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Tangle in Procreate - SCRATCH ART

Tracy Anne Wilkinson, Artist/Designer/Teacher

Tangle in Procreate - SCRATCH ART

Tracy Anne Wilkinson, Artist/Designer/Teacher

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8 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Background textures

    • 3. Swirly Pattern

    • 4. Flowers

    • 5. Dandelions

    • 6. Feather/Leaf

    • 7. Zendala

    • 8. The project

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to create beautiful scratch art in Procreate using Zentangle® Inspired patterns.

Remember when we used to make scratch art in school? We created a coloured a background, painted over it in black then scratched out our picture. In this class we use a similar concept to scratch out beautiful designs using our eraser tool in Procreate.

This class is aimed at beginners with no prior experience but any level can have fun with it.

During this class we will explore all the native procreate brushes to create colourful, textured backgrounds. I then walk you through 5 separate designs using a combination of Zentangle patterns so that you will be inspired to create your own piece of Scratch Art.

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Tracy Anne Wilkinson




Hi, my name is Tracy Anne Wilkinson


I love all types of art and craft but I’m most passionate about Silk Painting, Glass Engraving, Zentangle®and creating art on my iPad.

My background is in Teaching and I taught for 30+ years in Australian Primary Schools. Since retiring from teaching children I have more time to spend on my passions. Teaching is in my blood so I can’t help but want to share my skills. I became a CTZ (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in 2018 and have a YouTube channel where I regularly post video tutorials, primarily about creating Zentangle Inspired art. my YouTube channel is Tracy Anne Wilkinson.

