Arrows can add stylish embellishment to just about any paper good. Mail art, bullet journals, and sketchbooks all benefit from a hand-drawn arrow or two! Today, I’ve got free printable that shows you how to make eight artistic arrows that you can use on a variety of projects.
About the Hand-Drawn Arrow Designs Printable
Today’s printable presents you with eight arrow design concepts to use and modify as much as you want to! Each arrow concept presents you with four steps to create that particular arrow. Follow the steps, and you’ll be able to draw the arrow.
I created this printable with the hope that you will feel inspired to draw and experiment! Even if you don’t have a lot of confidence in your artistic abilities, you will find that many of the arrows are a breeze to create.
Next time you have an envelope to decorate or you want to do some doodling, grab a pen and try out one of the arrow mini-tutorials on the printable! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much artistic personality the arrow adds to your project.
Tips for Creating Hand-Drawn Arrow Designs
Every great arrow starts with a pencil draft line. You’ll begin any arrow with a faint pencil line, which will give you a good foundation to work off of. (It’s easiest to draw straight lines with the help of a ruler.)
Once you have your pencil lines, you can draw over them with a pen. I alternate between using a dip pen + ink and gel pens (like Gelly Roll) to draw arrows.
The two arrows shown below are Steampunk Arrows from the arrow designs printable.
If you plan to create several arrows side by side, try mixing up the styles! The Steampunk Arrows correspond beautifully with the Universe Arrows in the envelope below.
While arrows can serve as freestanding artwork, I like them best on mail art. Arrows symbolize motion, so they provide a nod to the distance the envelope will travel. Furthermore, arrows always serve as the perfect contrast to whimsical calligraphy like the Kaitlin Style address below:
Regardless of whether you consider yourself an artist or not, I hope you’ll give at least a few of the hand-drawn arrow designs a try.
Thanks very much for reading, and enjoy the printable!