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Batik-esque Maple Leaf Drawing

By Kathybarbro @KathyBarbro
Batik-esque Maple Leaf DrawingToday I combined two past projects – how to draw a maple leaf and making a batik-looking watercolor and crayon drawing. The key is to use cheap copy paper. Strange as it sounds, good drawing paper doesn’t work nearly as well.1.  I showed students how to draw a maple leaf, as shown in my post HERE. The goal is to draw a large leaf in pencil that fills the paper.2.  The finished pencil leaf is traced with a thick, black permanent marker.3. The leaf is colored in heavily with an assortment of warm crayon colors.4. The finished drawing is crumpled and opened at least 3 times, or until the wrinkles in the paper become very fine.5. The entire drawing is brushed with watercolor paint. I chose blue to contrast the warm leaf colors, but lots of other colors would look great too.

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