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Winter Holiday Illustrations on Your iPad: Digital and Printable Art for the Holidays + 26 Stamps

teacher avatar Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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11 Lessons (1h 18m)
    • 1. Winter Holiday Illustrations on Your iPad: Digital and Printable Art for the Holidays

      2:02
    • 2. Downloads + Inspiration

      3:31
    • 3. Making Snowflakes in Procreate

      6:28
    • 4. Making Snowflakes with a Symmetry App

      11:48
    • 5. Designing a Holiday Card

      7:53
    • 6. Adding Illustrations and Texture

      7:19
    • 7. Making Borders and Ornaments

      11:51
    • 8. Adding Metallics

      7:17
    • 9. Winter Plant Text Silhouettes

      8:55
    • 10. Creating Single Colored Lights

      5:50
    • 11. Creating Multi Colored Lights

      4:37
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In this class I’ll show you how to create winter holiday illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.  When you take this class, you’ll get all of my holiday brushes including tons of snowflakes, ornaments, and lights, plus my blizzard texture and a few extras.  I’ll show you how I created my holiday illustrations, so you can make your own personalized winter holiday stamps.

First we’ll look at a few ways to make symmetrical snowflake brushes in Procreate, plus take a look at a free app that makes it easy to create any geometric shape you can imagine.  Then we’ll use the stamps, text, and hand drawn elements to create a unique holiday card.

Next we’ll use the quadrant symmetry tool in Procreate to create a sleek border around a simple quote.  I’ll show you how I create my holiday ornament brushes, and how you can personalize the ornaments with pattern and textures.

Next we’ll turn a simple piece of text into a winter plant filled illustration.  We’ll combine hand drawn plants and metallic textures to create a holiday message that stands out.  I’ll show you how to add a string of holiday lights to the top of your illustration, so your work literally shines on screen or in print!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

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Here is the Pinterest Inspiration board

