First off, I use Frixion pens which are erasable gel pens. If I don’t own Frixions, I would use pencil and copy over your wreath with a fineliner or sharpie pen when you are satisfied by the overall effect. Wreaths don’t need to be perfect. They are simply a combination of little doodles that create a complete wreath.
To start I chose a glass in the size that I wanted and traced the circle, centering it onto the page. No need to use expensive stencils. I used the circle as a guide as I added the words and flowers and branches that I wanted to complete my welcome 2018 wreath.
Before I added any flowers I chose the words I wanted to use. I used a technique called faux calligraphy to darken the downward strokes of the letters. This gives it more character and is easy to learn and doesn’t require a special pen to do.
I used a poinsetta arrangement that was given to me as my inspiration for the winter theme I wanted to work with. The poinsetta is the focus of the wreath allowing everything else to compliment it. I made it the biggest part by adding more petals/leaves around the center then added some lines for detail.
I didn’t want the two sides to completely mirror each other but I also didn’t want to add too many elements to the wreath. The swirls are easy and fun and add a bit of whimsy. The “popcorn” flowers are similar enough to the white flowers that came in the arrangement that I just let the squiggles be and added leaves as needed. The branches with “berries” on them are simple and another quick winter detail. The pine needle branches are a nod to the Christmas tree that still stands in the living room. A reminder that Christmas was only a short time ago. Pine needles are easy to draw and help to fill the wreath with a heavier element to contrast the lighter details.
Holly was a new element that didn’t have soft, rounded edges and was chosen for contrast and because I wanted to repeat the pine needles and poinsetta but also wanting something new between them.
All of this was done as quick doodles but the overall effect is pleasant and marks the start of a new year with a special page. I haven’t decided whether or not to add color. I will post an update if I do. : )
This was the completed wreath but I chose to erase the upper arc of the circle since I preferred the openness of the bare circle at the top. In truth I like both versions but I liked the idea of the wreath being simpler, like I’m hoping 2018 will be.
So that is my 2018 wreath. I hope you find inspiration for creating your own and don’t allow this creative page idea to overwhelm you. Keep it simple, with maybe 4 or 5 elements then mix and match them around the circle. And have fun! Creativity should always have an bit of fun and challenge so you can grow as an artist. : )