Note that I use the Swiss system to describe carving tools
in all of my carving tutorials.
I'm going to be working in basswood. I have a piece of
basswood that's about 7" wide. You certainly don't have to
make your flower the same size, just scale your work to the
size wood you have.
I called this a "square flower" so the first thing I'm going
to do is draw a line about 7" from the end so I have a
square. Then, I'm going to divide that square into four
quadrants by drawing a horizontal and vertical line half way
- at 3.5"
Next, I put a "tic mark" on the vertical and horizontal
lines at 3" from the center and then connect those points
with straight lines to give me a square.
Then, I subdivide that square into four quadrants, as shown
in the picture below.
I now want to sketch in the flower petals, which I do by
hand. I come in 1/2" from the square and just draw the shape
of the petals freehand. If you want the petals to stand out
more, just come in more (closer to the center).