Autumn Leaves

I’ve filled a good 30 bags of leaves, and have chosen to ignore the remaining stragglers until spring. And by stragglers, I mean another 10 to 15 bags worth. My body aches, and while I thought I was in shape, apparently I’m not when it comes to raking. So I’m turning my attention to other autumn options, and found that a few pressed leaves and a little gold paint can look magical.


  • pressed leaves
  • gold acrylic paint
  • sponge
  • sticky tack
  • canvas board or cardboard


1. Select some autumn leaves that have already been pressed and flattened in a book. Lay them on a canvas board or piece of cardboard. Once you’re happy with the layout, place a small amount of sticky tack under each leaf to help hold them in place.

2. Gently dip a sponge in undiluted gold paint and apply on and around each leaf. Make sure you hold each one down with your fingers as you apply the paint because even though you have used sticky tack, they may still move around a bit. Keep in mind that the way you apply the sponge can create different textures. Once all the paint has been applied, remove the leaves and sticky tack, and allow to dry.

A few great autumn songs to play while you work:

Les Feuilles Mortes by Yves Montand

Autumn Leaves by Cannonball Adderley & Miles Davis

Sand River by Beth Gibbons

Autumn Leaves by Eva Cassidy


Filed under Art and Nature, leaves, painting

6 responses to “Autumn Leaves

  1. Eva Cassidy is a favorite of mine. Thanks for mentioning her on your blog. I found your lament over leaves too familiar for comfort and recall another of Eva’s songs which applies where I live…Tall Trees In Georgia. -Scott

  2. Thanks for your comment Scott. I wasn’t familiar with Eva Cassidy at all until I looked for different versions of Autumn Leaves. It was a lovely discovery.

  3. LOVE this idea! and you are right…they do look magical! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very pretty! Love the colour you chose. And it looks so easy…might be something I’ll have to try!
    Debbie 🙂

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