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Rich Armstrong, Product Designer

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13 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Get Started

    • 3. Cutouts & Crayons

    • 4. Watercolors & Doodles

    • 5. Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb

    • 6. Water-stitching & Oils

    • 7. DIY Collage Illustration

    • 8. Challenge 1: Make a Character

    • 9. Challenge 2: Self Portrait

    • 10. Challenge 3: Blank Canvas

    • 11. Export & Share

    • 12. Conclusion

    • 13. Go Further with Fresco

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About This Class

Adventures await with Adobe Fresco! This fall, Skillshare is bringing you behind the scenes with 5 amazing illustrators as they share tips, tricks and inspiration to help you create with Adobe's newest drawing app. Be sure to browse all Fresco classes here—we can't wait to see what you create!


It's time to play! Join designer Rich Armstrong for a fun adventure exploring easy ways to create impressive abstract art with Adobe Fresco.

Why take this class?

Today, there are more ways than ever to express ourselves with digital tools. These days, it's simply crazy how we can create truly stunning artwork, and we can do it increasingly rapidly! And now, Adobe Fresco has entered the iPad art and illustration scene with significant buzz and the feeling of real paints and pencils, changing the game.

There are so many fun brushes! Try cloudy watercolor brushes that spread paint and water while you consider your next brush stroke; wet oil paints that mix with the paint already on the canvas; excellent copy and paste tools; tons of brilliantly designed brushes; and scalable vector brushes. It's actually amazing.

But: using these tools in isolation would be criminal. We can mashup these tools like never before, just like a mixed-media artist. Or, perhaps more accurately, like a kid who's having the time of her life. Cutting. Pasting. Mixing. Inking. Photocopying. Painting. Scribbling. And giggling. Yes. Having loads of fun. And so can you, when you start playing and experimenting with the digital tools on offer. Without getting messy. And, without having to wait for paint and water to dry.  

What will we explore?

In this class, I'll show you some new ways of using Adobe Fresco to create alternative pieces of abstract art, mixing up the tools in unexpected ways. I've created 5 step-by-step lessons where I take you through powerful tool and technique combinations to make bold, risky and fun pieces of artwork. Together we'll explore:

  • Cutouts & Crayons
  • Watercolours & Doodles
  • Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb
  • Water-stitching & Oils
  • DIY Collage Illustration

We'll also explore your own personal creativity, learning about the power of mistakes and imperfection, intuitive creation, juxtaposing styles, and upcycling your work. You'll gain the knowledge and confidence to express yourself and develop your artistic voice.

And for extra fun: 3 challenges to bring it all together! I've included 3 challenges where I prompt you to create something based on what you've learned (and where I reveal how I work). Those lessons are the perfect place to flex your creative muscles, play like a kid, and work in an intuitive manner.

Is this class for me?

Absolutely, 100% yes! All are welcome. You don't need to be a professional artist or illustrator to take the class. You don't need to know how to draw, or even have ever opened Adobe Fresco before. All you need is the willingness to learn, take risks and have a butt-load of fun! You will need an iPad, and Adobe Fresco, of course. :)

Alright, let's do it!

Come join me for a fun, action-packed class! Let's get going. Check out the sample work below, and just imagine what you'll be able to create after taking this class. I can't wait to see what you create!


