I do the same thing every year, it seems. Way before the seasons change, I start planning projects, but hold off because it’s too soon.
But turn around, click your heels three times and Bam! It’s Fall.
So while the rest of Blogland is sharing posts of Fall crafts and decorating, I haven’t even started. Unless, opening a bunch of boxes and totes and stacking the stuff on a table counts.
Of course, bloggers are supposed to be a bit ahead of real life scheduling so they can share ideas, right? And I get that. I do. Shoot, when I worked for the craft store, we started stocking Fall in July and had to have the entire store ‘turned’ for Christmas on October 1. Crafters, like bloggers, work ahead of the seasons.
Yet here I am in the second week of September, a crafter and a blogger, and I haven’t made one.single.thing.
I wanted to have a new set of fall leaf patterns to work from. It’s not like I haven’t already drawn some fall leaf patterns, I have. But they’re also three years old.
And I wanted new old leaves.
I wanted new patterns to paint watercolor leaves.
And for these burlap leaves that Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage made.
And maybe I’ll make another burlap fall mantel scarf, since the last one got mangled when we moved.
The point is, there are a zillion ways to use fall leaf patterns. So I drew some. Nothing fancy, just leaves. And this time I didn’t upload each pattern to a saving site, which means, to download each pattern you’ll need to right-click the photo, then hit ‘save as’ and save the leaf to your computer. If this doesn’t work, please let me know, but it should.
Oregon White Oak Leaves
California Black Oak Leaf
I included both kinds of oak because, while I love our California oaks, their pointed tips are a pain to cut out. But they’re still pretty to paint if you want to transfer the pattern.
Another Maple Leaf
Another Dogwood Leaf
You’ve probably noticed there’s not a whole lotta difference between the elm, hickory and dogwood . . . as far as the outlines. But if you’re painting them – especially with fall colors – there is a big distinction between them so I included all three.
Speaking of painting leaves . . . I happen to have a few tutorials. *shock* If you’re a beginning painter, you’ll love painting fall leaves because there’s no right or wrong way to blend the colors . . . you just let them flow and merge and mix into new colors . . . just like real fall leaves do.
Fall Leaf Painting Tutorials
These are all painted with acrylic craft paints.
How To Paint a Simple Oak Leaf
One More Oak Leaf Tutorial
And yet another Oak Leaf Tutorial
can you tell I like oak leaves?
Decoupage or Paint Fall Leaves there are some berries in here too
Glittered Fall Leaves
How to Paint Grapes & Grape Leaves
Let me know how you use the leaf patterns, ok? And PLEASE take pictures! I’m going to be adding a Reader Submission page here as soon as I get a spare minute – and no, you don’t have to be a blogger to submit. Nor do you have to use one of my tutorials to submit. It’s all about the paint, k? And sharing.
Happy Fall y’all!