In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a beautiful wedding invitation with hand-drawn flowers using speciallycreated brushes that can be reused for future art projects. We’ll also create a texturized background and a traditional arcuated banner.

Software: Adobe Illustrator

Difficulty: Beginner

Completion Time: 2 hours

1. Creating the Background

Step 1

  • In a new document, draw a square using the Rectangle Tool (M) with Fill Color R=219, G=216, B=189, with no stroke and at size 600 px (width and height).
  • Keep the square selected and go to Appearance panel. Click on the tiny triangle on the right top corner to bring up the pop-up menu.
  • Select “Add New Fill”. Set the new fill at R=178, G=169, B=126. Next, add the texture. Be sure that the second darker fill on the Appearance panel is selected and go to Effect > Texture > Texturizer.
  • From the pop-up menu (right side) select Note Paper, set Image Balance 20, Graininess 20, Relief 20 and press Okay.
  • Back to the Appearance panel again. Click on the Opacity text under your second fill and select Overlay blending mode from the pop-up menu. That’s it for now.

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Step 2

Find a nice floral background from the huge variety of stock photos on 123RF.com. I found this beautiful white roses background (ID: 884256) and also a yellow version. (ID: 379911)

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123RF Stock Photos-Yellow rose background

Step 3

Place the downloaded image on the background you’ve created. Stretch the image to overlap the background (holding the Shift key). Then select the background, make a copy in front (Control + C, Control + F), cut the background and place it in front of everything (Control + X, Control + F). On the Appearance panel, delete ALL the fills. Keep this empty square selected, then holding the Shift key, select the downloaded image and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make. Your result should be similar to the image below.

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Step 4

Lower Opacity to 40%.

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Step 5

Now, let’s create an oval using the Ellipse Tool (L). The Fill Color will be the same as the background.

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Step 6

Let’s add a shadow to this.

  • Keep the oval selected (make sure that it’s in the first lighter fill) and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow.
  • A dialogue box will pop up. Set Mode Multiply, Opacity 50%, X Offset 0 px, Y Offset 0 px, Blur 10 px, Color Black, Darkness 100%.
  • Click Okay.

1_62. Painting the Flowers

Step 1

Before painting the flowers, we’ll need to create two special brushes.

Brush 1:

  • With the Ellipse Tool (L), draw a very long and thin oval shape (black fill color).
  • Grab it and move it to the Brush panel.
  • A new window will pop up. Choose New Art Brush and click OK.
  • In a second window (make sure that the Direction is from left to right), choose Colorization Method Tints. Width of this New Art Brush should be 100%.

 Brush 2:

  • With the newly created brush, use the Convert Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and click on the left and right anchor to sharpen the points.
  • Again, grab it to the Brush panel and create a New Art Brush with the same options as Brush 1.

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Step 2

Now, we’ll draw the flowers.

  • Grab Brush 1, set the stroke color dark violet with no fill color and adjust Weight to 3 px on the Stroke panel. Draw the petals of the flower.

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Step 3

Set the stroke color lighter and continue to draw the petals.

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Step 4

Continue to set the stroke color lighter and draw petals. Of course, you can choose the color you like and vary the stroke weight.

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Step 5

Decrease the stroke Weight to 1 px and using dark violet and dark pink, draw the centre of the flower.

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Step 6

Use the same technique to draw a yellow-gold flower. The back petals should be thicker and the front petals should thinner. To do this, simply decrease or increase the stroke Weight on the Stroke panel.

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Step 7

Continue to draw the next flower. Here’s just an example – feel free to use your imagination to draw those beautiful flowers!

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Step 8

Add one more pink flower. As you can see, the leaf is made using Brush 2.

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Step 9

Draw a dark green branch. Use Brush 1 (thinner stroke) for the stem, and Brush 2 (thicker stroke) for the leaves.2_8Step 10

Change the stroke Weight on Brush 1 in the Stroke panel and draw a purple flower.

2_93. Flowers Arrangement

Step 1

  • To group every single flower, right click the mouse >Group.
  • Arrange the flowers nicely; place the big violet in the middle, and all other flowers and branches on the left side.
  • Then, select all flowers on the left side, right click > Transform > Reflect.
  • In a new dialogue window, select Axis Vertical, Angle 90%, Options Objects and click Copy.
  • Move the new copies of flowers to the right. If you want, add more flowers!

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Position the flowers on the background as shown. Add tiny flowers wherever you like!

3_14. Creating the Wedding Rings

Step 1

This is the easiest part!

  • Using the Ellipse Tool (L), draw two rings with gold stroke color. Make it a thick stroke and place them (as shown in the image below).
  • With the two rings still selected, make a copy on the back (Control + C, Control + B).
  • We’ll add dimension to the rings. Make these copies lighter and move them slightly to the left and up using your keyboard.

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Position the wedding rings as shown in the image below:

4_25. Adding the Text

Step 1

Choose your favorite font and type out your wedding details.

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6. Creating the Banner

Step 1

  • Use the Rectangle Tool (M) to draw a light gold rectangle.
  • Copy and Paste the rectangle. Make it shorter and darker.
  • With the rectangle still selected, use the Pen Tool (P) to put an extra anchor point on the left side.
  • Then, using the Direct Selection Tool (A), select the extra anchor point and shift it to the right.
  • Place the last shape you created under the long rectangle (Control + X, Control + B).

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  • Set the fill color dark gold.
  • With the Pen Tool (P), draw the triangle as shown on in the image below (img 1).
  • Select this triangle and holding the Shift key, select the flag shape. Right click > Transform > Reflect. In a new dialogue window, select Axis Vertical, Angle 90° and click Copy.

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  • Group the whole banner (right click > Group).
  • Go to Effect > Warp > Arc. In the new window, adjust the options: Style Arc Horizontal, Bend 50%, Distortion Horizontal 0% and Vertical 0%.6_3

    Step 4

  • Select a font and type out “WEDDING INVITATION”.
  • Set the fill color dark gold.
  • Go to Effect > Warp > Arc. In the new window, adjust the options: Style Arc Horizontal, Bend 33%, Distortion Horizontal 0% and Vertical 0%.
  • Place the text on the banner.

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Lastly, place the banner with text right under the flowers. We’re done!

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Your beautiful wedding invitation is ready, congratulations! Hope, you’ve enjoyed the process of painting the flowers and picked up some useful tips and tricks from this tutorial.