Paint imperfect autumn leaves in watercolor

Imperfect autumn leaves in watercolor

Inside this watercolor course

If you are interested in a more challenging leaf painting, this course is for you.

Here you won’t paint another perfectly colored leaf. Here you won’t create another flat illustration.

In this course, we will go deep into recreating a special texture of old leaves with all their tonal and color transitions, worn effects, and crisp details.

We will use multiple techniques to paint leaves and explore all the specifics of 100% cotton paper. You will also take a look at the extensive autumn palette consisting of 11 colors.

We will create a realistic composition of fallen autumn leaves just like they are in real life.

Course level:  Advanced

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Easy To Follow Lessons

Every course has a clear structure: from art tools to a color palette to the first layer. Every stroke is demonstrated from 2 angles and every technique is explained. And if you have questions you can always ask us directly.

Strong Theoretical Basis

No guess-work and intuitive painting. Our lessons are based on theory and academic knowledge which give students the ability to paint with confidence. You will not only know the "how" but also "the why".

Watercolor techniques you will explore


Sketch the composition of your leaves (downloadable outline included).


Work on an extensive autumn palette of 11 colors (alternative palette included).


Discover 2 approaches to painting leaves: wet on wet technique; wet on dry technique and working by segments.


Create a dynamic background with wet on dry technique.


Work on the realistic texture of an old worn autumn leaf.


Practice painting thin and delicate veins with no stress.

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Lessons in this watercolor course

Imperfect autumn leaves in watercolor - 2 mins


Supplies overview

Sketching the composition - 12 mins

Autumn color palette: 11 colors - 10 mins

Painting the first leaf: technique option #1 - 13 mins

Painting the second leaf: technique option #2 - 15 mins

Start with layering technique: first leaf - 8 mins

Second layer on the second leaf - 10 mins

Start painting the background - 15 mins

Working on the dark red leaf - 11 mins

Continue working on the background leaves - 16 mins

Finishing the background - 16 mins

Creating veins on the background leaves - 19 mins

Details on the main leaves - 13 mins

Final touch on the main leaves - 14 mins

Meet your teacher, Yana

Professional Watercolor Artist

Yana is a professional award-winning watercolor artist with more than 10 years of experience.

She’s tried different techniques and approaches to watercolor.

She hosted weekly workshops in Thailand and organized classes and art events in different countries of Asia and Europe. Her work was group-exhibited in Vietnam and Spain, and original pieces are now in private collections around the world.

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