Creating Whimsical Doodled Wreaths | Diana McDermott | Skillshare

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14 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Creating a one point wreath

    • 4. Creating a two point wreath

    • 5. Creating a three point wreath

    • 6. Creating a five point wreath

    • 7. Example one point project

    • 8. Example two point project

    • 9. Example three point project

    • 10. Example five point project

    • 11. Creating a final draft

    • 12. Ways to use your doodle wreaths

    • 13. Optional: Coloring!

    • 14. Final thoughts + thank you!!!

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About This Class

Learn how simple it is to create your own fun wreaths doodles!

Wreath artwork is so pretty and perfect for home decorating, gift giving, or graphic design projects! For this class, you'll need:

We'll go step-by-step from exactly how to set up an attractive wreath design to 3 ways to fill it in with foliage and flowers. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to create your own unique, cute wreath artwork!

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Diana McDermott

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Hey, there! I’m Diana of MyMcDoodles. Boymom, artist, & craft addict - living in Austin, TX. I love creating whimsical digital art and am excited to help you level up your skills!

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Diana. But some of you might know me as my McDougal's, where I share my artwork, fun projects and tutorials on my instagram, Facebook, YouTube and in my Etsy shop. If you wanted to learn how to create some fun limb sickle reef artwork that you can use for your own projects, gifts for friends and family and decorations, then you're in the right place. In this class will go step by step on how to create a fun, whimsical balanced tree. Once you understand and get the hang of drawing the flowers and the arrangement the way you like, there's really so many things you can do with it, whether you're making gift tags or cupcake toppers or just card artwork for friends and family, it's really ah, fun way to make something that's unique and personalized for your loved ones. The main thing is just learning how to create your wreath and having some fun. So grab a pen and paper click, enroll and let's get started 2. Supplies: supplies with this class or super simple. You just need some paper to draw or sketch pad, a pencil, any Reeser, a pan, a compass if you haven't or just something that circular to trace around. Coloring supplies are optional, but in my house they're kind of not. So everything are. You may need to get started. 3. Creating a one point wreath: So let's get started here. So first you need to draw a circle on your paper, and then we'll talk about how you could break your circle into segments to make your reef look balanced and beautiful. I'm just using a glass to trace around because the compass is hard for me and, like, slips around. But if you use whatever you whatever you wish. So if you want to use your compass, fine. I'm just not gonna free handing circles either. So you need to have it like a nice, perfect circle. Um, just to get a good skeleton here in your paper. So let's talk about how we're going to break up this circle into different segments to add your florals. I am gonna mark one point and then the way I'm going to lay out my designed for this one would be to start down here the center and, like work Miley up each side in this direction to about like halfway. So I would tend to do just like a cluster of flowers down here and then really, like leafy, um, components that go all the way up to about like, the halfway mark another way you can do it. Hiss You would imagine you're starting plane here and then you just are going to work all the way around, taking all your leaves and everything going in the same direction just all way around the circle to complete it. So if you imagine you're drawing, you're leaves in on your wreath, they're all gonna face this way you're gonna pay attention to the direction the leaves are pointing and they're all gonna flow in the same way. So even if you break it up with, like, flowers and whatever in here, when you go back in, you're going to continue drawing the same direction, the hallway around until you reached the bottom. The last time would be if I kind of make the starting point, like off to the side. So I imagine, like a 45 degree angle, your starting point would be here, and then it's similar to this one. So you're going to go about to hear Connolly visualize it going straight across and ending there, and then you're leaves and your flowers and everything will flow all in the same direction to there and then you'll have this like, pretty half circle. But it's kind of interesting because of the way it's like skewed to the side. So that's three ways you can do it when you're working with one point, find your circle. 