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iPad Artistry: Create Textures in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class resources

    • 3. Textures with brushes 1

    • 4. Textures with brushes 2

    • 5. Textures with brushes 3

    • 6. Textures with brushes 4

    • 7. Textures with brushes 5

    • 8. Textures with brushes 6

    • 9. Textures with brushes 7

    • 10. Blending modes 1

    • 11. Blending modes 2

    • 12. Adjustments

    • 13. Project

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About This Class

Create Textures in Procreate by Geneviève Crabe



Greetings and welcome!

Why textures?

Texture brings a lot of character to digital artwork. In this class, I will walk you through my process for creating colourful textures using the iPad app Procreate. Although I use other artistic apps, Procreate is where I start and finish every digital paintings.

You will learn how to create some specific textures, but more importantly, you will learn techniques you can use to create your own.

What can be done with the textures?

Textures can be used in many ways in both digital and traditional art.

  • If you’re a digital artist or illustrator, use them as backgrounds or layers in digital paintings or illustrations.
  • If you’re a mixed-media artist, you can print them out and use them as backgrounds, or cut them up and use them as collage material.
  • If you’re a Zentangle® artist, or if you like to draw or doodle, you can use them as backgrounds for digital drawings, or print them out and use them as background for your pen drawings.
  • If you are a paper crafter or scrapbooker, you can use them digitally, or print them out.

Materials: iPad (must support iOS 11) and Procreate app.

Note: I used Procreate version 4 to create the videos in the class.
The current version is 4.1, which includes some changes, but none that will affect the lessons.


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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. I'm going deaf, Craig, and welcome to my studio. I am a mixed media and jewelry artist. But a few years ago, I started creating art on my iPad and I'm here teaching this class because I love to share the techniques I've developed and seeing what other artists can create. With, um, in this class, I will be sharing my techniques for creating textures length ease. Now, what do you need for this glass? You'll need an iPad and the procreate app. You can use any iPad that supports IOS 11 and the videos in this class. We're done with Procreate version four. It will be helpful if you know a bit about procreate, but I will try to explain things as I go along. An apple pencil or other stylists is helpful but not necessary for this class. If you click the about tab below the video, you will find a detailed description of the class, some useful links and also some resources that I'm sharing with you for your two years in the class. These are some of my textures that we're going to recreate in the class. Once you've created some textures, you can use them in a lot of different ways. If you're a digital artist, you can use them as backgrounds or layers in digital paintings. If you're a mixed media artist, you can print them out and use them as background or cut them up and use them as collage material. If yours entangle artist or if you like to draw our Doolittle, you can use them as backgrounds for digital drawings or print them out and use them as bad grounds for your pen drawings. So let's get started. 2. Class resources: before we start, I want to tell you about the resources you have for this class. Below the video, click the about tab and get a link to the downloadable resources on Dropbox. There are procreate brushes, color palettes and texture photos. This is what you'll see when you click the link on your iPad. Click this X to see the files. The's color palettes are just images that you can save to your camera. Roll press and hold on one of the images and tap. Save image to load the brushes and to procreate, tap the brush icon. Then, on this page, tap, download, then direct, Download and open in procreate. Once you're in procreate, create a new document or open an existing one and go into the brush menu. You will see at the very bottom they'll be a new set called Imported with the Brush that you just imported. After you've imported all four brushes, I suggest you renamed the brush set and move it to the top, where it will be easier to access later on. Tap the brush set name and tap rename. You can backspace over the word imported and changes to something else here. I'm calling it Class One and then drag it all the way to the top. Finally, in the resources you have four texture photos that you can also import into your camera. Roll for us to use later on. Now let's get on to the fund stuff. 3. Textures with brushes 1: open, procreate and tap the plus sign to create a new canvas. This is a list of sizes available plus extra ones that I've created you can. You can pick one of the existing ones or you can specify any size you like. Most of my work is done in a square format, so I'm going to choose 3000 by 3000 pixels. You can use two fingers to zoom in or out. Move or rotate the canvas. Tap the color chip to open the color picker and tap pallets. We're going to use the palette called new drink, which comes with procreate. Find the palate and tap set default and then tap disk to return to the color picker. Tap the brush to open the brush panel. On the left are brush sets. Some come with the app, and they're also a bunch here that I have added. For this texture. Find the industrial set and then choose the rusted decay brush. This is one of my favorite for creating textures. I like to start with a colored background rather than white, so choose a color from the palette. Tap here to open the layers panel tap the layer and then choose Phil Layer. Now let's choose another color. Feel free to choose any color you like. There are two brush controls on the side. The top one controls the size of the brush, and the other controls the opacity. I like to lower the opacity toe about half so that we can see the layers of colors through each other. Now here I'm painting with my finger, and I can use the opacity control to vary the opacity of the color. Now, as I said, a Napoli pencil is not necessary for this class. But if you have one, you can vary the opacity with the pressure of the pencil. Now I'm using the undo button to remove the paint and start over to create the texture. I start by brushing over the whole canvas with one color at about 50% opacity. Then I changed colors and add some more paint. Oops, this yellow is a little bit harsh, so I'm going to undo lower the opacity and then paint again. Now I'll speed up the video a little bit as I work. I like to alternate. Contrast in colors vary the capacity and paint as randomly as possible. Keep in mind that if you get to a stage where you like the texture, you can save it to your camera roll and then continue to add even more color to save your work. Tap here to open the actions panel tap share and cruiser format. In this case, I choose PNG, and you have several choices to save your image. If you want to just save it to the camera roll, just hap save image. 4. Textures with brushes 2: for this next texture, we're going to use a different color palette the color palettes that I gave you. I got from a website called Color palettes dot net. It's a great resource. You can search for colors and scroll through pallets, and then when you find one that you like, you just press and hold and save the image to your camera roll. Now let's create a new document and procreate and to import the color palette image. Open the actions panel. If you're pallets are in your camera roll than tap. Insert photo minor and dropbox. So I type Insert a file, and I'm going to choose palette number six. Now the palate will show up as a layer on our canvas. I used two fingers to increase the size, rotate the palate and drag it off to the side. Rather than create a natural palette that would be accessible through the color picker. I prefer just to have it here as an image for faster access to the colors. Now we're going to choose again the rusted decay brush that we use last time. Choose a color for your background by touching and holding on one of the colors that will select it as the current color, then go into your layer. Now we need to create a new layer, a new empty layer and then drag it underneath the layer that has our color palette on it, because that's where we want to draw. Then you can tap the layer and tap Phil to fill the canvas with your color. So now we paint pretty much like we did in the previous texture, with random strokes varying the color, varying the capacity. At the beginning, you can see the repeat pattern of the brush, but that pretty much disappears after you put in enough layers. Now, every once in a while I go in the palate, uh, sorry the layer menu and hide the color palette so that I can make sure that everything is good underneath. And then I turned it back on, and I can add some more color now if at some point you want to lighten the whole texture a bit, choose the lightest color, lower the opacity and then just paint all over the canvas, and that will mute if you like some of the colors. If that's the look, that you're looking for. So here's our finished texture. Let's hide the color palette and save it to our camera roll. 5. Textures with brushes 3: Now we're going to create a texture that is a little bit grunge ear. Choose, um, palette number 10 and expanded and move it to the side like we did before. This time, we're going to choose the heavy metal brush, which is still in the industrial set. Choose your background color and create your near layer. Move it underneath and fill it with the color. Now, as before, you keep switching colors and play with the capacity. You can also play with the brush size. If you want to have some smaller strokes, you can see when I add the darker color that this is a really great texture for a grungy look. I want painting with a lighter color, but with the capacity quite a quite a bit low here. I'm using the darker color to create sort of a frame around the edge. Now I'm going to save this. At this step, you can save different versions as you go. Another way to experiment is to create a new layer above your texture and then add some more paint. So here I'm lightning the whole thing. But that color is on a separate layer that you can turn off and on. Now I'm going to save this new version to our camera roll 6. Textures with brushes 4: Now we're going to follow all the same steps with a new palette and a new brush creating your painting, and we're going to start with palate number nine. I'm going to use a mid value color for the starting background. Now go into the elements set and choose the clouds brush. So now you know the drill. Go ahead and paint, choosing different colors, varying the capacity so you can have more depth. This is one of the reasons I prefer Teoh. Use my finger rather than an apple pencil. I find that it does a better job of randomness with the texture, so when you're done, save your work. 7. Textures with brushes 5: for this next texture we're going to use to different brushes, so created new canvas and open palette. Number two. Choose a color for your background, and we're going to start with the clouds brush that we use before, so go ahead and paint a texture with all the colors. - Now choose the water brush also in the elements set and set the color toe white and the A pass iti a little bit above the middle. Now paint here and there just with a hidden miss approach. We don't want to cover the whole canvas with this, but we just want to make a few highlights. A few random highlights here and there, and when you're done, save your work. 8. Textures with brushes 6: in the next texture. We're going to use to more brushes that we haven't used yet. So start with palate one. Choose a color and failure background. Now go into the brushes and back to the industrial set and choose concrete block. This is a smoother texture than some of the ones we've used before. Now to add a little texture, switched to the corrugated iron brush and pick a light color and paint just a few areas here and there on the canvas. And remember to save your work. Now I have a couple of exercises for you. For the 1st 1 Create a texture using pallet three with the heavy metal and the clouds brush and next use palette. 11. With the heavy metal brush, please share your work and have fun. 9. Textures with brushes 7: Now we're going to create a texture with one of my brushes, so created new canvas and select my brush G C. Zero to texture. Sorry about the boring names. I'm not very good at naming things. Now. We're going to select our colors directly from the color picker. We'll start with a medium value blue and just paint across the bottom of the canvas. It's better to start with a lighter color because you can always go over to go over it again and darken it. Now we're going to switch to turquoise and paint another band above the 1st 1 so continued this way around the color wheel. This will give you a good blend between adjacent colors so we'll do green, then an orange yellow and then a darker orange of the top. So this is a little different from our more random textures, but you can do some fun stuff with this. Well, show you later. So save this to your camera roll, and now I'm gonna have a few more exercises for you to do with the brush is that I created . So for the 1st 1 use palette number four and my brush G C 01 texture for the next one. Palette number six and my brush GC 04 texture. For the next one, use the same brush but palate number seven and finally, palette number five and my Brush GC 05 texture for variation. You can add some painting on the texture with another brush of your choice so you could try that for some variations. And don't forget to share your work. 10. Blending modes 1: Now let's look at some ways to get even more textures by manipulating the ones who already have. So we'll start with this one going to the layers panel and create a new layer on top of the texture and fill it with white. Tap the letter N to open the blending modes panel. Down here you have different categories, and we're going to choose the difference blending mode. This inverts all the colors in your texture, which gives you a whole new texture. You can see the effect again when I turned the white layer off and on again. Let's try this with two more textures. This is something that I always try with every single texture that I create. Sometimes the results are not so great, but sometimes they're very cool. You can also try this with some of the textures you created in the exercises 11. Blending modes 2: Now let's see what we can do with other blending Moz that's opened this texture again and turn off the difference layer. So we go back to our original texture and now import the pavement photo from the class resources. This is just a picture that I took in my driveway. If you need to, you can use two fingers to expand the photo to fill the hole canvas. Now open the layers panel and the blending modes, and what I often do at this point is go through a variety of blending modes just to see what happens, because it's usually very difficult to predict. So for this one, I'm going to choose. Overlay kind of gives a glittery effect to the texture. So now let's go ahead and try another one now for this one. Import the cracked pavement photo, and you can use this tool down here to expand the photos so that it will exactly fit your canvas. Now again, you can try a variety of blending modes, but I'm going to settle on overly. I find that overlay multiply and difference are the blending modes that I use the most, but sometimes some of the other ones will give you an interesting effect. It depends what you're after now. Open this texture in the action menu. Tap copy canvas Now go back and open the last texture we made with the colored bands. Turn off the difference layer and paste, the other texture on top. In the blending modes, I'm going to choose, multiply and then using the a pass ity slider, I'm going to reduce the opacity a little bit, so I want a little bit of that texture, but not too much, so you can see how I now now have a whole new texture from the other two. So here's one more. Open this texture and import the peeling rust texture. You can expand it to feel your canvas. And again I tried different blending modes, and you might like some of these more than others. Depending on the effect you want, I'm going to settle for multiply and reducing the a pass ity of the rusty layer. So go ahead and play with some of your other textures and see what else you can come up with. Using different blending. Moz 12. Adjustments: Now I want to show you a few more settings that will change your textures and give you more textures to play with. So you remember our first texture. Swipe left and tap duplicate and opened the duplicate file in the layers panel. Swipe left to and tap delete to delete the pavement layer and the white layer. So now we only have our original texture. Tap here to open the adjustments panel and tap motion blur. Now swipe to the right to blur the image. You can swipe back to the left and right to adjust. You can see this blue line tells you how much blur you're applying, but I like this because it gives you a kind of a cool, streaky texture, which actually works really well, blending with other textures as well. Now take that layer, swipe left and duplicate the layer and change the blend mode on the top one to multiply. Reduce the opacity a little bit, but one of the things you can see is multiply in. This case gives you some more vivid colors in your texture. Now go to the actions menu, copy canvas and then paste. Tap this icon to rotate the layer by 90 degrees, so this is the new layer. We just paste it and set the new layer to overlay with about 80% opacity, and you now have another new texture with these cool, crisscross streaks. Now let's make a duplicate of this texture and open the duplicate. You remember the extra layer we created earlier when we were experimenting. Tap that layer and tap merge down, which will merge the two layers together. Now go to the adjustments panel and choose hue, saturation brightness and dragged the saturation all the way to the left. This will remove all the color from the texture and give you a really nice multipurpose, gray, grungy texture that you can use with any other color texture. For last technique, let's duplicate another one of our textures and open the duplicate again. Go to the adjustment panel, hue, saturation, brightness and just try moving the hue slider back and forth so you can see that this will change the hue of your texture, too. Just about anything else you might want, depending on your project. So go ahead and play with these settings and see what you come up with. 13. Project: So now it's time for you to put all these techniques into practice. So I'd like you to create six textures with at least three different color palettes and using different brushes. You can explore other brushes and procreate and just play. Also take a few texture photos in your environment and then use those to create some more textures using the techniques you learned. These are some examples of textures, more textures I've created, using the same tools and techniques that I showed you in this class. - And now I want to show you some of my own artwork that I've created, using the's textures as backgrounds here, the one on the left was drawn in procreate, using a pen tool and then layered with the background. The one on the right was drawn on paper, scanned and then layered with the background. These air mandalas, which are one of my favorite things to draw these, were drawn digitally than colored and layered in procreate and these air to flower photos that I blended with some of my textures. So I hope you enjoyed the class. I look forward to seeing your projects, and don't forget to have fun