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Create a Torn Paper Landscape Collage using Procreate

teacher avatar Debbie Merhege, Artist, Illustrator, Teacher

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8 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Collect Images

    • 3. Draw and Fill the Shapes

    • 4. Add Photo Textures

    • 5. Add Torn Edges

    • 6. Add Glitter

    • 7. Thank You

    • 8. Bonus Lesson - Add Dimension to Glitter

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In this class I will show you how to create a fun and beautiful 'torn' paper landscape collage.  I'll be using Procreate 5.X.  I'll be layering photos of textures and papers to create the collage.  The photos used are from is another site that I will show you how to use.  As an option to the project, I'll add a glitter layer for some pop on our landscape.



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Debbie Merhege

Artist, Illustrator, Teacher


I'm a self taught artist that has been creating jewelry and art since I was young.  I paint using acrylics and mixed media, and I have sold my art in local galleries and online.  My latest obsession is creating art on my iPad.  It's so convenient and I don't need to have a ton of supplies on hand.  The Apple pencil has made creating on the iPad an amazing experience and it's pretty easy to create art that mimics traditional media.  Please check out the classes I'm teaching!  


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1. Intro: Hi everyone, welcome to my Torn Paper landscape collage class. In this class we're going to create a nighttime landscape like you see here, using fo torn papers. I'm going to be using four different brushes for this project. The first one that I'm going to use is the monoline brush. You can find that in the procreate brush section called calligraphy. The second brush that I'm going to be using is called the heart's brush. And I'm going to use that to create some textures on the Moon and on the night sky. And you can find that brush in the artistic section of procreate brushes. I will also use the HB pencil, and that one is in the sketching brush section of procreate. The last brush that we will be using is my Torn Paper edges brush. And you will be able to download that from the Resources section. We are going to be creating or collecting photos from Pixabay and an splash to create the layers of our Mountains. In the last video, I will show you how to add a pop of glitter to your Torn Paper edges. And I will show you how to adjust the colors so that they match your layers. Let's get started. 2. Collect Images: First thing we need to do is pick out some images that we want to use in our collage. So I'm gonna do a search on for textures. Pixabay offers free images. It's better if you sign up for an account. That way you can download the highest resolution of the photos that you choose. So I'm just going to scroll through here and find some textures that I might like to add to my landscape. I'm looking for textures that have interesting lines and maybe some grungy stuff that could kind of simulate mountains or rocky areas or that kind of thing. And I'm going to choose some kind of grungy textures, but you could choose whatever you'd like, whatever kind of collage you want to create. You don't have to make it look like mine. You can choose whatever kind of fun images you want to include in your collage. You can choose things that actually look like mountains or rocks, or you can choose kind of abstract type images. And we're going to manipulate the images a little bit too. So it doesn't have to look like a mountain. They use different terms to search for images that we, I get different kinds of choices. Even some of the hand painted images might be kind of fun in our collage. Let's try another search term. Some of these could be fun. And remember the colors that you're seeing here in these images. We can change it and manipulate it so it doesn't have to look exactly like what you're seeing. This is one of the images that I used. So if you tap free download and pick the highest resolution and then download it, it'll pop up with your download button and it'll show at the top that it's downloaded. And if you tap on that, then you can save it. Once it's downloaded and save it to your photos. This is another image that I actually used in my collage. Alright, let's try and Splash now and Same thing. I'm gonna do some searches using different terms to come up with some interesting images. Lots of cool stuff here. That picture of the trees is one that I used in one of my collages. And I just kind of twisted it and change the colors of it so you can't really even tell that it was a photo of trees. Some other cool choices here. So on and splash. If you want to download something, you just have to tap the little arrow at the bottom of the image. And same thing, it'll pop up to download it. You can say thanks for using the image if you'd like. Go to your downloads, and there it is, and save the image to your photos. 3. Draw and Fill the Shapes: First thing we'll need to do is set up our document. Click on the plus sign at the top right and choose your size of document that you want to work with. I'm gonna choose screen size. This is the size of my iPad screen, which is a twelv 0.9 inch iPad Pro screen. You need to choose your size accordingly. You just wanna make sure that whatever size you do choose that you have enough layers to work with. This lesson takes about 25 layers, so just make sure you plan accordingly. First thing I'm gonna do is add about six layers. Then I'm going to change my background color to a dark blue. Pick a nice nighttime blue, not too dark, but fairly dark. Now move to layer one and choose a white color. Using the monoline brush, I'm going to draw a circle and I'm going to end the circle, keeping my Apple pencil on the screen and then touch the screen, and this creates a perfect circle. Then drag the white color over to fill my circle. Using the transformed button, I'm going to move my moon out of my way. Next, on the next layer, I'm going to choose a light blue color. It doesn't really matter what color you choose. We're just gonna keep