How to Draw a Wreath

Wreaths! I am so glad I came across Surely Simple's Instagram account the other day because it inspired me to turn the floral motifs I sketch into wreaths. Pen and ink wreaths. It's an addicting activity and believe me when I say they look more intricate and difficult to draw than they actually are. The process is a lot of fun and I'm going to show you how to make one because I think you'll enjoy it!

How to draw a floral wreath...super easy and fun! Via

What you'll need:
• Paper
• Pen (I use micron pens but any will do)
• Pencil
• Something round for tracing

Start by sketching a few leaves and flowers which will give you something to reference as you create your wreath. I like to have motifs readily available to pull from so I don't have to overthink (which I'm prone to do). It also helps me move a little faster because I don't need to stop every few leaves to figure out what other elements I should add.

Learn to draw a floral wreath...super easy and fun! Via

Next, use a pencil to trace a round item such as a mug, jar, or whatever you have on hand.

Now use your pen and start drawing!

Start slowly and draw each motif, one by one. Try not to overthink (like I did my first few times) and instead, use your reference page to pull items and go around the ring. You can always fill in blank areas with dots or small leaves or florals after you fill the wreath once. If you're like me, you'll analyze your wreath like crazy so go ahead and take the time to learn from your first couple attempts and you'll keep getting better...I'm sure of it! Consider the following:

Spacing - Is there an area of the wreath where you have a bunch of motifs tight and squished together and other areas that are more sparse? Consider working on the spacing of your elements.

Balance - Mix the bold elements with the more delicate elements and consider the size of each motif. If some are extra large and others are small, make sure the large elements are dispersed around the wreath so it doesn't feel extra "heavy" in one area, making it seem off-balanced.

Visual Interest - do you have too many of the same elements in one section of the wreath? Is there variation between your motifs? Sometimes using all the same elements looks amazing and is just what you're going for, but make sure it looks intentional and that you try a mixture of shapes and angles around the wreath to keep the eye from settling on one overwhelming area.

How to draw a floral wreath...super easy and fun! Via

Have fun!

A 45-second video of me drawing a floral wreath
Surely Simple's Instagram

Watercolor Practice: Florals

I would love to be able to paint florals. Pretty, detailed florals. But my beginning watercolor classes just don't teach florals...I still have lots to learn. But since I'm a little impatient, I made an attempt to paint flowers without any tutorial...and here is the result.

Trying out watercolor florals. |

They're not that beautiful, but they do resemble flowers so I'm happy about that, for now :) 

Brush: size 8 (I think! Forgot to make a note of it)
Watercolors: Winsor & Newton Cotman Pan Set

Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

Sugared fruit is a fresh, colorful and delicious way to incorporate nature's candy into your table setting this season. Use your favorite fruit and arrange them with fresh flowers, in a bowl, or on cake stands. The possibilities are endless with these sweet beauties, so get creative!

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Variety of fruit

Wooden skewers or long floral picks


Basting brush

Extra-fine sugar

Waxed paper

Bowl or vase for display

Fresh flowers, optional


1. Spear fruit with wooden skewers or floral picks.

2. Crack eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Put the egg whites in a small bowl. If concerned about eating raw eggs, you may use powdered egg whites or 2-3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin.

3. Using a basting brush, coat your fruit with a thin layer of the egg whites.

4. With your fingers, lightly sprinkle sugar over the fruit, and rotate as you go. Continue to sprinkle and rotate, as the first few layers will dissolve into the egg whites. When the coating turns white, add extra sugar to a few spots to create a pretty frost-like look.

5. Let dry for 30-minutes on waxed paper.

6. Arrange dried sugared fruit in a bowl or vase. For an extra sweet centerpiece, add fruit to a floral arrangement or in various bowls along with flowers on your table!

7. Keep sugared fruit in a non-humid environment at room temperature and consume within 24-hours.