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1. Introduction: Hey, I'm rich Armstrong from Taps up Kabul on love creating abstract art, and I'm a big fan of play and experimentation. And in this class I'm gonna take you step by step through, creating several unconventional abstract pieces in adobe fresco. Abstract art allows me to express my feelings. Visually, I can create spontaneously with our fear of judgment, and my any kid comes alive on the tools and fresco. Make doing this all super. He's in the class were gonna be messy. Have fun, work swiftly Craig by intuition, and start creating fresh artwork by combining different tools and techniques. Imagine a kid with a bunch of paper, water paints, crayons, scissors, glue on a photocopier. Now put that all into one simple Dobie app on your iPad. That's what this class is gonna look like. All those impressive tools without the mess by the end of the class will be using fresco to have a lot of fun. You'll be water stitching, creating Matisse style catapults, shredding doodle bombing and producing your own illustrative elements to using your collage ins. By working this way, you'll discover new styles, turbocharge your creativity and learn to express yourself. I'll reveal my favorite tools and techniques. Show you how I work and drop hence and tips along the way. So if you want, explore adobe fresco by creating abstract art reconnecting with your inner child. Come join me for an action packed Kloss. All you need is an iPad on adobe fresco. 2. Get Started: Hey, in this Listen, I'm gonna show you how to get started in a doorway fresco. So for starters, if you haven't downloaded it, now is the time. Visit this year old to get your hands on it. Once you've opened and Dobie fresco, you're gonna want to create a new document. There are a few shortcuts, writer, and you can create your own custom size. You can choose your units of measure. You can select your dimensions and change orientation from landscape to portrait and back really easily. You also select your print size. You're going for a print documents. I suggest going for 300 peopie I. And if you wanna save your documents for later use, check this box and give you documents name. If you're creating for a certain size, I suggest creating a document at that size. And if you're working in physical measurements like inches or millimeters, I suggest working at 300 peopie I for good quality prints. But I'm not going to do this. What I'm gonna do is close this and tap on this create new button and then, well, you see digital. There are a whole bunch of temples to choose from and under print. There are a bunch more templates, So if you're just having fun and playing around up for a letter or a four document size, that's what I'm gonna do. I'm choosing a four document size because it's a good size to print set and because I know how big it is in real life. If you're feeling but pressured around choosing the correct size, just remember that you can resize your documents at any time while you're creating. So once you're in your documents, you'll see that all of the tools are on the left hand side, your layers in your layer options on the right hand side and at the top right of your screen. There are bunch options for your documents and for the app, and here you can rename, resize and re or injured documents pretty easily. You just tap on this icon and there's a bunch options to choose from when I want you to do . Now, if you haven't done it already, it's play around with the tools, especially the three types of brushes. There's the pixel brush, which has some great brushes to choose from. There's the live brush where you can choose from a few blew me watercolor options or some creamy oil brushes. And then there's the vector brush, which means you can create strokes and shapes that can be scaled without losing any quality credit. New layer for each type of brush to try and then try combining them and see what happens. Basically, go wild, make a mess. Then, starting from the next lesson, I'll show you how to use these brushes and other tools to create expressive pieces off abstract art. 3. Cutouts & Crayons: in this lesson. I want you to imagine having a Paris is is three pieces of paper and a few crayons and friends of you. I want you to use these analog meta force as you create this first piece. I'm a big fan off Henri Matisse's cut out working in later in his life. I love a playful and childlike. His cattle pieces feel. I like to use this style as inspiration for the lesson, but then add a bunch of crayon on top of it. I suggest using three or four colors and focusing on playful and curvy shapes. Think leaves, plots, circles, ox wiggles, seaweed and wavy things. It will help you loosen up and create intuitively. We're going to be working with vectors to create our cutouts is they allow for easy re sizing without any loss in quality, and then we'll use our pixel brush is to create a crayon marks. The first thing that I want to do is to create fake piece of paper, so I'm gonna select my full tool and then choose a color going to go for a blue, make it quite vibrant a little bit DACA don't go then I'm gonna take my screen and I want a full this layer with victor paint. And the reason I'm doing this is that when I start selecting, cutting, pasting and re sizing that there'll be no loss in quality. So once we fold our layer, then we can select the last two tool, and