Simple Steps for Drawing a Wreath
I'm back with my third post in the "How to Draw" series. (You can view the first two here
I love drawing wreaths but I find myself feeling really overwhelmed when I sit down to draw one. Where do I start? What do I draw? Too sparse? Too full?
Ok, well I'm breaking it down step by step today so if you're like me, you won't be overwhelmed any longer. But before we go any further, download your worksheet here
Your worksheet shows you the collection of botanical elements in this wreath and gives you a place to practice them, as well as draw a wreath of your own.
How to Draw a Wreath Worksheet
Grab a bowl or some round object to trace - or use your worksheet for the time being.
Trace your bowl lightly with a pencil
Move the bowl slightly and trace it twice more, giving the wreath extra layers
When you add your elements, you'll want to remember the Rule of Threes. The rule basically means that elements of design are more pleasing to the eye and present an overall balanced look when they are grouped by threes.
Draw your first element - the laurel leaves - to the inside or outside of the wreath. Imagine three corners of a triangle inside your wreath, and place the laurels at each "corner."
Now imagine your triangle has rotated slightly to the left. Add your next element - a rose - on each "corner."
Continue adding elements in threes around your wreath. I like to "connect" mine into the circular lines because it anchors the elements instead of having them appear that they're floating.
Here's a closeup. At this point, you can start filling in random holes with other elements. Don't stress over it being perfectly symmetrical.
Next I added in small tulip-like flowers, and berry sprigs
After that I added some berry clusters and curly-cues
I finished it off with some single leaves
Once you're happy with your pencil sketch, get a pen and ink it in. This part goes pretty quickly.
When you're finished outlining your drawing, it'll look pretty good. But you still need to erase your pencil marks.
Take a good eraser (My favorite is the Tombow Mono NP eraser here
) and erase your pencil drawing.
You're left with a nicely balanced wreath!
Don't forget to add some lettering!
Finish it with some colored pencils or markers - or draw it on watercolor paper
and paint it!
Here's a picture of a similar wreath I drew in my Lettering Prayer Journal with watercolor.
Tools I Used
Sakura Micron Pen 01 (for wreath)
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen
Canson XL Drawing Pad
I also enjoy using the Canson Marker Pad which is ultra smooth and so nice for markers and brush pens.
If you enjoyed this tutorial and want more like it, check out my new book Faith and Lettering: An Inspirational Guide to Creative Lettering & Journaling (Amazon link)
With love and lettering,
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