Hi friends! I am Jane from @jane.artscape. I love drawing wreaths since young especially the watercolor floral wreaths as they can make great cards and logos with some quotes and letters added onto them. However, one can get overwhelming especially if you are new to drawing wreaths. You simply do not know where to start!
So today, I am going to share with you steps for how I paint a simple watercolor floral wreath.
Things you will need:
- Pencil and eraser
- Paint (I use ArtPhilosophyCo watercolors Vintage Pastels set)
- Small round brush (I use Princeton Neptune Round Size 2 and Size 4)
- Watercolor paper (I use Canson 300gsm watercolor cold pressed paper)
- A round object, to draw a circle with (I use masking tape)
STEP 1. CHOOSE A COLOR SCHEME.
Decide on a color scheme. I would normally stick to a maximum of five colors so that the wreath does not look too busy. You could pick any of your favorite color palettes for your wreath, or depending on the occasions and the mood that you want to achieve. In my example here, I have chosen two warm colors (yellow and pink) and three cool colors (blue, green, and purple) for my wreath.
STEP 2. DECIDE THE FLORAL ELEMENTS.
Once you have chosen the color scheme, you need to decide the florals elements for your wreath. Depending on the size of your wreath, you could plan 3 to 5 floral and green elements of different sizes. In our example, we will have a big flower (I have chosen daisy, but you can choose any flower that you like), a smaller sized flower (any wildflowers of your choice), a leafy or greens (commonly used: laurel leaves), a smaller leaf and a berry element. You could also sketch all the elements on a draft paper first to get a feel of how they look, individually, and when they combine.
STEP 3. START PAINTING!
Now let us get started!
STEP 3(A). DRAW AND PAINT THE BIG ELEMENTS.
Draw a circle lightly with a pencil on the paper. Then we start by sketching three big daisies evenly on the circle. (The rule of three!) You can sketch with a pencil first or straight away paint onto the circle.
Next, we will draw some branches along the circle to close the loop between the daisies, following one direction (I usually draw them clockwise).
Usually, my pencil sketching will stop right here as I like to paint the leaves without pencil sketching. If you feel more comfortable with pencil sketches before the actual painting, feel free to do so.
Then we will add the laurel leaves on the braches. Space these evenly around the wreath, adding some inside and outside. Here you can do different shades of green by playing around with the amount of water you add to the pigment.
STEP 3(B). FILL THE SPACE WITH SMALL ELEMENTS.
Once the big elements are completed, we can start adding the small floral elements to fill up space and “beautify” our wreath. J
I will start by painting some small wildflowers next to the daisies.
As for the next step, we will add some small leaves like twigs and stems in between the laurel leaves. Similarly, space them evenly around the wreath with some branching inside and some outside of the wreath.
Finally, we will add the berry elements along the branches of laurel leaves to fill up the whole wreath. To draw the branch with berries, draw a single, slightly curved line. Then draw two more lines angling out of each side of the branch, followed by small berries at the end of the branches.
Erase those pencil marks that are still visible on the wreath once the drawing is completely dry. And there you have it – a beautiful watercolor floral wreath!
I am Jane. I am a self-taught artist who loves watercolors, doodling, and lettering. I have always love to create since young and art has been my all-time favorite subject in school, but it wasn’t until the end of 2019 that I found my passion for art re-ignited through modern calligraphy and hand lettering, and subsequently picking up my paints to fall in love with it all over again. I am a mother of two, I love black coffee a lot (cannot live without it!), and I love exploring new techniques and ways to create art. I hold a Bachelor of Science major in Statistics and work as a Demand Planning Manager in one of the most awesome breweries in the world!
Write up by Guest Blogger Jane @jane.artscape, lettering, and watercolor artist.