iPad Artistry: Mandalas in iOrnament and Procreate | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: Mandalas in iOrnament and Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1

    • 3. Lesson 2

    • 4. Lesson 3

    • 5. Lesson 4

    • 6. Lesson 5

    • 7. Lesson 6

    • 8. Lesson 7

    • 9. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

Mandalas have always been my favourite drawing subject, and that's also true in my digital art. In this class, I will teach you some of the techniques I have learned, creating mandalas in iOrnament and Procreate.


  • iPad with iOS 11 or better (stylus optional)
  • iColorama app
  • Procreate app


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to iOrnament
  • Lesson 2 - A Simple Mandala
  • Lesson 3 - More Mandalas
  • Lesson 4 - More iOrnament Techniques
  • Lesson 5 - Mandalas in Procreate
  • Lesson 6 - Layering Techniques part 1
  • Lesson 7 - Layering Techniques part 2
  • Project

In these other classes, you can learn more techniques for creating backgrounds for your mandalas, as well as techniques for colouring line are.

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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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Fine Art Creative Ipad Art

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1. Intro: Hi, everyone. This is envy, EV. And I want to share how I create my artistic mandalas on my iPad. In October 2018 I joined an October challenge on a Facebook group called Mandalas. For a season, I created a new mandala every day following a daily prompt, and in this class, I'm going to share some of my favorite techniques. You'll need an iPad running IOS 11 or better an apple pencil or other stylists is not necessary, but it can be helpful. You will need to APS procreate and I ornament. These videos were created with procreate version 4.1, and I ornament version 2.3 point one. There might be newer versions available now, but the future's I'll be sharing should still work the same way. In less than one, I'm going to walk through the basic features of I ornament, and in less than two, we're going to create a simple mandala in less than three will create two more Mandel ists , and in less than four, we'll explore more I ornament features. In less than five. I'll show you a new feature and procreate that can be used to draw mandalas and in less in six and seven. I'll show you how to overlay mandalas on top of different backgrounds. These images air provided for you under the your Project tab, you can use them to follow along or as part of your project. Now let's get started. 2. Lesson 1: this lesson is a quick introduction to I ornament one of my favorite APS. This is the main screen of the app, with tools on the right side and the drawing surface on the left. I made some screen caps of the help screens to show you the basics. At the top of the tool section are your color choices. You could change the colors available in the settings. At its core, I ornament is an app for creating repeat patterns. We won't be using the's settings in this class, but these air the 17 possible ways you can make repeat patterns when you're working on an image you can pinch to zoom in and out by zooming in. You can create intricate details by tapping here, you can change the mode from repeat patterns to circular designs or Mandel ISS tap the camera icon to see options for saving and exporting these air. The stroke options like size and capacity. There are lots more features in this app that we won't be using in this class, but let me know if you have any interest in another class to explore more features of I ornament 3. Lesson 2: Now we're going to create our first mandala, will open I ornament, and I'll show you how I usually set it up. First tap here to switch to circular mode, then tap the gear to open the settings panel. Under stroke. Symmetries tap faint In the document, you can see lines that delineate the repeats around the circle. Tap here to select a background color and select white. We're just going to be drawing black on white for now. Tap here to close the settings panel. Select black as the stroke color. Set the saturation brightness and a pass ITI to maximum and the blurriness to zero. If you zoom out, you can see the outer boundaries of the design. You can use this control to set the thickness of your stroke. Then you can draw using your finger or stylus as you draw. Your stroke is replicated around the circle if you need to, at any time, you can undo one or more strokes when you're done, tap the camera icon to see the export options under preferences for export. Make sure transparent background is turned on, then go back and tap export image and save it to either your camera roll or Dropbox. Here are two examples of simple mandalas. I created an eye ornament and then embellished with colorful backgrounds in procreate. 4. Lesson 3: in this lesson, I'm going to start by creating a more detailed mandala. I delete my previous mandala by tapping the trash can. By the way, if you go to the export menu and tap, save and load, you can save unfinished images that you want to work on later When drawing a mandala, this is the number of times the pattern is repeated around the circle. Tap the plus or minus signs to set the number of repeats now that zoom into the center and reduce the stroke size. Now I'm going to draw from the inside out, varying the stroke size as I go. Varying the stroke size adds interest to the drawing and makes it possible toe. Add fine detail. Periodically, I zoom all the way out to sea where I met in the drawing. When you're done, you can save to the camera roll. Sometimes I like to give a more sketchy look to my drawings about drawing back and forth with the stylists. - Here are a few more examples using these techniques. These are done with the sketchy look, and these are examples of more detailed Mandel ists 5. Lesson 4: Now we're going to explore some more features of I ornament. This option changes the drawing mode for mandalas from mirror to what I call the pinwheel mode. You can see as I draw that all the strokes go in the same direction for a pinwheel effect. Now let's go back to the other mode and go to the settings panel. Change the background to black, then tap here and turn on the M boss feature. Tap the small triangle to open a panel with more stroke options. Tap here for the gold option and choose yellow. When you draw, you get an automatic embossed metal effect, which is very cool. If you have an apple pencil, this option will allow you to increase the width of the stroke with pressure on the