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Florals are definitely one of the most popular things to draw in Bullet Journal. They are usually easier to draw and I feel like a lot of people start from these. Actually, my first theme was florals!
Since then I moved on to a bit of a different style, but for November, I went back to florals with some sweet new techniques I just learned!
So I thought it’d be a perfect time to share my progress and how you can improve your floral drawings and decorate your Bullet Journal spreads with stunning flowers.
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First a disclaimer – I’m 100% self-taught, and if you know about any better and more efficient techniques to draw flowers, I’d be forever grateful if you share them in the comments.
When I started my first Bullet Journal, I couldn’t draw my way out of a paper bag! But with time and practice, I got better and better, to the point that now I actually think my drawings are pretty good! Below I’ll tell you all I needed to improve and all the tricks I used to learn how to draw these beautiful flowers. Believe me, if I managed to learn how to draw these, so can you! Let’s dive in.
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Of course, before we start it’s important to prepare all the supplies. You’ll probably just need some paper, pencils, and erasers to be honest. I personally have a separate journal (like this quite cheap one) where I practice all my drawings. This allows me to see the progress and see what things I need to work on.
Apart from paper, pencil, and eraser, you might need some good fineliners. Fist – because with fineliner pens you can achieve very black beautiful lines. Second – because their ink is usually waterproof, so if you want to color with some brush pens or maybe watercolors later on – the lines won’t get smudged.
Here are some fineliners I personally love:
Beginner Drawing Tips
I wanted to first share with you some little tips and tricks I’ve learned on my journey. I’m sure these will be useful and will help you speed up on your way to improving floral drawings.
Draw in pencil first
I always do all my drawings in pencil first. This helps me to correct mistakes and create the correct proportions for the flower.
Believe me, sometimes I get so carried away that one small flower turns into a giant one that occupies half a page (just see my monthly log for November). Drawing in pencil first gives me a chance to correct this before it becomes permanent.
Use the different size of pens
Fineliners thankfully come in different sizes, so I’d advise you to use different pens for different elements. F
or example for the outer shape of flowers you could use somewhat fatter lines, so maybe size 03 or 05. But for little details like stamen or pedals shading, you can use smaller pens, size 01 or 005.
Follow a tutorial
The best way to learn how to draw is by copying or even better – following a tutorial. I’ll share some amazing accounts and other sources where you can get easy to follow tutorials later.
How To Draw Flowers
After my self-learning process, I figured there are a few things to think of when you draw a flower. According to my experience in drawing the whole process happens this way.
- Pick a flower and study it
Check out Pinterest or Google for images of the flower you want to draw and study it. Notice the shapes of petals, stamen, and sepals, check how the petals curve.
Maybe sketch all these elements separately and sketch different variations of pedals. This will help you when you get to drawing the flower.
- Define the boundaries of your drawing
Draw a circle within which you want to fit your flower. Then take a look at the flowers – how many rows of petals does it have? If it’s just one or two you can make the center of the flower bigger. If it has more rows – you’ll need to adjust the size accordingly.
- Start from the center
The center of the flower is the starting point. Make sure you take a look at how stamens of the flower look from the angle you’re drawing. The center of the flower is like a fingerprint, so if you get it too different the whole flower will fall apart and look pretty kooky.
- Add petals
Now that you have your center and you know how many rows of petals you need – it’s time to add some. Remember how on step one I recommended making sketches of the petals? This is when you look back at them.
- Add shading
To add to your flower more dimension you should add shading. Unless of course, you’re going for a simple doodly flower (if you do, check my post with 15 Step By Step Fimple Flower Doodle Tutorials).
When it comes to shading, there are two rules. First – your lines must be curved – this is the only way to add actual dimension to your drawing, so just add S and C shaped lines when you do the shadowing.
Second – follow the curve of the petal. Lines for shading must define the direction of the petal, so make sure you add them correctly.
- Add some filler elements
Just a single flower might look incomplete and pretty lonely. So experiment with adding some leaves, berries, and any other simple floral doodles. No need to create anything too intricate, these are just to add interest to your drawing.
- Add color
Finally, you can always add some color to your drawings. There are many ways to do so – you can add color to just some parts of your flower, like let’s say only the shaded parts, or just to an outline.
You can also go all-in and color the flower completely. Or you can actually add color around the flower drawing. Or just leave it as it is, black and white.
Flower Drawing Tutorial Accounts
Like I mentioned before, I think the most important thing when you’re learning to draw florals is to follow tutorials. These will teach you how to divide any flower by different parts and eventually you’ll be able to draw beautiful florals on your own.
There are plenty of amazing creators on Instagram. These accounts have stunning tutorials and are a great inspiration for everyone interested in improving their flower drawing skills:
Drawing Books (For Beginners and Pros)
If you want to up your skills, even more, I’d recommend investing in some books on how to draw florals. I’ll be talking here about two which I recently bought and have been using for a while.
