How to Draw Banners

In this video, I’m going to show you the exact steps for drawing the perfect banners to use in your artwork. Looking for a more advanced tutorial? Check out this one here. And don’t forget to download the FREE worksheet at the bottom of this tutorial!

You’ll learn:

  • How to draw a straight banner
  • How to draw a curved banner
  • How to draw a wavy banner
  • How to embellish your banners

First Things First…

Tools Mentioned

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Now let’s get started!

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So how do you nail the perfect banner? It starts with the three basic ones.

Layer on a sheet of marker paper over a sheet of Rhodia graph paper.

It helps keep the lines straight! A ruler works perfectly fine as well.

Note: You’ll see I use different coloured Tombow TwinTone markers, but you can really use any brand, even a pencil. I’m just using different colours to help differentiate a few of the steps in this tutorial.

Straight Banners

Step 1: Draw two parallel lines

Step 2: Close off the ends

Step 3: Draw two sets of parallel lines coming off the rectangle

Step 4: Add the angles edges and close off the shapes

Step 5: Add angled connection

A slight variation with the folds going a different direction…

Curved Banners

Note: Keep the curves to a minimum to avoid your banner looking awkward.

Step 1: Draw dots in the three spots where your curved line will be and connect it

Repeat Steps 1-5 of the straight banner

Wavy Banners

Step 1: Draw your first two parallel lines in a wavy fashion

Step 2: Close off the ends (see step 2, straight banners above)

Step 3: Draw two sets of parallel lines coming off the rectangle but on opposite sides this time

Repeat Steps 4 & 5 of the straight banner, above

And for some fancy variation…

And repeat Steps 2-5 of the straight banner above, once more!

Extra Embellishments Time!

How about some evenly spaced lines on those straight banner?
Or, just fill in those under parts with black.
Another option – some nicely spaced dotted lines, only on the horizontal edges.
And following the curves, you could add in some different length lines as shading.
And finally, a little bit of both on our fancy wavy banner. Notice how the dotted line curves a little with the curved line? Pro hack right there!

And that’s a wrap!

Get my free downloadable worksheet to reference while drawing your banners:

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  1. Hello Becca Ma’am,

    I’m a big fan of your YouTube tutorials and also love your work. Hopefully , I was planning for studying in Canada, but due to the Covid outbreak. I couldn’t. Hope you and your fiancé #poorryan and your family is doing great. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay at home. Take Care

  2. I love this Becca! Thank you for always sharing creative ideas that are not only fun but easily doable!

  3. You inspired me every time I watched your video and get me excited to do your video. Thank you very much for your effort showing the video!

  4. Hi Becca,
    Thank you so much for your tutorials! Love them!! Now I know how to do
    Banners! Yay!! I will be using these on envelopes in the future!

  5. Learning basic banners really helped a lot when it comes to more complicated ones. Thank you for this ma’am Becca?

  6. Hello Madam Becca,
    This banner drawing really help a lot. It is showing in very simple way, a helpful.
    Thanks a lot

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