How To Make an Easy Thanksgiving Doodle and Watercolor Print

design team - maira drawing Nov 16, 2021
How to make a thanksgiving doodle print

Thanksgiving is around the corner and if you still have a piece missing from your decor, I got you covered. Plus, nothing's better that a beautiful handmade gift you're turning up to a friend's Thanksgiving dinner, right?

Hi Friend, I’m Maira from Vial Designs, bringing you this tutorial today as part of the Pigeon Letters Design Team. Today, I’m showing you an easy way to make this beautiful thanksgiving doodle and watercolor print! I’ll break down everything step by step so you can create this beautiful piece with me. 






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Step 1: Sketch Your Design



First, we’ll use the angle and circle maker or a round object to draw a circle in the center. We’ll letter the message inside the circle and doodle fall elements around the circle to create a wreath.

Let’s start by doodling a pumpkin. To do that, we’ll first draw an oval, which will serve as a guide to draw our pumpkin. Then, draw another oval in the lower center of the first oval, complete with semi oval around it. Next, draw the stem and the remaining part of the pumpkin. 

Next, we’ll draw the doodle leaves next to the pumpkin. Peggy's Nature Drawing and Watercolor book will come in handy for inspiration!



To complete the wreath, finish the circle with several circle lines. Then we’ll draw single leaves that look like they are coming out of these circle lines. 




Step 2: Outline Your Wreath

Using the monoline studio pen 05 to outline the whole sketch we draw and the monoline studio pen 03 to add details to the leaves as needed. 




Step 3: Color the Design

We’ll start coloring the pumpkin using the Karin Brush pens or any other water based markers. Start your paining a small piece with your markers, then using a brush dipped in water, grab the color from the marker and continue painting. 



Continue doing the same until you complete the whole piece. 

Keep in mind that if you want the color to be more saturated, add less water. If you want it to be lighter, use more water to diluted a little bit. 



Wait until everything is completely dry, then erase the remaining pencil sketch marks. 




Step 4: Letter Your Quote

I’m writing: “give thanks”, but you can choose any thanksgiving quote or phrase you like. Make sure the quote you choose fits inside the circle. 

First, sketch the design with pencil. Then, go over it with your Monoline studio pen 03. 

For this piece, I’m using a technique called faux calligraphy. It imitates the look of calligraph, but using a regular pen. To do faux calligraphy, you write the word or phrase, then draw an outline to the downstrokes (every time you move your pen down). Last, but no least, we’ll color inside the outlines. I’m using a brown color but you can use any color you’d like. 



If you want to learn everything about Faux Calligraphy and learn my calligraphy style, check my Faux Calligraphy workbook for beginners. 



That’s it! Now you have a beautiful Thanksgiving watercolor print to decorate any space in your house!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and start doodling fall leaves today! If you do, tag me @vialdesigns on Instagram - I’d love to see your work. 



Maira is a Colombian artist living in sunny Florida, USA and has been creating art for as long as she can remember! After discovering calligraphy  6 years ago, she hasn't stopped practicing and learning, which has sparked her passion for helping other women become more creative by learning calligraphy through her easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials. Check out more of Maira's tutorials here!


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