Modern Floral Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 22 Free Stamps and Templates | Liz Kohler Brown | Skillshare

Modern Floral Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 22 Free Stamps and Templates

Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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9 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Modern Florals on Your iPad in Procreate + 22 Free Stamps and Templates

      2:22
    • 2. Downloads & Inspiration

      2:58
    • 3. Creating Templates

      6:29
    • 4. Decorating Floral Shapes

      11:51
    • 5. Hand Drawn Elements

      9:59
    • 6. Linework & Color

      12:32
    • 7. Adding Variation & Balance

      12:37
    • 8. Ink and Text

      10:49
    • 9. Filling in Blank Spaces

      5:50
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About This Class

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Modern florals are super easy to make, plus they are easy to use for tons of different projects like greeting cards, lettering projects, seamless repeats, and so much more!  In this class, you'll learn how to create Modern Floral illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.  I’ll show you three different techniques, so you can choose the methods that work best for your personal style.  

When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the brushes and templates I use to create my modern florals, so you don’t have to start from scratch. The set includes 13 stamp brushes and 5 shape templates that I’ll show you how to use to make unique modern floral illustrations.  I’ll also show you how to customize the brushes with colors, lines, and textures to make them your own.

You'll learn how to:

  • use a shape template to create a flower and plant filled silhouette of an object. 
  • use my templates and stamps, and how to make your own, so you can add some of your favorite shapes to your illustration and use them over and over in future illustrations. 
  • decorate and texturize your floral shapes.
  • create a circular floral bouquet with a bold modern color palette.  
  • how to combine ink sketches and bold outlines to create a floral menagerie around a quote.

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  You may want to have a few of your favorite flowers nearby, or some images saved on your iPad to use as inspiration.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger. Let’s get started!

Here are the Class Downloads (password is shown in the first lesson)

