This fall tree painting is a fun painting activity for kids to celebrate fall and all of the beautiful colors of the season! Painting with q-tips is a great way for kids to learn about creating texture and layering colors in art. I love the way the fall leaves really pop in this art project!
This is such a great art project to connect to the changing of the seasons and why the leaves start to turn colors as the weather cools down.
We love exploring different painting techniques. Take a look at my collection of painting ideas for kids for more fun and creative art projects to try!
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- Branch printable printed on white cardstock
- Blue liquid watercolor
- Acrylic paint in black, red, orange, yellow and two shades of green
- Paint palette and water dish
- Q-tips and elastic bands
1. First, print out your tree branch template onto white cardstock. Older kids may want to try drawing out their own branches in their own style.
2. Using blue liquid watercolor paint your sky blue. Dilute your color with water and test it on a scrap piece of paper first to make sure it’s the shade you like.
If you don’t have liquid watercolor, you could use any blue watercolor you have. Just make sure to test the color out first on a scrap piece of paper.
3. Once your sky is dry, paint your tree branches with black acrylic paint. Using a smaller brush for this step will make it easier for kids to paint the smaller branches.
Let your tree branches dry completely.
4. Prepare your bundled q-tips with elastic bands. You want to use at least 9 q-tips bundled together for this step. I like to use both ends of the bundles for different colors.
Have kids dip their bundled q-tips into the red paint and start to paint on the red leaves. Since the red is going on first, it will get the most coverage, so paint it on all of the branches.
5. Move on to the orange leaves next. You don’t have to wait for the red paint to dry. Remind kids not to cover up all of the red leaves with orange.
Finally, add in the bright yellow leaves to really make the trees pop! Again don’t cover up all of the orange leaves with yellow.
6. Use two shades of green to paint in the grass at the bottom of the picture. Add in some fallen leaves with the red, orange and yellow paint over top of the grass.
I just love how the gorgeous fall colors look with the black tree branches and blue sky! Painting with q-tips is a fun activity for kids and is the perfect way to create leaves and texture with paint and explore a new painting technique.
Take a look at our spring trees painting with bundled q-tips for another great art project idea!
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- White cardstock
- Blue liquid watercolor
- Acrylic paint in black, red, orange, yellow and 2 shades of green
- Paint palette
- Elastic bands
- Print out your template onto white cardstock. This template is great for younger kids, but some older kids might prefer to draw in their own branches.
- Paint the sky blue with liquid watercolor, diluting it with water in your paint palette. Remember to test out the blue color first on a scrap piece of paper.
- Once your sky is dry, paint the tree branches with black acrylic paint. Let the paint dry before moving on.
- Get your bundled q-tips ready. Use at least 9 q-tips per bundle and put them together with elastic bands.
- Start by painting in the red leaves with your q-tip bundle.
- Paint the orange leaves next. You don't need to wait for the red to dry first.
Remind kids not to cover up all of the red leaves with the orange.
- Paint in the yellow leaves last to add in a pop of bright color!
- Use two shades of green to paint in the grass at the bottom of your picture.
- Finally, add in some fallen leaves with red, orange and yellow paint.