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Doodling and Tangling: Anyone Can Doodle Beautiful Flowers

teacher avatar Sarah Leigh, I'm Knot Tangled - Illustrations & Art

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Supplies Needed


    • 3.

      Drawing the 3 Flowers


    • 4.

      Adding Details to the 3 Main Flowers


    • 5.

      Drawing Vines


    • 6.

      Drawing the Doodle on Paper


    • 7.

      Drawing the Doodle on an Object


    • 8.



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This class will teach you how to doodle beautiful flowers on paper and a 3D object.  This class is suitable for all ages and skill levels - especially beginners!

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Sarah Leigh

I'm Knot Tangled - Illustrations & Art


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1. Intro: hello and welcome to doodling beautiful flowers for everyone in this class will practice learning basic doodle flower shapes, adding accents, adding vines and then moving on to beautiful projects on paper and on three D objects I hope you enjoy and have fun. 2. Supplies Needed: So for this first part of the class, you're gonna want some paper. It could be printer. Paper can be any paper. Try to stay away, though. From paper with lines. You're gonna want a white surface like this. I like mixed media paper a lot personally, cause it's a little thicker, but Bristol or Marker paper is great as well. You're gonna want a pen to mark with. It can be a regular pen. It can be a gel pen can be a Sharpie. It can be a thicker Sharpie. Whatever you want to use a lot of people. So, like, um, Microns? That's another great pen. You'll see me use that one later too. So kind of just, you know, what you're looking for here is an example of Ah, Micron. Um, they all have their benefits plus and minuses. So just get used to using See what you like play around for later on in the class. When we mark on our ought three D objects, I'll be using this vase right here, and then you could use ah, special glass pen. But since I won't be ever putting this in the dishwasher, I'm just going to use this awesome permanent acrylic pen, and then I'll probably just spray it later if I choose. But if I'm just gonna put flowers in their decoration, it doesn't need to be as securely on there. So that's pretty much all you need to some pens, paper, an object to draw an and good penso depends, thanks. 3. Drawing the 3 Flowers: Okay, So for this first part, I'm going to going through the three basic flowers that I like to use for this design. And they're probably ones you've seen before, even when you've been younger. So for this 1st 1 I like to just make a bay six circle. Then I make one C shape for one puddle, another C shape for another puddle, another for the top and then two for the bottom. Again. Very generic. Don't worry about making it perfect. Um, some people might even just draw a circle in the middle of in circles around that you can definitely play with that. And they're a little ways to embellish just to start out with, like, I might think in these pedals a little bit around the edges. And it's very important, especially at the beginning, not to worry about perfection, because with this design, we're going for something very organic and very doodle and illustrator style. So this is not a style that is meant to be very particular or realistic. I do tend to draw this first flower, though with five petals generally, although you don't have to. But generally odd numbers create visual interest as opposed to Even so, that's generally with this one. I tend to stick with five, but you don't have to for the second flower gonna be a little different. So again you make a circle. And then for this first puddle, I like to make two lines. And then I connect them in the middle with an M so you can turn your paper for this if you like. So again you make your two lines and then were you even kind of just connected there? Two lines connect two lines, connect two lines. It worked two lines connects and then one last thing at the time. Again, Don't worry about perfection with ease. It's supposed to be again very doodily. I like to sometimes make thes lines a little darker. Can handsome lines there? And yes, for this example, I am using a thicker Sharpie to show you, I generally will doodle with a thinner Sharpie, as you have seen in the other example. So that's the second flower. And then for the third flower. What I like to do is again make a circle on. I'll start with my C shape C shape and then I bring them together, so C shape C shape. Bring them together, C shaped C shape. Bring them together and you can spend your paper if you like, especially at the beginning. C shape C shaped. Bring them together. And then from there they do one in each of the empty spaces Si unit with a total of eight pedals, and you can have fun with that one. As you continue, you can keep adding the pedals out, but there are your basic three flower shapes that I like to use. 4. Adding Details to the 3 Main Flowers: Okay, now that we've gone over our three basic flowers, which, honestly, um, aren't that interesting right now? But they will be, especially when they're done in a pattern. Something to remember is that you could always add embellishments. Especially now that you know, some basic shapes of flowers, like the sea, you know? So our first flower that we did, there's a lot that you can add to that. So, for example, instead of just drawing one circle, you can draw a couple circles around the middle again. Obviously not perfect in the way they're drawn. But then you could draw some lines through that and feel free. If you're you know, the first time you go through this, you copy my style. Exactly. That is a completely okay. Takes a little bit of practice to get your own style going. Um and I know I mentioned for that flower the first time you could do five pedals. Well, you can do a bunch of little see shapes like office and again, this will go back