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1. Winter Holiday Illustrations on Your iPad: Digital and Printable Art for the Holidays: Hi everyone. I'm Liz. I'm an artist, illustrator and teacher. Today I want to show you how to create winter holiday inspired illustrations on your iPad, in Procreate. When you take this class, you'll get all of my holiday brushes, including tons of snowflakes, ornaments, and lights, plus my wizard texture and a few extras. I'll show you how I created my holiday illustrations so you can make your own personalized winter holidays stuffs. First, we'll cover a few ways to make symmetrical snowflakes brushes in Procreate. Plus take a look at a free app that makes it easy to create any geometric shape you can imagine. Then we'll use the stamps, some text and hand-drawn elements to create a unique holiday card. Next, we'll use the quadrant symmetry tool in Procreate to create a sleep border around the simple quote. I'll show you how I create my holiday ornament brushes and show you how to personalize the ornaments with pattern and textures. Next, we'll turn a simple piece of text into a winter plant filled illustration. We'll combine hand-drawn plants and metallic textures to create a holiday message that stands out. I'll show you how to add a string of holiday lights to the top of your illustration, so your work literally shines on screen or in print. 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 stylus or even your finger. Let's get started. 2. Downloads + Inspiration: The first thing I want to do is show you how to get all of the downloads that you'll need for these projects. You'll see a link to this page in the about section of the class. If you're on the app though, you will have to open Skillshare in a browser like Chrome or Safari to be able to see the length to get to this page. Once you get to the page, you'll see that you need a password to get in and I'll show the password on the screen right now. Once you get into that page, you can scroll down and you'll see the links to download everything you'll need for the class. If you click, "Download the brushes and stamps", click and hold. I'm doing this in Safari. I find that these menus tend to work a little better in Safari, but you could also use a different browser. I'll click "Open" in a new tab and this is going to open the brush set for you. You should see the option open and procreate. If you don't see that click "More" and you should be able to see procreate on that list. Click Open and Procreate. That'll open whatever document you had opened last. You can go to your brushes and then you should see that brush set at the very top. That's going to have everything in it in a single folder. Then you can go ahead and get the glitter paper. To do that, just click and hold on the first one, open in a new tab. Once that page opens, you can click and hold on that image and then click "Save Image." That'll save it to your iPad and then when you're ready to pull it into Procreate, it'll just be there in your photos. One thing I really like to do before I start one of these projects is to get a little bit of inspiration. There are so many options and styles for creating holiday and winter inspired illustrations. It's a good idea to start by just thinking about what style you want to use. You may want to go with a folk art style that has a limited color palette, or you may want to go with something that has a little bit more texture like this piece. You can see brushstrokes and a lot of texture in this. I created this Pinterest board and I'll put a link to this in the about section of the class. This just has a really wide range of options for creating holiday inspired illustrations. You could start with something really simple like this, just some sock shapes and add some pattern to those with some simple text. That would be a really great project to get you started if you aren't sure where to start, or you may be ready to go into something really complex. I'm going to share some ornaments, shapes with you today. You could add tons of different patterns and colors and then maybe add in some of your own shapes and drawings as well. You may want to take some time to just scroll through this board and see what stands out to you. See what's speaking to your personal style and then go from there maybe just create some brushes out of something you see on here that's inspiring to you. Let's go ahead and get started with our first project. 3. Making Snowflakes in Procreate: Before we get started with our first piece, I want to show you how I make my snowflake brushes. It's really easy to make symmetric role brushes like this in Procreate. I want to show you a few different tricks that you can use, and also another app that's really helpful for making snowflakes. I'll share a few different snowflake shapes with you, but you'll probably want to create your own. So the first step would be to go to your gallery, create a new Canvas, custom size. I'll use inches here and I'll set this to 10 by 10 inches. That means I can use my brush at 10 by 10 inches or smaller. I can never use it at larger than 10 by 10 inches. The size that you set here is really important because it's setting the upper limit for your brush. I like to use 10 by 10, I feel like that's plenty for most of the projects that I do. I'll click "Create", and then I just have a blank canvas. On this new layer here, I'm going to click the tool "Symbol", click "Canvas", turn on the drawing guide, and then click "Edit drawing guide". I'm going to use symmetry here, and I'm going to use the radial symmetry. There are a few options here, the first one is horizontal, that reflex the top and bottom, vertical reflects side-to-side, quadrant reflects all four corners, and then radial, we'll break this into eight parts. So this one's nice for making snowflakes because we can just work in one little area and that'll fill the whole Canvas. So I'm going to click "Radial" and then make sure assisted drawing is on, that means it will assist you in creating the symmetrical piece. These options on the left here just change how these guides looks. So they don't really matter. It's just your personal preference. You can make them thicker or thinner or change the opacity of those guides, but those will disappear when you make your final piece, so doesn't really matter. Click "Done", and then you want to stay on that same layer. If you go to a new layer, you're not working in symmetry anymore. I'm on that layer that says assisted. I'm going to grab black as my color by double-clicking in the black zone, that gets you a pure black. Now I can choose a brush. I'm going to use the monoline brush. This is one that comes with Procreate and I also through that in the holiday brush set, so it's easy for you to get to. I'm going to choose a width here that works well for the snowflake I want to create. Okay, so I'm going to go with the largest size for the monoline brush, and then I'm going to start out here and just pull into the center and then hold. That'll let me snap to a perfectly straight line. Then I'm going to put two fingers down on the Canvas, and that's going to make this line perfectly horizontal. Now I have a perfectly horizontal line, now I can do the same thing this way. I could make this the same length as the other, or I could make it a little bit shorter. I'm going to make it shorter because it's going to be really hard to make it perfect. If you can't make something perfect, it's better to just go the other way and make an imperfect on purpose. I'm putting