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20 Types of Watercolor Leaves - Step by Step

teacher avatar Pooja Kenjale-Umrani, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      Palm Leaf & Other Common Shapes (PART 1)


    • 4.

      Long Flowy Leaves (PART 2)


    • 5.

      Oval & ridged leaves (PART 3)


    • 6.

      Eucalyptus & Fern type Leaves (PART 4)


    • 7.

      Clustered leaves & pine branch (PART 5)


    • 8.

      Delicate branches & filler leaves (PART 6)


    • 9.

      Your Project & Conclusion


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About This Class

In this class you will paint with me 20 different types of leafy branches to make your own set of leaves to refer to. The leaves you will learn to paint in this class will help you design greeting cards, note cards, wall paintings for home decor, or simple  stationery items like gift tags, envelopes, and bookmarks. 

By the end of this class you will be able to paint a variety of unique leaves without feeling lost and make a collection of lush and beautiful foliage! 

So go grab all those shades of GREEN color because you are about to experience some leaf therapy  !!

Lastly, if you like this class, please leave a review and help it reach more students. 



(Opening line credit: No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn! - Hal Borland)

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Pooja Kenjale-Umrani

Watercolor Artist


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I quit my IT career to take on a dream to do something creative – establish and nurture a successful art business! I am a self taught watercolor artist with a drive to become a successful entrepreneur in the creative world. I am a surface pattern designer based out of North America and I absolutely love making designs that bring joy. My goal is to be able to see my watercolor designs on lifestyle products that you and I use in our everyday life. I have licensed my designs to print on baby clothes, phone cases and accessories, books covers, etc. I also sell my original work and many other products vi... See full profile

