Simple Flower Doodles: A Step By Step Tutorial for Art Journaling Beginners

flower doodles for art journaling beginners

Do you want to draw flower doodles in your art journal but sometimes don’t have any inspiration or ideas?

These creative blocks happen to everyone, all the time.

In order to get you going and inspire you, I’m sharing ideas on how to draw simple flower doodles so you can fill your art journal pages. And of course, have fun!

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Supplies you’ll need for doodling flowers

Doodling is the simplest thing to do in your art journal. That’s why you don’t need a bunch of supplies to start. And I’m sure you already have these in your stash.

I’m sharing what I use for my doodles.

Art journal/Paper/Notebook

I remember how I started doodling. In ancient times, when we had fixed phones and you could only use it in one place in the house, I would sit there and talk to my friends. It was awesome.

And I was doodling all the time. I would listen to my bestie talking about the guy she liked, and I drew all kinds of simple things on a scrap piece of paper.

Now, I have my art journals and I use them for this purpose.

But, any kind of paper or notebook will serve you well here.

Pencil

Sometimes I draw some things with a pencil first, so I feel more confident.

Later, I trace the lines with a pen.

You can use the pencil for shading your flowers, which is awesome.

Black waterproof pen with fine tips

I love black pens because black is neutral but also bold enough to stand out. It creates a wonderful contrast on white paper.

Why waterproof?

Because waterproof pens don’t usually smudge. This is great for doodling because you move your hand a lot on the paper and don’t want to smear the ink.

Also, if you want to paint your flower doodles later, the pen will not smudge when you add paint. For me, this is priceless.

Another thing to consider is the fine tip of the pen. In my experience, the fine tip pens are excellent for doodling because their lines are thin and can draw the tiniest details.

I’ve been using this black fine liner pen for ages and it’s never let me down. It comes in different nib sizes to fit any doodling need. It’s also waterproof. I can’t recommend it enough.

four black uni pin fine liners

Things to have in mind when doodling flowers

Here are a few things I’d like you to consider when drawing simple flower doodles. They’re just tiny tips and ideas that can make a huge difference in your drawings.

Think about the pistil

I used to draw the pistil as a plain circle and that was it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they needed something more.

Now, I mostly draw pistils as a group of small circles or dots. This way, you add dimension to the flower.

Look at these. Which has more interest?

flower doodling with dimensional pistil

Another thing about the pistil. It’s not a perfect circle. It’s always crooked a bit. That’s what gives the flower dimension and interest.

So, forget about perfect symmetry or rules here. The less symmetrical, the more interesting it is.

flower doodles for beginners

The lovely petals

Aren’t these the most beautiful parts of flowers?

And there are so many different ones that your drawings have no limits.

You can draw big round ones or thin long petals, include only a few or layer a bunch of petals.

In order to add dimension, try drawing petals that overlap each other, rather than stick them next to each other. Layer them by drawing the ones on top, and add the ones below.

This means that some petals will be completely visible while others will only be partially visible. Isn’t that how we mostly see flowers?

The stem

The stem is the easiest to draw. It’s just a line or two.

However, one thing I’d like you to have in mind is to use curvy lines.

Curvy lines are more interesting and dimensional than straight lines.

Look at the drawing below. Which one is more interesting?

curvy stems for doodling flowers

You can draw the stem with one line only, but you could also draw it thicker if you want smaller stems growing from it.

two flower doodles

Experiment with leaves

Leaves are also interesting to doodle. You can really be imaginative here.

They can be small or big, you can add lines or dots. No limits!

They can rest on the stem or just be behind the flower petals, hugging them from below or on the sides.

A great way to doodle leaves is by drawing floral wreaths. Doodling wreaths gives you limitless possibilities on using leaves and flowers. Just from your imagination. And it’s very easy to do. I explain how to doodle these later in the post.

Add dimension to your flower doodles

You can add dimension to your flower drawings in different ways.

First of all, as I already mentioned, use curvy lines. Straight, stuck-up lines are not that interesting to the eye.

Imagine some flowers that you love, are they all straight lines? I doubt it.

Next time when you doodle flowers, have this in mind. Draw curvy petals, stems, and leaves.

Another thing that adds dimension is drawing thin, short lines on the petals and leaves.

When you draw a petal, don’t leave it blank. Add some tiny lines here and there to make it more interesting.

flower doodle with dimension

Draw a circle/round shape first

An easy hack when drawing flowers is to first draw a round shape to outline the space for the pistil and the petals. It helps you stay in lines and the flower gets more dimension this way.

Here are some examples:

simple flower doodle tutorial

Or what about drawing it this way:

flower doodle with circles


Simple flower doodles – step by step

Now that we have covered some basic things, let’s dive into doodling those lovely flowers for your art journal.

I’ll share how to doodle existing flowers but also more abstract ones from your imagination. These are my favorite.

How to draw a simple rose

Roses are fantastic for doodling. And believe me, they’re easy to draw.

Step 1. Draw a circle.

Step 2. Start adding lines towards the center. Look at the picture below.

