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Linocut print designs in Procreate for Illustration and Surface Pattern design.

teacher avatar CardwellandInk Design, B.Sc, B.A, M.Teach

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Procreate Overview

    • 3. Brush Resources

    • 4. Reference Images

    • 5. Extracting the image

    • 6. Creating the linocut

    • 7. Adding texture and background

    • 8. Exporting to print on demand Redbubble store

    • 9. Class Project

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About This Class

This class is beginner friendly and gives an overview of the procreate app for the iPad. It walks you through how to  create a simple digital linocut print, that can be used as a stand alone illustration or as a motif for surface pattern design. It moves step by step from the creation of the linocut, through to uploading it on print on the print on demand website Redbubble. In addition, there is a free procreate brush set  included to assist those beginning on their creative journey that can be accessed through the browser version of Skillshare.  If you are new to skillshare you can use the following  link to get 2 months free premium access to the platform.

RESOURCES FOR THE CLASS: Linocut brushset link in projects and resources section


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CardwellandInk Design

B.Sc, B.A, M.Teach


Hi, I'm Priscilla and I am a Surface pattern designer, Freelance illustrator, Biologist and Teacher. I am the owner of Cardwell and ink, a boutique design studio in Australia. About 6 years ago , I transitioned from being a traditional artist to a predominantly digital artist with my ipad pro and apple pencil being my tools of choice and I have never looked back. The versatility that using a digital medium affords has taken my creativity and textile design to new levels and I am so excited to share the things I have learned along the way. 