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1. Introduction: Hello, my name is Tracy and wilkinson. I'm a certified same tangled teacher and an artist. This is my third class here ON school share. And it's all about using the same Tango method on the iPad with the procreate up. If you'd like to learn more about the actual entangle method, I do walk you through it step by step. You might first class, which is called Z entangle inspired art in procreate. However, this lesson, you don't need any prior experience. Even if you've never used the procreate app before, I will walk you through it step by step. So this is what you'll be learning today. To take this lesson, you will need an iPad and the procreate app. I'm using an Apple Pencil, but it's not necessary. You could easily do the same thing using your finger or a stylus. In this class, we'll be looking at the color wheel, choosing different colors. And then I'll walk you through some of the procreate brushes. There's lots of interesting texture brushes. So we really have a play around to create some fun backgrounds. Once we've created these backgrounds, will then add a layer of black. And then I'll show you some different patterns that we can draw using these entangled method to create some fun art. This reminds me of the scratch art I used to do as a kid. I even did this with my students when I was a teacher. You'd color the background, painted black, then scratch out a picture. For your final project, you'll be creating your own piece of scratch odd. You can use any of the examples used in this class as your inspiration. Or if you quite happy with using this entangled method, he might even try some of your own designs, whatever you do, be sure to post it in the student's project section. I'd love to see what you come up with. 2. Background textures: The first thing we'll do is open up the procreate app. So find it on your iPad and open it up and it'll bring you to the gallery to create a new canvas. I'm going to click that little plus and there's a folder with the plus sign on it. So I'll click on that. And here you can see height and width. At the moment they're in pixels, but I can change them to anything are like, so I'm not changed them to inches. So I'll go on to the width and put eight inches. And the same for the height. You can see here that I have 89 layers. Yours could be different depending on the top. If I paid you using the DPI i have here set to 300. Dpi stands for dots per inch. You can say that if I decrease the DPI, it changes the amount of layers I have. I like to keep my dpi at 300. And that just gives us a bidder quality print. If we decide to print out, click the Create button. And then you'll see in a gallery and new Canvas. Click on that to open it up. I can pinch this canvas between my fingers to rotate it or make it bigger or smaller. And that's convenient when we do our drawing, this symbol that looks like pages is outliers and you can see we have one layer and the background. He found click on this little circle in the top right-hand corner. It brings up our color picker. And there's lots of variations of these depending on which you prefer. For today, I'm just going to go back to that first little disc. And that's what we'll be working with. You can see this little circle on that outer rim. Now I can move that around with my penciled. It doesn't actually change the color. There is another circle within that disk and if as I move that around, I can change the color. So if you look at that little rectangle there on the screen, as I move that inner circle, you'll see how that color changes. Once I'm happy with the color, just click anywhere on the screen to get out of that color picker. And I can drag that color down and it will fill the canvas. I'm now going up to that color picker and I'm going to select dark. No, maybe I'll go for a lighter color, a yellow. Okay, so now I'll click on the brushes and I'm going to look for a nice texture to put on top of what I already have. So there's all kinds of categories. Hi, feel free to just experiment. Have a look at them all and try them all out. I'll try the spray paints. And I think I'm, I choose this splatter brush. The brushes work differently. Some of them require you to tap on the screen, some might need sweeping strokes. You just have to try them out and see what kind of iffy like. You might also adjust the size of the brushes. To do that, you just move this little toggle up and down. I'm quite happy with that. So I'm going to fill the whole screen. Now I'll choose a different color. So go back up to the color picker, move the outside to a more red color and just adjust that inner one. I'm happy with that. So now I'm going to try a vintage brush. Her now kind of like that disco shape. And this one's good because it changes the color as well. A lot of these brushes are precious sensitive, so the size of the shapes may vary depending on how much pressure you put on your brush. I might just add one more texture, so I'll go back up to the color picker. I think I want a more yellow. So pick a brighter yellow. And to my brushes. So might go into organic. And there's a couple of leafy patterns, they're bigger one and I might go to that snow gum. And there you can see I'm just pressing on the screen. And the harder I press, the bigger the leaves become. Some of those leaves are a little bit being so if I use two fingers, it undoes what I've and created, but I can also use that little arrow to undo what I've done. I can use three fingers to bring back anything. Two fingers to take it away again. So I've got rid of those big leaves and now I'm just using a very light pressure. I don't want big leaves on there and just scattered those around. And I think that we'll probably do it for this layer. So now I go up to the Layers, click on the plus to add a new layer, and switch that other orange lion off. This time I'm going to choose some blue colors. So I can either fill the background like I did before by dragging the blue press Undo, or I can choose a brush. I've gone into artistic brushes there and of chosen qual. Now it's a little bit small, so enlarge my brush