The first one is “Botanical Line Drawings” by Peggy Dean (@thepigeonletters). This book contains 200 step by step tutorials for different flowers, leaves, cacti, and succulents. It starts from very basic doodly designs and it gets a bit more elaborate as you go one by one.
This is a great beginners book. The variety of tutorials will allow you to practice a lot of different elements and create Bullet Journal pages with different florals even if you’re a complete beginner.
- Dean, Peggy (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 224 Pages - 07/24/2018 (Publication Date) - Watson-Guptill (Publisher)
The second book is “How To Draw Modern Florals” by Alli Koch (@allikdesign). This book has tutorials on florals, leaves, and arrangements. I’d say these floral drawings are a bit more elaborate, so there aren’t that many actual tutorials within this book.
The book is great though because it first explains the basics of floral drawings, and then in detail, describes every step of every tutorial. This really is how you learn to draw the same florals by yourself in the future.
- Paige Tate & Co. (Producer)
- English (Publication Language)
- 120 Pages - 09/12/2017 (Publication Date) - Blue Star Press (Publisher)
I love both of these books for what they are. Each in its own way helped me to improve my florals and become more creative with my floral doodles.
Floral Doodle Tutorials
Finally, here are a few floral tutorials to get you started. It’s amazing how many ways there are to draw the same flower, depending on the style of the creator.
Mrin has a very unique style and I love her creative approach to drawing flowers. I just wished she kept on Bullet Journaling and created more tutorials.
Her tutorials are so detailed that I’m sure if you want to go with this style of rose you will have no trouble recreating this in your Bullet Journal.
Thanks to this little tutorial you know that drawing one is very easy, and they come out looking very cute and gentle.
This post really is becoming an English lesson for me, since I know so few names of flowers.
This one is a dandelion and for me, these are always happy summer flowers. I still remember being a kid, building dolls from these cute little flowers.
But back to the tutorial, I love how simple it is and you can use just your black pen, or you can use color and make it fit any color scheme.
I love poppies and their beautiful bright red colors. Is it just me or you also associate them with the wizard of Oz?
Whether you want to have bright red flowers or just black and white this little tutorial will help you draw beautiful poppies to decorate your Bullet Journal pages.
Roses are classic flowers and can go with any theme. I for example am planning to use them in my 2021 February Bullet Journal setup.
To make your pages look different you can simply reference this tutorial and your roses will always stand out.
Love this cute little tutorial by Nicole, who always creates the most elaborate and cute doodles ever!
With these flowers, you don’t really need much – just a few simple lines, a blotch of color, and you’re done!
I love how this sunflower tutorial allows for it to be wonky and unperfect, just like a real flower is. It’s also great how this tutorial broke the flower into pretty simple parts to draw.
I think it looks gorgeous in black and white, but you can also use some happy bright yellows and oranges to make it a fun and happy summer theme.
I have no idea what are these flowers but they look amazing!
What I like most about flowers like that is that since it’s unclear what exactly is the type of flowers here, so you can go crazy and try any colors.
Daisies are some of my favorite flowers! When I was growing up I used to spend summers in my grandparents’ countryside house and daisies were everywhere.
Plus in Russian, the word daily actually rhymes with Masha.
SO year daisies are super easy to doodle and are a fun and positive add to your Bullet Journal pages,
One more idea of turning color blotches into beautiful flowers with just a few black lines.
I also must mention how amazing these Tombow colors look! That’s one of the reasons why I love Tombow Dual Brush Pens – they come in so many amazing colors.
Can you believe how much you can do with just one simple black pen! A great way to enhance your flowers is using fineliners with a different line thickness.
For example, Sakura Pigma Microns that I love and you see on the image above come in sets with tons of different thickness pens, so that’s absolutely my go-to.
Also, I love the tip included at the bottom of this tutorial. This is so true! Absolutely follow it and don’t try to make things perfect.
One more way to draw poppies, and you can see how this is a completely different style than the previous tutorial. And yet still so pretty.
I like that this tutorial has a lot of different forms of poppies, so you can add some more interest to your Bullet Journal pages.
Erin from The Petite Planner always was amazing at drawing flowers, so I always enjoy her tutorials.
She actually has an entire course on how to draw florals: Petite Floral Doodles. I enjoyed this course and all her other courses a lot, and I can’t recommend them enough.
I also can give you 15% off all of The Petite Planner courses with code MASHAPLANS.
A beautiful thing you can create with your flower doodles is a wreath.
These are pretty and can work as frames for the days of the week, dates, or just something to decorate your cover page.
I love these wreaths and how pretty they are.
A distinct thing about these is that they are mostly made of leaves, which are much easier to doodle than flowers.
Also, is it just me or somehow these wreaths make me think of Christmas?
And the final little tutorial is another variation of sunflowers.
This is how I’m learning to draw florals, and I hope you found all these tips helpful as well. If you want to see my florals – check out my November Bullet Journal setup, as well as my April Plan With Me. And of course, if you decided to follow my tips and add some florals to your spreads – feel free to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see your creations!
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