Painting Secrets for Realistic Leaves
I love this printmaking technique because it captures the texture of natural leaves. My style of painting tends to be more impressionistic so I enjoy getting the realism straight from the leaf.
Another favorite leaf of mine is the geranium. I print with the craggy leaf letting its irregular shape be the greens of the composition. Then for the red blooms I can let the watercolor work its magic in exploding red blooms!
I discovered so many choices of leaves when strolling in downtown Holland that I made them into one big leaf collage below:
Whether you paint or not, maybe just stroll and enjoy this fabulous autumn show of colors.
How to steps for painting realistic leaves:
- Gather soap (bar soap, liquid soap, dish soap, any brand seems to work. The soap simply seems to allow the paint to adhere to the leaf a bit better.)
- With a brush, coat a thin layer of soap to the underside of the leaf -- the side with the deepest protrusion of veins, stamen and texture.
- Apply a thick, rich watercolor wash on top of your soap film.
- Using various shades of color will give your finished leaf more depth.
- Press the leaf, paint side down in the area of your composition you want the leaf to appear.
- Dab the leaf with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.
- Peel back the leaf.
- Let the printed leaf image dry and if you wish fill in the spaces of white with a light wash,