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Wrapped Rose Tangle PATTERN and VIDEO

My patterns have definitely been heavy on the rose theme over the past year, with Crumpled Roses, String Rose and now Wrapped Rose. 

Wrapped Rose reminds me a bit of the folk art roses I used to paint back in the early 90's. Good times.

I'm not sure if I consider Wrapped Rose more of a drawing technique than a pattern as I believe patterns should be able to continue in all directions infinitely which, in theory I suppose this could, though I don't know how it'd look. Regardless, it's fun and I became a bit obsessed with playing with the possibilities over the past week...until I wasn't hahaha.

Here's a step out: 

The last step shows the petals numbered in the order in which I drew them. You can make these as large or small as you wanted. I could easily have stopped here at 5 or 8 or 14......you get the picture :)

Here's a completed drawing:
This was sketched out first in my journal then finished off in procreate so I could create the delicious black highlighted areas. Love them :)

The video:


Once you've got the basic technique create a slightly more realistic look by adding a bit of shape to the petals like this........
O.k., so it doesn't look like it's ready to pick out of the garden, but it's not a very big jump at all from adding a bit of basic shape to drawing this.............
With a bit of shading you'd have a realistic looking peony or old fashioned rose. If you can't imagine how I went from the original outline to this, I've super-imposed the outline in red. I've just added turn backs and outer petals and leaves.
I still hadn't had enough so then I played around with an overall pattern, again in Procreate. Because copy, pasting and filling.......fun!
I went further by vectorizing the pattern (a looser petal version) to play with it as a background.  I think I prefer the white line version as it's a bit softer.

Some other ideas I tossed around were: a circle centre rather than a spiral, a button centre and string for petals. Fun, but I got bored before I finished any of these drawings. Now onto the next idea.

Have a great day!

Comments

  1. Helen: This flower is delightful. Not only am I trying to improve my drawing, but I am also having a go at watercolour. This rose will help me with both - getting nice petals when I do the drawing will be the first order of business, then doing shadows with the watercolour paints....I predict a flower garden of attempts will be part of my future!

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    1. Hi Jakki. Thank you! I've always loved drawing flowers and one of the biggest improvements I had was when I took a botanical art course (probably about 25 years ago!) that was being run at the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne. Something just clicked for me. Then it was all about the practice. We only did drawing not watercolours though, so I don't have any experience with that - you've got me thinking that I really should go back and learn as I've always wanted to! Maybe this year :)

      I hope you have fun playing with this :) hx

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  2. Helen, it's so good to have you back. I missed your "voice" while you have been gone. Like Jakki, I am also working on my watercolours and I can see the potential here. Now for some more hours in the day to be able to fit in everything that I want to do.

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    1. Thank you! I missed this part of my life, too, but I think the break has done me good as I'm feeling super-productive and am back to my usual "so many ideas, too little time" mantra which is how I operate best :)

      I have done very little work with watercolours and have always been fascinated by them. One day, maybe :)

      Hopefully you have time to play around with the pattern. hx

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  3. Love this! Especially all the variations.

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    1. Thank you, Frances :) I definitely had fun playing with it! Now I'm on a bit of a Narwal quest. hahaha.

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  4. Just getting started with Procreate. This is such a wonderful tutorial for that. Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Linda. I'm new to it to. I had the app for ages on my old iPad, but as it couldn't be used with the pencil, I found it pretty useless for fine lines and only played with it once or twice before forgetting about it. I treated myself to an iPad pro for my birthday mostly to be able to use the pencil and the updated version of Procreate with it. I always love learning how to use new programs so I'm having a lot of fun. I particularly love being able to record the screen for the pattern videos that I like to do. No more having to worry about my hand being in the way!! h

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  5. Fantastic tutorial !!!! This is a great illustration video on how to achieve "the look" of professionalism in drawing art :)

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  6. Congratulations Helen, this is a wonderful new tangle and I loved the pattern immediately. Thank you for the great video.
    Today, I published a blogpost on my site (www.tangledreams.be) and referred to your pattern because the little applepastry that is shown is a lovely look a like.

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    1. Thanks, Ria! I love the little apple tarts - so cute, and tasty too, I bet!

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