my two fingers down to make that a perfect 45 degree angle, and now I'm going to create another line that comes out here that's even shorter. I can't use my two fingers for that because it's not going to create the right angle, so I'm just going to eyeball this and try to get it in the center between those two lines. I could leave it like this. This would be a perfectly fine snowflake, but I think I'm going to add a little bit of extra decoration here by just coming in and adding some diamonds on the edge. Now that I've created that snowflake in pure black and white, I need to save this image so that I can save it as a brush. I just want to emphasize how important it is to work in pure black and white. If you work in a gray then your brush would be semi-transparent. If you want your brush to be a solid stamp then you have to work in pure black and white by double clicking in that black zone. If you click the tool symbol here, we can save that image. Click "Share" and "JPEG", "Save Image". Now I'll go to my brushes and I'm just going to use one of these existing snowflake brushes. I'll swipe to the left and click "Duplicate", then click on that new duplicated brush one time and click "Insert Photo". Then I can find that photo that I just saved, and there it is, our brush that we just created. I'll make that layer invisible. Let's remove our drawing guide by clicking "Canvas" and then turning the drawing guide off. Now I'm on a new layer. Let's get a red color here and test out the brush. We can change the size, we can make it really tiny. If you're not happy with the sizing of the brush or the direction of the brush, there are a lot of settings here you can play around with. One that I always adjust is the preview. Sometimes the rash will start out looking like this and you just need to adjust the preview so it's really easy to see what brush you're working with. You can also adjust the size limits, that's how large or small can this brush be. If the brushes too large or too small, you can come adjust those. 4. Making Snowflakes with a Symmetry App: You can imagine there are so many different shapes that you can create with this process. The one limitation that you have though when you work with the symmetry tool, is that it has to be purely symmetrical from left to right. For example, here I'm working with a certain amount of points that works well with the radial symmetry. If you wanted to have just five points for your snowflake, it would be really difficult to space that perfectly with the symmetry tool. There are some limitations when it comes to building your snowflake purely in Procreate. One thing I like to do is use another app that will help you make things symmetrical without having the constraints of the symmetry tool in Procreate. The app that I like to use is called MandalaKit. This is a free app. You can get this in the app store and it has this little pink flower shape so you can identify it in the store. You'll see once you open this app that you have to work vertically with your iPad turned this way. You'll notice when you open it that you have a gallery. You can only have eight items in your gallery without paying for the paid version of this app. If you reach your limit, you can just delete some items out of your gallery to start over. To do that you just click one time, click the trash symbol, and click delete. Now I have seven things in my gallery and I can create one. I usually just go through and delete a few every time I open the app, that way you can just create a few snowflakes at once. When you're ready to start your first snowflake, click the plus symbol and then you have to choose a starting pattern. It doesn't really matter because we're going to delete most of these layers anyway and start afresh. I'm going to start with basic, and you'll see this is a lot like Procreate where you work in layers. I'm want to delete that center circle, I just click on that layer, click the minus button and that deletes it. I can also step forward and back. Step back if you change your mind about deleting something. Then when you get on your next layer, you can use these tools down here to make some adjustments. This tool here changes the amount and distance and size. This tool changes the shape and the border size of the shape, and also the color. We're going to work in pure black because Procreate needs the pure black and white to make a solid brush. The next tool here is rotate. This rotates the whole layer, this rotates the individual elements, and this changes how the elements are distributed around the circle. The next one here flips the elements and then you can reset to go back to the original or change the size of the whole piece. The last tool here is for the background. Since we're pulling this into Procreate, I'm going to work in a pure white. The first thing I want to do is change the shape to some lines because I want to make a simple snowflake shape and so I need to start with some simple lines. I'm going to go to the first adjustment tool here and change the size. You can see that it's changing the width and also the length. For this program, you can't create long lines. I'll just duplicate these and make them go out away from the circle. Right now I'm really just thinking about the width. How wide do I want the structure of this snowflake? I'm going to go with a medium size here. I'm going pull this into the center and I'm also going to change the amount. I'm going to use seven points but you can set this to any size you'd like. Next, I want to make these lines longer, so I'll just click on that layer, click the plus symbol, clone, that clones that layer. Now I can use the distance adjustment to pull that out along the circle. I'll just keep doing that until this is the length that I want it to be. The next thing I want to do is add some other shapes, some little lines that come off of these lines. I'm going to click on that outer layer, click plus, and clone. Now I have two of those exterior lines, and I'll click the shape symbol and just choose a triangle shape. I'm going to use this triangle. I'm going to go to the first adjustment tool, make it a little bit bigger. But I also need to rotate it so that my snowflake lines are pointing out instead of in. I'm going to use the rotation tool to just turn this around to be perfectly aligned with those lines, and then I can use the distance tool to adjust the size and bring those in a little bit. Next, I want another set of similar triangles that are a little bit larger. I'll click on that layer, click plus, clone, and then bring that cloned layer in and bump up the size a little bit. You can see once you start playing around with this, it's really fun to create the shapes. I think it's a lot easier than making a snowflake in Procreate because you can really just play around with the shapes and you don't have to worry about the structure being perfect. The app takes care of all the symmetry issues and all you worry about is the shapes. I want to add some additional shapes here in the center. I'll click on inner triangle layer, clone, and then I'm going to choose a shape that's a diamond shape that'll look nice in the center here. I'm happy with that shape but it needs to be in-between the lines. I'll click the rotation tool and just move it into the center there and also rotate the shape itself. I'll just play around with that for a minute to get that angle right. The last thing I want to add is a little circle right in the center. I'll click the plus symbol, click simple, and then reduce the size of that so