How to Draw a Rosary

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"Amy... looked with great admiration at a string of gold and ebony beads from which hung a heavy cross of the same. 'I, too, covet that, but not as a necklace. Ah, no! To me it is a rosary, and as such I should use it like a good catholic,' said Esther, eyeing the handsome thing wistfully."
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A rosary, also known as prayer beads, is a "religious exercise in which prayers are recited and counted on a string of beads or a knotted cord." Both the prayers and the beads are called a rosary. The term rosary comes from a Latin word meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses."

The Diccionario Enciclopédico Hispano-Americano (Hispanic-American Encyclopedic Dictionary) describes the rosary in this way: a “string of fifty or one hundred and fifty beads separated into tens by others of larger size and joined at the ends by a crucifix, presently preceded by three beads.”

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How is it used? A publication of the Catholic Church notes: “The Holy Rosary is a form of vocal and mental prayer about the Mysteries of our redemption. It is made up of fifteen decades. Each decade consists of reciting the Lord’s Prayer, ten Hail Marys, and a Gloria Patri. A mystery is meditated upon during each decade.”

While most often associated with Catholicism, rosaries are also used by other religions. Strings of 108 beads called malas are used in Hinduism and Buddhism. Beads are also used in Islamic and Lamaist worship. In fact, the Diccionario, quoted earlier, says, "It has been suggested that the Mohammedans derived the Rosary from the Buddhists, and the Christians from the Mohammedans at the time of the Crusades.”

Rosaries feature in many works of religious art, including the 1640 painting La Visione di San Domenico (The Vision of Saint Dominic).

Would you like to draw a cartoon rosary? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial can show you how. It's simple: all you will need is a pencil, pen, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Jesus on the Cross, 3d Cross, and The Virgin Mary.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Rosary

Rosary drawing - step 1
How to Draw Rosary: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a fancy cross. Extend pairs of curved lines from a central location. The lines should diverge slightly. Notice that the lowest pair are longer than the others. Connect the lines on each end using a set of three connected "U" shaped lines.

Rosary drawing - step 2
How to Draw Rosary: Step 2

2. Decorate the cross. Draw a teardrop shape inside each arm. Draw a small circle within each of the "U" shaped lines.

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Rosary drawing - step 3
How to Draw Rosary: Step 3

3. Begin to draw the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Then, draw a larger oval.

Rosary drawing - step 4
How to Draw Rosary: Step 4

4. Continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Then, draw a larger oval.

Rosary drawing - step 5
How to Draw Rosary: Step 5

5. Once again, continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Then, draw a larger oval.

Rosary drawing - step 6
How to Draw Rosary: Step 6

6. Just like the previous step, continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Then, draw a larger oval.

Rosary drawing - step 7
How to Draw Rosary: Step 7

7. Continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Then, draw a larger oval. Repeat.

Rosary drawing - step 8
How to Draw Rosary: Step 8

8. Continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Notice how the string of beads curls and coils around.

Rosary drawing - step 9
How to Draw Rosary: Step 9

9. Continue drawing the beads of the rosary. Draw several small connected ovals. Notice how this portion of the rosary passes behind the previous section. Continue the line of ovals until it connects with the second large oval from the cross.

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How to Draw Rosary: Step 10

Color your cartoon rosary.

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