Here is the Pinterest Inspiration Board

Transcripts

1. Modern Florals on Your iPad in Procreate + 22 Free Stamps and Templates: Hi everyone I'm Liz. I'm an artist, illustrator and teacher and today I want to show you how to create modern floral illustrations on your iPad and procreate. I'll show you three different techniques so you can choose the methods that work best for your personal style. When you watch this class, you'll get all of the brushes and templates I use to create my modern florals. So you don't have to start from scratch. The set includes 13 stamp brushes and five shaped templates that I'll show you how to use to make unique modern floral illustrations. I'll also show you how to customize the brushes with colors, lines, and textures to make them your own. First, we'll use a shape template to create a flower and plant filled silhouette of an object. I'll show you how to use my templates and stamps and how to make your own. So you can add some of your favorite shapes to your illustration and use them over and over in future projects. I'll also show you a few different ways to decorate and texturize your floral shapes. Next, we'll create a circular floral bouquet with a bold modern color palette. We'll use line drawing to show the shapes of each plant and then apply bold color to each element. I'll show you some tricks for creating a balanced composition and give you a ton of ideas for flower and plant shapes to get you started. Next, we'll combine ink sketches and bold outlines to create a floral menagerie around a quote. I'll show you some easy clamped shapes to start with. So even if you're not comfortable with drawing, you can easily get started with some simple shapes. All you need to take this class is your iPad and the stylus. I'll be using the Apple pencil, but you could use any stylists or even your finger. I also recommend having a few images of flowers nearby. These could be images that you took yourself or things that you found online. It's just nice to have a little inspiration when you start drawing, so let's get started. 2. Downloads & Inspiration: The first thing I want to do is show you how to get all of the downloads and resources that you'll need for this class. You can find a link to get to this page in the About section of the class. The About section doesn't show up on the app though so make sure you open this in a browser to click the link. Once you click on that link, you'll see that you need a password to get into the page, and I'll show the password on screen now. Once you get into that page, you'll see all of the options to download the brushes and get all of the images that we'll talk about in this class. The first thing is to download the brushes. You'll see a link here, and I'm going to click and hold that link and then click "Open in a New Tab". That's going to open up the brushes in this next tab and you should see Open in Procreate but if you don't see that, click "More", and then you can choose Procreate from the map list. If you have a problem doing that, you may need to update your Procreate version. I'm going to click "Copy to Procreate" and then it'll open whatever you had open last. I'm just going to open any document and then click on the brushes tab, and at the very top, it'll show this brush side that has all of the modern floral brushes and templates. Next, I'm going to go back to that same downloads page and you'll see there's a download the floral ideas image. I'm going to click and hold that, open in a new tab and you can see this is just an image with a lot of ideas for floral form so just a few to get you started. If you want to use this in Procreate, just click and hold, click "Save Image", and now it's on your photos so you can insert it into a Procreate document or you can just use it as a reference while you're drawing. I'm going to go back to that downloads page and you'll see there's a Pinterest inspiration board here. I'm going to go ahead and open that and that will go straight to the Pinterest board. If you have the Pinterest app, it'll open the app. If you don't, it'll open it in a browser. I've just collected a bunch of modern floral example images here. These are images that you can use for inspiration. We don't want to copy any of these people but this is a great place to get ideas for floral forms or styles that you could morph into your own style with your own color palettes. You may want to start by just scanning through here and seeing what stands out to you, seeing what speaks to your personal style and colors that you like and then maybe starting a simple study from there. Let's go ahead and get started on our first piece. 3. Creating Templates: I'm going to start by opening my Procreate gallery and clicking the plus symbol to create a new image. I'll click Create custom size and choose inches as the measurement. I'm going to use seven by seven inches at 300 DPI. You can work at any size here. This is just a size that I know works well for my online uses. If you had a different use, like you were going to print it out on a ten by ten piece of paper, you may want to start with a larger image. I'll click Create. I'm going to start this piece with a template. I'll go to my Layers panel here. I'm on a new blank layer. I'm going to get black as my color and go to the modern floral set that we just downloaded, and choose one of these templates. I've created a few templates for you, but I also want to show you how to make your own. Here's a house template. I'm going to use this piece for this project. I clicked on that brush, and I'm just going to click one time. Sometimes if it sets down a little too small, you may need to click again a little bit harder. That's a little bit better. Sometimes you may need to turn these brushes depending on how your Canvas is set up, how your iPad is turned. I'm going to click Rotate, and then I'll make sure magnetic is selected here, because I want to change the size of this image, but if magnetic isn't selected, I could accidentally distort the proportions of the image. I'm going to click Magnetic, and then I can increase the size of this image. I'll click the Move tool to set that. I usually play around here a little bit with the placement, and for that, I will turn magnetics off because it's a little bit easier to move this around with the Magnetics tool off. I'm just going to get that right in the center. Then I'm going to swipe that layer to the left and click Lock. I don't want to draw on this layer and I want to make sure I don't accidentally do that. Locking that will prevent you from ever drawing on it. If you'd like to make your own template that has a different silhouette, you can start with a blank Canvas, just like we have here. I've just made my house layer invisible. I'm going to insert an image to use as my silhouette. So for that, I'm going to go to the site Unsplash, and I found a photo here that has a nice cat silhouette, and just going to trace this. I'll put a link to this website in the Class Downloads page. This is a site that has images that are free for personal and commercial use. I'm just going to click the Download Free button. That'll open it up in a new window, and then I can click and hold and click Save Image. I'm doing this in Safari. I've had some trouble with this in Chrome before. If you have trouble, just switch to