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Doodle Leaf Art – How to Use Metallics on Leaves

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Metallic Leaf Art Doodles - Four drawn on leaves in black and gold


Every year I love to come up with a new leaf art project. Last year I had a ton of fun making these watercolor doodle leaves. This year I thought it would be fun to play with metallics and create shiny doodle leaf art!

Metallic Doodle Leaf Art Craft

These metallic leaves would look beautiful as part of your fall decor. Add them to a fall centerpiece or use them as part of a tablescape. The best part is that they are super easy to make and a great project for all skill levels.




Metallic Leaf Art Doodles Example - a metallic gold leaf is in the foreground with black doodled designs

Supplies Needed:

Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!

How to Press, Paint and Prep Your Leaves for Doodle Leaf Art

  1. Once you’ve selected your leaves, press them under something heavy like large books.
  2. Keep your leaves under something heavy at least overnight.
  3. Once pressed, spray paint the front of your leaves with spray primer + paintgold metallic spray paint or paint with acrylic paint. Black painted leaf
  4. Let your leaf dry completely and then press again overnight as you did when prepping.
  5. Now that your leaf is prepped, it’s time to add designs. Mandalas make for wonderful designs on top of leaves. You can also add repeating patterns. The design doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful. Drawing a mandala design with goldMetallic Leaf Art mandala design completed - the leaf is black and the design is in gold

Now that you have your leaves you can use them for different fall crafts or as decoration around the house or on a table. If you create your own leaf I’d love to see it. Come show me on Instagram or Facebook! I often share examples of my tutorials being made!

If you like this leaf art idea, be sure to check out my other post about how to create watercolor leaf art.

Watercolor Leaf Art example

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