How to Paint Leaves one stroke at a time. Several different types to start with. I will add more in another post.
Learning how to paint leaves is an important part of flower painting. They add depth and an accent to the colorful flowers. Leaves come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I show you just a few basics here.
I don’t try to make them absolutely realistic but more of an indication of what a particular plants leaves look like.
Many of my flower painting tutorials have the leaf tutorial with them. I will link to those at the end.
Start with your brush. In this tutorial I am using a #12 flat brush but you would use the size you need to create the size leaf you wish.
A good set of brushes to get started with are the One Stroke set.
Double load your brush with a dark green and a lighter green.
Make a v by tapping your chisel edge of the brush on your practice piece.
To begin your stroke place the chisel edge on one half of the V then press down on your brush, wiggle as you drag the brush along to create a half heart shape.
Let your brush lift to a point as you reach the tip.
Now start on the other half of the V and do the same thing, try and make the tips meet so you do not have two leaf tips.
I frequently get two tips and just go over that bit to correct.
Don’t flip the brush, but you probably should reload with paint.
Keep the dark side of the brush next to the light when beginning the next stroke.
Do it the same way you did the first stroke and let your brush spring back to a chisel edge.
And there you have a leaf.
On to the slider leaf.
With the chisel edge of your brush draw a stem.
This is merely for placement, you can draw it in later if you wish.
Press your brush onto the surface at an angle from the step, not straight down.
We are trying to avoid a broad flat base to the leaf.
In the video I show it better.
You can also use a filbert brush, you will get a more rounded base of the leaf.
Touch, press and lift to a point by turn the brush as you stroke.
I use this one a lot for small filler leaves.
To make a longer leaf, just drag it out further.
The video includes more leaves including some shadow leaves which work well for in the background.
Now for the video…