Safari. Next I'll go back to Procreate, click the tool symbol, click Add, insert a photo, choose my cat image, and then make sure Magnetic is selected here so we don't ruin our proportions. I'm just going to zoom in to get that full image on the Canvas. Next, I'll reduce the opacity of that image in the Layers panel and click Plus to create a new layer. I want to draw my template on this new layer. I've got black as my color, I'm going to get the Narinder Pencil. This is in the sketching section of Procreate. This comes with the program. I've got my Narinder Pencil, I'm going to check the size of that. Let's make it a little bit bigger. That looks good. I'm going to zoom in really closely here and just go around and get a loose silhouette of this form. You can see I'm trying not to do any straight lines. This is an organic form, so I really want to be in loose with my line making and leave a lot of wrinkles and bumps. I'm going to continue this process around the whole image. Now that I have my silhouette tracing, I'm going to go ahead and remove my cat image. Now, I just have that black and white silhouette drawing. I'll click the tool symbol, click Share and JPEG, save image. I'm just saving this to my iPad. Next, I'm going to go to the Modern Floral brush set, and find any of these templates that are already here. I'm just going to use the house template for example. I'll swipe left, click Duplicate. Now, I have a duplicated version of that house template. I'm going to click on that one time, click Source, click Insert Photo, and then find my cat image, and then I'll just rename that, then click Done. Now, I have a brush, that makes this silhouette. I always like to test them before I move on. I'll create a new layer. I've got my new cat template brush selected, and I'm just going to click one time here a little bit harder, and then I can use Magnetics to increase the size a little bit. I used an image that I found online, but it would be even better if you used an image that you created of your own pet or your own house or something else in your life that has a nice silhouette shape, that you can fill with these floral forms. 4. Decorating Floral Shapes: So I'm going to go back to my house templates, so I'll just delete all of these cat layers. Then it looks like I rotated my Canvas, so I'm going to have to unlock that layer. Click "Unlock", click "The Move Tool", and then just rotate that, so it's straight up and down. You could also just rotate your whole Canvas. It doesn't really matter either way. So I'll click "Lock" again. I just want to make sure that template layer is locked. Then click the plus symbol to create a new layer. That'll be where I put my first floral forms. I'm going to start by choosing my colors. So I always do that first and I've gone ahead and done that. If you want to do that, you can just find a color on the color wheel here, and then just click down in this area, where your colors are saved. You can also go to palettes and create a new pallet, and then you can add colors to that and give it a name. I've already saved all of my colors here, so I'll pull from those today. So I'm going to choose a color I like here. I'll choose this coral pink, and then I'm going to choose a starting shapes that I like. I'll go with this big puffy flower here. I'm double-checking that I'm on a new layer and I'm just going to click one time. I'll click "The Move Tool" and then put this right up against the edge. You may need to remove magnetics to do that. Just to play around with putting this in place, I'll zoom in here to be sure I'm right on the edge. So when we do these silhouette pieces, it's really important to get right up to the edge of the drawing, and that makes it really clear what the silhouette is. So I'll be thinking about that throughout drawing this piece. I'm going to do another floral form with that same stamp. I'll click the plus symbol and make sure I'm on a new layer and click down here. Click: "The Move Tool", click "Magnetics", and then make that one's smaller. If I use the same stamp a few times, I like to flip it horizontally, rotated a little bit, so that it looks really different from the other ones. So it doesn't look like I'm just using stamps to produce my whole image. This is really just a quick way to lay down forms and you could even change these a little bit as you work. If you click and hold, you can get that color and just choose a brush. I'll choose this brush here. You could even change the loops a little bit. So if you want each flower to be totally different, you could go through and do that to make them more unique. For now, I'm just going to use the shapes that are existing. I'm going to continue that same process with one more flower on a new layer. Now that I have all three of these in place, I'm going to create a new layer, to start doing some decoration on top of these. I'm going to choose a color that's slightly lighter than the color that's already here. I'm going to grab this brush at the bottom of the modern floral set called Opaque Brushstroke Qouache. I like the loose line that this brush creates, so you could use this branch or you could choose a different one. It's totally up to you. So I'm just going to go through and add some little decoration to each of these flowers. I'll continue the same decoration on each flower before I move on to another color. So next, I want to add a little bit more to the center of these and I do each of these on a new layer, because I don't like to commit to any decoration until I finish the flower. So I do each thing on a different layer and then once I'm done with all three of these flowers, I'll merge all of this under the same layer. For now I like to keep that flexibility of just being on separate layers. So I'm just going to add some little black dots to the center of these. I think that makes them stand out a little more. But obviously you can decorate these in any way that works with your personal style. So next, I'm going to continue that same process with the different floral form. I'm going to merge all of these pink flower layers onto the same layer. So now, these are one unified set. I'll click "Plus" to start my next color. For this one I'm going to use this flower. I'll do the same process I did with the last one, doing each of these on a separate layer. One note about these stamps, is that it's always okay to make a stamp smaller. You can start with a big image and make it smaller, that's fine. But you can't start with a small image and make it bigger. That's going to create some blurriness. So if you do that, you'll notice that the edges of your stamp are getting really blurry. So I always start with a really big size and then size it down. So I've decorated all of those flowers. Now I'm going to merge those together. So I've got these lighter pinks on one layer and darker pinks on another. You may start thinking as you're working on these that there different floral shapes that you'd like to have in your toolbox, so I just want to show you how incredibly easy it is to make the shapes. Just made all that stuff invisible and created a new layer. I'm going to double-click in the black section here to get a pure black. Then I'm going to grab this opaque brushstroke qouache brush, and I'm just going to draw a shape here. Let me get a slightly bigger brush. You