Fall is knocking at the door. You got to be ready for that. Let’s welcome the season by having fun with watercolors! Let’s make watercolor leaf. The following is the tutorial on how to make a basic leaf with watercolor, so you don’t need to worry if it can be complicated. Good luck!


  • Watercolor set
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor brushes: #0, #10, #20
  • Various leaves for nearby garden or photo of them as your painting reference
  • Palette

The steps:

  • To start, prepare your palette and make some experiment on the colors to get the right shades that you want. Once you make a mixture of color and water, give it a test on a paper to see whether the shade is as expected already. Don’t be afraid to do the experiment with various shades as by so you will come to a certain shade that pleases you.

  • Here is the example of the chart of colors after the experiment: the shades, from left to right, are permanent sap green, green blue shade, raw amber, blue green, and burnt sienna consecutively.

  • After getting the shades that you want, make a light sketch of a basic leaf shape on your canvas. Then, brush it with water to ease you in spreading the first layer.

  • Next, go with the first shade which is light green shade. Choose the lightest shade for this step. Apply it to the sketch of the leaf using your brush. Let it dry.

  • Once the first layer is dry, you can go on with the second shade which is the second lightest green shade. After applying this second shade, you will see a bleeding happening on your painting.

  • While the second layer paint is still wet, apply another layer of the same color. Try to get the paint darker concentration at the tip of the leaf by slightly tilting your paper to let the paint move to there.

  • Wait for the previous paint to dry. Then, apply another green shade to your leaf.

  • Remember that painting with watercolors is about giving layers. The more the layers you give on your canvas, the more vivid the result of the painting.

  • Next, clean your brush with water. Now, work on the leaf surface. While the paint is still wet, apply a bit of raw amber shade to the side of the leaf with lighter shade.

  • Then, load your brush with burnt sienna and give few dots to your leaf. You will see another color bleeding now.

  • Drip the burnt sienna to many areas of the leaf.

  • Using #0 brush, paint some veins to the leaf. Let it dry. After this, add some details as you wish.