is plenty of room for the ingredients to mix and blend. We have a small bottle of glue dedicated to continually mixing white glue and black acrylic paint into to make a never-ending supply of black glue. I never measure and it always turns out fine.
3. Trace the outline of the leaves with black glue and allow them to dry overnight. Older children will be able to do this on their own while younger children will need help. My 4-year-old daughter wanted to do hers “all by herself.” She did a great job!
4. When the black glue is completely dry (overnight is best) invite children to use watercolors to paint their fall leaves using two to three colors of their choice. We used Stockmar watercolor paints in order to use this project so she could experiment with color mixing with watercolors. I first offered her red and yellow for the maple leaf. Yellow and blue for the beech leaf, and all three colors for the oak leaf. She made green by layering blue and yellow and mixing them on a separate tray. Since she has created many Waldorf-inspired wet-on-wet watercolor paintings she was ready for the challenge!
5. Once your fall leaves are dry, cut them out and glue them onto pieces of construction paper. (optional)
Maple Fall Leaf
Beech Fall Leaf
Oak Fall Leaf
For another fun black glue oak leaf be sure you pop over to Red Ted Art to see the cute little acorn and oak leaf bookmarks Maggie has made!
Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art Project Process and Tips
- Print out and trace as many leaves as you’d like to use with black glue the night before you plan to paint. Be careful, black glue has the tendency to pool and spread when used in large amounts. Use it sparingly to keep nice lines.
- If your child has never worked with watercolors, I recommend preparing at least one extra fall leaf so you can demonstrate how to paint with watercolors first. Show more than tell, young children learn best by watching others.
- Watercolor painting is a perfectly imperfect art form. The key to working with watercolors is to literally go with, as opposed to against, the way they naturally flow. Use water to help them flow mix and blend even more.
- Before painting, place newspaper or paper towels underneath the black glue autumn leaves to help soak up any excess water.
- The black glue will resist the watercolor paint but will begin to pull black into the painting if it gets too wet. Have a look at our black glue rose and our black glue starfish for more tips!
Outlining fall leaves with black glue and painting it with watercolors is a fun and easy art project for kids and adults. For more fun ideas check out our favorite fall crafts.
More Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art Projects
If you like working with black glue you may like some of the other art projects below. Click on the title to see the full tutorial for each art project.
- Winter Tree Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art
- Rose Black Glue Resist Art Project
- Under the Sea Black Glue Watercolor Resist Art Projects
- Starfish Black Glue Resist Art Project
For tons of fun art and craft ideas click on the link. You may also like our Fall Bucket List Activity Guide for the Best Autumn Ever!
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