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How to Colour an Autumnal / Fall Leaf

I thought it would be fun to show you how I colour an autumn leaf. I have picked a leaf from Miniature Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford and coloured it using Black Widows pencils. I have chosen this set because they sharpen to a good point and the leaves are very small in this book!

Start with the darkest brown of your choice – I am going to pick the Tarantula and colour the outside of the leaf including the stalk.

Then I use a lighter brown – the Foxy Brown to do a layer inside that one, but gently fade it inwards.

As this leaf has some veins drawn on it, I have avoided colouring over those as I want those in a lighter colour. Next, I use a brown / yellow colour, in this case, Stink Bug to colour a bit more, still avoiding those veins. I overlapped the Foxy Brown and then coloured more towards the centre of the leaf, fading towards the centre and leaving some white paper.

Now I bring in green and I have chosen Cicada as it is warm so I think it will go well with the browns. I cover the white areas (apart from the veins and overlap with the Stink Bug.

It is very vibrant, so I colour over it and the veins with the Egg Yolk colour. I actually use the egg yolk over the whole leaf then, to blend everything together.

If you would like to purchase any of the materials I used you can do so here:

Miniature Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford –

Black Widows Edition 1000 BW –

Staedtler Noris Sharpener –

I have completed some autumn leaf colouring tutorials on video too. If you would like to see these they are below for you.