4. Creating a two point wreath: So let's talk about if you wanted to break it up into two points. So let's charge circles. And so, for this method, I like to break it here. We're gonna do it on pills of, um um and just aside now, on my riel drawing, I would never make these points this dark. So you would just saw, like, a little tick mark like that, Like, barely visible where you can even come in with your eraser and use that as your starting point for your brand. Sure, Whatever. Um, it's just so you can see where to begin. You don't have these, like, really dark circles that are gonna show up the Yanks. You can see how it doesn't really erase. So that's just the tip. So for this one, we're going to break it, Um, and two points, and then it's going to be the same on the top in the bottom. So it's gonna go like this so you can kind of imagine it's starting like in the bottom right here, and it's gonna flow up like our one point res. And then, um, instead of just ending there, you are gonna flip it and do the same design, like symmetrical onto the top side. So I would try to match my flowers and my leaves and just make an exact copy up there. This is typically something I do when I digitized my work and I want to have the full circle, but have it like, really balanced and symmetrical. You can just create this one, and then you just copy it and you flip it on. The other way would be you start here to go this direction up to the halfway point, and then it breaks and then you continue on to there. So let's talk for a minute. About what? This something like this would look like I'm so this is the beginning of your branch. So I would usually usually start with a cluster of flowers, because is rate on the side there. I don't always feel like that Looks very good. So I'd probably put my flowers like some somewhere out right there. I'm kind of like at that 45 degrees angle again, since just imagine there's like a cluster there. And then I would start here with my leafy stuff and you have to remember that there's leaves off of these toc kind of work that was in. It's okay if those air going in the opposing direction because they're coming off of this flower. But for your brand, she wanted all the while in the same direction, you get the idea. It would go all the way around like, uh, to this ending point here, and then I would do the same thing up here. I probably put my flowers like again Lee kind of directly across. So you can kind of see how that creates on these balanced wreath here. 5. Creating a three point wreath: Sanel, Let's break our reef into three starting points. We're gonna put three circles on our peeper. Okay, So for these ones, I imagine I'm drawing, um, like an equilateral triangle just to kind of get my points spaced out evenly. There's no me than measure or anything like that, just kind of eyeball it. But I don't give you three nights points to work with, but I would do here is I would start at this point and then you would take your branch, flow it across there, and it would unseat have, like, your final leaves or whatever there. And then you could start a new branch here. So, like I was saying before, like, it doesn't have to be The actual start of the branch could be like a cluster of flowers or whatever, but this is just a nisi way to visualize it. Like how it's gonna get broken up and come and just be more evenly balanced than if you just go in and just Molinelli start like throwing in flowers and leaves everywhere. So in this one, it's all going in the same direction. Keeps it nice and simple on Burgess breaking it into three branches there. I'm so this next one, it's kind of more like two points. But the way they're situated, I'll included in the three points because they're not directly across from each other. So you would start here or wherever at your first starting point. I'm going to pick this one in this example, and then it's just gonna go on. Lee across is going to go through the first statement and then all the way through the second segment, and it's gonna end right there. So kind of gives you like a nice, um, 2/3 toe, 1/3 ratio and just looks balanced that way. I feel like it just looks nice. I'm so I will go all the way around, and then I would just do this last little section here. And for something like this, I would probably put like my roses or whatever. My cluster of flowers over in this area with smaller section and then you like fad their leaves and just whatever other decorations branches swash is whatever grassy stuff all this up you wanna add there and then I would take this around with, like some just really pretty leaves you could keep it real simple. We could go back in and, like, fill in the gaps with more stuff. Just the kind of leg. Fill it up from a paper here and then at the end point, they're just gonna put my last sleeve. I'm doing it like super dark just to show you. So they have a girl. He turned back right side up so you could see what we're doing here. And then this would just be a similar set up to that. So I'm not gonna repeat it. And have you watched through the whole thing again? But you could You could start it wherever you want. So if you wanted your cluster to be, like at the bottom, you could draw your point in the top, and then your other two points down here. And then, um, you be able to fill in, like this little peace here with the flowers and then, like, how that be all of thes leafy things 6. Creating a five point wreath: So for the last one, let's just do five points on her serve all here. So we're gonna have five breaking points. I just imagine a star. And that's how I dry it draw my five points equally spaced so we could dio 123 or five That's your star shape. And then for this one, I'm gonna do it upside down. So one Teoh three, 45 Okay, so we have a point at the top in a point at the bottom toe Work, Quest and elegies convene like the first or whatever Just do it works for you. So for this one, we're just It's so simple. You just start here. We're sort of any point I should say, and you just work in the same direction all the way around your trees. And it's just a nice me too. Sake minute. You can have, like, different kinds of flowers and each little section here, or just like leafy stuff. And then do this one with more flowers, and it's just like a nice way