WREATH SERIES - HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE, YET ELEGANT WREATH

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 Let's make a wreath!

Let's make a wreath!

Wreaths can add so much dimension to your lettering so I thought it would be fun to do a wreath series! Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on different styles of wreaths. Today's wreath is all about elegance and simplicity!  So let's grab your tools and get going!

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR TOOLS

For this wreath I am using a piece of Canson Marker Paper, a tuna can (just wait!), Tombow Mono Pencil, Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01 and 05, and Tombow Dual Brush Pens 772 Blush, 158 Dark Olive, and 312 Holly Green. 

STEP 2: DRAW A CIRCLE

 You can use anything, like a tuna can!

You can use anything, like a tuna can!

I like to sketch out my entire wreath in pencil. This is especially helpful in case I make any mistakes!  To draw your circle, grab a pencil and anything circular. I used a tuna can! But a bowl, mug or plate works just fine! If you have a circle template from a craft store, that is great too!  

 Make your circle!

Make your circle!

STEP 3: ADD YOUR 1ST DETAIL - leaves

 Add some cute leaves!

Add some cute leaves!

Following your circle line, add some leaves all going in the same direction. Try to keep an equal distance from each set of leaves you draw. Also, rotate your paper as you follow the circle line to help with drawing them!

 Rotate your paper!

Rotate your paper!

STEP 4: ADD YOUR 2ND DETAIL - flowers

 Choose your flower to draw in!

Choose your flower to draw in!

You can choose any flower to draw in, I went with a cute little rose. To draw this rose, start a small circular curl in the middle of the empty space between 2 sets of leaves. Then keep circling around until all the empty space is filled. Repeat in each empty space. 

 After you've added all your flowers!

After you've added all your flowers!

STEP 5: ADD YOUR 3RD DETAIL - flower leaves

 Add some leaves to your flowers!

Add some leaves to your flowers!

Now add a small leaf to each flower. I rotated where I placed the leaves on each flower. So one flower has a leaf on the right, then the next flower has a leaf on the left, etc. Repeat until all flowers have a leaf.

STEP 6: ADD EMBELLISHMENTS

 Embellishments are next!

Embellishments are next!

For an embellishment, I chose to do a simple cluster of dots around a handful of flowers. Just enough to make it noticeable but it doesn't take away from all the other details. 

 The wreath is fully sketched!!!

The wreath is fully sketched!!!

STEP 7: TIME TO INK OUR DESIGN!

 Trace over all your details!

Trace over all your details!

Now it's time to ink over everything we just drew! For the flowers and the leaves on the flowers, I am using the smallest nib pen I have, the Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01. This pen has a very fine tip, which makes it perfect to create our flowers!

 Use a fine tip pen for the flower leaves too!

Use a fine tip pen for the flower leaves too!

Now using the Tombow Mono Drawing pen 05, I trace over all the bigger leaves.  The nib on this pen is a little bit bigger, which helps to make those leaves pop away from the flowers!

 Trace over your leaves, and you're done inking!

Trace over your leaves, and you're done inking!

 After you've inked everything, erase your pencil lines!

After you've inked everything, erase your pencil lines!

 The finished piece!

The finished piece!

And that's how you make a wreath! Now, you could simply leave it black and white like this. It would be just as pretty. But for this tutorial, I am going to add some color so you can see both versions!

I chose Blush Pink as my flower color, it is such a soft pretty pink! And I also chose 2 different greens for my leaves. The flower leaves will be Holly Green, and the bigger leaves will be Dark Olive. Using 2 different greens will help keep each style of leaf looking like its own piece to the wreath. 

 Color your flowers in!

Color your flowers in!

 Add some color to the leaves!

Add some color to the leaves!

 And the other leaves!

And the other leaves!

 Done with color!!

Done with color!!

And there you have it! Now you just have to add some lettering to the inside of the wreath and you are done!

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Which version do you like better, the black and white or colored wreath? I would love to know!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Happy Friday and until next time,

Mandy