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iPad Artistry: Abstract Painting

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Start with a "string"

    • 3. Lesson 2: Abstract from photo 1

    • 4. Lesson 3: Abstract from photo 2

    • 5. Lesson 4: Abstract from photo 3

    • 6. Lesson 5: iColorama Mirror effects

    • 7. Lesson 6: More iColorama effects

    • 8. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

I love the freedom of creating abstract art. All you need is your imagination, and a few good tools. In this class, I will share some of my favourite techniques for creating digital abstract art.


  • iPad with iOS 11 or better (stylus optional)
  • iColorama app
  • Procreate app
  • Pixabay app (or your own photos, or another source of royalty-free photos)


  • Lesson 1: Start with a "string"
  • Lesson 2: Abstract from photo 1
  • Lesson 3: Abstract from photo 2
  • Lesson 4: Abstract from photo 3
  • Lesson 5: iColorama Mirror effects
  • Lesson 6: More iColorama effects
  • Project

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Genevieve Crabe

Artist and Teacher


Hello, I'm Genevieve and I live in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. I am retired from a 30-year career in high-tech, and I am now a full-time artist. My interests include digital art, mixed media, and bead embroidery. I am also a Certified Zentangle® Teacher.

I am the author of How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs, and several colouring books including Genevieve's Mandalas and Magical Mosaics Flora and Fauna, as well as designer of a mandala creation tool, Geneviève's Mandala Stencils. My books and products can be found in the shop on my website.

My artwork has been featured in several books, including One Zentangle a Day, 500 Tangled Artworks, The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle Untangled, Tangle Start Strings, Das große Zentangle-Buch, and several b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, Decision VFW And in this class, I want to share how I create abstract paintings on my iPad. If you quickly about tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information you'll need an iPad running IOS 11 or better an apple pencil or other stylists isn't necessary, but it would be helpful. You will need these Tuapse procreate and I Kalorama. These videos were created with procreate version 4.2 point five, and I colora MMA 4.37. There might be newer versions available now, but the features I'll be sharing should still work the same way we're going to be working with photos. You can use your own photos if you wish. Alternatively, one of my favorite sources of royalty free photos is picks. Obey. It's a free app that gives you access to thousands of photos in Listen one. I'll be showing you how to start with a simple, flat color image and turn it into a textured abstract painting by layering various I Qala Rama effects in lessons 23 and four. I will show you different ways to turn a photo into an abstract painting in lessons five and six. I will show you additional effects that you can use in your abstract work. Now let's get started. 2. Lesson 1: Start with a "string": first, let's create a new canvas in procreate. You can choose any size. I'm going to use my usual 3600 by 3600 pixels. Jews A paintbrush to draw lines. I'll choose the studio pen from the inking set. Set the color to black and draw some random lines, Then use cover. Drop to fill in the sections with a variety of colors. If you haven't used color drop, it's similar to the paint bucket. In many painting applications, you simply drag the color chip from the corner into the area. You want to fill with color. - When you're done, save the image to the camera. Roll open eye color Rama and import the image from the camera roll. We're going to choose some effects to apply to our image and saved the result of each one to the camera roll. We'll start with form deforms preset number four. Save this image to the camera roll. Now. I'm not going to apply this to the image because I want to go back to my original image for the next effect. So will apply a Siris of effect and remember to save after each one form deforms, preset Number 29 Formed mirror. Preset number six style sketch. Preset number five style sketch. Preset number 10 style sketch. Preset number 15 Style auto too Preset number eight. So now that we have all these images saved to the camera roll, let's go back to procreate in the same canvas where we created our original drawing. Import all the other images from the camera roll. - Once you've done that, each image will be on its own layer. You can also duplicate some of the layers. For example, let's turn off all the layers except for the bottom two. Duplicate this layer and use flip horizontal on the new layer. The next thing to do is to play with blending modes and capacity working from the bottom up . Now I'll show you the settings that I use, but there are no right or wrong choices here. Play with the blending modes and see what they do. I'll start by setting these two layers to multiply for the next one. I'll choose difference and lowered the opacity a bit. Let's try the next layer. I'll try several blending modes and settle on color Dodge. Next. I'll go up to these three sketchy layers and set them to multiply for the top layer. Multiply makes things too dark, so I'll choose overlay. They're really no rules here. Play with the blending modes. The more you play with them, the more you will understand what they do and be able to predict how they're going to work on some of your layers. When you're done, save the results of the camera roll. For the final effect, I'll bring the last image back into eye color. Rama. I apply effects, raise preset number one and save the final result to the camera roll. Here are a few more examples where I used similar techniques to create abstract paintings. 3. Lesson 2: Abstract from photo 1: in the next three lessons, we're going to start with photographs and apply effects to transform them into abstract paintings. Picks Obey is a free app that connects you to a large collection of royalty free photos. You can browse the photos or search for specific topics. Look mostly at general shapes and colors in the photos, because the details would will disappear during the process. Landscapes usually work well for this technique. When you find one that you're like, save it to your camera, roll open I kalorama and import the photo. I'm going to apply a few effects I chose, but I hope you'll experiment with a lot of different effects. Start with style flow preset number four. This will give the image of flowy look tap. Apply next style auto preset number two to flatten the colors apply now. I want some more vivid color, so I'll go to preset colors. There are dozens of presets here to play with the color in your image. I'll choose colors preset number 10 and apply. Then to add a little dimension, I go to effects. Raise preset number three. I'll reduce the size and the opacity and apply now Let's go to form deforms. Preset number 15. The zoom slider lets you control the size of the swirl. Finally, let's add some texture with texture. Paper preset number 16. When you're happy with the result, you can save it to the camera roll, and here is our finished painting. 4. Lesson 3: Abstract from photo 2: This is a sunset photo I got from picks. Obey. I want to start with a watercolor look with style water preset number nine. Remember to apply at each step for color. Let's go to preset colors, too. Preset Number 20 and apply now for a little smoothing style. Flow preset number five and apply. And for a final touch brush, abstract precept swirl and I'll just swirl my finger in the upper part of the image. Save to the camera roll and this is our final painting. 5. Lesson 4: Abstract from photo 3: for this lesson, I chose the black and white photo of a path through trees that I'm going to turn into a spooky painting. To start. I want to tend to the photograph. Under preset I choose colors. Five. Preset number two. Lower the A. Pass iti a bit and apply. Then I'm going to go to Style Otto, to which applies a paintbrush texture. Choose preset number two and apply. Now let's play with the composition with form mirror preset number four and apply to add a little spookiness. I'll use style. 10. Sore Preset number five reduced the opacity a bit and save. Here's a final painting, and here are a few more examples of this technique. 6. Lesson 5: iColorama Mirror effects: in this lesson, we're going to start with the final image from lesson one. I want to show you some interesting mirror effects that you can apply to make interesting, symmetrical images. 7. Lesson 6: More iColorama effects: in this final lesson, I'm going to give you a quick tour of some of my favorite I Kalorama effects. This is my starting image, one of my paint textures, and here's what it looks like with a variety of filters door . 8. Project: for your first class project, I would like you to create an abstract from scratch. Following Lesson one, make sure you experiment with different I Kalorama effects. For your second project, choose a photograph either one of your own or a royalty free photo you find online and apply a series of effect to create an abstract painting like we did in lessons 23 and four . Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section.