it's coming right up against my lines. I'll click the shape tool to bump up the border size and I wish that border was a little bit thicker but I'm at the max size here. I'll click the plus symbol, click clone, and then bring that in a little to just combine those two circles to make one thick circle. I'm happy with that shape so I'm ready to bring this into Procreate. I'll click the check symbol, click the share button, and save image. Now I'm ready to open this in Procreate. I'm going to use the same document that we used before, I'll just make that layer invisible. On a new layer, I'll click the tool symbol, image, insert a photo, and then choose that snowflake that we just made. Next, I'll click fit to canvas to enlarge that and then I'm going to just reduce the opacity of that layer so I can just barely see it. I'll create a new layer and then get a pure black by double-clicking in the black area. Then I'm just going to use the mono line brush again to trace this snowflake. I'll choose the size I like first, let's go with that medium size, and then I also want to turn this into an assisted symmetry layer. On this new layer, I'll click the tool symbol, canvas, turn on the drawing guide, go to edit drawing guide, and then I'm going to use the vertical symmetry. You'll see assisted drawing is off this time. Every time after the first time you always have to make sure you turn it on. Since the drawing is on vertical as set as my symmetry and I'll click done. Now I just want to make sure I stay on that assisted layer and I can start drawing this snowflake. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be exactly as it works on image here. You can make little adjustments, you can play around with the spacing a little bit. But in general, I try to just follow exactly what I made in the MandalaKit app. I'll just take a few minutes to trace this image. As I'm doing all of these straight lines I'm drawing and then holding to snap to a straight line. I also find it a little easier to start in the corner rather than starting at the base. I think it's a little easier to make these lines meet perfectly if you start over here in the corner of these triangles. You can see my snowflake isn't absolutely perfect. There's some little imperfections on the lines, but these are usually used at such a small size, it really doesn't matter, but you could certainly take a lot more time to perfect the shape of this piece. I'm just going to make the original image invisible so all I can see is the black and white. Then I could continue to play around with this and add more, or I could just save this. I'll go ahead and save it. Same thing we did last time, share, JPEG, save the image. Go to one of my snowflake brushes, duplicate, source, insert a photo, and there we have our snowflake that we just created as a brush. I'll go to a new layer and we can start playing around with this. Let's go ahead and get started on our first project. 5. Designing a Holiday Card: For this first project, I'm going to create a greeting card, so I'll use a custom size and I'll use seven inches wide and 10 inches tall. This really just depends on what your plan is for the final project. If you're just going to print this out on a piece of card stock at home, you could use 8.5 by 11 or whatever sized paper you're using. I'll click "Create" to open this new document. Then I like to start by going ahead and laying down my first color, so I'm going to use this bright red and I'll just click on the layer and click "Fill". Next I want to set down some guides for this so I can really see where the center of my card is. This will be the front side, this will be the back and it'll fold over like this, so I really need to know exactly where my center is. I'll click plus to create a new layer, click the tool symbol, click canvas, and then turn on the drawing guide, edit drawing guide. This time I'm using the 2D grid and I'm going to change the grid size so it's just for big squares and click "Done". Now I have a nice line showing me exactly where my center is. On that new layer, I'm going to grab black is my color, and get my monoline brush. Just create a nice straight line across the center here. Let's make that brush a little bit smaller so this isn't in our way. I'll drag that across, hold to make it straight and then put down two fingers to make it perfectly horizontal. I'm going to reduce the opacity of that a little bit. So it's not in my way. And then I'm going to create a new layer. I'm going to start here with a nice big circle that's going to give me a place to put my text. I created a circle brush which comes in the pack that you download. I'll double-click on white because I want to get a pure white color here, and I'm just going to click and drop down the circle until I get it to a size that I like. That looks good. One thing to note here is that you can always make these circles smaller, but you can never make them bigger and that goes for all of your Procreate brushes. So you would never want to click the Move tool and then make this circle bigger because it would just become blurry. But it is okay to make it smaller because you're just condensing the pixels. I'm going to turn on magnetics so that I don't distort the proportions of my circle. Once that's on, my circle will remain a perfect circle. I want to make sure this is in the very center. I want it to be centered horizontally and vertically, so I need to change my grid a little bit. I'm going to go back to my edit drawing guide and I'm going to increase my grid here to make it two squares across rather than one. Now I can see where the middle of my page is. I can click the Move tool on that circle and then use the little dots on the corners here to center this piece. I want to have another circle inside that one so I'm just going to duplicate that circle. Click the Move tool, make sure magnetics is on and then I'm going to pinch in the center here and that's going to allow me to keep my proportions correct. Rather than using this little corner adjustment, it's better to pinch in the middle and then this will stay a perfect circle inside a perfect circle. I'm happy with that layout. Now I'm going to create a new layer, and this will be my sketch layer for my text, so I'm going to take just a second to plan out how I want my text to look. I'm happy with how this is laid out, but I do want to make some adjustments to the text so I'll click the selection tool, make sure freehand is selected. Circle that text, click the Move tool, and then remove magnetics and just scoot this over a little bit until it gets into the spot where you want it to be. I'm happy with how that looks. I'm going to reduce the opacity of this a little bit. Then I'll use my monoline brush to just go through and handwrite the text that's around this circle. You can certainly take a lot more time and do this with some really refined hand lettering. I like the hand sketched look for this piece, but you can do this in any way you'd like. I also want to bring in a different type of text in the center here, and I'm going to use the Over App. This is a free app that makes it really easy to add text in to your piece. I'll just click "Create", use transparent as the background and square as the orientation will be fine for this piece. I'll click "Text" and then type my phrase. Then I can just choose a font that I like. Once you choose a font, you can click "Color" to change the color, and click "Size" to increase the size. I'll click the Check symbol to set that size, and then click the Share button here and save to photos. Next I'll open this in Procreate by clicking the Tool symbol, image, insert a photo. Then I just need to reduce the size of that by pinching. Actually before I do that, I want to make sure magnetics is on so I don't distort my proportions. Then I'm just going to bring this into place, turn-off magnetics so I can have a little bit more adjustment flexibility. I'm just going to turn this sideways so it has a nice little angled edge. Next, I'll reduce the opacity of that layer, and I'm going to remove my sketch layer because it's a little distracting. I'll create a new layer. Choose my monoline brush again with the pure white, and then I'll just go through and just use this text as an outline. Doesn't have to be perfect. You don't have to follow this exactly. Just going with your gut here and using this as a guide. 