iPad Artistry: Create Digital Art with Flower Photos | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: Create Digital Art with Flower Photos

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Finding images

    • 3. Lesson 2: Layer with a texture

    • 4. Lesson 3: Create line drawing

    • 5. Lesson 4: Layer with line drawing

    • 6. Lesson 5: Framing in Procreate part 1

    • 7. Lesson 6: Framing in Procreate part 2

    • 8. Bonus: More apps

    • 9. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

Who doesn't love flowers? They are a classic subject for artists in all mediums. In this class, we will start with photos of flowers and create works of art.


  • iPad with iOS 12 or better, stylus optional
  • Procreate app
  • Imaengine app
  • PhotoScissors, or another app to remove background
  • Pixabay app, or your own photos, or another source of royalty-free photos
  • Bonus - optional apps Waterlogue, Glaze, Visionist


  • Lesson 1:¬†Finding images
  • Lesson 2:¬†Layer with a texture
  • Lesson 3:¬†Create line drawing
  • Lesson 4:¬†Layer with line drawing
  • Lesson 5:¬†Framing in Procreate part 1
  • Lesson 6:¬†Framing in Procreate part 2
  • Bonus: More apps
  • 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 Decision VFW. And in this class, we're going to create digital art using photographs of flowers. If you click the about tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information you're going to need an iPad. Running IOS 12 or better an apple pencil or other stylists is not necessary, but would be helpful here. The APS you will need for the class procreate is the main multipurpose app I use for my work. The videos were made with version 4.3 point three. Some basic knowledge of procreate is assumed. You will need an app that can remove the background from your flower photos. The one I use is photo scissors. But if you have another app that does the same thing you can use that in my engine is an app to convert. Bit mapped images like photographs to vector images will be using it to create line art from our photos. We will be working with photos, and you can use your own flower photos if you wish. Alternatively, one of my favorite online sources of photos is picks. Obey. This is a free app that gives you access to a large database of royalty free photos in the bonus lesson. I'll give you a quick preview of these three APS, and you can get them if you wish, but you don't need them to complete the class. We're going to be using colorful textures, and you can create your own. If you want, you can check out my class, create textures and procreate. If you want to get started immediately, I'm providing a flower photo and a few of my own textures. You'll find them under the projects and resources tab under the video. In less than one, I'll show you how to look for photos on picks, obey and how to remove the background in photo scissors in lesson to. I'll go through the steps to layer the flowers with the texture and create a drop shadow. In less than three, I will show you how to create a sketchy version of the flower and in less than four will be layering that with the textured flower in less and five and six, I'll show you several options to frame your work. And in the bonus lesson, I'll give you a preview of other APS you can use to get some cool textured effects. So let's get started 2. Lesson 1: Finding images: I'm going to bring up picks. Obey to look for some photos. This is the search box. I'm going to enter the wood flour for a general search. There are two buttons at the top one, which will sort the images by popularity and the other by date, uploaded. I'm going to look for a photo of a dahlia, which will work well for the techniques I'm going to share. I want one that shows a complete flower, has good contrast and is not too dark. I'll choose this photo. Tap the download icon and save the photo to the camera roll. Now let's look at photo scissors. Tap the folder icon to load the photo from the camera roll. There are two brush icons at the bottom, a green one and a red one. First I'll choose the green, and then I brush over the parts of the image I want to keep. It's not necessary to carefully outline the flower. Just make sure the green touches all the colors you want to keep in the same way. I used the red toothbrush over areas I want to delete. There's a small area here that I want to delete so a brush over with the red. Then there's a very small area in the center of the flower that has been excluded. So I painted with the green so that it will be included. If you brush over something by mistake, you can use the eraser to remove it. You can see a thin red outline around the flower, and you can have a closer look to make sure that everything you want is included in the selection. When you're happy with the result, tap here to go to the next step. The checkerboard shows that the background is transparent, tap, save and save the image to the camera roll. 3. Lesson 2: Layer with a texture: Let's open, procreate and create a new canvas. I'll use my usual 3600 pixel square size. Import the flower from the camera roll. If I turned the background often on, you can see that the flower background is transparent, depending on the message you used to get rid of the background. You may have a white background rather than a transparent one. I'll show you how to deal with that at the end of this lesson for this technique, I'm not interested in the color of the flower on Lee the lights and darks. So I'll go into adjustments, tap hue, saturation brightness and turned the saturation all the way down. Next, I'm going to import a texture from the camera rule. I dragged the texture layer underneath the flower. Now I want to eliminate the texture that is outside the edge of the flower. To do that, I select the flower. Invert the selection so that the area outside the flowers selected switch to the texture layer and clear. Now, if I hide the flower, you can see that the texture matches the outline of the flower. The next step is to change the blend mode of the flower. The best blend modes for this effect are the ones under contrast. Try different ones to see what they dio. I'll settle on hard light, but depending on your flower and your texture, another one might work better. We now have our flower. You can see all the detail of the pedals, but the color has been replaced with our texture. Dry this out with different textures and see what you get Next. I want to add a drop shadow. You may have seen my technique already in one of my other classes. First, I duplicate the flower layer, dragged the duplicate to the bottom and change the blend mode to normal. Next, I change the color to black, select the contents of the layer and fill with black. I select the black layer with the transform tool and drag it a small distance toward the right bottom corner. Then, under adjustments, I tap Gaussian blur and drag my finger slowly left to right. Until I'm happy with the amount of blur. Usually between 20 and 25% works well for this. Here's another example where you can see the effects of different textures now , before we go on to the next lesson. I want to show you how to deal with a white background around your flower. You see here that this flower has a white background, not a transparent one, but you can get rid of that very easily. Tap the selection tool, choose automatic mode and tap anywhere in the white area. Go to the layers, tap the layer and clear If I hide the background layer, you can see now that the area around the flower is transparent and you can then carry on with our technique. 4. Lesson 3: Create line drawing: next, we're going to create a sketchy layer to add to our flower. First, I'm going to isolate the flower layer by turning off the other two layers and changing the blend mode to normal. I'm going to save this to the camera roll. Then I'm going to go back and restore the layers to the way they were. Quit, procreate and open in my engine. This is an app that converts bit mapped images two vectors and I might explore that more fully in the future class. But for now, I'll just walk you through a simple process. Tap import photo and choose the grayscale flower from the camera roll. Tap the right arrow to continue. Choose the ink preset to create a line drawing. You can play with the stroke slider to modify the strokes until you're happy with the design. Next, tap the paintbrush at the top. This is the Layers panel, which shows two layers, the background and the drawing. The transparency of the drawing layer is set to 80%. Change it to 100%. Tap the palate icon, tap the light color and change it to pure white. Then tap the dark color and change it to pure black. Now that I think of it, we don't really want the background at all. So let's turn it off in the layers panel. Tap the export icon and saved the drawing to the camera roll to preserve the transparency, make sure you save in PNG format. 5. Lesson 4: Layer with line drawing: Let's go back to our flower in procreate. Import the line drawing. If the drawing isn't at the top of the layers, drag it to the top. You can see the difference if I show and hide the new layer. If you think the black is too harsh, you can lower the opacity of the drawing layer. Or, alternatively, you can change the color of the drawing by picking a color, say, a dark blue, selecting the drawing layer. And Phil, here's a close up so you can see how that looks. Remember to save when you're done, and if you're going to want to layer this flower with something else, make sure you turn off the background and save it. As a PNG, the PNG format will preserve the transparency of the image. 6. Lesson 5: Framing in Procreate part 1: now that our flowers done, let's look at some options for backgrounds or framing. The easiest background is to just add a layer underneath and fill it with a flat color. Here, I'm using the same blue we used for the line. Drawing one good technique to find a harmonious color is to pick up one of the colors from the image. You do that by touching and holding to bring up the color picker. Move it around until you find a color you like. Then you can go to the color panel and make the color a little darker and fill the layer on picks. Obey. You can do a search on wood and find some very nice wouldn't textures. I have a few here. I'll choose this one. Copy and paste. You can leave the wood the way it IHS, or you can change the color. Move our solid color layer above the wood. Choose a medium blue, for example, and still the layer. Then try out different blend modes to see what you get. You can also create a harmonious color background by using the same texture you used on the flower. Load the texture and make sure it's underneath the flower layers, then apply a Gaussian blur to blur the details of the texture so that it recedes in the background. You now have a background that perfectly matches your flower. 7. Lesson 6: Framing in Procreate part 2: Another easy technique is to add a vignette effect True's black and a soft airbrush. Add a new layer and paint around the perimeter of the canvas, then apply a galaxy and blur to smooth the effect. You can use this along with any of the backgrounds from the previous lesson. You can also add an actual frame if you wish. Here's a frame I found on picks. Obey. Now we'll show you how you can copy all the layers that make up the flour from one canvas to another. Make sure all the flour layers air on and turn off the other layers, including the background. In the actions panel, tap copy canvas. This will copy all the visible layers. Go to the canvas with the frame and paste. You can see in the layers panel that the inside of the frame is transparent. You can add color by filling the inside of the frame 8. Bonus: More apps: in this bonus lesson, I'm going to give you a quick overview of three of the apse that I like to use for giving cool textures to photographs. First blaze tap the image icon to import your photo. Along the bottom are several presets that add interesting, painterly textures to your image. You're a few examples. Next, let's look at water logged. This app creates watercolor textures. Tap the camera icon to import a photo and choose a preset to see what it does. You can use thes settings on the right hand side to set the level of detail in your image. Whenever to change a setting. You get a quick preview here and you can tap the preview to apply the effect. And here are a few more examples. - The final AP we will look at is Vision IST, which is one of the class of APS that use artificial neural networks to enhance photos. Tap open image to import your photo. The presets are on the right. If I remember correctly when you download the app, you get 10 different effects. Then there is a one time in APP purchase that will give you 60 more effects some of these effects are very cool. Let me show you a few examples. - This control, that's you. Change the blend mode between the effect and your original photo. This control lets you choose between three levels of abstraction. 9. Project: for your project. Choose a flower photo either mine or one of yours or one from picks obey and created the digital painting. Following the techniques you've learned. I want to show you a few more examples. This is the one we worked on in class and here are a few more. I showed you some of these earlier based on the same photo. Now you can have a better look. Finally, this is from the photo I provided with the downloads. I made two different paintings and had them printed on 24 by 24 inch canvases and they're hanging in my living room. I want to give you a closer look at this background. Even if you don't want an elaborate textured background, you can create a subtle texture using two shades of the same color, which is a little more interesting than just flat color. Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section.