Fall Inspired Tumbling Leaves Canvas Art

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Autumnal tones of honey gold, bronzy russet and pumpkin spice are one of nature’s most perfect color harmonies.

I was recently inspired by some wall décor I saw online, so I decided to make my own versions to use for fall. This tutorial is one of two canvases I created. See the other one here.

I already had all the paint and glitter, so my only cost for these two projects was for the canvases.


Stretch canvas in size of choice (mine was 12" x 12")


Small Brushes – 1", ¼", scroller

Plastic Glue Spreader


Inspiration Art


Background. For the background of this canvas, I used two colors: one was a leftover paint sample from the hardware store and the other was General Finishes Millstone Milk Paint. I randomly applied small areas of each color on the canvas.  

Applying background colors

With a WoodRiver Glue Spreader, I took a little bit of the lighter color and scraped it down the width of the canvas to create some texture to the background. 

Creating background texture

Leaves. For the falling leaves, I used a ¼" brush in varying fall colors like General Finishes Pearl Effects in Bronze, Tawny and Burnished. You could also use any kind of acrylic craft paint, preferably something metallic to get the effect shown here. 

I added different colors and sizes of leaves, layering the paint and also sprinkled on some glitter while the paint was wet. 

Using the scroller brush and some bronze paint, I added in darker veins and outlines on the leaves. To create a bit of depth in the area around the leaves, I painted on some abstract lines and dots with the same brush and some gold paint.  

A quick little project to add some punch and sparkle to your fall décor. Give it a try! 

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Lori Haught Harper
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