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Drawing Wreaths With Ink For Beginners - Part 1

teacher avatar Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Designing Leaves


    • 3.

      Wreaths With One Design


    • 4.

      Wreaths With Multiple Designs


    • 5.



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In this class I'll teach you all about drawing beautiful and delicate wreaths in black and white, using a simple black pen. I'll walk you through my process of designing different botanical elements and creating wreaths with them. 

I usually speed up parts of my process, but this time i really wanted to share everything i do; so the whole class is in real time! You can watch me draw or draw along with me and complete each exercise with your own designs. 

Quick Outline of this class : 

Lesson 1 : I'll show you how to come up with different types of botanical elements and how to create your own reference sheet with ideas ("cheat sheet") - 2 exercises 

Lesson 2 : Designing simple wreaths with the botanical elements from your cheat sheet - 1 exercise

Lesson 3 : Designing complex wreaths by combining two or multiple botanical elements from your cheat sheet; exploring different shapes for your wreaths - 1 exercise 

Level : Beginner! 

Supplies : any type of pen, paper 


Drawing Wreaths With Ink For Beginners - Part 2 (brush)

Drawing Wreaths With Ink For Beginners - Part 3 (pen + brush)

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Margarita Bourkova

artist | dreamer | infp


I'm margaw, a freelance artist based in rainy Belgium. I'm self-taught, and i really believe anyone can draw if they really want to! I created this channel to share my drawing techniques, my personal tips and tricks, and to support others on their creative journey. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if there's a particular technique you'd like me to teach -- i'm always interested in your feedback!