to kind of visualize it and break it up. And then, um, for this one, it's similar to the one I just showed you with the three points, and so I would start. Um, let me turn it a little bit because I actually wanted to do it on the other one. So So this is our top. This is a very top point. So I would start at the one right here, and I would do you like this thes two sections as all one group and then these three is like three shorter sections. You kind of just playing around with it and see what you think. Looks nice. And what looks appealing to you. These are just my suggestions on what I typically do when I start to doodle in a wreath or whatever. So I thought I would share with you what works for me. 7. Example one point project: So now that you know how to set up your reef, let's go ahead and just start drawing some. This is gonna be a one point meat. So I'm gonna put the little Meyer create here, just so I know we're beginning and I'm gonna do the style where it ended halfway up. So I think I'll TV's out. My points says were ending their That seems to make sense. So it starts here. So let's just try on some flowers a second, see how we can make this look Okay , so that's pretty good. And then I'm gonna add leaves. Probably a both. Science is gonna flow this direction in this direction. You could just have a little bit more stuff just to kind of fill it in. The only other thing from going to know is if you're drawing, you're French and you want these two to be the same type of leaves. Pay attention to where you're having the leaves attach, so leaves can either attached rate at the same points are the all attorney. So if you're doing, um, leaves that attached at the same point together like that, all the way of this French make sure you do that over here. Or if you're, like, alternating, then just do it over here. You can kind of keep it loose, but just like as a general role, if you want it all to look, the seems you're not like filling it all in. If you're feeling it all in and they're all, like, overlapping and just looks like, really like then Senate doesn't really matter. But if you wanted to be need or if you're just doing, like a really simple um branch with the leaves, then is going to be really obvious. If it doesn't match, then I would just pay attention to what you're doing there. 8. Example two point project: So from a two point reef, I'm going to go with this style rather than the one that's perfectly symmetrical. Because I tend Teoh, do this one when I'm working with digital elements or we can the computer. Not as much when I'm just drawing a really loose re third doodling one. So I'm going to try this one. You So I need my circle. An enemy final piece of artwork I wouldn't draw. The circle was dark. As I've been drawing in, I try to keep it like this light as possible, where it's like nearly on the paper there, but just enough to be visible to me like even this is too dark cause I want to be. But he raised it back out at the end. So for this one, we're gonna go do one too points there. And then I'm gonna have my cluster of flowers here and then across diagonally here. You could just kind of play around this and see what you come up with. I'm just doing these only kind of junky paper. But if I was doing it on my real final paper, I might not add as much like detail and here because, um, I want to be able to think it and like, make sure that there's all these pencil lines showing of the cell. Unless you are really light, you know, you'll be able to do you base it all. Sometimes I'll just go in with the ink and forgo the pencil altogether. But and that's really super comfortable doing it. I wouldn't recommend that on your nice paper. Once you get the hang of it, you could totally do it. Okay, so those air to place closer to think that looks pretty pretty good for me. So I'm gonna start right here and just do these, like, literally use and work my way up to these roses lips. I have determined people as they go or else it's hard for me to draw the sheet that I like . Um, from certain angles are certainly, like, upside down. It's tricky. Okay, so you kind of just like, Are you too much of these air machines that just our process, Okay. And then our other point was directly across here, so I didn't start my flowers rate on that point, which I kind of I could have I could have started here and just me like a wide cluster and then just finish it off with some leafy items there. But I'm just gonna go ahead and as a starting branch here, really work it in around those ones, and then it's gonna pop out here and continue on and again, like I wanted these all to be the same type of leaf. So I'm gonna follow what I did appear and just trying to make them like this across from each other. As much as I can course, it's OK. They're a little off or whatever kind of doodily and fun and lose self part of the fun of, like, doodily type of artwork. So it could be a little bit off Long King whatever. And it's still excuse. So this I don't like that. Let's take that off. We're gonna end it a little bit earlier because that just looked strange. Was it smashing into the branch up there? Someone in my last one there and then this could be like this stick that's beginning that French. Okay, so I'm pretty happy with that one. That's our two point. We've now let's move on to a three point 9. Example three point project: So we're gonna work on a three point. I think you kind of get the just of this type of design where you do a custard flowers and then work your leaves around so much into another one of those. I think I'll do this one where you just break it into three segments so I