we can start making some really nice organic selections. Just give your handsome freedom here. Net it, Have some phone. There we go. If you like these little marching ants, you can press mawr and select marching ants instead of the selection overlay, which I'm not a big fan off. Yeah, that's much better then. Once you got your selection, you can cut it. Onda paste it, and what this does is basically puts a piece of paper on top of the other piece of paper, and you'll see that there's no two layers Chris done. We'll hide that, go to the original layer and create a new cutting. Now, what's quite cool about this last suit tool is that it has these two moments. One is addition who won a subtraction. So now when I make another selection, well, I didn't quite finish that, so I couldn't close the less Ooh, there we go. It then adds it to the original selection. And if I choose subtraction mode, then when I make a selection, uh, it subtracts it, which is pretty cool. Pretty fun. So I'm gonna go to addition mode again and just select at all I never got. Then I will cut that and paste it. Preston hided for now, select the bottom layer again. And now I'm gonna create some arcs or perhaps a rainbow. There we go. And now, to really get an authentic like cat out feel like with scissors and paper You can just step on top and then drag and then top and then tap. And this really feels like you've cut it out with a pair of scissors. Then dry stepped up drag. There we go. It looks like kids done this, which I absolutely love. Then I'm going to cut the selection. Andi paste it again. Press done and Haider for now. Then I also hide this layer, create a new layer and then select a new color. So let's go for a little bit off in lighter blue. Something like that. Onda, Instead of tapping their council that I'll use my full tool intact there. Andi, go for Victor. There we go. Let's go back to the last two tool now and create some more cut out shapes. You can't just let Strahan do its own thing. Yeah, really organic. And we will cut that and paste it done. Hide that. Let's go up here and create another kind of a rainbow and you'll see that I do a little bit of cheating here. So I've got these round edges at the bottom. But then I use my subtraction mode, and I just trimmed those round edges off pretty good. Then I'll cut that and paste that done. And then I will hide that layer. I'll hide the rainbow layer, create one more layer. Let's go for a yellow, yellow orange kind of a color, something like that. Select a full tool and fill it with Victor paint again. And then let's do a little bit of cutting out again on and cut and paste done. Let's hide that layer and let's cut Andi paste done on Let's hide this layer. Then I'll bring this layer a little bit to the bottom that all of the original layers are at the bottom. Just helps to be a little bit organized. And then what I'll do is I'll start revealing all of these other layers. So we have some cool shapes. Yeah, I'm gonna start transforming them. Which means I can change their size, their scale and their rotation without losing any quality because their vector elements done. And then I consider this one and transform it. Let's move this one up. It's rotated a little bit. There we go. It looks like it fits in quite nicely. Now, instead of pressing, done selecting another layer and transforming it, I can just press another layer, which I quite enjoy about fresco. Okay, that's layer. I reckon we can make it pretty big. That's rotated. Okay, that looks pretty good. This yellow layer. Yeah, let's make it a little bit bigger, too. Perhaps we can bring it to the top, so I'm going to drag it and put it at the top, then a little bit more rotating. Yeah, that looks pretty good. This one down. Uh, let's bring it up here. Okay, Chris, done. I'm gonna drag this one to the bottom, and then I'll transform this rainbow kind of shape over here. Done. Perhaps this one and this one can change places. So let's go rotate that and bring this one down. Him? Yeah, that looks pretty good. So now we've got a bunch of different paper elements. Now, what I want to do is introduce some crayon. So I'm gonna create a new layer, perhaps one over here, but at the top. And then I'm gonna select my pixel brush and choose dry media contact crayon, and then for my color, I've got a couple of recent ones to choose from, but I find this a little with tedious having to go to the color and Tapia every single time . So what you can do here is that with your pixel brush selected, you can hold down on the canvas, and then Tara, your eye dropper to will appear, and then we can start doing a little bit off crayon ing, which is pretty cool. And then when you want to switch a color, you just changed up really quickly, really easily and again. Just creates, um, really nice organic shapes. Try put different colors on top of different colors. So instead of light blue on top of likely. Yeah. Put light blue on top of dark blue and yellow. Yes, that's pretty cool. And increase the brush size makes them nice. Circle splatters. And I could really start to see the juxtaposition between crayon and corrupt. And if we zoom in here, you can start to see the difference between vector and pixel can see high All these little squares make up the brush. Where is this is really, really smooth. Okay, so this is looking pretty good. Yeah. I think we've just completed our very first piece of abstract