How To Draw a Floral Border

Borders are a great way to embellish any decoration. This can be an invitation card, postcard, thank you card, birthday card, or just about anything that needs beautifying. You can even draw borders on your classroom’s blackboard, or any art project that requires spicing up. Drawing a floral border can be a great way to spice up cards, gift tags, scrapbooks, notebooks, or just about any piece of paper that you want to look more interesting.

What you need:

  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pen
  • Watercolors
  • Different coloring materials
  • Ruler

How to do it:

  • First, you will need to draw a faint outline to guide you as you draw your floral border.
  • Fill the line with small squiggles and scribbles. Do these in shapes of flowers, leaves and curling vines. You can be creative with the shapes that you use.
  • Finish your penciled-in drawing. You can also add random dots and also additional vines curling around the edges and the corners.
  • You can then add color with your colored pencils. You don’t need to fill in the flowers and leaves precisely with color. You can miss a few lines and cues, but that will be okay, since this is only your border. Include a bright yellow at the center of the flowers. Add pollen specks. These should be traced loosely over your border’s vines.
  • After you’ve used basic colors on your border, you can run through the different parts again with deeper and darker shades of the same color. This will add depth and vibrancy to your drawing.

Some tips:

  • For a different look, you can try drawing your border with a darker, sharper material. For example, after you pencil in your border, you can use a technical pen or any pen with dark ink. Remember to erase your pencil marks before coloring in.
  • You can also use different coloring materials to achieve different effects. For example, you can try using watercolor to achieve a faded-out look. This is best done in conjunction with a pen with dark ink and thin lines.
  • You can also use a ruler to create guides along the area you will be drawing a border on. This way, you can make straight borders. This also helps make exact or precise measurements when you are drawing borders on a bigger piece of paper.
  • Aside from drawing vines, leaves and flowers, you can also make cut-out patterns in floral shapes. Simply draw a thick half-inch border along the area you want to decorate. Then, add simple geometric patterns that resemble flowers, such as a small circle, teardrop shapes, triangles, and the like. You can punch or cut out those areas to achieve a doily-like look.

Floral borders are an excellent way to spice up any greeting card, stationery or any decorative piece of paper. You can be creative in designing your border. You can use different coloring materials, and you can draw using different floral styles.


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