6. Adding Illustrations and Texture: Next I want to start using my snowflakes and some other stamps to decorate this piece, and I want to do this in a symmetrical way. I'll create a new layer and then get my circle brush and just stamp anywhere, click the "Move" tool and click "Fit to Canvas," so now this is a circle that's set perfectly across the Canvas. I am going to go to that layer and totally reduce the opacity of that layer so it's invisible, that's really just a guide for Procreate, I don't need to see it. I'm going to rename that layer, 'Guide' just so you don't forget what that is. Next, I'm going to create a new layer and use one of my stamps. I'll click the "Move" tool, click "Magnetic," and then put this in place. Then I want this snowflake to be on the opposite side of the canvas in the exact same orientation, so I need to flip it across the Canvas, but I need help from my guide to flip it symmetrically. I'll click on that layer and then use one finger to swipe the guide over to the right. Now they're both selected, they're both blue, I'll click the "Move" tool and click "Flip Horizontal." You can see that flips this piece perfectly across the Canvas because I have my circle selected. I want to do the same thing, but with a duplicate of my snowflake. I'll duplicate my snowflake, select the guide by swiping to the right, click the "Move" tool and then click "Flip Horizontal." Now we have two snowflakes perfectly across from each other. Let's do that same thing with another stamp. I am going to grab my dear stamp and I'm on a brand new layer, stamp my dear and put him in place, make sure magnetics is on, so you don't destroy the proportions of your illustration. Duplicate that layer and then swipe right on the guide and click "Flip Horizontal." I'm going to keep doing that same thing with a lot of different stamps just to create a nice little menagerie of animals and snowflakes on this piece. One thing you may want to do as you're working on these, is move an element up or down or resize it. So because this is symmetrical, we want to move both of those things at the same time. I am going to go to my dear and swipe right with one finger on the second dear, click the "Move" tool, and then I can just move that down just a little bit. If I have my magnetic tool on, that'll help me keep it right in the center so I don't accidentally move it left or right on the Canvas. There are a couple of things I want to add to this, one is a chain of the snowflakes that goes down this little circle area, so I created a snowflake chain brush. I am going to go to a new layer, and you can set the size for this, you'll see that it just leaves a row of snowflakes wherever you make a mark. You can adjust the sizing and you can also adjust the spacing. If you click on that "Brush," go to "Stroke," you can adjust how close these snowflakes are to each other. You can adjust my brush, but you can also make your own brush and make some adjustments to it. If you want to do that, all you do is take one of your snowflake images and then duplicate the snowflake chain, so I'll swipe left, click "Duplicate," click on that "Brush," click "Source," "Insert a Photo," and let's get one of those pieces that we made just a few minutes ago. Now we have a snowflake chain brush made out of that snowflake that I just made, you can rotate it. The pieces will rotate as you lay down the brush and then you can change the spacing and just like we did with the other brush, you can change the size limits, that determines how large and how small this brush can be. I am going to go ahead and use this snowflake chain brush to decorate the circle. One last thing I want to add is a little bit of holly to fill in these blank spaces. I'm going to create a new layer, turn on my drawing guide in the Canvas section, "Edit Drawing Guide," turn-on "Symmetry with Vertical," and make sure "Assistive Drawing" is on, click "Done." I'm going to use my technical pen to just draw some simple holly leaves. I also want to add a little bit more text down at the bottom here. I'm going to add from the browns and I'm going to use the same process that I used for the 'Merry' and 'Bright' text. Now that I have all of the illustration and text elements that I want to use, I'm going to remove my drawing guide by going to Canvas and turning that off, and then I'm going to create one last layer and add some of this blizzard brush texture. You can add this by just sweeping across, or what I like to do is just tap because then you can control the level of thickness. That creates a nice little snow texture throughout the piece. The last thing I'll do is just make our original guide invisible so now this piece would be ready to print. Let's move on to the next project. 7. Making Borders and Ornaments: For this next piece, I want to combine a little bit of glitter and texture, and using some of the stamps that we've created plus some new ones. I'll click the Plus symbol, click Create Custom Size, and do 10 by 10 inches. You could really do this at any size. You could turn this into a greeting card, an Instagram post, a banner for your web page, so you can use this style for really any application online or in print. Also, if you decide to do some gift tags with the style, you'll see there's a gift tag template brush in this set, and you use that, you'll just click the brush one time and then click Fit To Canvas. You can also make that a little bit bigger, and then you can just fill in your illustrations on that gift tag template. Today I'm just going to be making a piece that I could use for any general online use on my website or Instagram. The first thing I like to do, is set my background, so I'll choose a color and click Fill. Then I'll create a new layer, and I want to make a nice border all the way around this piece. I'm going to turn on my drawing guide, click Edit Drawing Guide and get symmetry. Then I'm going to use the quadrant. This is really nice for making a border. Makes your border really nice and even. I'll click "Done", and then I'm just going to scroll into this one corner because I really only have to work on one corner and the other corners will be filled for me. I'm going to get a darker color that looks nice with this base color and then choose a size for my brush. That looks good. Now, I can just choose an area here. I'm going to give it a little bit of a margin, maybe a quarter of an inch, tap and hold. Now I have a straight line, but I wanted to be perfectly vertical, so I'm going to put down two fingers and that makes that line perfectly vertical. Now, I want to do the same thing, the opposite way. I'm going to zoom in to make this a little bit easier, and click and hold. Sometimes this takes a few tries. I've got my