art. Maybe we can make it a little bit smaller. So what we can do here instead of transforming every single layer, we can start to just drag and drop them on top of each other. And this creates layer group. And once you've got them all inside of a layer group, you can't transform them, make them a bit smaller, rotate them all there we go. And if you wanted to just transform one of them, you just double tap and let's transform this guy. Okay, there we go on to get back to all of the other layers. You just press that back button. Now there's one more thing I want to do. This just credit you land. I'm gonna select white and do just a little bit off Whiting over here. It's dropped the brush size. Okay, there we go. So how do you know when you're done when creating abstract art or when to stop? This is a great question. When it comes to abstract art, there is no done moments you can carry on for days if you want, or you can stop after a few minutes. I'd only stop when I begin thinking too much. It's meant to be intuitive and flow freely. To start with, you could set yourself a 10 minute time window and most of all, have fun and try express yourself with color and shape. 4. Watercolors & Doodles: I used to compare my artwork to other people all the time. All this did, though, was prevent me from exploring and seeing where my own work would lead to. I would encourage you to have fun and embrace the imperfection and the things that happened by chance. So you were having fun leads. You don't judge a work too soon. Just keep on having fun like a kid. Using water colors can be tricky, but they're fun to play with. The weight spreads. Art is mesmerizing. Imagine being a kid at your little our table for this. Listen, you've got water colors, water and in key pens, and you get to make a mess and have fun without actually getting paint or water on anything . I want you to create a mixture of familiar forms and abstract ones for this lesson. For me, familiar forms are squiggles, rudimentary shapes, clouds, diamonds and sometimes faces. Having a few familiar forms to go back to is a good idea. It keeps you from wondering what to draw or paint. So if you get stuck and you don't know what to do pain, something familiar, The first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna slick my life brush and make sure it's on water color and then all select round detail and then my size. I want that to be its biggest possible and my water flow. Make that at 100. Then when I start adding and put of paint to the canvas, you'll see that affords really nicely. But check this out as soon as I start creating somewhere else. The water stops over there, stops, stops, stops. So what I suggest you do is you do a little bit of brushing and just wait. Let it flow, let it seep. And then when it's kind of dry, then do your next brush drug. So just do a couple of these little marks. Have some fun, see how the paint interacts with each other, and then let's change the brush to watercolor wash flat and select a new color. Going to go for a yellow. Let's make it bright, and then I can start adding some more paint a man. The way these colors merge is just fantastic. It's lovely, lovely to watch. Lovely to paint like this on iPad, man. Alrighty. So that's going to look pretty interesting. I'm gonna shift my color to one of these turquoise sign kind of colors and then let's add a little bit more pain to the bottom here already. This is looking pretty good, man, I love watching this. You start to see there some greens appearing as a sign and the yellow started mix. This is pretty cool riding, but now we've created quite a weird kind of sludge. But that's okay. I'm gonna then select my last you tool and then just create some shapes to cut out of it. And then I'll close my last two and then what I'll do here is I'll just go bam and a raise it, then on to select. And then what I could do. Yeah, is then go back to my watercolor brush. But instead of selecting a color, I can select an invisible chip. So it's basically just water. And then I can start just watering this layer, and then it just reduces the hardness and harshness of the cut off effect Boom. Start to merge together again, and if you don't want it to be soy flowy, we can just reduce that the water flow. Then it's not so bad Okay, let's do a little bit more cutting out on raising de selecting. And now you start to get these, like, really interesting kind of cut off shapes. Pretty cool, right? And then again, I'll do a little bit more subtle watering. Okay, that's looking pretty good. And I'll do a little bit more cutting out. Yeah, and I'll raise that. So that's quite an interesting shape. What I'd like to do now, I would start doing some doodling, so I'll change my color back to black. Well, maybe this yellow color, and then I'll select a new brush. Let's go for ink and grungy Inca. That's pretty cool. Now just start to create some familiar dude all kind of shapes. So for me, it's clouds and perhaps a face here and there. Maybe some of these little twirl ease and then just select a color that's already on the canvas. When you carry on, could make some circle some of the kind of shapes you can increase your brush size quite a bit. We'll go for a greeny kind of a color now creates on these like range up shapes. Already, it's looking pretty cool, and all this is all on a separate layers, so you can always hide it and bring it back if you want. But