Even though Christmas stuff is out in full force everywhere, I’m trying to hold on to the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Poor Thanksgiving, in danger of being squeezed into oblivion by its louder, flashier cousin.
In a last ditch effort to celebrate what’s left of Fall around here, I decided to tackle a craft I’ve seen floating around Pinterest and have kept tucked in the back of my mind for weeks. It’s doodling on leaves!
Luckily, we still have plenty of leaves around, due to our less-than-stellar yard skills. I picked out a couple that looked particularly doodle-worthy, grabbed a silver Sharpie, and got to work.
I started by following the veins in the leaves and drawing patterns within the different segments I drew. I colored the edge of the next leaf and covered the rest in lines. For my third, giant leaf, I decided to give it one overall pattern. The silver looks so pretty against the coppery brown of the leaves.
This is fun stuff- it’s like nature Zentangle. You can sit around and let your mind wander as you draw shapes all over the leaf. Let the shape of the leaf inspire where you draw and see how many patterns you can think up.
The best part is that this is a project anyone can do, even if you feel like you aren’t artistic. I love projects that are stress-free, because I think everyone can benefit from a regular dose of creativity.
Some other ideas for these doodle leaves would be:
- String embroidery thread through them with an embroidery needle to make some sweet bunting or Christmas tree garland
- Cover in Mod Podge and use them as bookmarks (great gift idea!)
- Set out leaves and a few markers for when your kids get home from school as an ‘invitation to make art’ with you
- Tuck a few into a small vase for a whimsical Fall decoration
- Don’t forget to save some blank leaves in the pages of books to pull out when you need a mid-Winter fix!
- Try going one step further by using acrylic inks or paints to add more color to your leaves
Please let us know if you have any creative leaf-drawing ideas!
Jeanette Nyberg lives in the Chicago area with her husband and kids. She’s enthralled with pretty much everything creative and dedicates a whole blog to art and design for kids. Visit her at Artchoo and follow her on Pinterest, the greatest place on earth.