straight line, now I can put down two fingers to hold up perfectly horizontal. You may find there's a little bit of a bump on the edge there, that's fine, just get your monoline eraser and erase it. I'm going to do a double border on this one, so I'm going to get another line here and click and hold. I'm not going to go all the way with this one because I want to add a little bit of decoration in between. I'll click and hold to get that horizontal, and then I'm just going to add some little dots to decorate this interior. I'm just going to compare those two to make sure they look similar. They don't have to be perfect, but they're pretty close. Now, I want to do a little bit of decoration in this corner. I'm going to get my eraser and just erase straight up and down here. So I've got my corner horizontal and then straight up and down, I'm going to erase. Now I've got a nice clean corner and I can play around with some decoration in that corner. Now, I have a nice decorative border to work with as I create this composition. I'll go to a new layer now, and I'm going to use the same process we used in the last project to get some text across this piece. Now, I want to add a little bit of depth to that text, so I'm going to duplicate that text layer, and then on the bottom layer I'll swipe two fingers right to put that in the alphalox state. Click One Time and click "Select". Now I'm going to get white as my color. Click on the layer again and click fill layer. Now I have a white layer under my blue layer. If I click the move tool, I can just do a slight adjustment here, and then I have a nice outline of my tags that makes it look a little bit 3D. Next, I want to add in some ornaments that are hanging off of the text here. I want to arrange these ornaments in a way that's nicely scattered across the page. I'm going to grab silver as my color because I'm eventually going to turn this into silver glitter. Then I'm going to just click and hold with a medium-sized brush, and I'm going to let these ornaments just come straight off my letters. Click and hold and then put down two fingers to make that perfectly straight up and down, and let's move that ornament layer below the text layer, that way they're peeking out from behind. I'm just going to take a few minutes to decide where I want all of these ornaments to come from. I'm also going to move my text around a little bit to make the ornaments come off of those in a way I like, so I'm going to merge my blue and white text layers together. Click the Selection Tool and click Freehand, and then I'm just going to move happy over a little bit because I want to have an ornament coming down off of that. I'm shifting it over a tiny bit, and then I can go back to my ornament layer, click and drag, and then I can have an ornament that's just falling off of that letter. I'm happy with how those are scattered. I'm going to create a new layer for my first ornament. I'll just click on that ornament and I've still got my silver color. I'll click One Time and then you may have to rotate that depending on the brush. I'll click Magnetic to keep those proportions correct and find a place for this ornament. I'm just going to play around with these. This may not be my final placement, but this is a great way to just start figuring out what will fit where. The next piece I'm putting on a brand new layer, so each piece is going to get its own layer. Then I'm just going to drag it into a place that I think it looks nice and move on to the next one. At this stage, you may find a place where you realize you need to change the length of your strings, so you can just go back to your string layer, get the eraser and remove that extra piece of string that's blocking your ornament. I reuse the circle ornament, but I'm going to decorate that to make it different. I've only made four ornament brushes, so you may want a lot more shapes. If you want to do that, it's a really simple process to create one of these brushes. Let's just go back to our 10 by 10 inch canvas that we created at the beginning, create a new layer, edit drawing guide and put that on symmetry, vertical and makes sure Assisted Drawing is on. Get pure black as your color. I like to start out by just drawing the top part of the ornament. Now that we have the upper part, you can really just go crazy with shapes here. You can make any shape of ornament you want to make. We could do a single teardrop, we could do a tiny teardrop. You could certainly make a lot more ornaments based on the shapes you like. Once you create one that you like, you can just turn that into a brush using the same process that we used before. Now that I have all of these laid down, I'm going to take a moment to make sure they're spaced just as I want them to be. So I'll go to each piece and just make a tiny little adjustment based on the other pieces that are around it. This one, for example, these two are almost on the same level but not quite. I'm going to move this one up so it's really clear that I want them to be staggered. Then I can go back to my string layer and just erase that little extra string. I'll just do that same process. I also want to move this over a little bit, so I'll get my Freehand tool, select that string and I'm on my string layer. Click the Move tool, and then just scoot that over a little bit. That makes my ornament fit a lot better in that space. 8. Adding Metallics : So now that I have all of my ornaments in place, I want to add a little bit of decoration. I'll create a new layer for this. I've got my silver color and my mono line brush. I'm just going to go to each one and add a little bit of striping or some kind of pattern. One thing I like to do is add a little bit of snowflake pattern to these ornaments. I'm on the layer that contains this ornament. I'm just going to drag and drop that silver to fill this completely. That will create a new layer. I'll just choose this blue as my color and get one of my thinker snowflakes, tap that one time, and then use the Magnetic Move tool and just put that in the center here. I always turn off magnetic when I'm doing a really refined movement, and I turn it on when I'm worried about constraining proportions. So I have an off right now because I'm trying to get this perfectly in the center. That looks good. Now, I want to use that shape to cut out my ornament shape. I'm on a layer with my snowflake, I'm going to swipe right to alpha lock that, click on it one time, and click "Select". So now I have a snowflake selected. I'm going to go to my ornament layer. Click over here to get that Menu to go away, drag down three fingers, and click "Cut". I'm just cutting that shape out of my ornament. So now I can remove my snowflake layer and there's my ornament with a snowflake cut out. I'll continue the same process, doing different designs on each snowflake. I'm also going to go ahead and merge this decoration layer with my ornament layers, and that's going to make it a lot easier for me to fill my colors. So I'll pull all the ornaments and strings together and just pinch those into one single layer. Now, if I want to fill this with color, I can just drag and drop and that's really easy now. Now that I have all of these ornaments exactly as I want them to be, and I have them all on one single layer, I can go ahead and add my silver texture. So I'll click the "Tool Symbol", click "Image", insert a photo, and then find my gold paper that we saved in the download section of the class. I'm going to move my gold below the ornaments so I can really see where the ornaments are on that