could do this with any brush, it doesn't have to be this brush that I'm using. That's a flower shape, for example. I'm just going to click and drag the black in the center of that to make it a solid form, then maybe go through and adjust some of these lines a little bit. So now this is a stamp that you can save as a brush. Just like the last one, you'll click "Share", "JPEG", "Save Image". Then go to any of these stamp brushes here. I'll just go to this leaf, swipe left, click "Duplicate", click on at one time, insert a photo, and then click on that stamp image that we just saved. Now we have a stamp. I'll get a different color here, and you can adjust the size over here. So you can see how quickly you can create these shapes and then you can use those over and over in all of your illustrations. So that's the process I use to create all of the stamps that you'll get in that download pack. So I'll go ahead and continue with this piece. I'm just going to repeat the same process that we've been doing. I'll pick a shape, lay it down on separate layers, do a little bit of decoration, and then move on to the next shape. You may get to the point where you realize that you need to move an element. I really want to have this flower right here, and I want that one to be a little bit higher, so I need to move it. So I'll go back to that original layer, where we created those roses, and I'll click "The Selection Tool" and make sure free hand is selected down here. Then I can just circle that entire flower shape. Click "The Move Tool", and just move it up a little bit, so we have a little bit more space for that new flower. Then I'll just continue the same process to decorate these new pink flowers. So some of these flowers may not be ideal for decorating, or you may just think it looks a little boring to have the decoration the same on every single piece. One thing I like to do is just add a little texture to some of these, so I'm going to merge all of my pink layers together, and leave my white dot layers separate. So I'm just merging these three pink flower layers together. I'm going to swipe to the right to put this in the alpha lock state. That means that I can only paint on the areas that are already covered with this pink color. I'm going to click one time and click "Select". So I'm selecting all of that pink and I'm going to create a new layer. I'm going to get white as my color, and for my brush, I'm going to use the streaky semi-dry gouache brush. Let's get this on a small size. I'm just going to go through and add a little bit of texture to each of these petals. So you can see it's just a really light texture, but it takes this from being a flat, boring flower, to having a little bit of dimension. I'm putting this on a separate layer because I don't know if going to like it, so anything that I'm not 100 percent sure about, I do on a separate layer. I can always merge it later, but if you do too many layers without doing them separately and then you need to step back, sometimes that can be a little frustrating. So I'm just doing this on a separate layer. So I'm happy with how that texture turned out, so I'll click "The Selection Tool" to remove that selection. Now I can merge my pink layer, my texture layer, and my flower layers all together. So now we have those on a single layer. So I'll speed up my video here while I go through some of these other shapes and use the same process to add them to the composition. 5. Hand Drawn Elements: You can see that, I try not to use the same brush or the same stamp more than two or three times, and every time I use it, I make it face a different direction and I put it on a different side of the canvas and I usually rotate it as well and sometimes flip it. I'm trying to disperse the color, disperse the shapes, so that you're not getting too much green in this corner, or you're not seeing a direct line of leaf, leaf, leaf creating a straight line across the canvas. They're pointing in different directions and moving your eye around the canvas. One thing I want to do with these is fill them up with some color. I'm going to merge all three vines together so they're all on one layer, and I'm going to get a slightly lighter green just by going on my color palette and moving up a little bit. Because these are solid shapes, I can do the drag and drop, in each of these. But let's say you don't want this to be on the same layer. You could create a new layer, and then just paint it in, so I'll get my opaque gouache brush, and just paint that color in. Then as long as that layer is below, your outline layer, you can really just loosely color in the lines and it won't get in the way of your original dark lines. One thing I always do is I start with the biggest shapes and work my way down to the smaller shapes, like these little leafs. Because it's easy to fill the big spaces in but it's harder to fill the little spaces, and so I always leave that for last. I just think it's a lot easier to make the composition really flow nicely. If you start out with these big chunky shapes and then progressively get down to smaller and smaller shapes. Now I'm going to start working with some of these smaller ones and these are mostly leafs, and other little twigs and things that will fit in all of these weird triangular crevices. This leaf shape, because it's a boring shape, I'm going to go ahead and add some of that gouache texture. Again, I'm just swiping to the right, choosing a lighter color, getting my gouache brush, and just painting directly. In this case I'm painting on the same layer, I have my leafs and my texture on the same layer. This is an easier option, that way you don't have to do the process where you select and create a new layer. But if you're not sure about your texture and you're just not a 100 percent confident on how it's going to look, you can always do it on a new layer. When it gets to some of these smaller spaces, I usually start drawing by hand, because it's really hard to create a stamp that would fit perfectly in all these weird, little areas. I'm going to get black as my color, get the opaque gouache as my brush, and I'm just going to create some really simple twigs, and the nice thing about these twigs is that you can make them perfectly fit this space. They're really easy to manipulate into perfect total area. I'll continue making these throughout the piece to fill in some of these blank areas. Another piece that's really nice to fill in some of these blank spaces, is some simple circular shaped flowers. I'm going to grab a pink coral here and just create some little bulbs. I'm doing these stems and bulbs on separate layers. That way it's really easy to make the stems come straight out from behind those bulbs, without worrying about trying to perfectly match them up by hand. Next, I'll create a new layer that's over my circular layer, and these are just going to be little, leaves that hold these bulbs in place. We've got three layers at this piece. We've got the stem layer on the bottom, the circular layer in the middle, and leafs layer on top. I will continue the same process making a few of these around the canvas. Now that I have all of those little bulbs created, I'm going to merge all of those bulb layers onto the same layer, and if you don't do that, you will run into an issue where you can't create any more