Ballpoint pens are one of my all time favorite art supplies, i really enjoy using them for almost anything : rough sketches, stylized drawings or even photorealistic illustrations. They are easy to find, cheap and, once you've got the hang of it, really fun to use. Sadly, most people aren't familiar with them... that's why i teach several... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. Welcome to part one of my new series of glasses about drawing reefs with ink. This first class will be all about pens and how we use them to create beautiful reefs. We've one or multiple with an ankle elements. I'll walk you through my process of designing different types of leaves, arranging them on the stem and building a reef from scratch. 2. Designing Leaves: before we start, just a quick word about supplies. As you already know, this will be a three board Siri's about reefs with ink and in but one will only be using pens to create very simple line art with no shading and just a few details here and there. So in this class, we're aiming for a simple, minimalist and delicate drawings. Here are three different types of pens that are very popular, widely available and can be purchased a pretty inexpensive prices. You probably already own at least one of those, whether or not he use it for your drawings. So very quickly we have The ballpoint pen usually requires more pressure than the others and the injuries very quickly. The gel pen. You need to give the thing some time to dry properly, but it flows very easily. And finally, the pigment liner, which is the most professional option as it is often used for technical drawings. Because it's available in a wide range of nip sizes, any of days worked perfectly well for this class that just grab your favorite ban on Let's start with a warm up exercise in which will try to come up with different types of leaves. The most obvious ones would have a somewhat round shape, and I try a couple of variations of the same shape, though I have a few different possibilities Now let's try the same with a more pointed shape with either smooth or more irregular edges. We could also dry something more hard shaped or even more complex like this. That's also try different types of arrangements on the stem. We'll dive more, introducing the next exercise, actually, but you can already think about different ways to place the leaves. And finally, let's get some decorative elements we could use later for reefs. Now that we've tried a few different shapes for the leaves, its them to practice drawing the actual botanical elements will use to create our reefs. This exercise will help you create your own reference sheet or chichi it off botanical elements to use later in this class. So let's start. I draw a Siris of lines for the stems, and now I have to come up with different types of leaves. I'll start with a round shape again. It's the easiest one, so I drove small circles attached to the stem. It actually looks like I'm drawing into Nitties in both. And now let's do the same with the pointed shape. I want to show you that the size and density, the quantity of leaves a draw can create very different results. So for this one, I'm drawing very small leaves that are closely back together. So the result is pretty dense looking, and now I'll draw the same shape. But I'll tweak a few things. First of all, the leaves will be bigger. Andi more spread out on second, I'll change their arrangement. Understand? In the 1st 2 examples, that was symmetry. The leaves were facing each other. That's gold opposite leaves. But now I'll be drawing what is called alternate leaves, first on one side and then on the other side of this them. As you can see, the two are very different visually, and yet I drew the same type of leave. So don't that's day to experiment and to slightly change the configuration of each design. So now let's try something else. Here. I'll try to different things. First, I'll be adding a touch of color to the leaves to make them stand out, and then each pair of opposite leaves will be slightly larger than the previous one. Creating this kind of pyramid shape well, let's shake things up a little bit by alternating between black and white leaves. In a completely asymmetric design, you can combine black and white in many different ways, emphasizing one or the other. Here, for example, are collotta leaves in black, living only a thin white line in the middle. It's kind of the opposite of what I did for design number four. Another thing I like to do is adding additional stems and uncovering them with leaves. This is a great way to alter the shape of your botanical designs, so keep that in mind for when we'll be creating the reefs. Now here's one of my favorite designs. I often use them in my reefs. It is long alternate leaves. It can be a bit tricky to draw them in a circle, but I'm sure you how I do it in the next exercise, and now that's experiment a little bit. Let's try to make different things and see how they look together. So I'm mixing different shapes, different sizes and different colors, well white and black for the leaves. I also tried attic some additional stems to see how this changes the overall shape of my design. In short, now is the best time to experiment, because once you start building the different layers of your with, you want to have a clear idea of what your botanical elements will look like. Thence or not symmetrical, asymmetrical, black or white or both, etcetera. 3. Wreaths With One Design: now that you've created your own cheat, cheat with ideas and designs you like, it's time to finally start drawing riffs. We'll start with very simple riffs with Onley, one design repeated in a circle. As you've probably noticed, I work directly with ink. I don't create pencil sketches beforehand. I know drawing with a pen can be really scary at first, but when I mess up, I like to challenge myself by looking for ways to cover up my mistakes. I do by drawing on top of them or improvising your designs. New shapes, etcetera. But feel free to use a pencil if you feel more comfortable. This way, I start by drawing a circle. If your circle isn't perfect, that's totally fine. You can easily fix that when drawing believes. Don't forget to keep your cheat sheet handy for inspiration. I, for example, will be using one of the first designs I drew for this, the one with the small, pointy, symmetrical leaves. So let's start. First, you have to choose your starting point, the side on the size of the leaves and then start drawing more of them, like in the previous exercise. Keep turning the paper so the stem looks more like a straight line. It will be easier death way. Try to stay consistent, would explore size and shape variations in the next exercise. Here's our very first Reef. Let's try it again with another sign. I want to show you once more how different your re skin look, depending on the botanical designs you're using. This time, our highlight the circle. So it stands out more and I'll use the same point. He leaves us before on Lee. This time there will be larger and more spread out. - The result is completely different. I also use alternate leaves instead of the opposite ones. - In the final example, I'll show you how I draw my longer leaves and how I fit them inside the circle. The secret is to make them point towards the center of a circle. So, just like with the previous Reese, I keep turning the paper so it almost looks like this. Them is a straight line, the leaves on the right side of the stem. Those outside of the circle are not so important, but the lives on the inside on the left side of the stem always have to point towards the centre. Otherwise you won't have a perfect circle. - I didn't like to add a small detail, just a line inside each leave and it's done well. 4. Wreaths With Multiple Designs: Now that we know how to create very simple reefs with one design, let's try something a little bit more complex. Once I've drawn a circle, I start drawing leaves, but it spread them out, so there's a little bit of space between them. All side note. See how the leaves on the inside are pointing towards the center of the circle. Don't forget to do that if you're drawing longer leaves, - and now I'll be adding a second design intertwined with the 1st 1 Here's a trick to make a bow for your design. Stand out. So for the 2nd 1 I'll draw the complete opposite of my first design. My first design is made of large white leaves. So for my second design, I drove small black leaves, and I bet them on additional small stems here and there and then because the circle isn't quite perfect. There some blank spaces left. I add some more white leaves onto the next one. This time, I'll show you a more irregular shape, so I draw a burnt of curved lines for the stems. It ends up looking like a circle, but a more natural one, and I simply draw different types of leaves on each them. I dread to make them as to friend iss possible with different shapes, different sizes and alternating between black and white. These types of reefs really gave you a lot of creative freedom because you don't have to worry about keeping things symmetrical and neat like in the previous example, you can really come up with your own composition, and I really like that For the first example, I draw a perfect circle again. But I lived just a small blank space, so it looks like the circle is incomplete and through this one all use a design I haven't had the opportunity to use so far, the one for which I progressively changed the size of the leaves. - Well , it looks a little bit like a laurel crown. I didn't add some additional leaves to really accentuate the shape of the reef. - There you have it. Three examples of complex res using two or more different botanical designs from my chichi 5. Outro: I hope you enjoyed, but one of drawing Reeves with ankle beginners in the next part. Coming soon, I'll show you how to paying them with a brush and a few drops of ink. In the meantime, if you're free to drop me a line, ask a question. Introduce yourself and that share our love for ink. Take a look at the glass Project section for some exercises and inspiration and don't forget to follow me So you want me to. My next class is happy drawing.