I love teaching and  breaking down concepts in easily understandable ways.  You can see examples of my work on my website ( and my textiles at spoonflower. I'm quite active on social media and you can fin... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Priscilla, and welcome to my skill shit costs. In this class, I will be showing you how to create a digital y know cut style print that can be used as an art print or as a motif for surface pattern design, on accessories or on clothing at print on demand sites like Red Bubble, Spoon flour or Society six. I will also be giving you insight into my process. Free brushes and resource is along the way, so just a little bit about me. I am a trained teacher. I am a freelance illustrator on the surface patent designer and fashion enthusiast. I am the owner of Cardwell in Ink, which is a boutique design studio located in Australia that specializes in custom design. From custom illustration, Portrait's and invitations to creating custom textiles. You can see samples of my work at Cardwell and Ink don't come in quick decay. So I have recently fulling in love with the flexibility of creating digitally in the at procreate on my iPad pro, which is Thea up. I will be using in this class with the apple pencil, but feel free to use any digital drawing up that you feel comfortable with, or any stylist that you feel comfortable using. This class is beginner friendly, and all you need is an iPad and a stylist and the digital drawing at per create. So whether you are a digital novice or whether you are a seasoned illustrator wanting to learn any skill, you are very welcome and let's get started. 2. Procreate Overview: I wanted to begin with an overview off the procreate up in the gallery view. When you open up, there are some options at the top right hand side, where you can select a file import of file a photo or pick a custom canvas size using the plus icon. Aside from the canvas sizes, there's little folder at the top, which allows you to create your own custom canvas. And for this tutorial, we will be creating a canvas, which is 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels and 3 50 dp I. Once you are done clicking, the create button will then open up your new canvas in the canvas view. There are a few buttons on the left hand side that we will be using mainly the wrench icon , which will open up a number of categories. The 1st 1 or the first icon allows you to import files, photos, copy and paste. The canvas icon allows you to adjust your canvas settings and animate. The share icon allows you to select the file types that you would like for exports. The play icon is the time lapse replace settings. The preferences allows pen pressure and brush preferences and the help button. On the end, we will use the other ones as we progress through the tutorial on the left hand side. There we have these great little sliders, which allow you to adjust size and at the bottom, adjust the capacity off your brush stroke so the size of any brush can be increased or decreased with the slider. And the transparency of the stroke can be increased or decreased, and you'll see that in the capacity achieving atop is an undo function, and a three finger tap is a redo function. On the right hand side, we have our brush studio and that will open up your brush library for you. On the left, you will see the brush categories, and the category that you will be using will be highlighted in blue. And yes, I am a rush order. And on the right hand side you have the particular brushes that you are using highlighted in blue as well. So next to the brush icon at the top are the smudge and the erase tool, and both of these are going to do, in essence, the same thing. So when you are using a brush and making some markings on the campus. If you want to maintain that same brush, size and texture, you press and hold the eraser brush or press and hold the smudge brush, and it will maintain that consistency and maintain that same brush for their settings. If you get frustrated with the racing that way, ah, three fingers circle will then clear that whole layer in your canvas. So at the bottom in your layers panel, you will see a background section or background color, which is a default layer, and you can always adjust the color of that layer by tapping on it and then opening up this color disk and pallets. The pallets view on the right hand side at the bottom opens up your whole pallet library, but I tend to stick to the disc view the outside off the disc works to show you what Hugh you are working with, and then you move the circle in the in a disk to then pick the saturation that you want for your brush in the blue hue. A double top in the white section will then give you a true watch and a double tap in the black selection will give you a true black. The color of your brushes is the little circle at the top Raj, and that works the same way as the background color disc. Except it is your brush colors that that determined the plus icon at the top in the layers panel will allow you to add a layer. And we will be using that function a lot in this tutorial. Okay, well, looking forward to getting started in the next video. 3. Brush Resources : so I wanted to show you how to access the downloads. Full the cloths. I've created a set off procreate brushes for this tutorial that are free for download. You will need to be in the browser view of skill shared toe access them and you do that through the link in the project In resource is tab just under this video. The link takes you to my website with a green button. To download the brushes, you will need a password which I will display on the screen. If you are in chrome using IOS, select download and then the open in option scroll to the three dots that say more and then scroll down to find the procreate icon and click on it. This will automatically import the whole brush such into your up. And when you open procreate, there will be a blue tick sign to show you that it has imported and then in the brush library the new brush that should be highlighted at the talking blue. See you in the next video 4. Reference Images: So for the purposes of this video, I'm going to take you to a great little resource for our reference images, which is the