Here’s a simple Autumn doodle art idea using patterning. This is a fun and relaxing art activity to help practice mindfulness and would make a lovely wall display at home or in the classroom for Fall or Autumn.
We’ve already shared paper leaf mosaic art and comic leaf art using our open-ended printable leaf templates. Autumn doodle art is a third project you can make with the same printable, but of course there are many more things you could do with them too!
This art project is a variation of our popular handprint doodle art, only the handprint has been switched for a leaf shape.
You could easily make your leaf doodle art Spring or Summer themed by switching the colour of the leaf to green and the background to a light Spring colour like sky blue or a different shade of green to the leaf.
As with our paper mosaic art project, the biggest challenge with doodle art for kids is having the patience to fill in all of the spaces with pattern. Younger kids (6 and under) may not be able to complete the project because they have a short attention span. You could modify the project for them by making the sections larger, the markers thicker so the patterns take less time (or use crayons instead) and also by sectioning up the leaf only and leaving the background blank so there is less space to fill.
For older kids and adults, you could use a fine liner pen to create more complex, detailed patterns and stick more than one leaf down so there are more sections to fill.
The doodling can be a very soothing process, and is a good way to relax and unwind. I really enjoy this activity myself!
How to make Autumn doodle art
You will need:
- Our printable paper leaves template, available both in our printables store and our TPT store
- Construction paper in Autumn hues – card stock or ordinary paper both work fine
- A glue stick
- Black sharpie marker
Print the leaf shape you wish to use directly to coloured construction paper. Cut the leaf out and glue to a sheet of paper in a contrasting colour.
Trace around the leaf with your marker and add a line up the centre.
Create wavy lines diagonally across the page one way, then the other way creating sections.
Fill each section with a different pattern.
Once all the sections are filled, you’re done!
Try changing it up by sticking down a selection of smaller leaves.
More Autumn art ideas for kids:
- Make colourful leaf print mandalas
- This comic leaf art is a fun creative thinking art idea
- Paper leaf mosaics are a great way to make use of paper scraps
- Use natural elements collected from the garden and chalk to create outdoor nature drawings