layers. You can check and see how many layers you can create by clicking the tool symbol. Click canvas, canvas information, and then it'll say maximum layers here, so because I created an image that's seven by seven inches, I can create 41 layers, but with this process, you can ran out of layers really quickly. I try to just merge things that I feel confident about. The last thing I like to do just to fill this piece in totally is go through with the colors I've already been using, and just create some simple little strokes to fill in the white spaces. You don't have to do this. But you can see if I go ahead and remove my house template, you wouldn't necessarily know by looking at that, that it was a house. It's a little bit loose. Whereas if you use these simple hand-drawn elements, to just fill in the canvas, then you get a little more clarity on the silhouette. I do little bits of these and a single color, keeping it really random and each piece is a different length and shape. Then I'll get a different color and do the same thing in an area nearby, and I also try to change directions so that some are going this way, some are pointing this way, that creates a little bit more movement in the piece. I'm going to go through this piece and continue the same process with all the colors that I've already used so that I'm sticking to my same color palette. I've gone through with all of the colors, that I used in the composition and just added these little lines. Now I'm going to go to my house sketch layer and remove that, and then this piece can be called finished. Now you could keep playing around with the colors. If you want to do that, just go to the gallery, click "Select" click on the image and click "Duplicate." I'm just creating a duplicate image of the drawing we just created, and that way I can start playing around with color versions in a brand new document without messing up my first one. I'm going to merge everything here. Everything is on one layer now, and I'll click the "Adjustments tool," hue, saturation, brightness, and then I can start playing around with the saturation. I like this blue and brown version. I adjusted the hue over here and then I can bring down the saturation to make it a little more dull or a little more bright. That's the last step that you can do, but that's optional. You can just stick with your original color that you created. Let's go ahead and move on to our next project. 6. Linework & Color: For this next piece, I'm starting with the same size canvas. This is seven by seven inches at 300 DPI. I created a document with a lot of different floral shapes that you could use for this. This is just some ideas to get you started. I'm going to click insert a photo, and then I'm going to find that floral image document that you can download from the class downloads page. This is a bunch of ideas that you can use for practicing or getting started. If you want to do that, you can create a new layer, click and hold to get that color. Then just go to that image, and on a new layer, you can just paint right over that. I'm using the Opaque Brushstroke Goulash brush. If you want to make it a little easier to see the original, you can click on that layer and reduce the opacity. Then you can really see your own drawing better. You can go through these pieces and just copy what you see here or use it as inspiration. You could draw right beside a flower just to practice that shape. Feel free to use these in any of your compositions. I'll go ahead and delete that layer so we can start our next project. The first thing I'll do is choose my color. Again I've already selected all the colors that I want to use for this piece. I'm going to grab the Circle Brush at the very bottom of the modern floral set. I'll click that brush one time and you can see that's a little bit too big, so I'll click two fingers, step back. Let's make it a little smaller. A little bigger. I'm trying to get a size that will fit nicely on this canvas. That isn't too big or too small. It may take a few tries. Okay. That's a good size. Again I try not to increase the size of circles. I'm going to do this one just a tiny bit and I'm making sure magnetic is selected, so I don't distort the proportions of my circle. I've got that right in the center of the canvas and I'll create a new layer here to start drawing my floral elements. The first thing I like to do is create a basic structure for my floral forms. I'm on a new layer here, I'm going to get my darkest color that I'm going to use for most of my stems. I'm going to grab the technical pen for this one. This is the brush that comes with procreate, but I also threw it in this brush pack so you can have easy access to it with these projects. I'm going to get a medium size here and just have a few pieces that come out from the edge. When I start these, I'm not always sure exactly how it's going to end up, but I know I like to start with some balanced branches. That it gives me a really nice base to work from. Just like I did with the last piece, I'd like to start large and work down to a smaller size. I'll click the plus symbol to create a new layer. Then I'm going to get a light pink color here. I'm keeping my technical pen and I'm going to draw a rose in the center here. I'm going to make my black layer invisible, so it's a little bit easier to see my rose shape, and for these, I just do little flicks. They don't have to connect to each other. This technical pen's nice because it creates a really nice, loose variable line, so I tend to use this when I create roses. When I get to the outer edges, I'll use some lines that connect to the middle. The insides are little flicks across the page and then the outsides are more like flowing petals. Roses are really loose. They're not going to be a perfect circles, so I'm going to let that come out in the drawing. Then I'm going to create a new layer and drag that new layer below this pink layer. Then I'm going to get the color that I want to use for my rose. I'm just going to come through the same technical pen and go all the way around the interior of this line. If you make a little mistake here, you can just grab the Technical Pen Eraser and remove that. I'm going to do that all the way around the edge of this piece. Next, I'm just going to grab this color and drag it into the center. Then I have this nice floral shape. I think one last thing I'm going to add to that on the new layer is just a little black dot in the center, just to make it stand out in the middle. Now I'm going to repeat that same process to create another rose that's right beside this one and again I'm doing this on new layers. Now that I have these two roses finished, I'm going to merge the roses onto the same layers. I'm keeping the two roses separate. This one's on one layer and this one's on another layer. I'm going to move that smaller one to overlap with this one a little bit. I can always move this around later and I do tend to do that a lot while I create these pieces. I'm going to keep those layers separate just so I have that flexibility and now I can bring back my branch layer. The next flower I want to create is a blue flowing flower that's going to come out on the side. I need to decide which side of the canvas I want it on and I think I'm going to go with this side. With this first piece, I used a light