I finally got the hang of the reed leaves. Well maybe not totally, but much improved. I still don't have the knack of "looking ahead" so I can traverse the voids smoothly. However the veins made the leaves look nicer. For the orange leaves I think I'll use gold as the veins.
I may have to re-do some of the leaves since they don't look as good as the good ones. I already took out the leaves on the left side.