How to draw a dream catcher

 

The dream catcher has often been considered for centuries as an instrument used in shamanic activities, and its origins can be traced back to the flourishing Indian cultures of North America.

The ring that forms the main structure of the dream catcher represents the wheel of life; it is made up of a net; which symbolises the dreams we weave in our memory during our life. Finally, at the centre of the net is the void, nothing, also known as the Great Spirit or Great Mystery, the origin of the world we know today.


WHAT ARE DREAMCATCHERS FOR?


Dreamcatchers help us to keep positive thoughts during the day and pleasant dreams at night. Many Indian tribes believed that when a person slept, they were vulnerable to the attack of evil spirits or negative energies, hence the protection provided by the mesh placed on the wheel of the dream catcher; to dispel bad dreams with the first rays of the sun that touched them.


WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE DREAM CATCHER DESIGN?


In the Ojibwe culture, the dream catcher was not named as such, but was known as "asabikeshin"; meaning spider. And they have been used as amulets for centuries by cultures such as the Lakota and Sioux. They were popularised, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, mainly in the United States, and they began to catch on with the hippie philosophy and lifestyle. Although its commercial use is generally criticised by most Native American tribes today for desecrating its mystical and traditional meaning.

Today, the dream catcher figure continues to capture the attention of many people because of its peculiar shape (which usually provokes a feeling of curiosity or mystery). It is chosen in tattoos and used as an original design element. In the 21st century, its popularity has spread all over the world.



WHAT ELEMENTS TO PAINT IN A DREAM CATCHER DESIGN


As mentioned earlier, the basic structure of a dream catcher consists of a ring and a net; however, these are not the only elements that this fascinating amulet contains.

The hoop: The hoop may or may not be completely circular, as it was traditionally made of vines or young branches (which are more flexible), creating a perfect circle was almost an impossible task. Today, dreamcatchers are represented as perfect circles for aesthetic reasons; however, it should not be forgotten that this was not always the case.
The net: The net was constructed with wire or hemp. The net was tied in the inner part of the circle, crossing over and over again until the craftsman deemed it necessary.
Other elements: Other elements were also included in the elaboration of dream catchers, some of traditional origin; For example: flowers have been of great importance to most cultures, not only of North America, but of the entire American continent; remember that they symbolize, among other things, luck, happiness, fertility, femininity, purity, beauty, etc.




In addition, many dream catchers usually include feathers: for many of the cultures that inhabited the North American region, feathers were a representation of the ethereal, remember how important it was for them to have direct contact with the sky, with that which is not condemned to inhabit the earth.

Finally, another typical element attached to the structure of the dream catcher was rocks, especially brightly coloured and shaped ones. Stones have always been linked to the beauty and powers of the earth, complemented by the elements of "heaven", such as feathers. Instead of stones, seeds have also been used, another direct symbol of the goodness of the earth.


HOW TO COLOUR A DREAM CATCHER WITH PENCIL?


Before you begin, you should know that there is no traditional exclusive colour pattern for the use of a dream catcher design. The artisans who made them today and many who continue to make them in the tradition of the Ojibwe people started a dream catcher by choosing their favourite colours or those that made them feel "comfortable" or "protected". If you want to colour a dream catcher with a pencil, you can select and use any colours you like.

You can also create your dream catcher from scratch (something simpler than you think); or use an existing design to give it your own style.

We recommend that you use two or more colours in your dream catcher design, so that your shapes stand out even more; plus they will give it a very personal touch. If you have drawn a dream catcher or similar designs as mandalas before, you probably already have an idea of how to draw an easy dream catcher in pencil.


HOW TO DRAW A DREAM CATCHER FROM SCRATCH?

Use a rigid circular object that allows you to draw, with a pencil, the ring that will constitute the structure of the dream catcher.
You can use the curvature of this same object to form the "network" in the circle. Don't forget to leave an empty space (also circular) in the centre. Also, if you want to be more precise, you can use a ruler to mark the distance at which the starting points of the grid will be found.
Finally, and this is optional, you can add elements such as feathers, flowers or seeds; traditionally these are hung on the hoop.


WHAT COLOUR TO USE IN A DREAM-CAPTURE DESIGN?


In fact, everyone is free to colour their dream catcher in the way they think best; however, if you wish to continue to use the traditional design of these amulets, consider the following points:

- Remember the structure of a dream catcher, its main elements: the hoop and the net.

-Specifically in the net, keep in mind that there must be empty spaces; that is, the dreamcatcher is not a totally "solid" object in its central part, but an important, empty object must appear.

- Starting from the inside or the outside will give you a better perspective of the dream catcher and allow you to better anticipate the final result.