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iPad Artistry: Backgrounds for Tangling or Doodling in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1. Create Backgrounds with Brushes

    • 3. Lesson 2. Create Backgrounds with Gradients and Liquify tool

    • 4. Lesson 3. Backgrounds from photos

    • 5. Lesson 4. Shapes

    • 6. Lesson 5. Shadows

    • 7. Lesson 6. Paper Texture

    • 8. Lesson 7. Creating a layout - #1

    • 9. Lesson 8. Creating a layout - #2

    • 10. Lesson 9. Creating a layout - #3

    • 11. Lesson 10. Creating a layout - #4

    • 12. Bonus. Multicolour Drawing

    • 13. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class! As some of you know, I am a Certified Zentangle® Teacher, and although I haven't been doing much tangling lately, I thought that artists would enjoy creating some cool backgrounds for their creations. Those of you who like to tangle or doodle on paper can print the backgrounds and draw with a pen, and those of you who do it digitally can draw directly in Procreate. 

Remember you can post questions under the Discussions tab.


  • iPad, Procreate app, stylus
  • resource files and links are under the Project & Resources tab


  • Introduction
  • Create Backgrounds with Brushes
  • Create Backgrounds with Gradients and Liquify tool
  • Backgrounds from photos
  • Shapes
  • Shadows
  • Paper texture
  • Creating a layout - #1
  • Creating a layout - #2
  • Creating a layout - #3
  • Creating a layout - #4
  • Bonus - Multicolour Drawing
  • 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: welcome everyone. This is Jen VFW. In this class, we're going to create textures and backgrounds for tangling or doodling if you're a Zen tangle artist, or if you just like to draw or doodle this classes for you. If you like to drop with a pen, you can print your backgrounds and drawn them. If you like to draw on your iPad, then you can use the backgrounds directly in procreate. If you click the about tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information. Any downloadable files I mentioned can be found under the Project tab. You'll need an iPad running the version of IOS needed to run the current version of Procreate. An apple pencil or other stylus is preferable, especially if you want to do detailed work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate app. The videos were made with procreate version 5.0 point two. Some basic knowledge of procreate is assumed, but I'll go through all the processes in detail. The 1st 3 lessons are going to be about backgrounds. Lesson one is a follow up to my very first class on creating textures and procreate. I'll show you some old and some new brushes in procreate five. In less than two, I'll show you how to create Grady INTs and procreate, and we'll have a quick look at the liquefy tool. In less than three, we're going to look at using photos for backgrounds. In less than four, we're going to look at shapes similar to disentangle tiles that you can overlay on. The background in less than five will add drop shadows to the shapes to make them more realistic in less than six will look at paper textures to add a realistic feel. I covered paper textures in my last class on cut paper artwork, and here I'm going to share some paper texture brushes in Lesson seven through 10 will be putting all those elements together in a variety of layouts. Then, in a bonus lesson, I'll show you a trick for drawing multi color line work. So let's get started 2. Lesson 1. Create Backgrounds with Brushes: Let's look at some procreate brushes that can make great textures that we can use his backgrounds. We'll start with a new canvas. You can use whatever size you prefer. I'll select a bright red color in the luminant set. Choose the nebula brush. This brush creates a soft texture with several colors close to the red that we chose on the color wheel, like orange, pink and yellow. If I choose a bright blue, I'll get soft tones of turquoise and purple, and if you scrub on a particular area, you'll get a white center like you might have in a nebula, in the texture set to the curragh. Long brush here on layering purple, pink and red. - And here's the texture. Close up in the water set. Choose the wet glaze brush. Now. Watercolor effects can be tricky. When you're layering colors, you need to remember that the paint is translucent in the organic set. The rainforest brush has a cool texture that resembles thick clouds or treetops. - In the artistic set, the Aurora brush uses the new color dynamic settings to paint in multiple colors. If you've watched my textures class, you'll know that the rusted decay brush in the industrial set is one of my favorites here. I'm using it with a variety of colors now. Sometimes you don't want a busy background so that you're drawing stands out so you can start with a solid color. And that adds some texture, brushing with a slightly lighter or darker tone of the same color. Here's an example. Using the car along brush, you can see the texture is subtle, but it makes the surface more interesting. Now let's go on to the next video for more background techniques. 