Learn how to draw a fun floral banner
In the past, I have made three posts about how to make banners. The idea behind this banner serie is to teach you, dear creative friend, how to start at the basics and work yourself up to the more advanced banners. If you have missed out or just need a refreshment of your mind, take a look here for the following tutorials; curved banner, square banner, curved banner, the flag banner.
I promised you in my last post that I would make a tutorial how to make a floral banner.
- Any marker will do.
- Any paper will do! Yes, you can even use the coaster in the coffee bar where you might be sitting right now.
- The marker I love to use for my banners is the Edding 1340 brush pen. (Affiliate link is below the post.)
- For inspiration, Botanical Line Drawing by Peggy Dean. (Affiliate link is below the post.)
How to make a floral banner
This banner is a bit more advanced (hence I left out the word easy in the title). I have been thinking a lot of how I would make this post. Skipping between the idea of making my very first video to do as I have done before, posting progress pictures. I chickened out on the video part and decided to try to make clear step to step drawings.
Are you ready for the challenge? Let’s do this!
I should advice you to start out with pencil and to trace the lines over using a marker of your choice. I use my Edding1340 brushpen just because it writes so smooth and I love the pen control I have using this pen. But it is totally up to you which one you like to use!
Start out by making the roof of the main fold of your banner. This floral banner consists of a few folds making the banner look as if it is fluent. This part of the banner will be the main body of your floral banner. Making it a bit bigger than the rest should give the banner proper proportions.
Now draw a parallel line underneath your roof. This will be the floor of the main body of your floral banner.
Connect the roof and the floor on both sides.
As you might have made before when you drew the flag banner, make a swirl going from the main body of your floral banner, going to the left like this!
At the left side of the main body of your floral banner, start halfway down and make a line ending about where the swirl you previous made, ends.
Now connect your first fold to the main body of your floral banner.
Finish off the first fold by making a flag-like ending! This is going awesome, don’t you think?
Now the harder parts will begin. Again I advice you to first draw out the lines using a pencil. It would be a shame if your floral banner would get ruined now and you would have to start all over!
Since you finished the left side, your attention will now go to the right side. On this side you will make two folds.
Start out by making a swirl going from the roof of your main banner. As you can see, I tipped it downwards to really make it look as if it’s flowing.
Draw the same as you drew on the left side. Make a parallel line starting halfway down the right side of the main body of your floral banner.
Connect the fold to the main body. This is pretty fun, don’t you think?
Finish off the second fold by connecting both the endings.
Now you are ready to make the last fold! Make a swirl going from the upper part of the last fold you have made. Slanting it down a little to give the banner a nice swirly look.
Make a parallel line starting halfway down the right side of your last fold. Also, connect the swirl to your previous made fold. You are becoming a true banner making expert!
Finish off this fold AND your banner by drawing the flag bits at the end of your fold. Look how awesome this looks!
Now to start our floral and flourishing drawing of our beautiful floral banner!
All my drawing for this part, I made using a pencil which I then traced over using a Sakura Micron Pigma 0,1. I wanted beautiful, thin and delicate lines making up this part. This way the floral banner won’t disappear beneath all the flowers and leaves.
These drawings are just for inspiration purposes. Let you imagination go wild and doodle away!
If it does help you, write out the words you want in your floral banner before adding the leaves and flowers. This way you won’t need to write your words AROUND the leaves and flowers, which is basically a lot of work.
I make this a separate step because I wanted to, if you are in need of it, help you out with making the leaves.
I draw swirly lines with little thorn- like lines sticking out here and there. This will be the middle part of the leaves. Then I draw leaf figures around the thorn-like lines making the leaves different sizes to make them more life like. I leave out a lot of details out of the leaves but that is personal taste. I think the floral banner would become too crowded if you would add the lines within the leaves. But as I said, it is all up to you!
After all that work, I hope you are satisfied with the results of your own floral banner! It might take some practice to get the lines down right (speaking out of personal experience!)
Did you like making this banner? Do you see things that need improvement? Please do not hesitate to leave a comment to let me know your thoughts!
Xx – Sas