I was pretty cool is that you can also use a watercolor brush on this. So I'm gonna select my watercolor brush, and I've got this green color selected. So let's pump up the water of it's on. I'm just gonna tap. Yeah, and that, and you see, it starts to run. And, man, this is really cool means that we don't have to work with water. And the watercolor brush means that we can put down some paint with a pixel brush and then start add water. I mean, this yellowed running that is gorgeous. Look at that. So you don't have to use water with absolutely everything, but it does make it pretty fun. So you may be thinking, What are you doing? You're just messing everything up. Well, I might be, but it's fun. Okay, So once you've had a little bit of fun doing this well, we can create a new layer and go back to hell. Pixel brush on. Perhaps we can use something like this. Brush pin gritty. Gonna select black color on Just start making a couple more shapes. Yeah, that looks pretty good Selector. Yellow color Mine. I just wondered by mistake that wasn't so cool. Andi, I'd like to add a little bit of water here. Yeah, that's pretty cool. I'll go back to my pixel brush. Let's select a lighter yellow, maybe put in a heart or two. And then I'm gonna select white and just add a little bit of white here and there. Bring up my brush size and I can't really see the face anymore. So I'm gonna make a new one. There we go. So that's looking pretty interesting. Maybe what I can do is create a new land and just do a little bit more water coloring on top. Time to go forward, the round detail. And then I'm gonna select maybe, yeah, something like that. Suppose I already had it over there. Maybe make it a little bit lighter, pump up the brush size and then at the bottom underneath everything I'll start adding. Yeah, just some won't believe may make it a little bit more interesting. And then I'll add a little bit of this light of yellow to the mix. All righty. It's not want everything to be in the middle. So I'm gonna add all of these layers to a group on, transform it, make it slightly smaller, And there we go. There is our second piece off Abstract Ott. 5. Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb: as a kid, there's nothing more satisfying and defacing and doing on newspapers and magazines. Horns were guys sunglasses, but I bet your parents never let you scissors, paints and glue in the doctor's waiting room. Well, that's what we're gonna do in this lesson. We're gonna go wild and do some experimentation when it comes to doodle bombing. Hattie stewards work is amazing. It's bold and bright, but don't let her work your goal, treater style and other artist styles as starting points and his references mixed styles. Try things out experiments and then add your own voice and style in there, too. We're going to start with a photo for this lesson, so that means you've got to get a photo from some way. I recommend taking your own photo either a city escape or a portrait of someone, but you're gonna get free stock images from places like Unspool, Ashour Pixels in the class. Resource is, there's a list of places to find stock images. Okay, let's get due to bombing cut and paste style. Let's imports a photo going to go to my camera. Oh, moments on. Select this picture over here. I found this image on unspool ash. It's taken by Cal visuals. Zoom out a little bit on and resized this image. There we go all Preston. And then I'm going to do some cutting and pasting. So I'm gonna make a selection and then transform this layer, right? Yeah, but it will say something like cannot transform selected content. And the reason for this is because it's an image layer. So what you got to do is you gotta convert to Pixel there, Debbie. Then you can transform it and whoa! Yeah, that is cool. This is what I like to call shredding Chris. Done. And when this happens, well says areas outside the bounds of the canvas will be cropped. Okay, so you can press, continue or you compress. Don't show this again. Continue. And then we'll diesel ect that and then select another part of the image and transform its to the left hand side. Done. And then we select Take this, transform it to the right. Okay, done, de select so you can start to see that we're having a lot of fun. Yeah, just imagine a kid doing this man would be awesome. And perhaps we can select this triangle and then leave it down a little bit too on may be rotates just a little bit. De select that. And then perhaps this over here we can transform and Road State, It's there we go. Look at that. Look, all fancy, we are. And then this area over here Well, let's do some rotating. And there I didn't actually de select, so it actually selected all of that, so I'll undo Preston de Select. No, let's do that again. Okay, then I'll de select. And now we can start dueling with doodle bombing. So I'm gonna create a new layer and then either with victor or with a pixel brush, start adding a couple of Marx and having a lot of fun. So I'm gonna go for Victor. Basic round is great, and I'm gonna try find a turquoise e sign kind of color that works really well with the orange. So that looks pretty good. Brush size. Yeah, we could make it pretty big, and I'll just start with covering the eyes. You may get a little bit smaller. Okay, This is looking pretty cool. And here just what happened? Don't know. And here Yeah, just make a therapeutic, cathartic. Just have a lot