colored line to draw the detail, whereas the second piece, I'm going to do the opposite. I'll choose the color and then I'll find the darker color that I want to use as my line drawing. I'll start this piece by just drawing a single petal, and it doesn't have to be perfect. This can be really loose. It can be totally up to your interpretation. I'll just move it over here so it's a little easier to see. Next I'm going to have another little petal that comes out from the side here. You can see I'm trying to keep my line wobbly and loose because that's how a real flower would be. Then a little petal that peaks out at the back. Next, I'm just going to add some detail here to show the lines on the petals, and I try to keep those really varied. I don't want any two lines to look similar. I want there to be a lot of variation on this. Most of this bottom part's going to be covered up, so I'm not going to worry too much about anything that's happening there. Okay. Now I'm ready to add my color layer, so I'm going to do that below my drawing layer. I'll do the same process I did with the last piece where I just go around and create an outline and then drop that color in with the color dropper. One last thing I want to add to this one is a little bit of black to show the interior of this flower. I'm just going to eyeball this and make a nice little rounded shape. Okay, I'm happy with that. I'm just going to erase this little mark here, zoom out and take a look, see if everything looks okay. Then I'm going to create a few more flowers in the same style. I'll go ahead and merge those first ones together, and I'm going to put this on the stem. I'm going to zoom out to do this because I really like to see exactly where this is going in the composition. I also wanted to arc with the stem, so the stems are arcing this way. Then the flower needs to point in that same direction to look natural. I'm happy with that. I'm going to create a new layer above that and I've got black as my color. I just want to integrate the stem with this flower. I'll grab my technical pen with black as my color, and have these little stems at the bottom of this flower that really hold this flower in place and make it look like it was meant for this stem. Now I'm going to repeat the same process with a few other flowers around this one. I want to use the same color that I used in my original flowers. I'm going to click and hold on that dark blue, then I'll do all three drawings and then all three coloring. I'm doing this in batch work. I'm creating these smooth transitions from the stem to the base of the flower. Then I always like to step back and just get look at how everything's laid out. I'm happy with how that's going so far, but I will constantly check and make sure everything looks balanced, and if not, I try to fix it immediately. You can see that each of these flowers you create, you'll get better and better. I tend to do a few practice flowers first each time I create one of these because this one looks really stiff. This was my first flower. It's straight up and down. It's almost like a box, whereas these others are flowing really nicely. They have a lot of volume. One thing I recommend is, just play around with a few flowers before you actually commit to your final piece. 7. Adding Variation & Balance: I'm going to move over to the other side of the Canvas and create a new layer for my next piece. I'm going to go ahead and merge all those blue flowers together so those are organized on a single layer. Now on this new layer, I'm going get pink as my color, and I'll go ahead and do a slightly darker color. My base color is going to be this pink and let's go with a slightly darker pink for the line drawing. I'll create a new layer below that layer and go ahead and fill in my pink. Then I might do a little more decoration on these petals. For this one, I'm going to go to a new layer and get white as my color for the center. Then let's create a new layer with black, and just do a tiny dot in the middle there. Just adding these multiple layers gives us a lot of variation. I'm going to merge all those pink flower layers under one layer. For this one, I wanted to just show you one trick to speed up this process a little bit. I'm going to duplicate that layer and move that flower over here, that's just the duplicated version, flip it horizontally, rotate it once, make it a little bit smaller, and let's put it down here so it's overlapping a little bit. Then I'll go back to my branch layer and just give this a little stem. Let's also give these little guys some leaves. You can see how doing that can really speed up the process. You don't want to do that a lot because your image will end up looking a little stagnant. But to copy a few elements here and there, it's totally fine. I really could have done that with some of these flowers as well if I'd wanted to. Let's bring some lighter color over to this side of the Canvas. I'm going to go to my stem layer, where I put my original stems, and I've got that black color, and I'm just going to create a bunch of little branches that I can throw some flowers on. I always try to make sure there's things coming out from right behind the rose like these little things. I think that just makes it feel more cohesive, rather than everything just sticking straight out. There are some things rushing out of the sides as well. On a layer above that, I'm going to get a white color, and just create some simple loop flowers with four petals. On each of these flowers on a new layer, I'm going to add a little dot in the very center, just to give these a little bit more of an accent. So because I put some white on this side of the Canvas, I want to also put some white on the other side, just so the color flows all the way across the page rather than pulling your eye over to one side of the page. I'm going to get that same white color and I'm just going to a new layer. I'm just going to create these little leaf forms. I'm going to pull this layer below my branch layer, just so it really comes out directly from behind this branch. The next piece I do is going to be a little vine over here. I'm going to grab a green color for that and go to a new layer and I'm just going to do a sweeping vine base. I'm going to zoom out, I'm not sure if that's big enough. Let's make it a little bit bigger, so it mimics the length of that flower or leaf form over here. Now, I'm just going to create these simple little leaf shapes and then use the color dropper as I go to fill in each shape. I want to add a little bit of decoration to those leaves, but I only want the color to affect the leaves themselves. I'm going to put this in the Alpha Lock state by swiping two fingers to the right, or you can just click on it and then click Alpha Lock. Now I can only affect what's on that layer. I'm going to get a light green color here. You can see because we're in the Alpha Lock state, I can only draw on that leaf, I can't draw on anything behind it. That makes it really easy to make some little lines or veins in the leaves here without having to worry about going off the page. When I make these pieces, I constantly step back and turn the piece and look at it from different angles, and when you move it to different angles, you'll see different issues that you want to resolve. I think that's a great way to really