Learn How to Draw Designs
(Motifs)

When you begin to draw designs take notice that they are one-dimensional drawings. They are to be drawn to look flat on purpose and are used frequently in paper arts and fiber arts. You will find them to be prevalent in the creative arts, but rarely in the fine arts. Another common term for designs is motifs.

They are a lot easier to draw than classical drawings because there is no need to draw with three-dimensional perspective. In fact, they are only to be drawn one-dimensional--as a flat drawing with zero perspective.

However don't underestimate the hard work and challenge it is to create a quality one-dimensional drawing, especially if you want to use it over and over for a project.

You can draw shapes of most anything: Common ones are hearts, paisleys, circles, ovals, squares, triangles, diamond shaped, simple various flowers, leaves, hats, balloons, the sun, a crescent moon, stars, apples, butterflies, dragonflies, bugs, even wings. 

How to draw hearts and make stencils . . .

This basic heart tutorial teaches how to make an endless variety of heart stencils.


The playful hearts tutorial will have you creating whimsical hearts in no time.


You can create designs freehand or use a stencil, a cut-out or trace a pattern. It is common to use the same drawing over and over (sometimes varying the size) in the creative arts by using a cut-out or a stencil.

Punches used in the paper arts for scrapbooking and card making are, actually tiny little motifs (there are some large punches out these days too). The list is exhaustive! Anything can be turned into a shape. I even have a tiny dinosaur punch!

Sometimes different parts of shapes are cut out using various colored and designed papers. The paper cutouts are layered using glue or foam squares containing glue on both sides, to lift each part up a bit.

This layering creates a type of two-dimensional effect, but it is not true two-dimensional . . . nonetheless . . . so very cute and fun!

Their repetitive use in scrapbooking and card making (under paper arts) leads to fun and whimsical complements to photos and sentiments, and adds cohesiveness to creative art projects.

You may want to check out my Free Printable Coloring pages!

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!

Love, 

~~~Samantha Mariah


Glossary words used on this page . . .

perspective


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