Leaf Doodling With Metallic Pens

My daughters and I were inspired by the metallic leaf mandala doodles on one of our favorite blogs, The Artful Parent, to try this fun and simple project!

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    The girls and I were collecting leaves on our walk home from school and thought it would be fun to embellish them with metallic markers. So, while I fixed dinner, I set up the girls with their pile of leaves and some metallic pens.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    They loved experimenting with the different leaf shapes and pen colors. One of my daughters enjoyed making gold and silver leaves by coloring the whole leaf with one pen. It really brought out the vein pattern! Use a light touch; if you press down too hard the leaves will tear.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Done!

    We decided to just play with the leaves and experiment. For our project, we used fresh leaves and they dried and curled the next day. If you wanted your leaves to last a bit longer, try pressing and drying them for a bit first and give them a protective coating of Mod Podge before you decorate them with the pens. Happy decorating!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

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