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"She loves me, she loves me not..."
The above words are often recited while plucking the petals from a daisy blossom, also known as an aster. The words said over the final petal were seen as an omen predicting the romantic interest of another.
The daisy is a plant with a long history. It originated in Europe but has become naturalized - growing in the wild without cultivation - in many parts of the world. The name is probably derived from the English term "day's eye," as the flowers are open during the day before closing at night.
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Did you know? The daisy is not a single flower, but "a basket shaped blossom with hundreds of tiny, individual flowers." Daisies have many uses in addition to playing a role in beautiful flower bouquets. The flowers are edible, and may be used fresh in salads or pickled. Medicinal tinctures are also derived from the blossoms, leaves, roots, and stem.
Decorate your favorite objects with beautiful flowers; daisies are a frequent addition to art and ornamentation. You can start by learning how to draw a cartoon daisy. This easy, step-by-step cartoon flower drawing tutorial uses simple geometric shapes and lines. Sharpen your pencils, and have an eraser handy.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Daisy
1. Begin by drawing a small circle. This will form the center of the flower.
2. Draw a long curved line below the oval. This will become the flower's stem. Then, draw eight straight lines across the center of the flower and different angles. All of the lines should cross at the same point. These will help you to place the daisy's petals.
3. Use curved lines to enclose oblong shapes around the center of the flower, forming the petals. The shapes should be roughly ovular, with gentle points on each end. Allow each shape to overlap the end of a small, straight line.
4. Draw more petals, granting fullness to the flower head. Draw an oblong shape between each of the existing oblong petals, allowing them to overlap the sides of the petals.
5. Erase the overlapping lines from every other petal.
6. Erase the guide lines from the center of the flower. Then, extend a straight line through the stem of the flower. Then, draw a shorter straight line at each end of the previous line, at a downturned angle. After that, draw an oval surrounding each segment of the lines. These will form the daisy's leaves.
7. Erase unnecessary lines from the flower's leaves.
8. Add texture and detail the center of the flower and the outer edges of the leaves. Use wavy lines.
9. Erase the unnecessary lines from the leaves and the flower's center.
10. Texture the center of the flower with small shaded circles and a crescent moon shape. Then, draw a long curved line parallel to the existing line of the stem. It should meet the previous line at a point.
11. Color your cartoon daisy. They often have white petals with yellow centers, but can come in many different colors. Some, for example, are solid green!
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