Please note: This article was originally posted on one of my former blogs; it was transitioned to this website on March 5, 2017. Graphics may still reflect the name of the former website.

I stayed up past midnight to write out a line drawing tutorial for you. And then I nixed it.

Why? Well, as I was drawing, I got lost in the process. I’d begun taking photographs, but then I forgot to capture a few steps because I was enjoying the act of simply creating.

And then I thought, “What if I share loose instructions instead of a step-by-step tutorial?

Sometimes we need to create something that doesn’t involve a predefined learning process or commerce potential.

So this is that – a simple creative exercise that I hope causes you to get lost just as I did.

A Few Things Before Getting Lost

There are a few things to keep in mind, but beyond these short points, I won’t offer any instruction.

1. I created a round wreath. Yours can be oval. Or you don’t have to create a wreath at all. You might want to draw laurels instead. It’s up to you, but you may want to pencil in the base shape.

In my case, I lightly traced the mouth of a bowl in my sketchbook.

Aside from the initial faint outline, try not to use pencil. Use a gel pen, a Micron, or something similar to complete your line drawing.

This eliminates the option to erase lines and drawings. Instead of undoing, turn mistakes into happy accidents.

Trust yourself.

You’ll probably be happier with the final outcome because it will have unfolded on its own.

2. Secondly, you may want to spend a few seconds thinking about placement. I decided to put a cluster of flowers at the top and bottom of my wreath. You may want to evenly place your floral elements.

You don’t have to confine yourself to one method or the other. Just have an idea about placement before you get started.

Oh and as you build your wreath or laurel, you may want to add elements in this order:

  • Leaves and branches
  • Larger flowers
  • Medium-sized flowers, and then
  • Small, filler florals

3. Lastly, you may want to have a reference sheet on hand. For some reason I tend to draw a blank about floral shapes once I get started drawing.

With a reference sheet on hand, you can quickly jog your memory. Your line drawings don’t have to be an exact replica. You can simply reference the shapes, and even combine shapes on the reference sheet as you go along.

If you’d like a few ideas, I’ve included a download.

Now go get lost and make some happy accidents.

P. S. I’d love to see what you create! I invite you to post an image to my Facebook page, or tag me in a tweet (@AFBLovesLight). And feel free to share the image below on Pinterest.
Get Lost in Happy Accidents.


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