3. Lesson 2. Create Backgrounds with Gradients and Liquify tool: in my fund with radiance class. I showed you how to create Grady INTs in the eye Kalorama app, but it's possible to create nice Grady INTs right and procreate. Using a soft airbrush, fill the canvas with two colors in the adjustments menu. Choose Gaussian Blur. Move your finger all the way from left to right to make a nice Grady int. In this one, I'm using two colors with a circle in the middle, - and in this one I start with diagonal lines in several colors. - Now let's play a bit with the liquefy tool. I will explore the liquefy tool in more detail in the future class. But here are a few tips. I'll make two copies of our red yellow Grady Int. You can use a liquefy tool for adding swirls to your Grady INTs. Choose liquefy from the adjustments menu. Jews twirl right and set the size and pressure to maximum and distortion to zero. Hold your finger or stylists in the center to get this cool circular effect. Now let's switch to another radiant. I will stay with the twirl right selection and set size and pressure to maximum and distortion also to maximum now move your finger or stylists around the canvas to get this nice, swirly texture. For this one, choose the push tool, size and pressure to maximum. Now you can push around the colors on your canvas. Try it with different values for the size. To get a bigger or smaller effect, - you can create marble textures, either colorful ones or subtle ones for your backgrounds. 4. Lesson 3. Backgrounds from photos: You can also use photos as a background would fabrics, stone or bricks. Make nice textures. You can take your own photos, or you can get photos from a royalty free website like picks. Obey. Here you can colorize the wood by adding a layer of color on top and playing with blend modes and capacity. - You can change the color of this fabric the same way. 5. Lesson 4. Shapes: if yours entangle artist, you know all about tiles, which are paper shapes on which you draw. I've created several shapes that you can copy and use in your work. You can download appropriate file with all these shapes on separate layers that you can copy and paste in your own procreate campuses. You can also save the shapes in your recent photos, formerly known as camera roll for easy access. When you export, make sure you hide the background and save them in PNG format, which will preserve the transparency around the shapes. You can resize the shapes and re color them with color drop. You can also add color with any of the techniques of lessons one and two. Add a layer above the shape and set it to clipping mask to clip the texture to the shape. Then you can paint, and the color will stay inside the boundaries of the shape. Now, one thing that sets a parts entangle tiles is the lovely Dekel edge. I tried several techniques to create the deck Aled Edge and settled on this one. First, I'll make a copy of the shape layer. I'm setting the background color to a dark grey so we could better see what we're doing. Tap the eraser and tap again to open the brush menu. We're going to be using the wet sponge brush in the water set to help with creating a smooth edge. Make a copy of the wet sponge brush tap to open the brush studio and set streamline to 100% . This will make your stroke smoother. Set the brush size fairly small and run the eraser along the edge of the shape. I've provided a copy of all the shapes with a deck Aled edge in appropriate file. Go ahead and try to create these edges with other brushes if you wish, and share your results in the project section. 6. Lesson 5. Shadows: If you've seen some of my other classes, you've seen my easy method for creating drop shadows. Here's the layout with a variety of shapes. I've created a color palette with a few paper colors that you often find in sketchbooks. I applied those colors to the shapes you see here. The purpose of the shadows is to give the illusion that these shapes are overlapping. Duplicate all the shapes with black, fill all the duplicate shapes, Select and Phil now to select all the shadow shapes at once. So like the top one, and slide right on all the other ones. Tap the transform tool, which will select all the shapes, nudged the shapes to the lower right by tapping here a few times now to give the shadows a softer look. Start by tapping one of the layers in the adjustments panel. Tap Gaussian blur. Move your finger from left to right until you're happy with the softness of the shadow. Look at the percentage of blurred that you used so you can blur all of them by the same amount and then do the same for all the others. 