WREATH SERIES PART 2- FALL INSPIRED WREATH

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 Fall is coming!!!!

Fall is coming!!!!

Fall is on it's way! I've lived in Maine my whole life up until this past year, so fall was always a fun time for me to decorate my front porch. I loved attaching corn stalks to my columns and propping pumpkins up on top of hay bales. And of course, lettering on all sorts of pumpkins! 

 This was part of my porch from last fall!  

This was part of my porch from last fall!  

This fall however, we have since moved to Florida, and are patiently (well, not me....) waiting for our new home to be built. We are currently staying in our vacation home till our new home is ready next month. It feels like a waste to me to decorate if we'll be moving soon. So fall decorating will have to wait till next year. (I'll make up for it for Christmas though!)  For now, lettering some fun fall things will be it for me!  

For part 2 of my wreath series, I thought it would be fun to focus on seasonal inspired wreaths. Different times of the year bring different inspirations, so let's have some fun with it!  The fun part about wreaths is that you can make it to be anything you want! For this tutorial, I let fall inspire me.  I thought of a handful of things that reminded me of fall. For me, that is pumpkins, apples, brilliant colored leaves and some twigs. So that is what I incorporated into my wreath!  

STEP 1 - draw your circle

 Sketching your entire wreath out in pencil will be very helpful!

Sketching your entire wreath out in pencil will be very helpful!

Grab anything you can find that is circular and trace it for the base of your wreath with pencil. As you saw last week, I used a tuna can! You don't need anything fancy!  This week I just used a container of soup base I had in my closet (and of course my Tombow pencil!!) 

STEP 2: draw your main focus item

 I wanted my main focus to be a pumpkin!

I wanted my main focus to be a pumpkin!

I thought a pumpkin would be a great main focus for my wreath. You can put anything here though! For me when I thought of fall, the first thing I thought of was a pumpkin! So I made that my focus.

STEP 3: add your second main detail

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I'm adding some leaves!

I'm making leaves the main part of my wreath! Simply draw some leaves going in the opposite direction of each other. Repeat until you get to the top, leaving a little space between leaves so you can add some other fall things!

STEP 4: Add a third (and fourth!) detail

 Next I'm adding apples!

Next I'm adding apples!

To fill in the space between leaves, I decided to go with some apples. Apple picking definitely reminds me of fall. Draw apple shapes in each empty space. Then at the top, add a fourth detail such as these cute little acorns!

STEP 5: add some embellishments

 Twigs and vines accent the wreath!

Twigs and vines accent the wreath!

I added some twigs in random places around my wreath. Then added some vines that match my pumpkin in random places as well. Now the sketching is done and it's time to ink it!

STEP 6: ink your wreath

 I'm using a thicker nib for the bigger details!

I'm using a thicker nib for the bigger details!

For my pumpkin and leaves, which are the biggest detailed parts of my wreath, I wanted the outline to stand out a little bit more. So I went with my Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 03. I traced over my pencil lines for the pumpkin and all my leaves.

 And using a fine nib for the smaller details!

And using a fine nib for the smaller details!

For the rest of the wreath I used my Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01, which has a fine tip nib. It was the perfect size for those smaller details!

STEP 7: erase your pencil lines

 Erase those pesky pencil lines!

Erase those pesky pencil lines!

After your ink has dried, grab your eraser and erase those pencil lines! 

STEP 8: add color

 Now the fun begins!  Time to add some color! I used Orange and Dark Jade for my pumpkin

Now the fun begins!  Time to add some color! I used Orange and Dark Jade for my pumpkin

Now it's time to add some color and capture all those amazing fall colors! I am using my favorite brush pens, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens

 I used Carmine red for some crisp, shiny apples!

I used Carmine red for some crisp, shiny apples!

 The acorns are colored with Chocolate and Sand

The acorns are colored with Chocolate and Sand

 I chose these colors for my leaves to give some nice fall foliage: Saddle Brown, Wine Red, Red, Dark Olive, and Warm Gray 5

I chose these colors for my leaves to give some nice fall foliage: Saddle Brown, Wine Red, Red, Dark Olive, and Warm Gray 5

 And lastly I went with Light Sand for my twigs

And lastly I went with Light Sand for my twigs

STEP 9: add lettering

 Now fill in your wreath with lettering, and you're done! 

Now fill in your wreath with lettering, and you're done! 

For your last step, fill in your wreath with a cute fall saying.  I lettered Hello Fall with my Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Pen then drew a simple outline along my down strokes with my Mono Drawing Pen 01 to give it a more elegant look. 

You are now done your fall wreath!  Now that you've let fall inspire you, think of other seasons that could easily be made into a wreath. Christmas is a great one, there are SO many options! You could do holly leaves, presents, ornaments, spruce tree branches, etc. Winter is also a fun one, your wreath could be made out of snowflakes!  For summer, you could do flip flops, or beachy things like shells. I did this one a while back by thinking of tropical plants!

 Inspiration for wreaths can come from anywhere! 

Inspiration for wreaths can come from anywhere! 

Even holidays like Valentine's Day, or St. Patricks Day can be inspiring!

 Clovers and green leaves can make a cute little St. Patricks Day wreath!

Clovers and green leaves can make a cute little St. Patricks Day wreath!

So have some fun creating wreaths, all inspired by our seasons and holidays!  I hope you enjoyed this week's tutorial!  

Happy lettering, and until next time,

Mandy