Learn how to draw easy and fun laurels
Hi creative friend,
Do you sometimes find yourself wanting to draw a card for somebody or design a hand lettered piece only to find yourself looking over your finished piece and finding it rather dull looking? This is when laurels come in! Using laurels in your design gives it such an boost and makes it so much fun to look at! It really is a way to centerpiece what you want to say.
You can use it for so many things other than spiffing up your piece. Think of wedding suites, invitations or posters you want to hang up in your home or even sell. The uses of laurels are pretty endless!
What would you like to use them for?
In this tutorial, I will show you how I make a few of my laurels. Come along and have a try as well! It is so much fun!
How to start
First off I always start out by thinking what I want to use the laurel for. Often I think of phrases or words that are inspirational to me at the time. If I can not think of anything and I really want to use a laurel in my piece, I head to one of my favorite inspirational places on the internet! That being Pinterest off course!
Start out by making the first arch. depending on how you want your laurel to look like. It can be a bend or a swirl or something totally different. In this tutorial, we will be making arched laurels made up by leafs.
If you find it hard to make a semi-consistent arched line, start out by making pencil lines which you then can trace over with ink. Do however wait til the ink has dried before erasing the pencil lines! It would be a shame if your ink would get smudged.
At the top of your arch, make a drop connecting with the arch. This will be the first leaf.
A little bit further down the line of your arch, make another drop.
Make a somewhat mirrored drop on the other side of the line. Make the leafs form a heart.
Continue down the arch, filling up the line with small hearts. Does it not look so pretty?
Make a second arch, somewhat mirrored from the first one. Notice how mine is a but wobbly? This is totally all right. Nature is not made out of perfect lines!
Repeat step 2-5 until the second arch is filled with small heart shaped leafs as well. We just finished our laurel!
If you have not already drawn a word which you have drawn the laurel around, now is a good time to do so! Being inspired by the season we are experiencing here, I decided to make it a bit fall-like. What did you make?
Here follow a few more examples of what kind of laurels you can make. Off course there are about thousands of variations out there and that makes it all so very special. It is your own! Have a go and look what works for you.