Creating a Simple Border

Ok, I’m not a great calligrapher (or… a calligrapher at all actually…) but sometimes I have a fun word or a great quote I want to paint. Today I’m going to take you through the basics of creating a great border for your word/words! This helps tie in your entire piece and show off your artistic skills as well. Let’s get started!

First off choose your subject. My words for this piece are “Lil Fruity” (ya’ll know I can get crazy🤪) so I went with citrus fruits! Over simplify your design, then draw it out multiple times in multiple sizes throughout your canvas. Don’t create a pattern with them, keep it random but keep it balanced.

Hack: draw very lightly so you can come back with an eraser and erase some marks you don’t like.

If desired, add in some foliage! This can be these stems (shown above) or simple leaves, this will add a contrasting color and element to your piece.

Remember: Vary the size, look, and shape of your leaves. Keep a balanced look without keeping an obvious pattern.

Next up, brainstorm something small to add into the spots that look uneven, or have small gaps. The easiest idea are small florals. Think up a simplistic design and add them here and there where you think they should go.

I don’t even know what these are called… let’s call them rain droplets! I added them into my composition because it needed a little more. You can stop after your third element, or add some raindrops, swirls, or patterned lines if you feel it needs a bit more.

Remember: Keep it simple and try to stick to only 3-4 elements.

Now for color! Keep to a limited pallet and just have fun with it. I ended up adding little dabs of paint here and there to tie it all together.

And that’s it my friend! As always I hope this blog inspires you to simply be creative and try something new today. I’d love to hear your feedback or see what you’ve been working on. Feel free to reach out via Instagram or email. (both links found on my homepage). Have a fantastic day my friend!

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