How to Paint Autumn Leaves on Rocks - A Fall Rock Painting Tutorial

How to paint fall leaves on a painted rock with posca pens and acrylic paint

The kids are back in school, pumpkin spice is back in the coffee shop and I am ready for fall rock painting!

Nothing says "fall" to me more than multicolored fallen leaves -- so of course I wanted to capture the essence of fall with pretty orange leaves on rocks.

The first of my fall rock painting ideas was a bare tree with falling leaves. 

For this next rock painting project I wanted the look of a fallen leaf stuck to a rock. 

To get this look, I use a technique similar to the one taught by Flower Patch Farmhouse on how to paint fall oak leaves to paint a solitary leaf on a rock.

These look great when you make multiple painted rocks with this technique and group them together.

Painted rocks with oak leaves for fall - how to paint leaves onto rocks with Posca pens


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Fall Leaves Painted Rock Tutorial:
How to Paint Fallen Leaves on Rocks


Painted rocks with oak leaves for fall - how to paint leaves onto rocks with Posca pens

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Video: How to Paint Fallen Oak Leaves on Rocks


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How to Paint Fallen Leaves Step 1: Outline the shape of the leaf

Learn how to paint oak leaves on rocks


Start by using your yellow fine tip Posca pen to draw the outline of an oak leaf shape on your clean rock.

Not sure what an oak leaf looks like? Google image search to the rescue! Check out all these great oak leaf shapes you can use as models.

Don't stress about making it exact.

How to Paint Fallen Leaves Step 2: Fill in the outline

How to paint fallen leaves rock painting project


Use the yellow Posca pen to fill in and solidify the outline.

Allow your painted rock to dry completely. One of the great things about Posca pens is that this takes just a minute or two.

How to Paint Fallen Leaves Step 3: Blend with orange

Fall painted rock ideas


Use a dab of orange acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to paint a border of orange paint along the outline of the leaf you just drew.

Dip your paintbrush in water to help blend the orange paint down toward the center of the leaf.

How to Paint Fallen Leaves Step 4: Paint veins on the leaf

How to paint leaves


Use an orange posca pen to draw a line from the stem, 75% of the way toward the tip of the leaf.

Use the pen again to add veins branching off the sides of the leaf.

How to Paint Fallen Leaves Step 5: Seal your rock

Set your rock aside to dry completely before sealing with clear spray sealer.

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How to Paint Autumn Leaves on Rocks

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Author: Carissa B
Estimated cost: $1
Nothing says "fall" to me more than multicolored fallen leaves -- so of course I wanted to capture the essence of fall with pretty orange leaves on rocks. For this next rock painting project I wanted the look of a fallen leaf stuck to a rock. To get this look, I use a technique similar to the one taught by Flower Patch Farmhouse on how to paint fall oak leaves to paint a solitary leaf on a rock.

materials:

  • Rocks
  • Extra Fine tip Posca paint pens in yellow and orange
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint in Pumpkin or your favorite shade of orange
  • Clear spray sealer

tools:

  • Paintbrush

steps:

  1. Start by using your yellow fine tip Posca pen to draw the outline of an oak leaf shape on your clean rock.
  2. Use the yellow Posca pen to fill in and solidify the outline.
  3. Use a dab of orange acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to paint a border of orange paint along the outline of the leaf you just drew. Dip your paintbrush in water to help blend the orange paint down toward the center of the leaf.
  4. Use an orange posca pen to draw a line from the stem, 75% of the way toward the tip of the leaf. Use the pen again to add veins branching off the sides of the leaf.
  5. Set your rock aside to dry completely before sealing with clear spray sealer.

NOTES:

Get more help including step-by-step photos on the I Love Painted Rocks website.
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About the Author:

Carissa is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. 

The owner and lead writer of both I Love Painted Rocks and Creative Green Living, she has won multiple awards for her craft writing including the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY blogger" in 2018. 

Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Country Sampler Farmhouse Style and more.

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