Botanical Line Drawings on Postcards

Botanical Line Drawings on Postcards - student project

Hi everyone,

Thanks a lot, Peggy, for this great class on drawing botanicals. I very much enjoyed your class and keep on collecting flowers and greenery around me for drawing them later at home.

I started off by following all your instructions on drawing different flowers and greenery in my sketch book. I only used a 0.3 Micron for it in the beginning.

Botanical Line Drawings on Postcards - image 1 - student project

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I am not so happy yet with the succulents and cacti, but I guess it is just a question of practise and trying out different things. What I enjoyed a lot was the drawing of the daisys. I simply love the outcome of drawing real flowers.Botanical Line Drawings on Postcards - image 3 - student project

So I went out and got some flowers and leaves hanging over the wall to our courtyard from the neighbor's garden (don't tell them ;-). This was so much fun and I will definitely get some flowers from a flower shop soon to practise other styles.

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And as a next step I was thinking about what I could use these drawings for. I am very much interested in pattern design and I think ultimately I would like to design my own fabrics. But at the moment I tried to find a more "direct" use. So I decided to not create a box or cup with the botanical drawings (which I will do for sure in future, but I need to buy some material before doing so), but to create postcards and greeting cards with different flowers and wreaths. As it is only 23 days until Christmas I also wanted to create a few Christmas cards. But before I started drawing on coloured cards I practised the wreaths and laurels and researched online botanical elements related to Christmas.

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For the drawing on colored cards I used thicker Microns (0.5 and 0.8) for the general outlines and the thinest Micron (0.1) for some details. On the darker cards I used a white jelly roller and a golden Sharpie.

Botanical Line Drawings on Postcards - image 8 - student project

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And finally I brought together what I learned from this course with what I learned in other courses on watercolor. I draw my botanicals on watercolor paper and colored them afterwards and this was so much fun! I will definitely explore these drawings further and see how I could use this for pattern design as well.

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Now I just have to find time to write my postcards to friends and family and don't spend all my time on producing more and more postcards with these amazing botanicals :-)!

Maya Röder
Explorer on creative sabbatical