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Leaf Painting – How to Paint Galaxy Painted Leaves

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Galaxy Painted Leaves

Fall is the perfect time of year to try leaf painting. There are so many different ways to paint leaves and pretty much any art supply you use on paper you can use to decorate leaves. I’m a big fan of painting galaxies on rocks and wood and I couldn’t wait to try making galaxy painted leaves.

RELATED: Check out some of my other leaf painting crafts for more ideas and inspiration: watercolor leaves, puffy paint leaves and metallic leaves.

Supplies for Galaxy Painted Leaves (affiliate links provided for convenience)

How to paint galaxy leaves

Before You Start: How to Press Leaves for Leaf Painting

  • Gather your leaves. You want leaves that are fresh and not already dry.
  • Put the leaves between newspaper or card stock and then put heavy books or anything else heavy on top. I usually let the leaves sit for 2-3 days before crafting to make sure the moisture is all out and the leaves are completely dry.

    How to press leaves for painting

Watch the galaxy leaf painting video and then see the full step-by-step directions below:

Directions for Galaxy Painted Leaves

See below for full details and instructions, or follow this quick step by step along with the video tutorial.

  1. Cut out a cardstock heart and tape it to the middle of the leaf.
  2. Paint the leaf black.
  3. Add galaxy colors with a dabbing brush.
  4. Paint stars by flicking a brush covered in white paint over the leaf.
  5. Use a brush and/or nail dotting tool to add more details.
  6. Outline the leaf with a black paint marker.
  7. Optional: seal the leaf with a spray.

1. Add the Heart

Cut out a heart from card stock and tape it to the leaf.

2. Paint a Base Coat

Paint the leaf black around the cutout heart.

3. Add Colors

Using a round foam brush, start by adding colors by lightly pouncing directly onto the leaf.

How to paint galaxy leaves step by step: first tape a heart to the middle, then paint the leaf black, then you add paint with a sponge brush

4. Add Stars

Add stars by applying a small amount of white acrylic paint to a tooth brush. Keep the bristles pointed away from you (you want them facing the rock), and run you finger up the bristles, gently flicking the paint onto the wood slice. It’s easier to control where the paint goes by getting closer to the rock and flicking slowly.

flicking paint on with a brush to make stars on the galaxy painted leaf

5. Add Details

Add additional details like a moon and larger stars using a small round paintbrush.

adding details to Galaxy Painted Leaves with a brush

6. Use a Nail Dotting Tool

To add shooting stars and other larger round stars, dip a nail dotting tool (see supply list) into white paint and gently press down on the rock without touching it all the way. You just want the paint to touch. More pressure for larger dots and less pressure to make the dots smaller.

Using a nail dotting tool to add more details

7. Let Dry and Clean Up

Once your design is complete, let the paint dry completely and then remove the paper heart. You can clean up the edges of the heart and give the lines a crisp, clean look by using a black paint marker.

8. Optional: Seal Your Galaxy Leaf Art

I don’t typically seal my leaves, but if you want you could brush some mod podge on your finished leaf.

How to Paint a Galaxy Leaf

If you’re looking for more painted galaxy inspiration check out this post on painted galaxy rocks, this one on how to paint a galaxy wood slice, and my easy no carve galaxy pumpkin painting tutorial.

I’d love to see how your galaxy leaves turn out. Come share with me a picture on Instagram or Facebook! I love showing examples of my tutorials being made!

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