Canadian Maple Leaf – Watercolor Design

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Canadian Maple Leaf Watercolor Print by Aliya Bora

My latest trip to Canada to visit my cousin inspired this design. I’ve never been to Toronto in the Summer, and I had so much fun exploring this beautiful city! Previously, I’d only been to Toronto in the winter for a quick business trip, so it was great to see the city while the weather was nice and accommodating.

I love the shape of a maple leaf – and in Canada it’s everywhere! It’s on their flag after all. My cousin and I had fun exploring the nooks and crannies of Toronto, from the Distillery District, to the Toronto islands, and my favorite – Nathan Philips Square! I just love that Toronto sign, and I came back to photograph it both during the day and at night.

And I love fall! Pumpkin Spice season is my favorite. So, I looked to those two things for inspiration on this one. To represent fall, I pulled a robust color palette of the beautiful oranges, yellows and reds that you’d see when the leaves turn in autumn.

I had fun mixing these watercolor paints into a nice ombre to give the leaf shape some interest. I decided to lead the eye upwards, with the lighter colors on the bottom leading upwards to a bold red on the top. I love the way it turned out, and I played with it further in illustrator to make a leaf print pattern.

If you want to purchase this print feel free to check out the link to my shop. If you’re a company interested in licensing this design, please reach out me on my contact page. And, if you want to hear more about my trip to Canada, check out the travel blog post!

Medium: Watercolor

Design: Canadian Maple Leaf

Color Palette: Fall Vibes – Deep Reds, Oranges, and Golden Yellows

Mood: Rustic, Cozy, Crisp, Pumpkin Spice!!!

Inspiration: A fun trip to Canada!




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Every time I have gone to Toronto, I have always ended up in Nathan Philips Square. I just love that Toronto sign, especially when they light it up! . On my last trip I went there a couple times, and was able to capture some shots & video in both day and night. It’s just beautiful! . One thing I noticed in Canada is that people embrace every moment of Summer & enjoyed the warm weather everywhere I went. . I added some pics to the end from my winter trip to Toronto last year for comparison — this is when the water freezes over the fountain & people go ice skating. What a fun place! (BTW —I’m so glad I don’t have to wear transitions glasses anymore…LASIK is the best thing ever!) . . #canada #toronto #torontosign #nathanphillipssquare #aroundtheworld #beautifuldestinations #iamatraveller #wanderlust #tlpicks #instatravel #welltravelled #doyoutravel #adventure #adventureseeker #aliyatravels #travelgram #tourist #canada?? #canada #travelgirl #postcardsfromtheworld

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