size. And I quite like that texture. So going over the little bit, make it a bit darker. Because this layer is fairly transparent. I'm going to keep the same color but add another texture. So go back to my brushes. Now. I mean vintage and this bolt patents. The harder I press, the bigger it becomes. So I quite like how it's changing colors. I'm gonna go heavier in places. I want some bigger patents and fill that hole space up with these lightning bolts. I'm going to change my color and I think I might add a little bit of green to the mix. And I want to fill in a bit of that white. I'm still in vintage and R might try out this red pattern. I just want a little bit more color with the white spaces are this color is still quite bluish. So I'll go up and get a deeper Green. I think. I'm stealing Vin teach. So I'll choose this flower pattern. Again. I'm just tapping the screen. The harder I tap, the bigger the flowers become. And I can say that these are also changing colors. I'll cover the screen a little bit more with this flower tetanus. I've hidden Miley bolt, lightning bolt patents on going with some purple. Go back to that bolt Patton and just add a little bit more purple lightning bolts. Okay, so I'll go back up to my Laius, add another layer, switch off the bluey greenish color. And this time I'll go through pick a color, ready orange, orange, orange. And fill my screen. Now, I'm going to go for a darker 3D color. And this time I'm home, might choose that fever brush. Now, some of these patterns. If I lift the brush shot, if I lift my pencil often then go back. In some places you can see it's doubling up. It's not following the patents. So I'll start again and I'll make it a little bit bigger. And this time make sure I don't pick that pin up at all. As long as I just kept making sweeping motions, I can go back over parts that are a bit lighter and fill this whole screen. And you can see that my pattern is just staying where it is. I'm not having any doubling up. I'll change my color again. And this time I'm going for more of a pale yellow color. Go back into my brushes. I'm still in organic and I'm going to choose this paper, Daisy, I think it says it's very hard to read. As I'm brushing this on, it's kind of, I can see that the best way to use this brushes to just debit on the screen. And it's another leafy kind of flowery patent. So the harder I press, the more distinct the shape seems to be appearing. With all of these, just practice. Play with them. It's fun to just play around and come up with all kinds of different things. I'll go back and choose made orange color. I mean, tik textures now. And I might choose this Victorian pattern. Looks interesting. We'll see what happens with it. Can't really see what's going on here too much. I might undo it and try making the brush a little bit bigger. I can see that pattern happening now, but it may be a little bit too much orange show. I'll just lower the size a little bit. And I might even just make it slightly darker. And try that. I don't think I'll fill the whole thing. I'll just do it sort of randomly so that it's not a closed pattern, but it just gives a little bit extra texture. When we finally do our drawing, it won't matter so much what this looks like. So I'll close off that layer and make a new layer. And I'll go back and start with a green. So fill the whole page with green, and then choose something a little bit darker. In my brushes. I'll go back to the organic. And this pattern is called spires and it kind of gives the effective brick or my stock back ground. So I'll go back up and make it even darker. I'm in the abstract brushes and this brush is called spicules or something like that. And it's very spiky and quite like metaphase. Now I'll change the color to our yellowy color, very pale, green or yellow, and go into Elements and nothing called Choose the water. Are that looks good. I'll make one last Canvas. So switch that layer off, Add a New Layer, go up to my colors and start with a yellow. I think this time, or fill the whole thing with yellow thing, go back in and choose Orange. Go back to my brushes. And I'm going to select elements and crystals. And the brushes caught big-budget. Unlike perfect. Now go back in and choose a pinky color. So this time I'm going into spray paints and splatter. Come back to my colors and add a bit of red. I'm still in the spray paint section and this time I'll use flicks. I'm now going to change my brush, but not the color because I'm going into luminance and choosing glimmer. Now it's not going to matter whether I have color or not because you can see it's just white or light that's happening on the page. It's just glowing lights. So whatever color I would have picked, it wouldn't have mattered. I'm happy with that. So I'll open up my layers and just have a look at the laser I've created. Okay, so I'll switch that layer off. I'll go back to my very first layer. Make sure it's highlighted so it looks blue. And then add a layer. Now if I go to my color picker and double-clicking that black section, I'll drag the black down so it's completely covered that whole layer in black. I've gone into my eraser tool and I've chosen inking and studio pin. And this is what we'll be using to create our patents. I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Swirly Pattern: For this first canvas, we're going to create a swirly pattern. So let's just check that were on our Eraser tool Studio pin and get the size we want. And now I'm just going to go from one corner to the upper, creating this swirly pattern. Come quite close to the other line as we doubled back and finish up right in the corner. I'm now going to thicken up the top edge of each of those curves. I'm now going to aura each of those curves on every one of the loops. Then go back again and draw another. Or I'm now going to fill the area between these two lines with orbs. And at the bottom of h, or draw a little circle. I'm reducing the size of my arrays are now so that I can get some finer lines. And I'm going into that top section of h curve to create the pattern missed. This is created by just drawing little squiggly lines and some