texture. I really like this bright area of this paper, but I'm not crazy about the dark area. So I'm going to do another, insert a photo and insert another piece of gold, and move that over here so that all of the ornaments have a nice gold section. I'm going to do the same thing for this ornament down here. So you just want to be sure that whatever gold area is behind that ornament is exactly what you want it to be. You wouldn't want to have an ornament right here because it would show that cutoff point where the two images meet. I'm just double checking all of those silver areas and then I can merge my glitter papers all onto one layer. Next, I want to turn this paper into silver, so I'll click "Hue", "Saturation", "Brightness". I'll just take the saturation all the way down. You can certainly use a different color. You can use the hue bar to change this to a different color of glitter, but for this project I'm going to use silver. So I'm just going to take all the saturation out of that color, then I'm going to go to my ornaments layer and swipe right with two fingers to alpha lock that layer. Then I'm going to click on that layer one time and click "Select". So now I've selected just the gray ornaments. I'm going to click on the glitter paper one time and then click over here to get rid of that menu. Drag down three fingers and click "Cut". So now I've cut that shape out of my glitter layer. I'm going to remove my glitter layer, remove my ornament layer. Click over here to get rid of that menu, drag down three fingers and click "Paste". So now I have my glitter layer of ornaments here, and I can still alter this. I can go to hue, saturation, brightness. I can bump up the brightness a little or make it a little bit darker. So you may want to wait to adjust the color of your glitter until you get it into the state of being the ornament cutouts. Now that I have that taken care of, I'm going to start adding a little more decoration. So I'll create a new layer, choose white as my color, and then I'm just going to drop a few snowflakes into the background here. So now I'm going to add a little bit of that snow texture. So I'll get white as my color and just sprinkle this with a little bit of snow texture to add that nice wintery touch. I'm also going to move that texture above my text so that even my text has a little bit of snow over it. You could keep going with this. You could try a few different color versions by going to your text and changing the color. You could do a red version of this, you could do a pure silver version of this, but I'll go ahead and call this project finished. 9. Winter Plant Text Silhouettes: For this next project, I want to combine some plant forms, some glitter texture, and also some holiday lights that really shine on the page. I'm going to start by adding my background color that I want to use. I'll go to the first layer there and click "Fill Layer." Then on the next layer I want to add some text to use as a guide. I went ahead and created this text in the Over app, just like we did with the past projects. I just chose a really simple font. This one's called "ostrich" and it comes with the Over app. It's just a really simple shape. For this project, I recommend trying a short word because this is going to be a lot of drawing. For your first project, it's best to go with a short word. That's just going to be like my framework. I'm going to reduce the opacity of that word so I can just barely see it. Now, on the next layer, I'm going to start doing some drawing. I'm going to use my technical pen with white. I'll start with a holiday platform that's really easy to create. That medium-size brush is perfect. I'm going to do some holly leaves here and just create a branch form like that, and then do these really sharp points that come off of the edge. Once I have one of those completed, I'm going to add some little berries and a gold color, and this will be what I'll change to my gold glitter texture later. When you first try this project, you may want to start out by doing just one letter and then completing the rest later just to be sure you like your platforms. But for now, I'm going to go ahead and scatter these holly leaves throughout these letters. I'll do my white on one layer and my gold on another layer. You can see that as I add these gold dots, I try to do it in places that I don't really like as the illustration. Here's some weird lines that didn't end nicely. I'm just going to cover those up with the dots and nobody will ever know. Now that I have my first plant form taken care of, I'm going to create a new layer. Using white, I'm going to try to create a shape that's very different from the holly leaves. I'm trying to create a lot of contrast here. I don't want every single plant form to be exactly the same. I'm going to do one thick stroke. Then using our really thin technical pen, I'm going to come through and add a ton of little pine needles here. This is going to be like an evergreen plant. I'll do this on both side of this branch. You can see when you zoom out, that creates a lot of nice contrast between the two different shapes. Usually, what I'll do is go ahead and lay down my branches around the letters and then come through later and add in all the needles. The next piece I'm going to do is going to contain some gold in it. These are going to be some little branches, and because they contain the gold, I'm trying to think about places they would work well, where they wouldn't conflict with the gold I've already set down. I'm going to put some little branches like this. Then I'm going to go back to that same layer where I put the gold berries for my holly plants. I'm going to add that gold to these pieces. I'll go ahead and put the branches on every piece and then go back and do the berries last. The next plant form is going to be a simple vine with some leaves. I'll just get a medium-size brush here and create some little points for these two shoot off from. Then just fill these with simple leaves. The next plant for my doo is going to be a similar kind of vine. But I'm going to let it be really loose and just loops these vines around. When you do this quickly, it creates a really nice bit of movement. I try to do these quickly so you can really see the shape and the movement of this line. Now that I have the majority of this filled in, I'm going to create a new layer. With my technical pen on a somewhat large size, I'm just going to go through and create these variable sized snow dots. That's just going to fill in the remainder of this piece. I'll just take my time here and fill in all the dark areas. Now that I have this piece totally filled in, I'm going to make the word joy invisible. Now I can just see my illustration and you can see that it makes it really nice, clean look. I'm going to go to my gold layer now and turn that into a glitter layer, just like we did before. I'll create a new layer, insert a photo, grab my glitter paper. I think I'll do this one letter at a time so I can get that really nice shiny area. I'm going to make this paper a little bit smaller so I can get some tiny pieces of glitter. That's my first layer glitter and I'll continue doing the same thing with the other three letters. You can see I laid these down so that the lines between the glitter paper is between the letters, so that you don't see any of those lines where the papers meet on an actual drawing. I'm going to merge all of my glitter layers together. Click my gold paint layer, two fingers swiped left to put it in the Alpha Lock state. Click it one