can show you that . You know what? I have circle right here. So I'm just going to do it there. Okay, So let's see. But what I like to do it's kind of just making these up as I go. I like to do an odd number of flowers. Usually it's like a little cluster just so it doesn't look like to symmetrical or like Perfecter, I don't know, kind of like it when it's an odd number. So this is our starting point, But I'm not going to start with a branch. I'm gonna let this leaf and there. But because I have a point there, I know how far I should go. We shouldn't get too crazy like extending over this direction. See, I think I'll to you link. That's too. I want to leave some of those leaves to be to that froze those. And I'll just do some different kinds. I worked in here. OK, so that's our first segment. Let's do our next one here. I think we're gonna do it with Leg. Wants to, like different kinds of flowers. Do you like a p? Any looking seeing years? Yeah. Do you find? Just play around with this and just do what kind of flowers you weren't. You don't have to be perfect. Your anything's. I think this last one here will do, like something like Africa Torque Center and like these big pedals. Okay, says something like that feels pretty good. You can see that this is going this direction and then this one is not going that same direction. So is going this way so you can come to just like Mr Rather, like since this flower was up here. Obviously, the leaves are gonna point this way, so because you can see these aren't like said instead of rules or anything, there's Camilli guidelines. So this for this one, I just wanted it to be the three sections in them. This flows that way, and then this whole thing plays that way. You can kind of play around with it and see what you like. 10. Example five point project: So for the last one, the five point. This is very similar to what I just showed you. So I'm not going to take you through the whole ordeal again. But it's also broken up into five segments, and then you can fill them in the way we just did. So you just get a segment and then add your flowers and you can add different kinds. Um, you could do little and whole segment of all flowers with new leaves, or just like a whole branch across one segment or whatever. You just fill it in, however you wish. Just keep in mind five sections you have to work with here and this one here, where this part takes up like two of the segments. It's similar to the one that we've already gone through with the three points as well, so it's similar to this one for this section. It was just like one little piece, and then this covered multiple sections. Sea would fill in your five point Reese in a similar fashion 11. Creating a final draft: So now it's time to make a nice one all a nice paper or in your sketchbook. I like to put mine in my sketchbook because it's nice to be able to look back through and see ideas in different um, techniques that I've learned along the way and also to see how I've improved. So some things take time when you just practice practice, and then one day it feels more natural to you and you come into skid it. So I like to put things in here because it's nicely bound by conflict back through and see the progress I've made through the year and over the years, someone complaining here. So let's start with our our circle. I'm gonna draw out super late this time because I want to be able to include over it so I don't want anything too crazy tart, but I won't be able to erase my pencil lines pack out of even the Is we darker? Then I prefer just take some of it that back down but here, So let's put our points under beef here. I think I'll dio just three points to break up my reef here onto three you know, erase this out. Actually, no point enjoying them. And if you're just going to base them back outfit, Um, actually, this one is hard to see, So I just put a little thought there. Okay, So let's fill it in with some flowers. I'm gonna do really lose generic outlines because I don't want to put all the detail and with my pencil, just have to go back over to get with my ANC. So they're just gonna be really loose, too sick and 90 of where I'm gonna lay the different elements. Okay, so I went past the point that I marked here, but that's okay. So I'm gonna do the this branch covering 2/3 of the area and this one thes flowers covering 1/3. Okay, so I'm gonna thank over top of this and then once making calls trying only race it out, using, um, a water proof pen. I like this pin because I can dio thinking and the water color over it, and it doesn't smear everywhere, But in this case, I'm just going toe just to do black and white base. Since I did it in pencil first, I can see that my leave started to alternate here instead of being attached at the same point across the branch from each other. So I'm just gonna go and then try Teoh, pay attention to that as, um putting the ink on the paper here. I like to fill in with these little circles here, Kind of like baby's breath or something, just that had, like, a little bit of something extreme. And then this line, you could trace this one with your, um your glass or your compass to get it perfectly circular there. I think I'm just gonna freehand it and attach these to it as I go. - And then, if you want to, you could add veins in your leaves. Or you could leave them like the looking both ways. Look earlier Pretty just like to vary my still number of lines. I put in each one from leaf to leave just to keep it leak doodily and loose and just fun. - But some of these little ones there's not even really room to do much more detail on those. So I'm gonna leave those