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1. Introduction: no winter last forever. No spring skips. It's done. Have you ever eagerly waited watching the tree from your patio with sprouts, fresh leaves at the advent of spring? Have you ever seen a bad and three suddenly a life one morning with dancing leaves that shine in the morning sun. Fresh spring leaves are my favorite and the symbolised rebirth, renewal and re grow. I'm from by the league side out studio, and I welcome you to my second skin share class. In this class, you will paint with me 20 different types of leafy branches to make your own set of leaves to refer to the needs you will learn to paint in. This class will help you design greeting cards, no guards, wall paintings for home court or simple stationery items like give tax on the newts and bookmarks. By the end of this class, he will be able to paint a variety off unique leads without feeling lost and make a collection off lush and beautiful foliage. Okay, so go grab all those shades of green color because you're about to experience some leaf therapy 2. Supplies: the pain, the leaves. I will be using my artist called Friends 1 40 be eight by 10 blocks. I will also be using the hand move the global post cards to draw small filler leaves. It is absolutely okay to use a single sheet of people to bring all your leads together. 100% Corton people will definitely give you better results or pains on using basic shades of green year low, blue ground and black. I have listed the exact sheets and brands are used in this class, just in case if you want to know them in particular. So feel free to Paul's and take a screenshot off this list to pay my needs. I will be using ground branches up sizes zero through and states for instant and silver Blackwell Bird brushes work the best for me to get those nine steps for the deeds. Lastly, we will need a palette for mixing colors. I always use a white dinner plate. It is easy to clean and mix colors without reading a jar of clean water, and the people travel with your brushes and tap Texas cattle. Now that we have all the supplies, let's get started 3. Palm Leaf & Other Common Shapes (PART 1): Let's begin by mixing our first shared off green on the palate. I have makes two shared called green from the white knight set and mixture, danger of oppression through to the mix as our force leafy branch, we've been paint a bomb leave that requires a simple one direction. Brushstroke. Using the press, drag and release method, I want the bomb leave to look bold and striking and handsome, making a concentrated value off Sukalo without diluting it with too much water. Let's start by drawing the center line off the bomb leaf, starting from the bottom of the stem. Press the brush against the stem and drag it in the outward direction by pressing it slightly and then releasing your brush by lifting it as you go forward. Your first stroke will decide the length of each strand, and you can accordingly draw the rest in the same proportion. I will continue the press track and release brush strokes on the other side off the leaf. Once you think you leave, looks full. Oh, you can add a few more strands with a darker value to give it a deft and movement. This completes our first loopy brown Stipe for the second branch from mixing sub green on the palate. We even start by drawing the stem forced. I'm keeping this Branch Street, but you can make its way in whichever direction you like. Then to draw the leaves, start by making a small mark using the tip of the brush. Then press the brush slightly to find it out a bit and pull it out. Word. Releasing the brush This is the most common brushstroke that you will use to make leaves off what I be up sizes. If you find it out a little more, you will get bigger and wider. I'm using around six brush to make leaves off this size. If you use size number eight or 10 you will get bigger needs with wider bees. So it is all about the pressure that you apply on the size of the rush. To get the desired weight off your lives. I will continue to add leaves on the other side of the stem and complete this branch for the third branch and leaf time, a mixing submarine, hooker's green and a bit off parts black to get a nice shade of green for this leave time, we will use the same brush stroke we used earlier to draw the submarine branch. Let's start by drawing the center line first. The only thing different year would be using the same brush stroke twice for each leaf. So after the first stroke, you will even intentional white gap in between and draw one more stroke by pressing finding out the brush and then releasing it and finally joining the two parts to meet the tip off the leaf. This type will give you fuller rounder leaves, and the white cap creates beautiful natural highlight, giving your names some depth to make it interesting. You can also tell you the color for a few leaves to make them look, Toe told. 4. Long Flowy Leaves (PART 2): for the next brunch. Let's makes a warm and freshness in shade of green. I'm mixing SAB green on light yellow to make a nice shade off. Bring that you see a the advent of spring season. Try not to make your color too watery. Else he will get a diluted color, which won't look that wiped. Oh, once you have the desired consistency off the culo, start by drawing a brown center line using a small size brush I'm using around size zero. I want this branch to have slightly longer leaves that looked fluid and our tapering down two drawings leaves. You simply have to drag your brush slightly longer to give it that slender look before you lift it to act some weird to it. I'm repeating the same stroke once again from the other side of the leaf. For this brunch, we will try and paint leaves off waiting sizes so it looks attractive and graceful in a similar way. Continue to add leap. Still, your branch bookstands and lush. - I'm going back to darken the center leave to make it look more declined and wiped it. I'm also darkening the center nine orbit and slightly extending it backwards, so this completes over for brunch 5. Oval & ridged leaves (PART 3): for the fifth Branch, a mixing halo green Russian been on Mars black to get local ownership off. I'm mixing the colors in most Pacific proportion, and you can stop mixing the colors when you achieve the sheet. Like for this brunch, I want to make some over ship leaves that are arranged in descending order of size. As you go up to obstructive stop making an outline often do. That is joined your distant and rounding up the ultra ridge, then adding some water to the brunch march outline and fill up the lead with the color to make a nice, radiant look. I'm concentrating Darko value near one edge of the and letting it march towards the center . - Uh , as I go up from reducing the size, observing on diluting the color to get lighter names. As I go up near the hip. I'm not refering to any material