to doing work with some line. Wait. So I might make that second line here a little bit thicker, and then I might go on top and do so more. See shapes. So I'm just making these in between the two other little pedals that were there, this sort of ends up looking kind of like a mum flower. And then you can just keep bringing that out with your little see shapes again. I generally like to do this with a thinner pen because I have a little bit more control than about making the lines thicker or thinner. But this is a way to start, for sure, and then you guys can see it a little bit easier than to. So there's one way to kind of embellish that. I also on my flowers, like to add leaves. So kind of like the pedals with the third flower. And then I just do a line through it something like that. Another thing you can do is to do your a couple of circles will just due to this time, and you can just makes them really giant leaves. So definitely don't underestimate size when making these flowers and trying variations, these air really just very, very simple shapes that you can play with again. I like you can start to see gives a little bit of depth. When you play with this light hide, it makes it look a little better. Any gun. Just add another relief in there. So there's a couple of variations on the first flower for you. You can make the leaves bigger, smaller, really small. Really big. Some ideas there for our second flower. What I actually like to do with this one is I like to take in the leaves a little bit closer so we'll just do a couple circles again. Oh, let's take this just to and again. You can play with this sides on these and you notice I might be drawing these a little bit different the second time around. Um, do them. However you feel comfortable, move the paper. If you need Teoh, you could have the leaves touch, have them not touch or the pedals. Excuse me, It's funny. The first time I saw these this this tile of flour and doodle, I was like, Man, I don't know if I like how I did this, but then when you start to add again, the line way really keeps it a little bit more interesting. All right, so then from here. I just to go over that part like I didn't the first so on. I can even make this stark and a really interesting thing about doodling like this, especially with a permanent marker. And why emphasized doing with a permanent marker pen is that you're gonna make mistakes, and that's okay, um, you know, again, this is just only paper, But the thing is to remember to you when you start to do it on things like, I guess you're going to make mistakes and you're gonna learn how to cover mop, which is kind of great. So it's it's good just to get into the habit of going with the flow with this, relaxing with it. And you can add some lines up here no kind of fund. So then another example will go back to that third flower we did with kind of look like the leaves. And I'll add my little leaf here kind of cute. You can add. Another one can do three. Can you taken to as many as you want, but kind of give you an idea of how I do it. So then again, for our third flower, you can get really crazy with this one, which is always kind of fun. So we'll do three here and again. You can see these are not perfect circles at all, and that's again. You just get comfortable with your own style when you are forced to use a pen or a Sharpie and it's good, that's good. I mean, um, I'm not a person that is a perfectionist, necessarily by nature. I tend to be a little bit more free flowing, so that comes through in my style, and that's a good thing. So there's a lot of different personalities and type, so we can all embrace it so you can just make your shape. And sometimes I like to turn my work. Sometimes you don't always get that option, depending on if you're doing a door or, you know, wot or a larger piece of something like this. So I'm doing these a little bit different a little bit closer. This time again, you can see not everyone is perfect, but you know, in nature it generally isn't anyway, so one way you can do it is you can make some bigger each time kind of fun. It's kind of silly. As you can see, this Leaf doesn't really match that leaf. You know what? It's all good. So what I do then and I'll just bring it out. And people say this in art and it's it's true. Even though we're not doing an exact replica of flowers, sir, to pay attention to them because you'll notice I'm not a relief is perfect. I'm kinda stretch that a little bit. Maybe we'll make that line a little thicker. So from there you can't even stretch these lines of bits. 5. Drawing Vines: for the next part. I'm gonna show you how I like to make vines for this. So basically, I use the vines to connect the flowers and to move the I along the design. It breaks it up a little bit. So generally, when I started fine, I just do a line. And at the end, I'll do something like a spiral like this. So pretty basic, No. Two exciting. And then it's the embellishments from there. So some of the embellishments I might like to dio include this little design here, where I'll make sort of, ah, little see that I color in and then on cover ones twice. So then I'll do another one next to that. Cover it once, twice, and this is a very popular design in a lot of Hannah. You'll see this one. Um, it's used to Wadhams entangle. If you guys he's entangle designs, it's a very popular pattern. You can build on it. However, you like doing things like that and of course, of the smaller pen. You can make these a lot smaller, and then from there you can even take this and thicken it up a little bit. So there's one. Another example would be to take the vine, and we'll just do another curl. And you can always do different style curls at the end. And you can see I made that already a little thicker from there. Another idea you could do is to make little leaves come up. So I like to make a couple sticks. Stand straight up your stems, weaken, say, and then from there, I do just that belief. So it's a circle or excuse me a C shape. You