Biodiversity Heritage Library found on Flick It comments. I'm aware that not everybody is a seasoned illustrator, And so for beginners, it's great to be able to use reference images. And this library has a great source of vintage reference images, which are mostly royalty and copyright free for you to use. So if you select a category and then in the category, select an image. So, for example, these Cherries, I'll just click on that again at the bottom right hand side. It will give you some information about the copyright so you can see that there's no copyright. But clicking on it will open it up and you'll be able to see in detail that you are able to copy, modify, distribute on this artwork for commercial use, and it's just really important to check those images before you use thumb or remix them. So going back to our image at the bottom right hand side, you have the different file sizes that you can download the little our with the download small, medium large or original science and I generally will use the original size. And for the purposes of this line of cut, we are on the using the outline anyway, so any size will do. Once you quick on it, it will download to your images. And as I open my images, this is a pair of that I have selected previously to use in this tutorial. So in the next video, I'll show you how to extract the image with a great little up. 5. Extracting the image: okay on to extracting the image. There's a great little app. Cold Magic eraser, which is a free up, although you do have to wait for the ads to start and then quick to get out of them. It will allow you to access your foot a library on your iPad, and if you have your image, I would, um, select your image. There is an eraser icon at the bottom. If there's any excess black mocks on the outside of the image that you want to remove, but on the bottom left, you have your magic eraser to and everywhere you click with the Magic eraser, it will take that color and little race any pixels that have that particular color in it. So in this case, I'm tapping the watch, and it will make transparent and you'll see that it's transparent because of the checkable texture anywhere on the image. That is what Then when you are done, you'll notice there's a P and G with a transparent background on the left hand side and a J peg with a watch background. We're going to be using the P and G. If we tap on that one, it will allow us to export it to our photo library. Then when we go back into Per creates, I'll just delete that image in procreate. You can then use the add on the top left to insert a photo. Select the photo and although it looks like it has a white background, if you go to your layers panel and turn off your background color, you'll notice that it is now transparent. 6. Creating the linocut: we can now start on creating our line a cot by going to the wrench and importing the image we created, which will come into procreate as a PNG, which we can then resize by adjusting. Make sure that it is on uniforms so it doesn't actually change the proportions and then in the layers panel. If you tap on the blue layer, you can rename it from the menu as image, so it doesn't get confusing once that's done. If you top that same menu and choose selection, you're going to create a new layer by pressing the plus symbol, grabbing black as our color and pulling that color into the new layer to fill it. And you'll notice that it fills the entire area of the PNG image from below. We're then going to top on that image and pull it above that black layout and reduce the A pass ITI in that layout so that you can see the black coming through the image. This is really important because we're going to be using the eraser tool on the black layer , so I'm just going to label that layer as well so that it can be distinguished un select. And then I'm going to duplicate that layer so that we have a backup. So if you slide across from the runt, he will have duplicates. And then if you tap on the layer, you can then rename that layer as a backup. So I'm going to un select that layer because we don't want to actually see it. While we're doing our line a cot and go back to the black layer that we are going to be working with in the line a cut brush set. I'm going to be using the studio tapered brush that you get in the brush. Such the free brush set with this class. I'm going to resize my brush to whatever size suits so you can slide the sliders to decide what size you would like. And then I am starting to make markings on the black layer. So the reason why we had the black layer underneath with the image above it, it's so that we can make those line oh, cuts using that image on top as a reference. So I'm now going in and just slightly making indentations on the main portions off the leaf . So the midline of the leaf and along the veins of the leaf. Now, the reason why we are sticking to those main portions is because when you are creating a traditional liner cut, we're using a carving tool in the lineup, and so you are only sort of cutting out the major portions. In this case, I'm also going to be making demarcations between believes so that you can see where the leaves overlap in the liner cut and the leaves don't sort of all blend together. So just go through carefully. The beautiful thing about per create is that when you are drawing, you can use two fingers at the same time to resize and rotate your campus as well. So as you're drawing instead of getting into awkward angles. Or if you can't see your image very carefully, sort of getting in close. You can resize your canvas by just having two fingers and then moving them apart to zoom in or moving them together to see Mt. And it also allows you to have a lot of flexibility as you drool. So I continue around your image. I'm using a pair, but your image may be slightly different So just take a look at your image and sort of see , what are the major areas that you would like to have in your line account? If you're using a plant and it has leaves, do pay attention to where the folds are in the leaf and where believes, maybe fold over other leaves so that you can see that clearly. Now the studio tapered brush is a variation of a per create brush. I've just tape it'd and played with it a little bit more. So