analyze your piece and figure out what you need to change. One thing I'm seeing here is I don't really like where that branch is. I'm going to go to my branch layer and get the technical pen eraser, and just remove that. Now I have the freedom to do whatever I want in that space. I'm going to grab that same black color and I'm just going to make some little flower stems here and let those come out of this crevice. I'm always thinking about pulling color from one side of the Canvas to the other. I want to mimic this pink over here, so I'm going to get that pink color, and I'm just going create some simple cup form flowers. Actually, let's do some heart-shaped flowers here. I think that's going to look nice with these over here, these four pedal pieces. I'm literally just drawing a heart and then filling it with color. The next thing I'd like to do with these is create a new layer. I'm going to get the white ivory color as my color. Then under the pink layer, I'm going to use that ivory to just make that interior space of the flower. As long as you have the white layer under your pink layer, it should just peek out from behind. Now, above my pink layer, I'm going to get black as my color, and I'm just going to create some simple forms here to hold this flower in place. I always like to thicken those bases a little bit so that it integrates with the stem nicely. Now, I want to bring some of this blue color over to here. I'm going to go back to my stem layer and start some stems that will be for my next flower piece. On a new layer, I'm going to grab that turquoise color that I used for those flowers over here, and just create some simple circles. Now I want to use that dark blue again, so I'm going to click and hold on that dark blue and now I've got that color in my palette. I want to add some lines on this blue, so I'm going to use that Alpha Lock option by swiping two fingers to the right, and I'm just going to come through and add some little lines. I've noticed I missed a few spots with my blue, so let's go back and do that first. I've got this in the Alpha Lock state, I've got my dark blue as my color, and I've got a small size technical pen. I'm going to let all of these little decorative pieces come from the top and end at the bottom in the same place. They're creating a circular texture. I want to add something to integrate these with the base. I'm going to get black as my color, and on a new layer, I'm just going to add these little leaves on the bottom. Next, I want to bring in some smaller elements just to fill in these blank spaces and also tie in this red a little bit. I'll create a new layer and I'll get a gold brown as my color, and I'm just going to create some little sprigs coming out from the side of this flower. On the next layer, I'm going to get pink as my color and just do these little oval shaped platforms. Now, on a new layer with white as my color, I'm just going to go through and add some tiny little dots on the top of each of these, just to add a little detail. The last thing I want to do is integrate this green. I'll create a new layer here and I'm just going to use some simple little leaf shapes and let's start with a darker green, to create a nice outline and then we'll fill that in with a lighter green. You could keep going with this. You could add a lot more detail, you could add more leaves, you could fill it in, you could move the pieces around, change the colors. You have a lot of options here. Once you get this basic idea started, you can really sit down and make one of these in about 20 minutes with totally different flower forms and colors. I want to show you one last piece here, where I did the same composition, but I used the style that we used for the first piece. This is the same layout, but I just used a different style. The style we just did was a lot more detailed, whereas this one is really quick and simple. You may want to try both, and you may also want to do a few different color versions of this piece so you can see, this has a totally different feel with a lighter pastel color of palette. Let's go ahead and call this piece finished, and then move on to our next project. 8. Ink and Text: For this next piece, I'm starting with the exact same size. This is seven by seven inches at 300 DPI. I'm going to start by laying down a background color. I'm going to go to my background and just click the color that I want to use. We can always change that later, but I think it makes it a little easier to lay out your composition if you start with a solid background. For this piece, I'm going to start with my quote and then decorate around the edge. I need my quote there first so I know how big to make my floral elements. I like to use the app called Over to create my text for Procreate. This is a free app and I'll put a link on the class resources page. When you open the app, you'll see the option at the bottom to create a new document. I choose transparent as the background. That way you don't have a background once you import it into Procreate. Click "Transparent" and then choose an orientation. I'm going to go with one to one, which is a square and then click the "Check" symbol to start creating the document. I'll click the "Text" option here to start typing and go ahead and type my quote. The font that I'm using here is one that I created and I've got this available for download on the class resources page. I created this font on my iPad and I have a whole class on how to do that. If you're interested in designing your own font, checkout that class. I'll show you how to get the font if you want to download mine for your project. We'll go back to that class downloads page and after you enter the password, you'll see download the Hot Coco font. I'm going to click and hold that line and then click "Open in a new tab." Once that new tab opens, you should see, "Open in Over," if you've already downloaded the over app. If you don't see it, just click "More," and then scroll over to find the Over app and then it'll automatically be there in your fun's list. I've already done that. I'm going to go back to Over. I've typed my quote and I'm going to click the "Check" symbol to set that type. Next, I'm going to click the "Color" option and choose black as my color and click the "Size" option and increase the size. I'm going to stick with that size. I'll click the "Check" symbol and then click "Share." You have to photo. That's saving this image with a transparent background. I'm really just going to pull the text in the Procreate. I'll go back to my document that we've already started. Click the "Tool" symbol, add, insert a photo and then choose that image that we just saved. I'm going to click "Magnetic" so I don't distort the proportions of this text and just make it a little bit smaller. I want to leave a lot of room for my platform. I think that's going to be big enough. The next thing I'm going to do is go over this text with the technical pen. I like using fonts for structure, but they don't really look handmade. They look a little bit forced. What I'm going to do is go through with my technical pen with a pure black as my color and just tie a little bit of variation to this text so it looks more hand-drawn. I'll go to my original texts layer and reduce the opacity. I'm really just using that text as a guide to create my texts