Hello! Drawing bows is simple. All you need to do is draw a few simple shapes, then voila, you have a bow.
There are lots of styles of bows, however we’ll focus on how to draw two basic bows with two different types of tails.
Bows are simple shapes grouped together. Drawing bows becomes a breeze when you draw one simple shape at a time.
Drawing bows with a single loop is a snap, so we’ll start there.
Draw the Knot First
Begin by drawing the knot on a watercolor paper with a PITT pen. Draw an open parenthesis shape, then a short distance away a closed parenthesis shape. It should look like this ( ). Connect the top and bottom with a line, and the knot is complete.
Drawing the Loops
At the top left corner of the knot draw a tear drop shape, then repeat on the top right.
Now, draw a line from the middle bottom of the tear drop to the bottom corner of the knot on each side. Finally, add a line with a slight curve coming from each side of the knot. Wasn’t that easy!
Multiple Loop Bows
Drawing bows with multiple loops is very similar to drawing a single loop. Since it’s part of the background paper, I drew the bow with a PITT pen on a watercolor block. The previous bow was drawn with PITT pen on a sheet of watercolor paper, because I planned to fussy cut it.
Begin with the Knot
Start exactly like the single loop bow, by drawing the knot first. Remember the knot is just an open and closed parenthesis connected at the top and bottom with a line.
Drawing Multiple Loops
Next, draw a tear drop shape to the each side, just as you did with the single loop bow. Here is where things change. Draw a line from the middle bottom of the tear drop to the middle of the knot. Then draw a line from the bottom of the loop to the center of the knot. Continue in this pattern until you have drawn the desired number of loops. The bottom loop will connect into the base of the knot. Now, repeat on the other side.
Finally, add a line with a slight curve to each loop on both sides. In the above example, I drew three loops which give the bow a full look.
Drawing the Tails
There are lots of different tails you can draw on your bow. We’ll look at two types; short tails with a V end, and long twisted tails also with a V end.
The most common bow tails are short single ribbon tails as seen below.
Drawing these basic tails is even easier than drawing the loops. From the middle of the knot draw a sweeping line to the left with a PITT pen. From the base of the bow loop draw another, shorter sweeping line. Then connect the ends of the lines with an upside down V. Repeat on the other side and your bow is complete!
Drawing Long Twisted Tails
Long twisted tails look much more complicated than they are. Here’s all you need to do.
Using a PITT pen draw a long curvy line from the center of the bow knot. Then draw a curvy line from the edge of the knot crossing the previous line in a couple of places. Finally, connect the ends of the lines with an upside down V. The shading as you paint these really helps the ribbon to have that twisty turn look.
This layout is part of a two page spread. Here’s a link to the blog post featuring the layout on the right.
I really like how the mirrored bows frame the entire look.
Coordinating or Mirrored
I had to choose between using a coordinating design for this layout or simply doing a complete mirror of the first page. As you can see, I chose the first. Love the mirrored bows, however I didn’t want the formal look of mirrored layouts.
I kept the same style, but changed it up a bit. Of course the bow, colors and flowers remain the same, but the placement is a bit different.
Center & Title Cluster
Love the large flower cluster between the photos, so decided to repeat that on this layout. Using the same flowers, banners and colors really ties the two layouts together.
This cute little cluster on the bottom right helps to create a diagonal line and brings focus to the journaling.
This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments. You can see the other posts here.
Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout. To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below. I personally selected all of the products used in this project. All products were purchased by me. As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.
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