you do have it native in per create a swell, But I've just put this brush set together so that if you are a beginner and you are trying to start out in digital Ott, but you have a set that you can work on for this project. If you make a mistake, remember, you can tap with two fingers on the screen as well. So if you make a carving and you think maybe I shouldn't have erased that point, you can do a two finger tap to undo your most recent action. It's a very intuitive program, so just continue around until you're happy with the markings now on the twig and the branches. I tend to take a look at the highlighted areas. So where the light is kind of hitting the image are the areas that I just want to make a simple line through, so you'll notice on the woody part of the twig. I'm just making a few demarcation so you can actually see when you look at the black. Only where the twig is that there's another object there instead of just a mess of black. So it is a bit of trial and error, But the beautiful thing about digital lot is that you can continue to manipulate it. If you make a mistake, you can go back and try again. And I'm just going to continue going around the pair once again because the pair overlaps. I am going to erase a portion between the two pairs. A swell. Okay, so once you're done, you can decide like the image layer and take a look at your line. Oh, cut. It's great to sort of do that from time to time because it does show you any areas that you've missed, or any areas that you want to continue to work on. So once again and I can see already. I just want to make a bit more of an indentation at the bottom, and I missed a leaf or an undecided belief. So I'm going to go back and do the spines of the underside of the leave. So it's good to just sort of evaluate. See how you feel as you do your line account. Each one will be different, but take your time to kind of evaluate whether you want more or less if you want to elongate one of the spines or veins until you are happy with the final product. So in the next video, we are going to go ahead and talk about the background and put a bit of texture into our line of cunt. 7. Adding texture and background: All right, So in this video, we're going to be creating a bit of texture for our line. Oh, cuts and also creating a background, a circular background for our print. So I'm going to create a new layer just below the line. Oh, cut layer that we have worked with, but above our, you know, back up player. And I'm going to pick a color to make a circle in this layer. Now, procreate has a great feature. We're gonna use the monoline brush in the brush set where you can make a quick shape. So I'm going to draw a generic circle and connect the ends without taking my pencil off the canvas and then by placing a finger on the canvas, it will make a perfect circle for me, and this works with squares or triangles as well. We then use our color drop the way we did before pulling in the color to fill that circle and then using the our tool to adjust it to the center of the canvas. So once we've done that, we have a circular background and we're going to rename by pressing the menu that background layer. And then we're going to go ahead and create two more layers above the line, a cut layer and also above the background layout. And these are going to be our text. Julia's now for the texture. Layers were going to create a clipping mosque, so in that menu that opened up, there was an option of clipping mosque. So please click that layer first and then go in and rename it as your texture layer. So once again with the background clipping mask and then rename. Now you'll notice that the clipping masks have an hour that points down because it's attached to the layer below. Which means that any markings that you make on the clipping mosque layers will only be limited to the area off the layer below. It's a great way of non destructively adding texture or adding variations without affecting or destroying the layer underneath. Now I'm going to go to my brush set. Sorry, go to the spotty brush in the brush set, and I'm going to create a few splatters on the liner cut print. So when you're making a lot of cut print, once you've called the line of cut, you put in court paint over it, and then you make your steps with it. So sometimes you can have a bit of paints, butter or a couple of scratches from the wood, which is sort of what we're trying to imitate in a creative way. So it's just taking a look at the highlights, a swell that were on the original image to see where I wanted to place the splatters of paint. As we're doing this, you'll notice that the splitters do not go outside the shape of the pair because it is a clipping moss, So it's only the liner cut area that will be affected. As you put the splashes in, you could make them laja, or you can make them small. Oh, whatever suits your creative style. I came. So next we're going to be working on the background. Lay off now with the clipping mosque associated with the background layer. We're going to use the terrazzo brush, which is a stamp brush, and just sort of move it around. They can this, and you'll notice that it still is limited to that circle in the background. I'm then going to create a new clipping mask, so I tend to use a new clipping mosque for each label just so that you can adjust the layers independently and you'll notice because this is a stamp tool. As I've placed the olive color on top, it's just covered the white layer underneath. But then, if you take the arrow or the transform tool and move it around, you can then adjust where it's placed. It still will not move from the background because it's in a clipping moss, so you can just adjust that. And it means that you can adjust the A pass ity off that layer as well. On the A, pass ity off the white layer beneath it. As you feel now, I want just a bit of a muted texture, so I've reduced the A pass ity on both of those layers. I'm gonna go in with the Harry Scratches brush, which is sort of like would scratches texture and put a bit of that on the background layer as well. In what? And remember as you go, you can zoom in an ounce if you want a closer look at what you're doing. Feel free to use those two finger handing, so if you separate