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. Create fall leaf art with your children at home or in the classroom.
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. Try painting fall leaves with black glue and watercolors today!
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How to Paint Fall Leaves with Black Glue and Watercolors
Enjoy painting fall leaf art with the kids for a fun weekend project or homeschool art lesson. Painting fall leaves is also a wonderful art lesson in watercolor resist techniques in the classroom.
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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 Leaf Art Project for Kids Step by Step Directions
Step 1 – Make black glue
How to Make Black Glue
- Add a squirt of black acrylic paint to a small bottle of white glue and shake well.
- Make sure the bottle is not full so there is plenty of room for the ingredients to mix and blend.
- Remember that glue dries clear. Black glue does not have to look completely black when it is wet. A greyish color is great. The black glue will dry black with a little bit of black acrylic paint.
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.
Step 2 – Invite your child to draw fall leaves, draw a few yourself OR print out the FREE fall leaf printables onto heavy cardstock or watercolor paper.
Step 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!
Step 4 – When the black glue is completely dry (overnight is best) invite children to use watercolors to paint fall leaf art using two to three colors of their choice.
We used Stockmar watercolor paints in order to experiment with color mixing with watercolors. I offered my daughter red and yellow for the maple leaf. Yellow and blue for the beech leaf, and all three colors for the oak leaf.
My daughter painted 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 of painting fall leaf art with only primary colors.
Allow time for the fall leaf art watercolor paintings to dry.
Step 6 – Cut out your fall leaf art and glue the autumn leaves onto pieces of construction paper. (optional)
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!
Fall Leaf Arp Project: Black Glue Watercolor Resist 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.
- Before painting, place newspaper or paper towels underneath the black glue autumn leaves to help soak up any excess water.
- 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.
- Adding water can also dilute the vibrancy of the colors.
- The black glue will resist the watercolor paint but will begin to pull black into the painting if you mix too much black acrylic paint in the white glue, or if it gets too wet. Have a look at our black glue rose, black glue starfish, or winter tree art for more tips!
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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
Fall leaf Art Project for Kids at Home or in the Classroom
Outlining fall leaves with black glue and painting them with watercolors is a fun and easy art project for kids and adults. For more fun ideas check out this awesome collection of fall art projects and our favorite fall crafts.
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