dots below. As you draw this pattern, vary the size of the lines, so make some a little bit shorter than others. And some have more dots than numbers. I'm going to add some more oral lines now to give me another space to add a tangle. This next pattern is called Shattuck. And I did demonstrate this in my very first class. You stop doing curves from one corner, then go back the other way and curve in the opposite direction. On the bottom side of the Shattuck pattern, I'm just going to draw a row of orbs or tiny circles. Then outline these orbs with another line. Now that my swirly pattern is finished, I'm going to go up to the wrench tool. Click on Share, JPEG. It's now exporting. So it's asking me where I wanted to go and I'm going to click on Save Image. And that now has gone into my camera roll. 4. Flowers: For the Knicks Canvas will create some beautiful flowers. This is quite uneasy patents, so we need to switch off. First two Laius go up to a blue background and alive. And again, we need to drop in that black background. So make sure on array USA. And I've still got the same size as I had before. So I'm creating a petal shape, which is pointing this into it's almost a hop shape, but it doesn't have to be a hot so long as all the centers ended up meeting in the middle. Now you can do four or five petals. And within each of these petals, draw lines. Make sure they're fairly close together and make sure they all start from that point right in the center. Mm-hm. When you're happy with the result, you can add your initials. Then hit on back up to the wrench tool. Press Shift J peg that we'll export it, save image and that will go to your camera roll. And is you'll finished flower picture. 5. Dandelions: The next pattern will do is dandelions. Well actually it's more the seeds of the dandelions. So we'll switch off our last two layers. Highlight that next orange part. Add a layer, and then fund the black. Make sure we have our eraser highlighted. And we'll start with a bit of a semicircle. And then just add little flicks coming from the center until it's a little bit bushy. Once we have enough that we're satisfied with, start drawing a stem. And at the end of the stem put a little thickening. I'll just add a couple more of these patents. Semicolon, but it looks caught effect teeth. I'm happy with that affects so I'll go up to my wrench till shed JPEG, save image and that Schoning to my camera off. 6. Feather/Leaf: This next pattern could be either a feather or leaf shape. So let's turn off our last two lions, open up the green layer and then add a dire. We are going to drop down some black into that layer. But I'm also going to go up and add another layer on top of the black layer. Now opened my color picker and double-click into that white section. So now you can see my pen is highlighted and I've still got studio pen selected. I'm now going to draw my feather shape. I'm starting with that center steam and then drawing around it. You can decide whether to do a long thin further. In this case, it's short and fat and looks more like a leaf. This is only going to be a guide. So we want to go on to that layer, click on that little n and reduce the opacity. So that makes it not so dark. Go back to our black layer and make sure that the Eraser tool is highlighted. Now I can go back and trace that center section. I'm now going to draw segments. So starting from the bottom to a little segment, it's almost like with the feathers sort of split apart and a couple of little twirls. And I'm going to continue this all the way around the feather. If you were going for more of a leaf, kind of a look, I'd trace around the shape of the leaf and then section it off. Instead of having these open sections. You can see how I've changed the shape a little bit towards the end of this feather. And that was because I did those little curly bits at the end. And now it's starting to look more like a feather than elif. I no longer need that leaf layer, so swipe left on it and press Delete. I'm going to put Patton's within each of these sections. So first of all, I need to reduce the size of my pin. Now that I've happy that it's smaller, I'll go in and I'm going to start off with the pattern Shattuck. Now I've showed you this one already, but this time I'm dividing this section with two parallel lines and then going in with my Shattuck pattern. So just as a reminder, we do some curved shapes. Then turn the page and curve in an opposite direction. Each line is an aura of the one before it. Continue this all the way to the end. And then when we turn and do the other side, I'm going to do an, a mirror image. You can see here that I've gone off the line. And to correct that, we can't use our Eraser tool. So we make sure we've got a black color and paint brush tool on. And then just paint over that with black. In this next section, turned back on our Eraser tool, and I'm doing a variation of a pattern called crescent moon. So I do a little crescent shape, then an aura around it, and then another ora, un, little stripes. Then I'm coming in from a different angle and doing the same thing. And I'm going to do this all the way. Longest section. I'm going to fill the next segment with the Patton. Nice. So it starts with a zigzag. In the bottom section of each zig zag aura that inside a name, color it in. So we have a little triangle sitting at the bottom. In the section above. I'm going to just do some wiggly lines parallel to each other. In this next segment, I'm going to do a row of tiny circles or orbs all the way along the top edge. And again, along the bottom edge. I'm now going to fill the center with bigger orbs and with a little gaps between the big and smaller ohms. So I'm going to fill in with Tawny colored circles. This next pattern is called recruit. It starts off with a stem, a little upside down smile, and then a circle. So it looks like little berries. And I did demonstrate the CMA very first SKU shear class. I'm now going to repeat these patents. But make sure that when I draw them on not putting the same pattern directly opposite itself, mix them up a little bit on the opposite side of the feather. To finish it up, I'm going to fill in some of those spaces with some little dots. And if you like, you can now go ahead and save that to your camera roll. 7. Zendala: As in Douala, is disentangle version of a Mandela. If we go up to our layers, turn off air leaf layers and create a new layer. Now I should've had that colored background highlighted so that this new layers on top, but I can simply drag that up with my finger. With this new layer highlighted. I'll fill it with black. Then go back into my layers and add another layer. If I go into my color picker and double-clicking that white section to make a perfect white. And using my pen tool, I'm going to draw a circle. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle, but if I hold down my pen, it will snap into an ellipse. And you'll see that menu at the top, say Edit Shape. If I click on that and then click on circle, I, then get a perfect circle. I'm now going to go up to my wrench tool and choose Canvas. From here, I'm going to switch on my drawing guide and then click on Edit drawing guide. It'll bring us into this menu. You can see it's highlighted as 2D grid. I want to go along that and highlight symmetry. This is Options bar. And if I open that, we have a few options here. If we click on rotational symmetry, it will just mean that everything faces the same way. I want to highlight radial symmetry. And for now, I don't really need rotational symmetry or assisted drawing, so I'm going to switch those off for now. I will switch assisted drawing back on later, but not right this minute. So now I'll go up and click Done, and go up to the top left hand corner and click on my Transform tool. You'll see those little dots coming up on the screen. And I want to line them up so there H dot falls on one of those lines. I'm just going to get out of transform and reduce the canvas a little bit. The reason I'm lining all this up now is because when I turn on drawing a CCed, it makes sure that none of the lines go outside of that circle, go back to the Transform tool. And I can see more easily now that the little blue dots line up with the lines on my circle. Now I'm going to go back up to the layers and make sure my black layer is highlighted. And go back to pick up my eraser tool. And I'm going to very carefully trace the circle. It doesn't have to be perfect, but I wanna sit on that line as carefully as I can. Because once that's done, it will make sure that it's in exactly the right spot that I need it to be in. Hold the pen tool down so it snaps into an ellipse and then just check by clicking on Edit Shape circle. Now that looks to be sitting exactly on the line that I drew. So I'm pretty happy with that. I can now get rid of that layer where I drew the white circle. Now if I go back up to my Laius and click on that black line, a menu comes up and I'm going to take-off drawing assisting. You can see now it says assisted underneath. And if are tested out, when I draw in one quadrant, it happens in all the others. So let's start out. Mandela Zynga. The shape I'm drawing now is called MOOC. It's an organic shape and has a little bit of a head at the top. If I had, have had rotational symmetry on, all those heads would be pointing in the same direction. My to add little shape in the center and then drawn aura around it. And maybe a little bit of a center to it. Now if I tried to draw along any of those lines and make it a straight line, it's, it's really hard to do. But if I sort of go in and out, a quite like that twisted look that it gives. So might do the same along these other lines. And now I've sectioned off areas where it can add some tangles. First of all, I'm going to aura that outer circle. Just a narrow aura to start off with. And once I get to the edge, if I hold down the pin, it will snap lock into place and I can sort of adjusted a little bit if it's not quite where I wanted it to be, I'm going to do the same thing again underneath. Hold the pin down and get that shaped to where are exactly where I want it to be. And now I can fill that middle section with a patent. And the pet and I'm going to use is one we've already done, and it's called net's. So we start off by drawing the zigzag. And you'll notice as I go, if I hold the pin down, it will snap lock into place. And sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. So you can always undo if things aren't going quite the way you want them to. So it was a good idea to reduce the size of your Canvas to have a look at the overall effect. And now I'm going to go back in and draw that aura and fill in that little triangle at the bottom of the zig-zag. Now add weekly lines in that top section. Now I'm going to back to the center and I'll draw another MOOC to create another section. I'm going to start by drawing an aura around that bottom pattern and then bring it back to the line. I might split that black section again by evening it out a little bit. And then to complete that shape, all aura around the wrist of the section, I'll draw a parallel line to that. And in that section, I'm going to fill it with coming down into this little section above the MOOC. And I'm going to fill it with a tangle called tuple. It's a series of tiny little circles and it's a great filler for areas that you don't know what to do with. I might just doc and net Center a little bit all lighten. My kid a little bit more pronounced. And then in that little section at the top, I'm drawing a couple of leaf shapes or petrol shapes. And I don't want to add too much. So in that top black space, I'm just going to add a couple of scrolls, one coming from one side, one coming from the other, and mating in the center. And that's bad. That's my zen dollar finished. So I'm going to go up and save that to my camera roll. And then it's finished. 8. The project: The project for this class is for you to go ahead and explore procreates brushes, create an interesting textured background, and then use any of the patents that I demonstrated in today's class as inspiration to create your own piece of scratch out. Post your results in the student project section. I'd love to see what you come up with. And thank you for watching.