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Art for When You are Bored - Floral Edition

Today I am doing three floral projects that are meant to help you get inspired and feel creative again. If you don't know what to paint, try these out.

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One project that I go back to again and again is a wreath. I start by tracing a circle and working out a color palette. I start with the olive green and do one simple leaf design going around the page, leaving some space in between branches. With each color I slightly alter the leaves a little to give contrast and variety. This is also a great project to practice your brushwork. Botanicals should never be perfect so its okay to mess up, and you'll end up with a perfectly imperfect wreath.

I started this one by gluing a small black rectangle into my notebook, a little low on the page. With a pencil I sketched out some simple flowers - I chose to do a poppy with four petals. With a white gel pen I begin on the black, going over all the flowers and leaves. Around the border I added some smaller leaves. I filled in the petals completely, which means I had to leave some negative space between each petal, so you can still see the definition. If you don't want to use a gel pen, Sakura makes paint pens which can work really well for this one as well. Once the white portion is done I use my graphik fine liner to finish off the illustration.

I think this one is my favorite one! I am actually using the Koi watercolor brush pens. I use these a lot in my journal on their own but today I am also adding water to them. Starting with the pen I am sketching some loose pretty florals, simple four petal flowers, surrounded by branches and leaves. The pen can be used just like a paint brush, dragging it across the page or using the tip for delicate details. After the page is full I use a little clean water on a paintbrush and start to mess up the illustration a little. This is inspired by a blue porcelain design, but as if some water was spilled on it and messed up the design. You can see I didn't put it everywhere but as if it was randomly splashed across the page.

I hope you have fun and are feeling inspired! Try a wreath, a positive negative illustration or my messy porcelain flowers.

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Mary Lee
Mary Lee
Nov 02, 2020

Wow this is so beautiful!!! I like the black and white and green one. Those are my faves!


Cassandra Wood
Cassandra Wood
Oct 30, 2020

You're amazing! Please do both colors and black and white next year!

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