Introduction: Floral Doodled Symbols!

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Heyyy every one!

Today I'll show you how to make a floral doodled symbol.

This is something really hard to teach as it involves a lot of imagination. But I will share my tricks. I hope to give you some inspiration because once you start, it will just flow! I cannot teach you how exactly to do this. I am just attempting to push your boat of imagination off.

I have made three symbols: deathly hallows, infinity sign, and the angelic power rune. (Harry potter, The Fault in Our Stars and Mortal Instruments inspired). I have taken the rune as an example but you can do this for any symbol you want!

This is one way I release exam stress and believe me it works like magic! Also I do it a lot during boring classes, in the car and every where! Once you get the hang of it, it's probably the best way to spend time! And it makes good gifts too!

So let's get started!

Step 1: Materials

This hardly needs any specialized material. All you need will is

  • A sheet of paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Pen (I typically use black. But you can use your favorite color!)
  • and imagination! (most important!)

Because of the few items this is something you can do this any time and any where. Next time you go to that booooring party, carry your pad and a pen and you are in for a very good time! Believe me, it's fun! Plus best results arise when you are bored. XD

So once you have your stuff, you can proceed.

Step 2: The Skeleton

So to start with we need to make the main symbol around which you want to doodle. You can sketch it out however it suits you but i have given a basic guideline below.


  1. Make a simple line drawing of the symbol you choose. Don't choose a too elaborate design if its your first time.
  2. Sketch a pair of lines on either sides of the main skeleton. This is to make it thick.
  3. Darken the lines of the second step. Make sure they are not too thick as then the design will just fall apart. But if you make the design too thin, it will get lost after you doodle around it and you won't be able to see it.

That's about it. Now doodle time!

Step 3: Types of Designs

So the basis of the doodle is to fill up the space around your design. So here is the list of the designs I use and where. Before you begin, just go through this list once and then you can just mix n' match! I have divided into two groups.

For the where-to-use guide photos, I thought it would be easier to understand if it was in a larger doodle in stead of it being isolate and so i have marked it there by color coding it. The numbers correspond the numbering in the list of where to use them (i.e. the the No.1 in flowers is that it can be used in long stretches. Therefore on the image, the red circle labelled 1 illustrates this). I have made a list of the variations in the sixth picture, please refer to that for more clarity.

Major designs (the basic designs that you do around the skeleton)

  1. Flower: Refer to the first picture with red markings.
    • Where to use:
      1. Can be used along long stretches.
      2. Can be used in the corners of some design.
      3. They can also be used in the internal regions.
      4. They can be used to bridge gaps between two designs.
    • Variations:
      1. Long petaled
      2. Pointed petal
      3. Rounded petal
  2. Mango-like design: Refer to the second picture with blue markings.
    • Where too use:
      1. I generally avoid it in the outer corners but you can use it there as well.
      2. Can be used along stretches like the flower.
      3. It is a very convenient design as it fills up a large space and so can be easily used in the interiors.
    • Variations:
      1. The base is larger than the coil.
      2. The base is thin and the coil is large
      3. The coil is very small and not at the end; instead at the side.
  3. Pointed triangular filler: Refer to the third image with the yellow markings
    • Where to use:
      1. When there isn't enough space to fit any other design, you can use this one.
      2. It isn't nice if two same designs are placed beside one another. so to break the monotony, you can use this design
    • Variations:
      1. The base can be pointed
      2. The base can be wide.
  4. Ends: Refer to the pictures with green markings {both variations and where-to-use have been shown in the same pictures highlighted with the green circles. The numbering shows the variations in this case and NOT where to use. }
    • Variations:
      1. Simple one line coils.
      2. Double coils
      3. Dots in decreasing order.
      4. Coil with small petals along one side.
    • Where to use:
      1. As the name suggests, this is used in the ends of the designs. This is optional. At times you may feel the design is looking unfinished. Use these to make it look whole.

TIP: You can outline an entire design (inside or outside) to make it look larger and fill more area. This way two designs wont get mixed up and you will be able to recognize the pattern separately

Filler designs (these are the designs you put inside the major designs to make it look full)

Here are a few (again, just a few) designs you could use in side. You can see my doodles (in the last step) and get some inspiration too. One more thing you can do is break the major design into two or more parts and then fill in different design in each. (In the left most corner of the last image, you can see a pointed
flower. in that you can notice that i have separated it into two parts: one with lines and one left empty)

The last two pictures show these patterns. (numbered accordingly and marked with maroon)

  1. Criss-cross pattern ( you can fill alternate squares like a chess board if you want too)
  2. Small flowers (if they are too big, you may want to add something inside it as well. try adding lines or coils or dots)
  3. Lines along one direction ( you can even shade alternate ones)
  4. Petals (just like the flower. May require more filling)
  5. Lines along a mid-rib in opposite directions (like the veins of a leaf)
  6. Coils or waves in segments
  7. Random swiggly lines
  8. Mango patterns
  9. Coils with petals along it
  10. Zig-zag pattern between lines or even just parallel lines (divide the big design into segments with double lines and zig zag in between)
  11. Variation of the coils in No.6
  12. Multiple outlining (Add outlines on either or both sides of the main design. You can leave it as it is or fill it up with No.10. You can even fill one of them completely)
  13. Dots
  14. I will leave the rest for you to discover (actually I can't remember anything else. Sorry :P)

That is about it. Here are the main designs. But I must stress upon that fact again that this involves a lot of imagination and flowing of thoughts. So PLEASE don't limit yourselves to this list, explore other options and share them with me!

Step 4: Doodle!!

So this is the fun part!!!

This part is like playing a jig-saw puzzle! You have to put the pieces (designs) in together and make a masterpiece! So you can do it with a pencil if you are not confident yet. I still use a pencil.

The pictures show step-wise my process of making the rune doodle. It is just to give you an idea. I skipped a few steps towards the end because the process remained the same.

I normally start with the corner but you can with any place. Just keep adding the major design one by one. You can either fill it up before you proceed to the next major or can do all the big designs at once and then fill them up later. I prefer the first option though. After you are done and satisfied with the result, just ink it). I don't ink the skeleton of the symbol but you can do so if you wish. (if you don't please make sure each of the other line is completely covered with designs adjoining it or else the shape will fall apart)

Nothing more to explain in this step. But here are few tip...

  1. Don't repeat the same design (major or filler) immediately next to each other.
  2. Don't make the designs too far apart (it will look too empty) or too close to each other (too clumsy).
  3. As we are making a symbol, make sure the internal spaces are well covered. If there is any extra space, just criss-cross it. This way you can retain the shape (the diamond in the rune must remain so to give the entire image and make it look like the rune after you erase the pencil skeleton of the symbol.)
  4. Similarly, in the outer region please ensure all the lines have some or the other design adjoining it.
  5. You can fill some places completely with ink. But just don't do it too often or n close proximity of another as it will end up catching the attention of the viewer. Also don't fill up very large places as that too will achieve a similar result. You wouldn't want your work to be really dark and messy now would you?

Also aim for the whole picture. In case it looks weird mid-way, don't worry at all! The end result will be amazing!

Step 5: Thank You

Thank you so much for reading!

I really hope you enjoyed it. I am positive that all your works will be brilliant. Please do share what you make and leave me a comment below!

This was a special 'ible for me as this was the first time I wrote one just for the sake of sharing it with you guys and not for any contest. Like I said before, this was a way i released my stress during exams and I am happy to announce that I did pretty well in my tests!

See you guys soon with something else to make!