choosing different colors. So I'm going to start drawing my mountain. And I'm just gonna make some jagged marks. I'm gonna turn my hand a little bit and just kind of make some jaggedy mountain looking marks. And I wanna go from one side of the screen to the other. And then I'm a drag my color down and fill it. On this layer. I want to make a little dip in the center, maybe a little off-center. I'm going to come back later and tech my moon into this little dip. On the next layer, we're going to choose another color and do another layer of mountains from one side to the other. Again, just varying the line. Dragging, dragging it up and down. Make sure you just go from one side to the other so that when we color drop, it stays within the lines. And I don't like this little mark on this one side, so I'm going to erase it a little bit and just make it look better in my mind. Then we'll go to the next layer and create another one using a different color. These colors don't matter because we're going to cover them up. So just choose a different color so that you can see each layer. I'm just adding a little bit in here because I wanted a little bit more coverage. Next Layers, same thing, choose another color. This last layer is going to be our foreground. And I don't wanna get too close to the bottom because I want to leave enough room to put a river in there. And I also want to make sure that there is a dip in the center or somewhere in the center of my mountains. And right there I didn't complete my lines, so it filled the whole thing with color. So I had to go back in and find where my gap was before I color dropped. So now on layer six, we're going to create a river. So pick a color that you would like your river to be. I'm going to choose a kinda turquoise, blue. And what you wanna do is right in that dip, we want to make an s. It's going to be a flat S and try and get it as smooth as you can. It might take a couple of tries, but just create this flat s. And then we're gonna do the same thing. On the other side. We're going to repeat the mark but just make it wider towards the bottom. And then I'm gonna fill in my gaps. And then I'm going to color drop. Now I want to clean up the top of my river. I want to make sure that it looks like it's coming out of the little valley there in the mountain. So I'm gonna smooth it out. And then I'm gonna tuck it right up against the edge of that layer. Somebody race and kind of move things around so that it really looks like it's coming in between the mountain there. You can also use the liquefy tool to kind of move it up against the line of that mountain so you can't really see it. So I just keep working it, drawing and erasing and moving it so that I can get it as close to perfect as I can. Last thing I wanna do is go to my moon layer and then tap the transform button. And I want to tuck my moon down into the valley of my mountains. Now we're ready for the next step, which is going to be adding textures. 4. Add Photo Textures: First thing we're gonna do is add some texture to the moon. So tap on the moon layer and to tap the plus sign to add a new layer above it and tap on that. And we're going to choose clipping mask. We're gonna choose a different brush. We're gonna go to the artistic category and choose the hearts fresh. Pick a dark grey color or a medium gray color. Tap lightly on the moon, and we're gonna give it some texture with that gray color. It just takes a few strokes. And then if it's too dark, you can tap on the n on that layer and just reduce the opacity a little bit, kinda depends on your marks. Let's add a new layer above our river by tapping the plus sign and tap on that layer and let's choose clipping mask. We're going to add a texture to our river. So if you hold your finger down on that river color, it'll pick that color for you and then you can choose a darker one. And then that brush just kinda give it some texture. Using a clipping mask helps keep that texture just on the river. And then I'm going to use my smudge tool and just kinda move it around a little bit. I don't wanna see that texture quite so strong, so I'm just using a, another brush to smudge it around. Alright, now let's go to layer to tap the plus sign and make that new layer a clipping mask. Now we are going to go in and choose one of the photos that we downloaded. So tap on the ad. And I saved mine pictures as a file. If you saved yours as a photo, tap on, insert a photo. So I'm going to insert one of my photos that I saved. And it's not quite big enough for my screen, so I'm just going to stretch it. Normally you don't wanna make things bigger because it might mess up the resolution. But in our case, if you don't do it too much will be fine. Because we're gonna kinda manipulate these images a little bit anyway. So I'm just moving it around, trying to see what looks best, what position looks best. I'm going to go to the liquefy tool and I'm going to move things around a little bit and kind of make the lines maybe move more like, I think they should look on a mountain. It's just kind of something fun to do with the photo. Kinda changes it a little bit. Alright, we're gonna go to the next one. The next layer and add a clipping mask to it also. And then I'm going to add in another photo. And I chose the same photo, but this time I'm going to use a different part of it and just kind of move it around, twisting my image with the transform tool and just kinda see what, what I think looks good. If you tap on hue saturation. And then on the layer, we can kind of manipulate the color of the the photo. So I can get more blues in there if I want or I can lighten it. Just kinda play with the sliders and find something that you like. I'm going to try one more time to manipulate that color a little bit so it shows a little better. Moving it a little more towards the blue. Next layer. Same thing. Tap on the plus, Make it a clipping mask and insert a photo. You can flip it horizontally. You can flip it vertically. You can use the the nodes to move it, move it around, rotate it. Again. I'm gonna go to the hue saturation. And I'm gonna darken it a little bit. Used to liquefy, maybe move the marks a little bit, stretching out, move them around. I can do