pencil . You can also use black, too. Make it look like there are holes in the gold. Now we need to do two things before we save. First, turn off the transparent background, then remove the symmetry lines because there seems to be a bug in the app that will cause the lines to be saved with the image and then save the image. Here are two more examples that were done with the embossed feature. This is a more detailed one with a close up on the right. There are also some cool, radiant strokes for you to try. 6. Lesson 5: Now I'm going to show you a feature that was introduced in procreate version 4.1. I'll start by creating a new canvas in my favorite size 3600 pixels square, and we're going to create three simple Mandala joins in the options panel. Tap canvas turned on the drawing guide and tap Edit Drawing guide. Now there are several options you can explore, but for now we're going to choose symmetry and radio. This will displace um, guides that are similar to the ones in I ornament Tap Done. Now we pick out a brush the studio pen from the inking set, just like an eye ornament. Your strokes are replicated symmetrically as you draw. Now I'm going to hide this layer and add a new layer for another drawing. I need to turn on drawing assist for the new layer to get the symmetrical drawing. Now I'm going to show you a trick to get more repeats around the circle, duplicate the drawing layer, tap here to select one of the layers and tap here once to rotate the drawing by 45 degrees . Merge the two layers together and you have a drawing with double the number of sections. Hide this layer and add a new layer for another drawing. This time we're going to go to the calligraphy brush set and choose the streets. Brush, turn on drawing assist for a new layer. And now we're drawing with the thick, streaky brush. And now we're done with our three Mandala drawings in procreate. 7. Lesson 6: in this and the next lesson, we're going to be adding color and texture to our mandalas. First, let's create a simple background in the elements set. Choose the clouds brush, set the color to black. Adjust the size and capacity of the brush and paint a background. Now import the gold. I ornament mandala from the camera roll. Change the blend mode to color dodge to bring up the texture. Now you see the reddish tint at the top. We want to bring up more of that. The red shows up where there is more black in the layer below, so go back to the lower layer and add some black until you're happy with the result. Now let's try another mandala. Choose this one and copy. Create a new canvas and paste the drawing. Create a new layer and dragon below the drawing. Still, using the clouds brush, choose a blue color and paint some of the background. Then go ahead and choose more colors and continue painting until you're satisfied with the background. Now we're going to add some highlighting and shading. Make two copies of the mandala layer, tap the middle one, select and fill it with white. Tap the transform arrow, then tap a few times in this corner to nudge the image towards the upper left to create a highlight. Now select the lower black layer, using the same method to nudge it to the lower right. Still, with the lower black layer selected. Opened the adjustments panel and select Gaussian Blur. Slide your finger left and right to adjust the amount of Blur. I said it to around 17% to make a nice drop shadow, and we're done. Here are a few examples where I use similar techniques in this one. I started with the line drawing and added a colorful background here. I colored a few sections in white to make them pop, and then I used the soft brush to add highlights to make the sections more dimensional. And here's one last example 8. Lesson 7: in this lesson, we're going to explore some more color techniques. First, let's find another of the pro create mandalas. Copy it, create a new canvas and paste. Now I'm going to import a background from my camera roll. This one is available in your project. Resources dragged the background layer below the drawing and duplicate the drawing layer. Select the top one and fill it with white, then with the black layer underneath. Created drop shadow like we did before by nudging the layer and then using Gaussian blur. Now let's grab the third mandala. Copy it. Create a new canvas and paste. Now activate Alfa Lock on the layer. This will allow you to paint on lee on the non transparent areas. Choose a golden yellow color. Use the cloud brush and paint over the image. Paint with a hidden miss approach were not after a solid color. That's why we're using the cloud brush. Now. Choose a lighter gold color and paid a few areas. Choose an even lighter color almost white and add some highlights in order to make the design pop, create a new layer underneath and fill that with black. Now you can get back to the top layer at a few more highlights if you want, until you're happy with the results. This is a great technique for adding texture to areas of flat color. Now let's try another technique. I'm going to import a colorful background. Now I'm adding a layer on top and setting it up for assistant drawing like we did before. This time I will turn on rotational symmetry, which gives us a pinwheel effect like the one we saw in I ornament. I'm going to choose black and the script brush from the calligraphy set and draw a very simple image with that thick pen. Like before I make three copies of the drawing layer, fill the middle one with white and nudge it to create a highlight, then nudged the lower layer and apply the Gaussian blur to make the drop shadow. Now I go to the top layer and select, then moved to the white layer and clear. This will leave on Lee the white pixels that made up the highlight and that we're not underneath the drawing. Then I repeat the process. Go to the top layer, select switch to the shadow layer and clear now hide the top layer and voila! The shape of the mandala appears M bossed right into the texture. Here are two more example of the coloring technique. I'd like to use it to create textures that look like tarnished metal, and this is another example of the M boss technique. 9. Project: for your class project. I would like you to create one mandala in I ornament and one in procreate and then add backgrounds in procreate. I have provided a couple of images you can use if you want to jump right into the appropriate techniques. If you're interested in creating background textures in procreate or more techniques on coloring. Leinart, check out these two classes. Thank you so much for watching my class and please please share your work in the project section.