How to #simpycreate bamboo with pastels and markers


For this tutorial, you need:

  • Simply acrylic paper sheets
  • Simply oil pastels
  • Simply acrylic paint markers

Step 1

Bamboo rods

Using the oil pastel, draw a short, wide line down the middle of your sheet of paper.

Then pull and blend the colour of the oil pastel with your index finger while moving up or down in the desired direction.

Then close the segment you just made with another short stroke. I know the fingers will be a little dirty at the end of the drawing, but this tip is worth it, you will see!

By pulling the colour between each segment, it naturally fades and then creates a gradient that gives all its volume to the bamboo cane. The effect is quite awesome and very easy to reproduce. All that remains is to repeat the operation to complete the entire length of the rod and create more.

Step 2

Bamboo branches and leaves

In this demonstration, we want to create pink foliage.

Draw a thin line with a marker at the base of a node, then draw leaves tapered on either side of the branch.

Step 3

Result and inspiration

There you go, we just finished some bamboos in no time! We can have fun adding crisscrossing to the bamboo design to give a more zen spirit.

It was quick? We told you so!

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Simply Soft Pastels

Daler-Rowney Simply Soft Pastels are easy to use and blend. These high-quality, affordable pastels have flat edges to allow the artist more control.


Simply Acrylic Paper

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paper is a good quality surface with a canvas like texture, perfect for beginners in acrylic painting and hobbyists.


Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.


About the artist:

The painter Amylee Paris tirelessly finds her inspiration in colour and nature. Her abstract blooms and portraits shine in several art galleries in the UK.