7. Lesson 6. Paper Texture: adding a paper texture will make our work more realistic now. I talked about paper textures in my last class on digital collage and cut paper art. Since then, I've created a few paper texture brushes. You can download the brush set under the project tab. Start by adding a layer of the top. Choose a medium gray color. Choose one of the brushes, set it to maximum size and make one pass over the whole canvas. Then open the layers panel and try different blending. Moz Multiply makes the texture more visible and linear burn even more, so I'll choose. Multiply. If the paper texture is too dark, you can reduce the opacity. If you want to apply a texture to just one of the shapes, you can set it to clipping mask. Then you couldn't apply different paper textures to different shapes. One more thing about the texture brushes. I'll create a new layer here for demonstration. If you find the texture is to find for what you want or not find enough, you can adjust that in the brush studio. This is our current texture. Tap the brush to go to the brush studio and choose grain This is the setting where the brush texture lives. By changing the scale, you can change the size of the texture that is applied when you paint with a brush. If you increase the scale, you can see here what happens to the brush stroke tap done, and now you can see the changes in the texture. You can make this change to any of the paper texture brushes. 8. Lesson 7. Creating a layout - #1: in the next few lessons, we're going to take all the techniques we've learned and create several layouts. I'm starting with a solid color on the bottom layer and importing a circle shape. I'm reducing the size a little. I'm coloring the circle with the tan color from my color palette as shadow and you're ready for drawing. Add a layer above the shape and choose your favorite pen. Now I'm not going to spend a lot of time on actual drawing because that's beyond the scope of this class. But I'll show you some finished examples at the end, and then don't forget the paper texture. 9. Lesson 8. Creating a layout - #2: in this layout, we're going to create a page with a mat on top. Import of shape. Change its color if you wish, and add a layer on top and fill it with a solid color. To make the hole in the math, go to the shape layer and select, then go to the top layer and clear. The next thing is a shadow, which is going to go under the mat rather than under the shape. Duplicates the top layer and fill the lower one with black. Nudged the layer to the lower right and apply the Gaussian blur. Now say we want a different paper texture for the shape and for the mat at a paper texture of the top and set it to clipping mask so that it applies only to the mat. Then add a new layer just above the shape and choose a different paper texture. 10. Lesson 9. Creating a layout - #3: for this layout, we're going to start with the liquefied radiant I created earlier at a circle shape and make two copies, Then position the shapes where you want them. Once they're in the right positions, you can select all three and move them as a group to center them in the canvas. One thing I like to do to coordinate the colors is to extract colors from the background to color the shapes. I'm using the eyedropper touch and hold to activate it and move around until you find the color you like. I'll use three colors from the background and use color. Drop to fill shapes, then add the shadows to all the shapes. - Now you can print this out and drawing with a pen. Or, if you're going to draw on these in procreate, you can show and hide layers as you go. For example, let's draw a simple mandala on the top shape. You can learn more about the symmetry tool in my mandalas class. Activate the drawing guide and tap edit drawing guide twos. Radio symmetry. Now here's a tip. When you activate the symmetry, the center of the symmetry is at the center of your canvas, but you can move the center so that it's in the middle of your shape rather than the middle of the canvas. Then you can draw a circular design on your shape, and you can do the same with the others. 11. Lesson 10. Creating a layout - #4: we're going to start with a Grady int we created earlier. Now here's a trick I often used to make colors more vivid. Duplicate the radiant and set the top layer to multiply imports and shapes and change the color toe white and add the shadows. - Now let's add some paint on the shapes with a blue color and the Kirwan brush. I use a separate layer above each shape and set it to clipping mask. Then I add a paper texture at the top. But then I decide I want to apply this texture only to the background and not the shapes. So I moved the layer down to just above the background. 12. Bonus. Multicolour Drawing: Here's a trick you can use to make multi color strokes in your drawings. Start with a white shape on top of a background of your choice. Add a layer above the shape, set it to clipping, mask and paint with a variety of colors. The more colors, the better. - Add another layer on top, fill it with black and set it to clipping mask. Tap the eraser and choose your favorite brush for drawing or inking. Drawing with the eraser will reveal the color underneath. 13. Project: for your class project. I'd like you to create three layouts using different techniques. You can post just the layouts or add your own drawings before you post them. Here are a few more examples. Under the Projects Tab, you'll find links to the other classes that I mentioned, and on the right hand side are the downloadable files. The smooth ed shapes, the Dekel ed shapes, the paper colors, palette and the paper texture brushes. Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section. I would appreciate it if you would leave a review and make sure to follow me so you'll be notified when I post a new class. If you have questions, please post them in the discussion area below the video on skill share. Thank you.