of fun. Just defacing, cutting things up and doodle bombing on top of Yeah, your photo or somebody else's photo. Okay, so that's looking pretty interesting. But now, if you're bold, what you can do is select that layer and merge it down with the original layer. Enough. It's a vector layer. It's not going to be vector anymore. It's gonna be converted to a pixel layer. But what this means is that you can select a relaxed due to and then start chopping things again. De select that. That's right. Take this game condense. Select that, and then we can start painting on top of this layer. So I'm gonna select some kind of cool brush. So newsprint ink up? Yeah, that looks pretty cool. And then I'll select this orange already start putting in some line work. Yeah, they regard that looks pretty cool. Outline the lips. Maybe orange isn't the best color for this, sir. Let's go for white. Just give her nails a quick color. Your red does not match the orange off this picture. Lady, the nets were going feel free to do some more cutting, pasting, doodling just have a lot of fun. It doesn't have to resemble the original photo. It can be a total mash up. It can be a total mess. The main thing is that you just have a lot of fun. And that's exactly what I'm doing right now. Just having a whole bunch of fun. Okay, that's looking super, super cool. Okay, so once you've done quite a bit off work, you can go to the layer behind it and maybe select a color. So go for this greeny sigh in kind of a column. Then I'll select my pocket or full, too. No, no foot with a victim. And that looks pretty interesting, right? What happens if we choose orange and we fill it with that? Yeah, I think that works quite nicely. And then let's do one final selection and cut. Okay, so that is our third piece off. Abstract art looks pretty cool. 6. Water-stitching & Oils: I don't know if you can remember being a kid and discovering something new, maybe where the candy was being kept all how to make raw shock art by painting on one side of the paper before falling it to create a duplicate on the other side. This is kind of what I felt when I discovered water stitching in fresco. It's something you can easily do in the real world. It's where you stitch parts of an image together with water. It makes it look super rt and almost like you've done a bunch of your own brushwork. In addition to this technique, I'll show you how to do the bomb with oil paints. Let's get into it for this one. We're gonna import another photo. So let's go to camera roll moments and I'm gonna use this image of him. I found this image on unspool ash. It's taken by Gabrielson Vario and then upsides of the little bits press done and then converted to a pixel layer. And then we can start cutting, shredding and bringing things apart. So I select my last you tool, and then it's transformed this slightly to the right. There we go D Select. What I'm gonna do now is take this hand like so and then just pull it away. So there's quite a bit of white around it. De select. Do the same thing up here. Let's close that ESU. Bring it up a little bit done. De Select. Take this. Transformed that bring it away. So you're starting to get these gaps between the different pots off the photo. It's looking good. It's Preston de Select. It's like this part of here. Transformer away. I guess so. Let's de select that and start doing some water stitching now. So you select your your watercolor brush, and what I really like using is the wash flat and then the color that you're after. What? You can actually use any color. But let's try it with an invisible or just water chip for now, then the water floor. Yeah, make sure that's at 100 the brush size roundabout there's good. And then you just thought, applying some water, you can see how it starts to flow together. Increase the size again on and there we go. And this is what I like to call water stitching and you get this really nice kind of soggy lines in between everywhere. And it starts to look like you're creating your own art. I mean, just look at that. It's really cool. Now, instead of doing it with just clear water, we could also select a color like this and actually do some of our own painting and merging . And so this becomes really cool. I mean, just look at some of these areas here and look super rt and creative, and we can start to stitch these forehead pieces together and because we're using a color that already exists in the canvas, it looks pretty interesting and pretty cool. But when something like that starts to happen, I prefer to use colors that are pretty close to it to do the stitching. Okay, let's select a skin color, stitch it together like that. Okay? And every now and then you can also just do a little bit off watering and blurring. Yeah, it kind of gives it this, like, blurry kind of mosaic e feel with kinda nice. No, we can also just stretch these two together quite nicely. Bleeds into one another. And then I stood up here too. Okay, So this is looking pretty good. Let's do some more here, Okay? It's quite a bit of stitching that will have to do here, but it did work out. Perhaps we can select this Kellam. Okay, so it really feels like we've cut up a piece of magazine and just made the age of Saudi and then, just, you know, mash them together that's looking pretty cool. Then we can take our last suit tool and just do a little bit more shredding and then water stitching De Select that on