time, click Select, go to my glitter paper layer, click over here to get rid of that menu, drag three fingers down, cut and paste. I'm cutting out off of that glitter paper layer and pasting it onto a new layer. Now, I can make all those other layers invisible. Now, I just have some nice little glitter dots all over my word. 10. Creating Single Colored Lights: I'm happy with how that looks, but I want to add a little bit more to it, so I'm going to merge all of these layers together. I've got the word, "Joy" all on one layer, I'm going to click the "Move" tool and move that down the page a little bit, because I want to add a little something to the top of the page to make this drawing a little more interesting. I'm going to click "To create a new layer" and then I'm going to find one of these Christmas light brushes that I like. I made four different brushes and these are made in the exact same way that I made the snowflake chain that we looked at before. You just draw your shape and then copy any of these light or snowflake chain brushes and put your light shape in there. I'm going to use this oblong shaped light for now. I'll adjust the size here and then let's see, it looks like my paper might be sideways. I'll draw my lights here, click the "Move" tool, and then rotate it. That's one way to work around If you accidentally have your canvas sideways, you can just turn the actual stamp. Now I have a nice string of lights at the top. I want to really make it look like it's lighted up, so I'm going to duplicate this layer and then make the first one invisible. For this layer that's on top, I'm going to erase using the Monoline eraser, all of these little lines that make for the base of the bulb, so that way I'm going to have just one layer that's only bulbs and I can play around with the color of that layer much more easily. Now I can make my first layer visible. I have one layer that's just the lights, and one layer that's the lights and the base. For my layer that's just lights, I'm going to swipe right to Alpha lock that, and then I'm going to find a color for the lights that I like. I'll click on that way or one time and click "Fill", so now I have a nice yellow color for my lights. If you want to adjust that color, click the "Hue Saturation Brightness" and just bump up the brightness or reduce the saturation here to get the perfect color that you're going for. Next thing I'm going to duplicate that yellow layer and go to Adjustments and Gaussian Blur. Let's zoom in here so I can really see. I'm going to click with one finger and drag that finger to the right to increase the blur. Actually it looks like it's still an Alpha lock, so I'm going to swipe right on both of those layers to take off the Alpha lock. Now when I do Gaussian Blur, I'm getting a nice blurred effect. I'll do that on the first layer, then over to the second layer and do the same thing, but just a little bit less. You can go as dramatic as you want with this. You can duplicate this several times and each time the lights will get a little bit brighter, but you'll also [inaudible] a little bit of definition too, so just depends on the work you're going for. I'm going to add a little bit more light to this by creating a new layer, getting pure white as my color and then with the monoline brush on a large size, I'm just going to come through and add a single stroke to each one of these, and that's just adding a little bit of light, right where the source of the light would be. If you look directly at a light bulb, there's a hot spot right in the middle where you can really see the actual light source. Okay, so I want to blur that layer and a little bit too, so I'll click "Gaussian Blur" and bump up the blur, so it just has a little bit of a hazy bright light right in the middle there. If you're happy with that, you can leave it as it is. If you want to adjust the color of the light, you can merge all of your yellow layers together, go to "Hue Saturation Brightness", and then play around with color a little bit. Maybe you want to have a blue light to go with your blue background, so it's totally up to you here. I think I will go with a blue for this one. Then I'm going to create a new layer and with the monoline on a somewhat small size, actually, I'll get the smaller monoline that's at the very top. I'm going to create a little string that shows where these lights come from. 11. Creating Multi Colored Lights: You can stick with the single color version that I did here, or you could create a multi colored piece. In this one, I turned each light into a different color. That's really easy to do. We'll just create a new layer. Then I'll get that green color by clicking and holding on the green or just choosing the green from the color palette, then I'll choose these lights that have the solid light rather than the hollow light and I'll just click and hold to draw those across the page. Next, I want to put the lights on a separate layer, so I'll click select and then automatic. I'm just going to click and hold each one. You want to make sure before you click and hold all of those though that your threshold is correct. Click and drag and you'll see the threshold changes. If you go too high, you select everything. If you go too low, you don't select enough. I'd say about 80-90 percent would be perfect. I've got all of those selected. Now I'm going to drag down three fingers and click cut and paste. I'm cutting it off of one layer, pasting it onto another layer. Now I've got my lights here and my top part here. Now I want to change each light into a different color. I'll click the selection tool, click automatic, and then click on the ones that I want to change. The first color, let's choose a red here. Then I'll click on the layer and click fill. Now I'll repeat that same process with the remaining colors. Now that each light is a different color, I can duplicate that layer and do the same Gaussian blur techniques. Go to the first layer blur that a little bit, go to the second layer, blur that one a little, and you may want to do even a third layer and duplicate that, increase the blur. It really just depends on your personal style here. Then the very last step that we do with these is just adding a little line of white on each light. I've got that white on a new layer, Gaussian blur to blur that a little bit. Then just draw my wires. That's really it, you can use this and so many different applications. You could put it on the top of a greeting card or you could do it to decorate an invitation for your holiday party, maybe something on your website. There are just so many cool things you can do with this process. I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start creating your own winter holiday inspired illustrations on your iPad. If you liked this class, you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to design and paint on your iPad, like how to create modern spoke guard illustrations 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 site. If you want to get more downloads like the ones you got for this class, check out my site. I would absolutely love to see the final project that you create for this class, so please share what you make. You can do that here on Skillshare in the project section, or you could tag me on Instagram or Facebook. If you have any questions about the process you learned in this class, please feel free to reach out to me. You can reply in my discussion here on Skillshare, or you can contact me through my website. Thanks so much for watching and I'll see you again next time. Bye bye.