that I'm drawing. I'll take just a few minutes to do that. I like how that text works. I'm going to delete my font layer and then on a new layer below this one, I want to give this font, this text, a little bit more stand out elements so that it really pops on the page. I'm getting cream as my color and I've still got the technical pen. I'm on the layer below my text layer. I'm just going to go through and just outline this text and I'm not trying to be perfect about the spacing or lining it up perfectly with the letter. I'm just loosely giving this a nice outline that helps it stand out. Now that I have that text taken care of, I'm going to create a new layer, get black is my color and then start creating some flower forms here to cover the edge. I'm going to start with a medium-size technical pen. Again, for these roses, I just like to start by doing some little flicks that aren't connected to anything and then I like to slowly start connecting them as I work out. By the time I get to the edge, I've got some really big flowing petals. With this piece, just like I did with the last piece, I'm going to get a layer below my rose and get that green color and get a slightly bigger technical pen. Just go around and give this a loose outline. This is a great loose modern floral look where you have a smooth ink drawing with a really rough cut out of color behind it. I like that rose. I'm going to go ahead and duplicate it a couple of times and just move them around the canvas, flip them horizontally so it doesn't look too similar to the other ones. One rule about duplicating elements. One issue you'll see when you start duplicating things in Procreate or any software like this, is that each time you duplicate the layer, you lose a little bit of image quality. You don't want to do a ton of duplicating because that is going to lead to some blurriness. One rule that I always stick with is only duplicate your original. Never duplicate a duplicate because then you're getting into blurry territory. Let's go ahead and continue with a slightly larger rose and I'll do a few of this around the canvas. Let's do another hand drawn element here. For this one, I'm going to use the same brush technical pen with black and I'm going to start with a simple circle and then I'll just create pedals with the smaller brush here. They come out from the center like this. I'll repeat this same process. I've got the page layer under the ink layer and I'm just going to go through and do this outline. I will merge those two together, duplicate and let's rotate that a few times, flip it horizontally, make it smaller and move it somewhere up here so it doesn't look just like that other one. Now that I have a few hand-drawn elements, you can also bring in some of these stamped elements. I'm going to get black as my color and just place a few of these spreads around the canvas. Next, I'm going to use some other stamps. Let's grab this leaf shape here and just do a pure black. You can see how this solid black piece creates some nice contrast with these cream and black line drawings. I'm going to add in another black hand-drawn element and I'll grab my technical pen. I really want something to reach in towards this quote, I don't like this big blank space. I'm going to get a medium-size brush and just let that pull straight out of the interior of this quote. I'll just use some little fern like shapes to fill this in. I'm also going to reuse that piece over here. I just duplicated it, flip it horizontally and then let's let it just dip into the quote on this side. I also don't like this big blank space here, so I think I'm going to remove that branch and let something else a little bit larger take its place. I'll just get my eraser and just erase that whole piece. You can see this process really varies based on the quote that you use. If you use a really large quote, you wouldn't have as much space to fill, but either way you'll want to weave these plans at least close to the words so that you're filling in the page nicely. 9. Filling in Blank Spaces: I also want to add in some hand drawn leaves. With my black on a new layer, I'm going to create this really simple leaf shapes that are really wide and just totally fill the space. Actually, I'm going to create these in the center here so that when I duplicate this, I have the whole leaf to work with on the canvas. Whereas if I make this on the edge of the canvas, I'm losing that whole space that runs off the edge of the canvas. I'm just going put this here temporarily. Now that I've created that leaf at that large size, I can duplicate it a few times and again, I'm only duplicating the original not a duplicate. Then I can just pull these into spaces where they work well. I'm going to try not to put them beside another leaf that would conflict with the shape of this leaf. I'm going to try to have those spaced apart with other plant forms. You may find that this point you need to move some things around if things aren't fitting together well, then you may just go ahead and scoot some things around like that rose. I know I'm going to want to move, so I'll just put that leaf on top of it and then find that layer. It's this layer and then just move that rose here beside this leaf, I'm going to put it there for now. I may move that later but it's a good way to get it out of your way. Then let's put this other leaf down here. The last plant form I'm going to do on this piece is just some grasses. These are just going to be really simple. Grass forms or some lines and these are great space fillers. If you just have a weird spot that you can't fill, these grasses are the perfect thing to fit in there. I'm going to move these grasses below everything else because they're really not the most important thing, they are the filler. I'm going to let them be behind and just put some beige outline just like we did with the other pieces to fill them in a little bit. Once you get all of those done, you can step back and zoom out and really take a look at the composition. Are the colors balanced? Is the black and white balanced well? If not add some in take some away. They are always on separate layers, so you've got a lot of flexibility there. One thing I like to do is just add in some little leaves at the end, the solid ones or some hand-drawn ones. That will really fill out any of these spaces that just need a little bit of help. Anything that just looks a little empty or blank, just go ahead and pop a little leaf in there and that will really help just smooth out that area. I will go ahead and call this piece finished. I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start creating your own modern floral illustrations. If you liked to this class, you may like some of my other classes where we cover a lot more ways to design and paint on your iPad. How to design your own fonts, how to animate your hand lettering, and how to paint realistic watercolors using the free downloadable brushes I created. Check those out on my profile if you want to see more. Also, I share a lot of free downloads on my blog. If you want to get more downloads like the ones you got for this class, check on my website. I would absolutely love to see the finished project that you create after you watch this class so please share with you make. 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