day. One more, just one more. Okay, done de select. And then there's choose a different brush. Now let's see how it works. So let's go for the wash Soft on going to go for my water chip on my invisible ink kind of chip. And it's not do anything. It's probably because there's no water flow said to pump that up and mashed these two together, and it creates a really nice, cloudy kind of a look. Okay, that's looking good. Straw some of these together. Okay, so we've done some really cool water stitching, which is a lot of fun. And now where we can start to do is we can start to do some doodle bombing, but not just with any paints. Let's try some oil paints. So instead of creating a new layer, I just want you to work on top of this. But this is where oil paint shines, so under life brushes select oil. There's a few to choose from, but let's try out the oil paint around for now. And then I'm going to select this green color and what sizes? This brush that looks pretty good. You start to see that a kind of like mixes with the paints already on the canvas, and this is what oil paint does. It's flipped and cool, so maybe that's a little bit irritating. So how do we avoid this? Well, there's this little sitting over here. Paint makes 73. That's pretty high, So if you bring this down all the way to zero, you won't get any pain mix at all, so that already looks pretty cool. It looks like we're just oil painting on top off the canvas, which is great. But if you introduced just a little bit of paint mix, then it starts to really come alive and feels like it gets a life of its own. But what I really like about this and I guess like Michelangelo and da Vinci would have bean super pumped at this is that every time you put brush to canvas, it starts again. You don't mix your colors, but if you wanted to check this out, if you tap this reload color, so now it's not going to reload the color. Basically, what is doing is you're going to then select the color as you go, and then when you come over here, it's still gonna be part of that color over there. Pretty cool, right? Not the biggest fan of reloading color, but you can have some fun. Now let's increase the brush size to its maximum. It's really just introduce a large blocks of color because it's pretty fun with the oil brush. Okay, I quite like this color, too. No, no, I just want to decrease the brush size, and this is probably one of my favorite forms off doodle bombing. It's really cool. Okay, so that's starting to look really fun. And we've learned two new techniques in this lesson, and that is Ah, fourth piece off abstract art 7. DIY Collage Illustration: normally win, re create collages. We terra bits and pieces off someone else's work magazines, photos, newspapers, that kind of stuff. But we sold him. Think of tearing up our own work. You can be powerful and surprising them in this lesson. I'll take you through creating your own illustrative elements. You can use them for collages, water stitching or any form of abstract art. What I'll show you is also perfect for recycling or up cycling work you're not happy with. Instead of ditching a piece you don't like reworking into something else, many great things have bean birth from the ashes of something else. So don't see any of your work as a failure. See it as part of the process. So for this lesson, if you don't like something, just repurpose it, and I challenge you to avoid pressing the undo button while you're creating. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna select yellow kind of a killer like so and then I'm gonna do some what are coloring. It's care for the round detail, start adding but of paint to the canvas like sir, and then on top of this, I'm going to start adding, Yeah, some pixel paints and the regs are actually really good for this kind of stuff to go for rate gaps and then select black reduce the size of little bits. Really, Just almost us create a mess here. I'm gonna start going with a little bit of black ink, water coloring that like So then gonna add a little bit off Victor, which to add in some flatness. All righty. It's at a little bit more. This color. Okay, How is that looking? It's looking pretty messy. Yeah, which is the points. What? A floor is high. It's looking good. Go back to a rake. Let's try something like Rake short. Let's go for white And then let's go for black. Okay, then let's do a little bit more water with trans parents. I think we can't emerge thes down with this layer. Okay, so this is quite a nice based piece of artwork to start working from, and I'm going to start coming this out and I will cut and paste done. We'll hide it's and then cut out some more and paste done, and then do this a few more times. Done. Let's do this cool cut that again and paste. And then one lost one. Let's make this a weird kind of a shape. Okay, so it will cut that Andi paste it, I don. And then the original there will hide that. And then we're sure these other layers okay, that I could do some transformation. You can put them at random places around the canvas. Doesn't really matter too much at the moment. Okay, Done. Then I put all of these into a later group like, sir, and then transform it. Okay, so now we've got a couple of different elements that we've created from our own artwork, which is super cool, my create and you laying all and then go for something. I like sketching. And let's go for pencil. When you go for black, pump up