Add joy to your space by creating an easy to do succulent/cactus wall art piece!
I am back with another fun blog tutorial! Since going back to work, I wanted to spruce up my work space. What better way than to create a succulent/cactus wall art piece! I got Peggy Dean’s Botanical Line drawing book last year and haven’t had a chance to really use it much. This was the perfect opportunity! Continue reading below to see how you can make a succulent wall art for your space.
- Strathmore Mixed Media paper
- Tombow Mono Drawing Pencil
- Tombow Mono Eraser
- Tombow Twin Tone markers
- Tombow Irojiten Coloured Pencils (I used the Tranquil Set)
- Tombow Mono Drawing Pens
- Pentel water brush pen
- Fiskar Portable Paper Trimmer
- Frame (Optional)
- Succulent references (I’m using Botanical Line Drawing by Peggy Dean)
- Use the same method to make a succulent/cactus card! Perfect for the plant lover in your life.
- Choose paper that is thick, good quality and will withstand water. That’s why I love using Strathmore Mixed Media paper.
- Try using one colour scheme for all of your succulent/cactus drawings – it would make for a different take on your wall art.
Step 1: Draw in Pencil
Using the Tombow Mono drawing pencil, draw your succulent designs onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I tried to create even spacing throughout each design. I also tried to mix up the designs to include succulents and cacti.
For reference, I used Peggy Dean’s Botanical Line Drawing book. I love this book so much as Peggy makes it really easy to follow along and create amazing botanical drawings! You could use any references you wish.
Step 2: Add Colour
This is the fun part – to add colour to each succulent and cactus! Using a mix of Tombow Twin Tone markers and the Tombow Irojiten coloured pencils, add colour to each succulent and cactus. For parts of each succulent/cactus, I also activated the Tombow Twin Tone marker with water using the Pentel water brush pen. I love the look I was able to create using a mixed of watercolour, marker and pencil crayon.
Step 3: Outline
Using the Tombow Mono drawing pens, I outlined each succulent/cactus. Since the Mono drawing pens come in three different sizes (01,03, and 05), I varied using each size depending on what I was outlining. I like the contrast created using thick and thin lines.
After everything has had a chance to set and dry well, using the Tombow Mono eraser, erase away any visible pencil lines. Be careful when erasing not to smudge any of your designs.
Step 4: Cut and Frame
You will want to cut your design into a size that will fit your frame. I used the Fiskar’s paper trimmer to ensure I had straight and smooth lines. Once done, frame your design!
This is truly an easy and simple way to add a little spark of joy and happiness to any space! If you try this project, I would love to see what you come up with. Tag me in your creations! I am interested to see in what space you will find a home for your succulent/cactus wall art.
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