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In my opinion, the reds, oranges, yellows, and golds of fall are the most beautiful colors on earth. I absolutely love fall leaves!
This mixed media art project celebrates the arrival of fall with an image of gorgeous leaves set against the shadow of a tree trunk.
The rich colors of the fall leaves are created with solid tempera paints. This background is then overlaid with tree branches formed from cut paper. This is a wonderful fall art project for children of all ages.
Note: For more AWESOME art activities, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
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How to create fall leaves mixed media artwork
To get the rich colors for our fall leaves artwork, we used Kwik Stix solid tempera paints. Kwik Stix give rich, beautiful colors like tempera paints without any of the mess, because Kwik Stix do not require any water or brushes. And best of all, Kwik Stix paints dry super fast – in just 90 seconds!
I grabbed several fall colors from our Kwik Stix collection along with a sheet of thick paper.
We filled in the entire sheet of paper with fall colors. You can draw leaves, lines, or squiggles. Just put as much color on the paper as you can.
Next, we learned how to draw tree branches! Since this was new to my kids, we practiced first on scratch paper. I showed them how to make curving branches that continually split into new and smaller branches.
Once they had the hang of it, we used a white pencil on black construction paper to draw the outlines for our trees.
Then we used scissors to cut our trees out.
Finally, we used double sided tape to place our tree outlines over our colored backgrounds. (Be sure to put the side you wrote on face-down so that no pencil lines will show on the final project.)
The end result is quite enchanting, don’t you think?
I normally dread pulling out our tempera paints because of all the clean up I have to do afterwards. But with Kwik Stix paints, we get the beautiful look of paint without any of the mess or hassle. To see more projects using Kwik Stix, follow @KwikStixPaint on Instagram.
More arts and crafts resources
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- Trace the shapes art project
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