Fall is just around the corner here in Connecticut, and there is nothing that I love more than collecting leaves and making them into art. This drawing technique is so simple. You need just one material, and the drying time is only seconds!
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I am a sucker for patterns. I could draw on brown leaves with white chalk markers all day! I have this desire to make these into wallpaper. How gorgeous would that be in a bathroom?
My teen daughters made these. Are you ready to find out about which markers we used? Keep scrolling…
Yesterday I found these big and beautiful leaves on a walk with a friend. I tried hard not to pick up every leaf that I saw because my kids keep telling me that it was weird (tweens). I restrained myself and only stopped to pick up a few red ones. How could I not? I came home and drew on them immediately.
I love using chalk markers because they come in these cool neon colors, they are opaque, you can wipe them off with your finger (and some spit) if you mess up, they dry quickly, and they are super easy for kids to use.
There are many different chalk markers out there to choose from. Honestly, I think all of them are probably great. I prefer these Bistro markers because the tip is rounded, instead of chiseled like a highlighter. And they come in a skinny marker or chunky.
Get the Bistro chalk markers here!
This last leaf is one that I found when in Punta Cana on vacation, it’s called a Seagrape leaf. They are huge and they are everywhere, and so perfect for drawing on.
I used a heart punch in the middle. Doesn’t everyone travel with a heart punch?
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I just bought some yesterday after I saw your leaf. Can’t wait to try them out.
can’t wait to see! you will love the marker Meri. xoxo
I found your leaf craft in Pinterest. That is so special and pretty. I must try with my son. I have shared your work in my FB page with my fans ; )
thank you for commenting jenny, and for sharing with your Facebook fans!! i really do appreciate that, and have fun with the leaves!! xo bar
Great Idea we are chalk marker manafactures and have not seen anyone use leafs before. Learning something every day. Chalk Markers are really versatile we have even more ideas on how to use them as well.
I too am a HUGE leaf-lover! Am wondering if the paint keeps them from curling up as they dry out, or are they pressed in a book first?
hi Cheri, the painting does not keep the leaves from curling. I have dried them in a book first, and those leaves do not curl after painting. But if they are not pressed, then yes – they will start to curl in a day or so. Still pretty, though! xx bar
Love this but do you coat them with anything when they r done so they last?
Hi Danielle, no I didn’t coat the leaves. 🙂 xx bar
I am in love with your beautiful photo with painted leaves (in pink and yellow)
May I repost it on my instagram Account with your Credit?
Kind regards, anne
of course, thank you for asking! xo Bar
These are so pretty. Just a side note sea grapes make a wonderful jam. I lived in the Cayman Islands for 22 years and our neighbor made it.
oooh, that is so interesting!! I did not know that. thanks for sharing, Geri! xx Bar