your two fingers or put them together. It will adjust the zoom of your images. Well, okay, so once you're happy with it, I think I'm going to go in and reduce the A pass ity off the line. Oh, cut clipping moss. I just want a bit of a subtle texture without sort of taking away from the image, and you can do that. You can adjust the blend modes in that contextual menu as well. That opens up when you change the A pass ITI and sort of test different blend modes and see how you feel about your image. It's great to experiment in a way that you can reverse with per create, which I really love about this program. If I remove the background at the bottom layer, you can see that it still is a PNG, and we actually wanted as a PNG to export it, because we will be using this for accessory and surface patent design. So if you choose the share tool and shoes P and G with the background removed, you can then export it to your images as a PNG. And in the next video, I'll take you through how to place. You'll images on accessories or on T shirts on red bubble, which is a print on demand signs. Okay, see you in the next video. 8. Exporting to print on demand Redbubble store: in this video, we are going to be looking at how to use your images on a print on demand side like Red Bubble. So I'm opening up my red bubble store. You do have to log in, you know, or create an account on at the top left hand side. Once you're in your store, there'll be a hamburger menu that you can click on. And then if you click on your avatar, it will give you a red button that says, Add, you were go add new work so you can upload new work or create it from an existing design, goingto upload new for my images and select the image that we just created and saved as a PNG. In the meantime, you can put in a title for your artwork. Add relevant tags that are related to the image and a description about your artwork. Now Red Bubble is a free platform for artists. Um, there are quite a few out there. A society six is another one that I use frequently, and you can open up a storefront for free, and it allows you to get a commission for your art and the print on demand company gets a commission for their printing as well, so it's really great option for artists. As you scroll down after your image has uploaded, you will start to see a bunch of accessories and clothing that you can then have your print on. So I've opened up the T shirt icon and you'll notice that I can move my image around. I can resize my image. I can center it either horizontally or vertically, and I can even start to choose using the menus on the side. What type of clothing I want to have it available on. You have color swatches where you can choose the color of the T shirt or the product that you are creating your image for. But just make sure that when you are done, you do apply the changes so you'll see that the T shirt has changed to a light gray. I don't really want. I will move that back to a watch color, and as you make the changes, you can actually see it in real time as well. So scrolled down and scroll through, and you can enable and disable any products. So the sticker, for example, because it's a PNG. It has no square background, but it's like a kiss cut stick up. So just be aware of the backgrounds. When you are making your images, you may want that effect or you may not, but just know that with P and G, it's transparent. But with a J peg, you will have that white square from your image. Another great option is you can tile, so as you can see on the cushion as I move the slider up and down it then tiled the single image into several images so you can have a regular tile. Or you can have sort of 1/2 drop tile option available or no tiling, it'll where you just have the one image on the screen and then adjust the size as you feel . So there about 40 different accessories and clothes that you can have your images on on red bubble. And I think it's the same on a whole host of other print on demand science, and you can go through and you can edit your image. You can edit the sizes. You can add it the products. So, for example, with this water bottle, I really do love it, scented on the water bottle. And as I'm adjusting, I can see the changes in real time. So not all the accessories are going to be great for your image is so you'll have to use your discretion when you get to the bottom. You can choose what type of media it ISS so design an illustration or photography. You can pick a collection. You can also select what accessory you want to have your main image on, so you may want to have it on. The tote bag is the main image, although ah whole host of products are available, will have one that is the main image on your shop, whether it has adult content or not, that it is actually your own work, and then you can save your work. So for the purposes of this, I'm not going to say this because this is an example. But I will go back to my store to another line of cut that I have created and show you watch. This looks like on products from the front end, so scrolling down the designs on my page, there's the kingfish. L. Lina cut print that I've made, and then you can see the products that it is displayed upon for sale. So one thing I do love about when you see the product shots is their great to sort of take a screenshot and use as, um, look up, um, on your social media, whether it's instagram or Facebook to sort of advertise your work, and it makes that process really simple as well. I also love the way the prints look against different colors. So the dark gray was a really beautiful color that it came up on. Yeah, so thanks for taking this clause. Um, I caught Wait to see your projects. I'll have a little chat to you about what a project is and how to create one in the next video. 9. Class Project: thanks so much for joining me for this class. It was so fun to go through creating these prints with you. I hope that if you have the time, you can upload your illustration to the class project section, which is just underneath this video so I can see the amazing illustrations that you come up with. If you are on social media, you can also tag me at Kabul, in ink on Instagram or on Facebook. And I hope to see you may be in an upcoming skill share class. Have a great day.