Step 3. Finally, add some leaves for more interest.

easy rose drawing step by step

How to draw a tulip

Doodling tulips is also just a few lines.

Step 1. Draw an oval shape.

Step 2. Draw curvy lines on each side of the shape, and meet them at the bottom. This will be the petals.

Step 3. Add the top of the petals on each side and the one in the middle.

Step 4. Finally, add a curvy stem.

tulip doodle instructions

How to draw a daisy

I love daisies. Especially because they’re so easy to draw. Also, they look cute in a bouquet.

Step 1. Draw to circles, one for the pistil, and a bigger one for the petals.

Step 2. Draw small circles within the pistil, to give it dimension. Remember how we talked about adding dimension with this?

Step 3. Start adding petals within the bigger circle. Try to hide the last two petals on each side of the daisy, so they look like they’re behind. To make it even more dimensional, add more petals on the back as in the drawing below.

Step 4. Finally, draw a curvy stem.

drawing a daisy

How to draw a lavender

They smell nice and they look lovely, too! Here’s how to draw one easily.

Step 1. draw a curvy stem.

Step 2. Start adding flowers, and try to be loose here. It’s just doodling, remember?

Step 3. Add some leaves at the bottom.

lavender doodle instructions

How to draw a cactus

I love succulents. There’s something cute to them that I can’t even explain.

Step 1. Draw a pot. Any kind of pot will work. It can be just a rectangle shape.

Step 2. Draw the cactus shape. Make it a bit thinner at the bottom.

Step 3. Add the cactus “hand”, or two, it’s up to you.

Step 4. To give it more dimension, add horizontal loose lines and some thorns. A thorn can be a simple letter V.

Step 5. And finally, add a flower on top of the cactus.

cactus doodle

How to draw a dandelion

We’ve all blown these a thousand times. Is it just me or do they look amazingly romantic during a sunset?

Step 1. Draw two circles, one for the pistil and the other for the petals.

Step 2. Draw lines from the pistil to the outer circle line, but don’t make them all the same size.

Step 3. Add the U-shaped thingies with small circles on them. It kind of reminds me of a fork.

Step 4. Draw a curvy stem.

dandelion doodle

How to draw simple flower doodles from your imagination

This is where it all becomes even more interesting and creative.

I love doodling flowers just from my imagination. Sometimes my petals will be stars, or I’ll decorate the leaves with more doodles.

Here are some examples that I like to doodle, and I hope you’ll try them and come up with your own ideas, too.

Floral wreath doodle

These are so fun to doodle! And when you become more confident, you can draw them larger and even paint them with watercolor.

Step 1. Draw a circle.

Step 2. Draw a rose in the middle. Now, you can draw a rose. (Check the tutorial above).

Step 3. Start adding small leaves. Imagine the laves being small hearts. Start from the rose on both sides until you finish at the top.

Step 4. Add small dots around the wreath for more interest.

You can add more roses and other leaves. Experiment and have fun.

floral wreath doodle instructions

A simple flower bouquet

Bouquets are so darn cute. Especially with wildflowers. Here’s how I doodle them.

Step 1. Draw a bunch of lines and meet them at the bottom.

Step 2. Add a simple bow where the lines meet.

Step 3. Start adding daisies (check the tutorial above) and leaves, or even small berries.

Step 4. I like adding small dots all around the bouquet to make it more whimsical.

flower bouquet doodle

Flower doodles in a vase

You can really make a flower pop by drawing it alone in a simple vase.

Step 1. Draw a simple, tall vase.

Step 2. Draw a long flower and let it hang a bit to the side of the vase.

Step 3. To give it more dimension, add lines for the water and the bottom of the vase.

flower in a vase doodle

A simple stem with leaves

I love the simplicity of this one and I often doodle it around my journaling, or I even make it a hair embellishment in my female portraits.

Step 1. Draw a curvy stem.

Step 2. Add “heart” shaped leaves.

stem with leaves doodle

A simple stem with leaves and flowers

The flower doodle above is very simple, but if you just add some more details, you’ll get more interest and dimension.

Step 1. Draw a curvy stem.

Step 2. Add leaves and flowers. Make their stems also curvy.

a stem with flowers and leaves

Abstract whimsical flower doodles

Remember, there are no limits here! Just draw and doodle whatever you want. Make your flowers square if you want to. Challenge the rules and common knowledge.

Here’s a simple idea for something whimsical.

whimsical flower doodles

A small berry tree

This is easy-peasy and if you add color to it later, you’ll have a cute little doodle in your art journal.

Step 1. Draw branches, make some curvy, some straight.

Step 2. Add berries. And that’s it!

Add some leaves if you want to.

berry tree doodle

Simple flower doodles wrap-up

Did you see how easy it is to doodle flowers?

The key is not to put pressure on yourself and just enjoy with lines and dots.

What you should remember is to

# draw curvy lines to add more interest and dimension

# add lines to the petals to make them dimensional

# draw oval pistils and add dots to them

# draw circles as frames for your flowers

And lastly, experiment with your imagination and don’t set any limits to what you can draw or doodle. I’m sure you can do this!

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