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Monthly Project: March

Build-a-Bouquet

Project Overview

In keeping with the ‘Grow’ theme of March, this month’s project is filled with florals! You will study and practice drawing different types of flowers, then compose them into a beautiful floral arrangement. This project is a great way to learn about combining multiple elements into a composition, understand visual balance, test out a new style, and experiment with color combinations. 

Let’s Break it Down

1. Decide what flowers you want to draw

To get you started, here are some categories of flower shapes with an assortment of flower types. Do an image search of some of these flowers to find out which ones speak to you. You can also lookup pictures of professional floral arrangements to see which flowers look good together. 

Composite Flowers

daisy, aster, coneflower, chamomile, black-eyed susan, Gerbera daisy, thistle, mums, chicory, marigolds, dandelion

Saucer Shape

California poppy, Icelandic poppy, cosmo, anemone, primrose, hibiscus, violets, poached egg flower, rockrose

Lots of Petals

rose, peony, ranunculus, dahlia, zinnia, carnations, camelia, begonias, gardenias

Bowl/Cup Shape

tulip, buttercup, crocus, amaryllis, petunia, columbine, Mexican prickly poppy

Star Shape

lilies, jasmine, bellflower, Hyacinth Blue Star, starflower

Trumpet Shape

morning glory, daffodil, nasturtium

Other shapes

allium, fennel flowers, hyacinth, lupine, bluebell, , nasturtium, yarrow, larkspur, snapdragons, foxgloves, hydrangea, lily of the valley,

Greenery & Filler

rose hips, eucalyptus, olive, canary grass, fern, poppy seed pod, dusty miller, fiddlehead fern, lavender, more leaf shapes

2. Gather style inspiration

Need a little style inspiration? Check out this Pinterest board filled with flower illustrations.

3. Practice drawing flower shapes

Spend some time doing some studies on your chosen flowers, and dont forget the greenery.

Learn how to sketch several different flowers using the quick video tutorials on my Flowers Resource Page.

4. Pick a vessel or vase shape and design

The container can be just as interesting as the flowers! Think about the vessel that will hold your bouquet. It could be a vase, jar, pitcher, tin can, pot, or just about anything else that can hold flowers. You could even decorate the container with a pattern, color blocking, or simple illustration.

5. Create your flower composition

Head over to my tutorial on How to Draw a Bouquet for detailed instructions on how to create your illustrated floral arrangement.

One more thing: Your final piece doesn’t have to be a literal bouquet! Combine the different flowers you’ve learned however you like. You might make a literal bouquet in a vase, but you could also try your hand at a floral pattern or other design!

5. Deliver your flowers!

An illustrated bouquet would make an excellent gift for someone you care about, so don’t be shy about sharing your work! Send your artwork to someone special with a sweet message. 

Need some style ideas for your bouquet?

With my many sets of Procreate brushes, you can create any type of style you want in your flower illustrations.

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