really news, but just making these branches out of my imagination. The best part about painting leaves is that there is no right or wrong when it comes to its shape, size and Google. Let's continue to act leaves on the other side of the branch. - I'm going back to darken the centerline slightly and extended a little backwards. And then we have over 50 brunch for the next type of leaves. I have mixed sap green on burned amber, my palate to get slightly brownish warm leaves to draw this, leave my post making outline with ridges on the sites, started the stent and pull your brush up and down while making the ridges as you go forward . Repeat similar strokes on the other side off the leave and join both sides with a pointed. Once the outline is ready, fill it up with the color and march the outer lines into it. You can add a darko value towards the steady to show a nice cheated effect. I typically used this combination off leaves when I mean pink roses on. They go really well together. Oh, - and their vehicle over six branches now big 6. Eucalyptus & Fern type Leaves (PART 4): for the Seventh Crunch from mixing your newish light candles from the prima tropical Spanish. I'm also using, drawn from seen palette and adding some set beard to the mix. What this brunch I want to draw similar looking for likely on both sides of the stem. Let's make a center line coming in the downward direction and using my Round six brush, I would be rounded news starting from the bottom of the stem and go all the way up. I'm keeping all the deeps roughly off about the same size. But now, before the green color dries up, I'm adding her change of ground panel at the starting off. Each painting leads off such kind. Has all these bean meditative exercise for me? I certainly enjoyed this repetitive process, and every brush stroke makes me feel like peace. Let's continue to act leaves on board sites off the stand. Remember to either into brown color before your leads dry up. The marching off grounded dream will give very due to pull it back. One sub branch dries up for the next leaf type. We would be a eucalyptus branch. I makes a variety of blues to get that deep, smoky yet cooler looking shared off the eucalyptus leaves. Over here, I've mixed Russian blue Antigo, cobalt blue, black and yellow green in no specific proportion. It is all about trial and error, or you get the shade you're trying to achieve. I like the brave scream, a sense off the leaves that make them look subtle. Yet stand out when used as home the core auras, wall paintings. So keep on mixing, you know you've got the right shoot. Here is a little swatch of this year that I was trying to visualize in my mind. I think I'm quite happy with and begin proceed with pending the leaves. This time I made a very light sketch to decide the placement off my leaps off the branch. I simply sketched a center line and added some stems and wrong needs to it. Now to paint the leaps, I'm applying warship Cano and darkening it up it near the stems. I will continue using the same way for the rest of the leads and paint the branch brown at the end. Oh, 7. Clustered leaves & pine branch (PART 5): for the next branch. I'm trying to achieve a light green shape by mixing hooker's green and cadmium yellow. I plan to paint a delicate branch this time, which has 10 strokes put together to make a green bunch rather than the usual leaves. After drawing the center line, start by painting a small stem Kendra. Multiple brushstrokes coming out from a single point forming a small bunch continue to make such clusters along the stem. The best way to achieve delicate strokes is to apply minimal pressure while lifting your brush up. This will give you 10 lines. And, of course, using a small size brush is surely going to help your once I'm done with the fourth layer of strokes. I will overlap these drugs again with a darko value to add more definition to the bunch. These stents look really beautiful when you says fillers in the book. Uh, all right For the next brunch, I'm using the leftover hooker screen and adding suppression blue to me a deeper shade, this time for this brunch. Let's paint cluster leaves to make a dense brunch, where every stem has multiple leaves, starting at the tip off the center line paint about 3 to 4 small leaves using the press track and released brushstroke that we use for you. Then keep moving down, adding stems and toe each stem. Attach a bunch of leaves. I'm using a size two round brush here so I can achieve sinner and delegate leaves. These could also be categorized as filler needs to complement your main bigger leaves. You can turn them up or down, depending on their placement in the composition. If I didn't has fillers, I would certainly being them with a much lighter shade for the next lunch. Let's pain something similar to a buying trip brunch on my palette. I have a mix of olive green and boned number For this brunch. We will be 10 Needed like strokes coming out from the MEEN brunch. Oh, it is a fairly quick and simple brunch, which looks really pretty when you compile them with fine codes to make a Christmas composition 8. Delicate branches & filler leaves (PART 6): in this section off the glass, we will drop below branches that have tiny leaves on our very useful. When you want to pull of the white space around your booking to give it a fuller look, these filler leaps also complement the designs very well. And you, in turn and twist of branches to put them into your compositions. Oh, these are super easy to paint, and by now you will be able to come up with your own BP patterns to make such branches. I'm painting these branches as they come to my mind, and you've been surely the produce things as you watch me. I'm using all the assorted greens that mixed or new on using brown better, but I would look good. Try to paint these with us, Wanda. Brush on a smaller size of people, so you will get an idea off the proportion and be able to work with the smallest size that you can go down toe or how dedicated you can be there. So go ahead and try out for the branches. Oh oh oh , 9. Your Project & Conclusion: I hope that leaves you painted in this class with me will be a good starting point for you to make your own leafy designs and patterns. As a project, you can simply make a beautiful spread off assorted leaves or make classic for about six postcards, with each having a uniquely fee branch. You can frame these and hang on your walls or give them to your friends and family. You can also make stationery items like bookmarks and greeting cards. Lastly, to please let me know interviews if you had fun in this class and I can't wait to see your creations. If you're Gloria projects on instagram, please tag me and by the lakeside. And I would love to feature your creations in my stories and feed. Thank you so much for taking this class. I will see you again in my next class. Until then, keep creating