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How to Draw a Palm Leaf

Palm leaves can be drawn in a variety of styles and shapes.
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Palm leaves bring to mind a warm spring day and the coming of Easter. These leaves can be drawn in a variety of styles and sizes. Palm leaves can be drawn in just a few minutes by people of every age, from three to 93, and can incorporate each person's unique artistic flair.

Draw a stem for the palm leaf using a pencil. Draw two long parallel lines with a slight curve in them. Each line will represent a side of the central palm leaf stem. Make these lines about 8 to 10 inches long. They can curve only slightly or quite a bit. Allow the top of the two lines on one end to taper off and connect to make the tip of the palm leaf stem.

Draw a connecting line at the bottom of the palm leaf stem lines, opposite from the tapered, connected end of the palm leaf stem.

Draw pairs of short lines shooting out from the main stem. Draw two lines that lie about a half inch apart at a 45-90 degree angle from the palm leaf stem. Draw 10 to 15 of these line pairs on each side of the stem, staggering each pair to create a natural appearance.

Color over the palm leaf stem and the added leaves using crayons or colored pencils. Use a darker green color to outline the stem and the leaves, and use a lighter shade of green to color in the body of the palm leaf.

Tip

Use light strokes with the pencil when drawing the initial palm leaf contour so you can erase any mistakes with ease.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.