Thursday, October 1, 2015

Printable How To Paint A Picture of Acorns And Autumn Leaves Worksheet

This printable worksheet will be helpful to teachers, parents, and anyone who is new to watercolor painting.  It can be used in class as a lesson or sent home as an extra activity. I designed it as a hand out to give my students at the end of class to try at home. Parents, teachers, and home-school families will find many opportunities to use this lesson.

FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT. Learning to paint takes practice so do not give up if things do not turn out just how you wanted, call it a first draft and try again. Paint and draw every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures.

How to Paint An Acorn Picture With Autumn Leaves
To print the worksheet above just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some printers work better if you drag the image to your desktop and print from there. If you have problems printing see the how to print tab for some suggestions.

CLICK HERE for a file that may work better with newer printers.

PRINTABLE PROJECT NOTES

Trace the project outline onto some 140 lb watercolor paper, this is the heavy paper that will not buckle when wet.  If it is too hard to trace through try holding it against a window with daylight shining through to see it better.

FIRST WASH
Start with the lightest colors first. Use a medium brush and watery yellow color and give the leaves an even wash of yellow. Be careful to not get yellow into the acorns; if you do use a tissue to blot it out or wait for it to dry before you do the acorns.

With a small brush give the acorns a watery wash of light brown for the bottom and medium brown at the top.

SECOND COLORS
Use a small brush and add orange to the edges of the leaves in random patterns. This color should bleed and blend into the yellow.

With the small brush add darker brown to the acorns for the shadows.

Give the stem a wash of watery green.

THIRD COLOR
Add red and brown to the tips of the leaves.  Then add watery green to the center and by the stem.
Add dark brown to the stem.

SHADOWS
Use A LITTLE dark blue and violet to places that have shadows. Just a little because it will muddy the color and make them dull. These shadows are below the acorns, the bottom edge of the branch, and where leaves are behind other leaves.

FINISHING TOUCHES - AFTER IT DRIES
After it dries, give it the finishing touches. The finishing touches are all done with your smallest brush. Use it like a pencil and draw with the very tip of the brush.
Make a mix of brown and blue put dots in rows on the acorns for the texture of the tops.
Give the leaves some red and brown dots.
Draw green lines for the veins

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