can see C shape and then connect at the top, so C shape connect C shape connect. You can keep doing things like that. They almost look like little flames You like. You can some lines in the middle, and then perhaps, maybe some dots again. Make it a little interesting. Another version you can do is you could make the vine a little thicker. Well, say towards the bottom like that, you can just put some lines in there. Another idea. And for the last part, I'm gonna start to show you how I incorporate a little bit more of the flowers into a vine . So let's say I make a vine. It's on a little bit bigger. And I'm gonna show you the example with flour, one that I should, But we'll make a couple circles just to show color in the middle. And then you only move us, you conceal. But there we dio on had some lines. And then from here, we'll do one puddle. Just stick that other one in there. Yeah, and I the thinking of my flower a little bit and then maybe some dots in there. And that's kind of a way that I will do my lines. Next, we'll be sharing. Had a put this all together. 6. Drawing the Doodle on Paper: So for this next part, when I'm gonna do is I'm going to put it all together with the three flowers we've learned and some binds in between them. And this is just gonna be a quick example and show you how to put it all together, and then we'll move on to a three D object. So we'll start with our first flower. So we'll draw to for the center, then drawer one to three or what? We've Yeah, from here will make a fine. Okay. And then from here, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take that third flower we did. I'm just gonna add it right here on our bind. And I enjoy moving my paper as they do this. I don't feel like you can't do that. The fun new perspective. Okay, Said Then what I do is it's a really good idea at this point to go. Okay. Where am I gonna drop my next one, then? Um, I wear glasses. Sometimes it's nice for me to take off my glasses and see where a good, clear spot might be. Um, what you can do is kind of below your eyes for a minute. and just maybe even stepped back so you can see, like, Okay, here's some empty space here. It's What I can do is I can draw flower number two here. - Okay . A big fan of making the flowers connect. So from here, I'll just take a squiggly line and drop back to the original flower. So what I might do then from there, is that Okay? I will make some of those fun circle designs. - Okay . All right. So now I think you guys basic have the basic idea of how to quote a three D Excuse me? A image like this together. You just keep building the flowers, keep building the vines, adding decorations, adding leaves and seeing you, but you can come up with next will be moving to doodling on a three d object. 7. Drawing the Doodle on an Object: So for this class, I'll be using my trusty acrylic pen. And I will also be doodling on a glass little vase here. And basically, there are specific pens made, you know, for glass where you baked them and everything. But this is early, thin glass, and I won't ever be putting it in the dishwasher. So I'm just gonna use acrylic on it, and then I'll put a spray on over word to set it. But, you know, you don't even have to do that. Um, also to, uh, a tip. As you noticed with me drawing the first flower here, it could be a little hard to see. When you're drawing, you need a little bit more perspectives. Never, ever feel bad about me. Something a little easier on yourself. And one thing you can dio is put a contrast in color in there. So if my pen is black, I'm gonna put in some white paper towels You're gonna notice. Then it makes it a lot easier to see. Thanks and easier for you guys to see through the video to. So what I did from here is I just started with my first flower flower number one which you guys have seen. And one thing to mention is when you use a pen like this, you're gonna get it on your fingers. Maybe it's just me, but also to see what you're gonna notice is that it takes a little longer to dry. So it's very, very easy to smear. So when you start doing things like I worked on doors, I've done, you know, decorative objects like this. You are gonna want to go a little bit slower than maybe you do on paper, because paper you can kind of fly. A lot of ink dries very quickly. It soaks into the paper. But something like this, because it's shiny, we'll say it's It's not gonna so again. So you gotta let it dry on pop, Um, before you can really move on. So it's good to do it, just like maybe a little piece, a little flower. It's a nice thing to do while you're relaxing, for sure. I mean, there's no race unless you're doing it last minute, but then you have to be really careful where you put your hands. So I already started with the first flower. Did a little vine because I'm going to show you guys at the paper towel. But then from here, what we're gonna dio is I'm just gonna draw another flower exactly like I did with the paper. So again, to why you want to let it dry for a little bit longer. Each piece is I can move it around like this. Princey practice on something like paper with pennant first. Because when you get to an object like this, you really can't erase. You can sort of scratch it off. But it could ruin the whole thing. So it's better just to get comfortable with your own style and the way you make mistakes and kind of just get used to it. So now we're just about done. So you for that With this, I'm gonna let it sit for a minute, and you can kind of see it now that I'm gonna take the paper towels out too. So have fun making your own project, and I'm sure you'll do great by 8. Conclusion: so excited that you guys took this class and got to experience relaxing an awesome doodle flower power. I hope that you were able to make something pretty cool on paper and on a three D object. Take time to learn about different things that you could do the lawn and draw on using different paint, pens and markers. And don't let your self be limited by anything and have fun.