a little bit of toiling if I want. Go back to push and then move them around. Maybe take out a little bit of the twirling. Now it doesn't look like that photo anymore. And I can even use the liquefy tool to move it off the edge there where there was a gap. Alright, next layer, add a new layer and make it a clipping mask, not a Layer Mask. So I'm doing the undo. And I'm gonna use the hue saturation again. And I want to dark in this one up. Now I'm gonna move the lines around a little bit with the liquefy. I think I'll change that photo that's on that little bit of mountain in the background there. And I want to use one of my other papers. So I'm gonna inserted another photo. Now I didn't put it to a clipping mask, so I need to change that. And I'm going to delete that. That other layer gets more variation in my scene here. So now I'm going to move that one around until I find a place that I like. And then I'm going to change the hue a little bit, darken it up maybe. Now underneath the moon, I'm going to add a new layer. And i'm going to texture the sky. So I'm gonna go back to that hearts brush. And I'm gonna choose, I'm going to choose my night sky color, but then I'm gonna go darker. And that's what I'm going to paint with. I'm just going to tap in and run the brush around, making some texture marks. And that's it for this lesson. 5. Add Torn Edges: All right, let's add some Torn Paper edges to these layers. So choose the torn paper edges brush that you should have downloaded. And we're going to choose a white color. Choose a fairly small size. I'm going to choose 2%. Kind of depends on your size of your scene though. Also, lets add a layer to the very top. This is the layer that will be working on. This brush is pressure sensitive. If you go with very light pressure or you'll have a thin line. And if you press down harder it'll thick enough. And it's a very jaggedy edged brush to simulate the torn paper edges. I actually made the brush using some images of torn paper. So what you wanna do is you want to follow along the very edge of each mountain layer. And you want to vary your stroke. Sometimes you wanna go thin, sometimes you want to press down more for thickness. You want a zigzag a little bit. Just create all kinds of variations. This will make your torn paper edge look more realistic. And you want to make sure that you cover over that sharp edge of the mountain with this brush that way, it doesn't look weird when it make sure it looks like torn paper in, not a hard edge underneath. So you can go over it, zoom in so that you can make sure that you're covering that sharp edge. And make sure you add variation. You don't want it to look really smooth, same thickness. You want lots of different very edges. So like if you tore a piece of paper, you, you don't have control over, are your edges for the most part. More pressure, less pressure, lots of variation. Make sure all those sharp edges get covered. Go back over it if you need to. Wiggle that stroke around so that you have variation. Zoom back out so you can get a look at it from far away and see if it looks okay. And if it does, just continue on with all the other edges, I'm going to speed up this part because it's kind of boring watching me paint all the edges. Just remember to zoom in to make sure you're covering your edges well, and then zoom back out to make sure it looks like torn paper. Make sure it's got a lot of uneven edges. 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If you want a different color, just slide around the hue slider. And you'll come up with all kinds of fun colors. You can adjust the other sliders, maybe make it a little darker. Move the saturation around. If you turn the saturation all the way down, you can get a silver glitter color. I'm gonna stick with gold for this one. Now on another layer above everything else, I'm gonna use my HB pencil and the white color. And I'm just going to draw some little circles for stars. I'm going to duplicate my litter layer. And I'm gonna move it above the stars and I'm going to clip it to my stars that way I can move it around and try and get some Let's see, I clipped it to the wrong layer so I gotta move it down and clip it to the stars. And then I'm gonna move it around so that I can see if I can get some of the really sparkly pieces of the glitter sheet to show up in my stars. Kind of a subtle effect, but it adds a little bit, little bit extra to them. And our pieces done. 7. Thank You: I'll show you a few other examples of some that I've done. Here's the one we just finished. Here's another one with gold. And I made the stars a little more rustic Lucan. Here's a pink and purple version. I added lines to the moon also with the monoline brush, kinda like we did with the river. Here's a version with some silver edges and I added edges to the moon and the river. And one with copper edges. And another golden where I added a photo texture to the moon. Thank you so much for taking my class. I hope you enjoyed it. 8. Bonus Lesson - Add Dimension to Glitter: Let's add some dimension to our torn paper edges. Duplicate that layer. And then on the lower, on the lower layer, tap it. And let's choose, select. Now go to your color picker and choose black thing. Go back to the layer, tap on it again, and tap fill layer. So now that white Duplicate Layer is now black. So now we're gonna move it a little bit. Not like that though. Now tap in the upper right-hand corner about four times. And you can see that it move just a tiny bit beyond the edge of the white edges. Now go to the adjustments and go to Gaussian blur layer. And we're going to blur that around 4%. Just enough so it's not a hard line. And then on that layer, tap the N and you can turn the opacity of it down and just kind of do whatever looks good for your landscape. I'm going to do about 40. And that looks good with just the white torn paper edges. Now if I was going to add glitter on top of this, a glitter layer, then I would probably want to keep the opacity up a little bit higher with the glitter. And you can see it there really, really well by the moon. And here's how it looks with the glitter. You can see it really gave some dimensionality to that glitter layer. So have fun.