the size a little bit and then start. Yeah, just doing a little bit of doodling a little bit of repetitive work here. Okay, You just carry on. Having fun like this basically creates in your own collage, which is super cool, super fun. But you've been using your own elements to create the kalash. Okay, so let's do a little bit off dry media It's go for hard pastoral and we'll go for yellow. Kind of a killer already. It's looking pretty cool. Then we'll go for something like dry media and rough pencil. It will go for he mustered kind of a color already had some or repetitive kind of raindrop elements in here. Yeah, that looks pretty cool. Pretty fun at a cloud in another cloud on over there. All writing. This looks great. Okay, super cool. Perhaps a lightning bolt or two. And then we can select some ink. Let's go forward the ink roller and not go full black again. Reduce the size and just put a couple off. These throughout the canvas increases size a little bit. Select the yellow color. Okay, Andi, I can add this to a layer group and transform that. Make it a little bit smaller, put into the middle and then we get there is our fifth abstract piece, and it's made from recycled or up cycled artwork. Here are some of my pieces with up cycled my work into new creations 8. Challenge 1: Make a Character: in each of the next three videos. I'm gonna give you a different challenge where you get to use the tools and techniques you've learned about in the class so far. I'll then do the challenge to but all spit up. Remember, there is no done moments, an abstract art, So don't feel bad about stopping after five minutes or carrying on for hours. The first challenge is to create a monster or a character using at least three different tools. It doesn't have to look riel, and it doesn't even have to have arms or legs. Have some fun and think like a kid, - Yeah . 9. Challenge 2: Self Portrait: For this challenge, start with a portrait floater of yourself and spend 10 to 30 minutes using a combination of tools to create an abstract ish piece. Let the creativity flow, loosen up and go wild. 10. Challenge 3: Blank Canvas: for this challenge. Start with a blank canvas and see what comes out create intuitively. Don't be scared of what comes out. It doesn't have to resemble anything. It doesn't have to look pretty and you don't even have to like it. You're feeling stuck. Just put some paint a canvas and start cutting and pasting and moving its. But if you want an extra challenge, change or tool every 30 to 60 seconds. Nature unconscious, self rise to the surface. Be a kid and see what comes out, - yeah . 11. Export & Share: Now that you've created a bunch of different pieces, it's time to share them with the world. Imagine how a kid would show her amazing piece of art to her parents. I love to see what you've created, and I'd love you to show everyone else too. Sharing is also a great way to break down the fear of failure. So if you're up for it uploads and images to your project space on school, she share what tools you've enjoyed using what new combinations you've discovered and anything else you'd like to add. And if you want to get my attention on social media mentioned me, I'm at tapped up. Kaboom! In the rest of this lesson, I'm gonna show you how to export images, time lapses and lay it PSD files of your artwork. You know, just in case you want to do some tweaking and frescoes, Big brother photo shop on your home page. You're not gonna be able to share any of these documents unless you go into it. But if you're on your cloud documents page, all you need to do is tap these three dots and press export as PSD. Then you'll see this familiar shared dialogue. You can share it over airdrop or send it to a couple of different APS. You want more options? The best thing to do is to go into the document and then presses share button at the top, right? Do a quick exports and the file format that it exported in is in your settings. So you go up settings on on the quick export settings. You can change your file format between J. Pig, PNG, PSD and pdf. Pretty handy. You want more options, toe publish an export you can share to Ba Hans or Bay Hans, and you can also export it as a time lapse video. So check this out. This is really cool for sharing on social media and when you exports it again, you get this familiar IOS share dialogue. But let's not do that right now. The last thing that we can do is export as and here we can rename the file, set up our formats and then bam exported and again, you get this familiar shared dialogue. Okay, so there are a few different ways to export artwork. Jews, one that suits you best 12. Conclusion: So this is the end of the class. We've done a bunch of play and experimentation and credits, um, awesome pieces off abstract art. I hope you've run a lot and had fun with these new tools and techniques. Now it's up to you to continue playing, experimenting and discovering new ways of working. Remember to have fun and letter etiquette out as often as you can. If you like the way I teach, Be sure to follow me and sign up for updates on tax up. Kaboom dot com. I teach on a range of different topics and have more classes on the way. Finally, I love it If you left a review off this Kloss reviews mean a lot to me, and they help future students note this class is what they're looking for. An If it's worth their time. Okay, that's it from me. 13. Go Further with Fresco: