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iPad Artistry: Digital Collage

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Intro to clipping masks

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Shadow techniques

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage

    • 5. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage part 2

    • 6. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage part 3

    • 7. Lesson 4 - Bird and flower collage

    • 8. Lesson 5 - More collage examples

    • 9. Bonus - Metallic textures

    • 10. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

In this class, I'm going to share some techniques for creating art with the look of cut-paper collage.


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


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - Intro to clipping masks
  • Lesson 2 - Shadow techniques
  • Lesson 3 - Mandala collage
  • Lesson 4 - Bird and flower collage
  • Lesson 5 - More collage examples
  • Bonus - Metallic Textures
  • Project

I have creates a Pinterest board with collage inspiration. I just started it recently, but I will be adding to it regularly. Here is the link: Collage Inspiration Pinterest board

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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, Dev. And in this class, we're going to reproduce the look of cut paper collage in procreate. 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 the version of IOS needed to run the current version of procreate. An apple pencil or another stylist is not necessary but would be helpful for detail work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate app. These videos were made with version 4.3 point six. Some very basic knowledge of procreate is assumed, but I will go through. The process in great detail will be using colorful textures, and I have supplied a few to get you started. You can create your own textures and you can check out my class. Create textures in procreate. I've also provided a circle brush for procreate as well as a few other resources. I'll show you in more detail in the last video. You'll find all the files under the Project and Resources Tab under the video. In Lesson one, I'll introduce you to the clipping mask featuring procreate, which we will be using a lot in lesson to. I'll show you two ways to create shadows in less than three. I'll take you through the Kalash process in great detail with this mandala in less, and four will do a second collage of a simple bird and flower in less than five. I'll show you some more examples, and in a bonus lesson, I'll show you how you can take the metallic texture I supplied and make a bunch more in different colors, so let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - Intro to clipping masks: in this lesson, we're going to look at the clipping mask feature, which makes it very easy to apply textures, two lines and shapes. Let's create a new canvas in any size you like. I'll use my usual size 3600 pixels square. You can use your favorite pen. I'm going to use the studio pen from the inking set. Draw a shape and fill it in by dragging the color chip. Then draw a squiggly line and another shape. Now I'll go into my camera, roll and import the texture. Make sure the texture layer is above the drawing, then tap the texture layer and select clipping mask. As you can see, the texture has been clipped to the shapes on the layer below. What's nice about this is you can still move and resize the texture to see which parts look best in your shapes. Also, because the texture is on its own layer, you can audition different textures and see what you like. Let's try another texture, setting it to clipping mask. When you're happy, you have the option to use. Merge down to combine the two layers. You want to do that, especially if you're accumulating too many layers in your document. You can use this technique with any shape or Leinart like the gold texture. I applied to this Mandel I created inappropriate. 3. Lesson 2 - Shadow techniques: if you have taken some of my other classes, you may have seen these techniques already, but I'll go through them here because we'll be using both techniques in our collages. We're going to start with the doodles I made in the previous lesson and make sure your color is set to black. Duplicate the drawing layer and on the lower layer, tap, select and fill layer. If I hide the top layer briefly, you can see the black layer below. Now make sure the black layer is the active one. Select the layer by tapping here and nudge the layer to the lower right by tapping here two or three times. Here's what it looks like. Coals up. Note that I usually do my shadows on the bottom right, but you can do them in another direction if you like. Now let's do a drop shadow. So like the black layer again, this time, drag it a bit further to the lower right. Choose Gaussian blur from the Adjustments menu and dragged your finger from left to right. This percentage shows how much blur you're applying. Stop when you like the degree of blurriness of the shadow. Here's a close up of the two different shadows 4. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage: in this lesson, we're going to start with a simple mandala using the symmetry tools, So let's set up the symmetry tools under action. Activate the drawing guide and tap edit drawing guide tap symmetry than radio and done. Choose a color and your favorite in kingpin and draw some long, skinny shapes. The actual color doesn't matter, but it helps to use a different color on each layer to distinguish the layers later on. Fill the shapes with color by dragging the color chip from the corner. Duplicate the layer so like the current layer and rotate 45 degrees, then merged the two layers together. Next, add a new layer and make sure to turn on drawing assist on all new layers. Each component of the mandala will be on its own layer. She was a different color. Draw a circle and fill it. Notice that the circle is a little bit wonky. I want this toe. Have a hand drawn look so I don't want perfect shapes at another layer, Turn on drawing assist. Choose another color and make a bigger circle. Make sure the layer are in this order at a new layer here and choose another color. Draw some triangles or any other shape you like. Oops. Let's try that again. All right, now we're ready for the next step. 5. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage part 2: Let's import some textures. Our mandala has four layers, so we need four textures. Rearrange the texture layers so that each one is immediately above one of the drawing layers. Now set each of the texture layer to clipping mask. Then you can adjust the textures like I showed you in the clipping mask lesson. The next step is to add a thin shadow to each layer, duplicate each layer of the drawing and fill the lower one with black. Before going any further, I want to talk about layers. The larger your canvas is, the fewer layers you have available under actions. Tap canvas, then canvas information. Here you can see the current number and the maximum number of layers for this canvas. This technique requires a lot of layers, so you need to keep an eye on that. At some point you may run out and you may have to merge some of the layers you already have . Now, back to our mandala, we have a bunch of black layers, each of which has to be nudged by a few pixels. So here's a cool trick. Tap the first black layer, then swipe right on each of the other black layers. So the next thing we do will apply to all these layers at once. Tap the arrow to select, then tap here a few times to nudge the layers. As you can see, this created our thin shadow on all the layers at once, giving the illusion that these are separate layers of paper glued on top of each other. 6. Lesson 3 - Mandala collage part 3: Now let's add some embellishment. First opened the layers panel and tap background. This brings up the color picker, and you can audition different background colors. You can also use another texture as a background, like we'll do in the next lesson. For now, I'll settle on this dark blue when I create an actual collage with painted papers. I like to add embellishments, usually with colored gel pens. I'm going to start with the circle brush in white, create a new layer at the top and set drawing assist. I'll start with a row of dots on top of the top layer. Then, like we did before with the drawing, duplicate the layer, rotate one of them by 45 degrees and merge them. Now I'm going to create a new layer for more embellishment. It's not necessary to create a new layer for every step, but it makes it easier to back up and do something over. So here I'll add some more dots. Now add something on the triangles. Oops, don't forget to turn on drawing assist. Let's try this again. Finally out. Add a black dot and a smaller white dot in the center. Remove the drawing guide, and don't forget to rotate your canvas so that your shadow is in the correct direction. 7. Lesson 4 - Bird and flower collage: Now let's do it. Other Kalash will follow the same steps as before, drawing import textures, clipping masks, shadow and embellish. Create a new canvas and draw a shape that sort of looks like a bird. Then draw wing and remember to put each step on a new layer. Draw three separate layer for a stylized flower. Now we have five objects in five layers, so import five textures and put one above each object said the clipping masks and resize and move the textures until you're happy with the look. - Duplicate each object and fill it with black. This time will be making a bigger drop shadow, giving the illusion that each shape is raised above the one underneath. Make your multiple selection and move all the shapes a small distance to the lower right now for the Gaussian Blur. Unfortunately, that's a future you can't use on multiple layers at once, so we'll have to blur one at a time, start with the 1st 1 and make a note of the percentage you used. Then you can blur all the others with this exactly the same percentage next imported texture for the background. Now we're ready for embellishments we're going to make dots with a circle brush and full stitching. Using an inking pen I had likes for the bird and a stem for the flower and some sketchy lines for framing. - After I finished, I realized I forgot to give the bird beak, so I added it here after the fact. 8. Lesson 5 - More collage examples: here. A few more examples. This is the first collage Bandel A I created, which was the inspiration for this class. And this was my first bird and flower. I created these two birds by tracing actual birds from photographs. I started this bouquet of flowers with a rough sketch and use the same textures on all the flowers. And this is a more complex mandala that you'll have a chance to try as your project. 9. Bonus - Metallic textures: in this bonus lesson, I want to show you how to get more metallic textures from the one I gave you. Load the metallic texture and under adjustments, tap hue, saturation brightness and turned the saturation all the way down. This gives you a grayscale image that you can now colorize. Set up layers filled with different colors and try them out one at a time. You can also play with capacity and blend modes. I find that the overlay blend mode works well for these solid colors, and you can even combine them for more colors. Try this out with colorful textures instead of solid colors and see what you get. 10. Project: I'm looking forward to see the collages that you create If you don't want to start from scratch, I've provided in your resources to procreate files which are set up with shapes already in separate layers so you can start from there if you don't want to start from scratch. 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 of the class and make sure to follow me so you'll be notified of my new classes. If you have any questions, post them in the community area below the video on skill share. Thank you.