like that. I'm gonna wait for this to dry and then only Reese, the pencil well and show you what it looks like. See here. Er, it's all trying. It's all cleaned up. Can you have your final piece of artwork here? If you want to keep going with that, you could take color pencils and color of the leaves or markers just to give it a little splash of color. Or if you wanted to be black and white, which is really impactful when I feel like, really beautiful by itself than you could leave it just like this. Um, you could scan it and your computer. And if you have a program where you can manipulate it like Photoshopped or any drawing type of program, you could add your digital paint in or whatever you wish. Once you have your BC reit structure and at the silent you really like there's so many things you could do with it 12. Ways to use your doodle wreaths: So this is just an example of what you could do with it once you have your wreath artwork drum. So whether you're using it for, like, your bullet journal, we could write with the months of the year and they're or greeting cards or artwork to give the friends and family. You could do something like this for, like, a bridal shower. Um, you could do that on watercolor paper if you're painting it or on heavy card stock. If you're just thinking on, then you couldn't cut it out and keep it on AM a skewer or like a stick? It could be the cupcake toppers. There's all kinds of things you could do with it. So don't you have your wreath, John. You can kind of play around with white lettering inside and stuff like that. So this is just in example, I always like to make my own currents, so something like this would work well for, um, obviously a thank you card where you could say, thinking of you or Hello, something like that, and you could just draw it on a pre made blank greeting card. Or you can make your own if you draw this on card stock, and it would just be really special and really pretty because it's something very unique. And there's only one copy that you're sending to the special person. So I really like that idea. Something like this would be cute for, like bullet journal or a calendar or something you could put like a month through here instead of the sink fall. This is another fall, one that would be pretty for like, a month of October or November. You could write a family or gather and could be artwork to put up for to decorate for Thanksgiving. Really, you can do all kinds of things with the Zika cholera. It I'm here, or you could scan it in either with an app or with your scanner. And you could campaign Teoh digitally, um, um, photo shop or illustrator or whatever program you have. I use one on the iPad called Procreate, and then you could painted in there, and then you have it in a digital format where you could send it off to get printed or you could printed at home. I need a printed card, all kinds of things. There's just like so many ways you can use this pretty artwork once you know how to create it. 13. Optional: Coloring!: So let's clear this sand and see what we can do with that. I'm just using colored pencils, but you could use markers. Or, if you did it on watercolor paper, you could use paint. Whatever you wish. If you scan it into your computer, then of course, you could paint it on there. It is really pretty, too. I can't like that because then I can make different copies of it different colors and just , like, play around with it a little more rather than if I color directly on here, then that's it. It's already hits one color. It's pink, which is fine, but it's kind of nice. Sometimes that house, the option did to do a different least. These were Tom Bo dual brush pounds, and I really like these on the side for lettering on the other side for filling in the collar. We're doing fine cutters that adds like a little splash color. The nice thing about these pence that they're blend herbal so you can make super colors together just makes a really pretty effect. Do like the beasts of these leaves. The stark or color actually went on their way darker than meant to. That's okay, cause I'm gonna blend it a little bit since you can come in with your other one. They're both water. These pens, they blend together really well. You can see how it makes like a pretty, um, come un hombre affect their tips. They're just really little bits, one yellow leaves. I just want a little accent, and then I use my blending marker. This is honestly how I make a lot of my cards. Do you have someone hand that I and bought? And they just keep him on hand to have, like, a quick option. But it's themselves are a bunch of these in advance just cause they're fund the joining me . And then I have all these pretty Karzai concerned people, and I wish you a little bit more to that. Someone just gonna go back. And with a little bit of the starker peller, just give some variety Here. You can see how easy it is to create something with cute with it. Once you have here work drawn the way you like. E think we'll do you like a something on the lettering here just to make it look a little bit more interesting, just makes it kind of fun. And then this is just in my sketchbook. But really, I should add that on Kurt's talking that I could have mailed it. This somebody has a nice thank you card. You can see how easy it is to make something really pretty and special. 14. Final thoughts + thank you!!!: Don't forget to share your final project in the class. We would love to see what you came up with. If you'd like to do some lettering in your res, then that would be really pretty too. And I hope you enjoy this class and got a chance to learn something new.