iPad Artistry: More Digital Collage - Cut Paper Techniques | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: More Digital Collage - Cut Paper Techniques

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Circles

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Paper Texture

    • 4. Lesson 3 - More Circles

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Other Shapes part 1

    • 6. Lesson 4 - Other Shapes part 2

    • 7. Lesson 5 - More examples

    • 8. Lesson 6 - Mandalas Overview

    • 9. Lesson 7 - Landscape part 1

    • 10. Lesson 7 - Landscape part 2

    • 11. Lesson 8 - Silhouettes

    • 12. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class! This is a follow-up to my previous Digital Collage class with some more techniques to create the look of cut-and-layered paper art in Procreate.


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


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - Circles
  • Lesson 2 - Paper Texture
  • Lesson 3 - More Circles
  • Lesson 4 - Other Shapes (2 parts)
  • Lesson 5 - More examples
  • Lesson 6 - Mandalas Overview
  • Lesson 7 - Landscape (2 parts)
  • Lesson 8 - Silhouettes
  • 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 In this class, we're going to look at more techniques for creating the look of cut paper collage in procreate. After my last class, I created a lot of these kinds of artworks, and eventually I decided I had enough material for a second class. If you quickly about tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information and links, including a link to my collage inspiration board on Pinterest. Any downloadable files I mentioned can be found under the Project tab. You will need an iPad running the version of IOS required to run the current version of procreate. An apple pencil or other stylists is not necessary, but it would be helpful for detailed work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate up. The videos were made with procreate version 5.0 point one. Some very basic knowledge of procreate is assumed, but I will go through the process in detail in Lesson one. I'll show you a simple project made up of concentric circles will go through all the steps in detail in lesson to will look at paper textures, which add a very realistic feel. In less than three, we'll see what we can do with more circles in lessons 45 and six. We'll look at some more complex examples with a variety of shapes in less than seven will be creating a simple landscape and in less than eight will create a geometric mosaic, So let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - Circles: for our first lesson, we're going to create some simple circles. Start with the new document. I'm using my preferred size 3600 by 3600 pixels, but you can use any size you prefer. I'm adding layers so that I have a total of six to start on. Choosing a very dark purple color. Go to the bottom layer and use color. Drop to fill the layer with the color. Then I used gradually lighter version of that color and fill all the other layers so that from bottom to top, the colors go from dark to light. - Now let's go to the top layer and activate the selection tool. Choose the ellipse and touch and drag from upper left to lower right. If you hold a finger of your other hand on the screen, this will force the ellipse into a perfect circle. When you lift your pencil, you can see these diagonal lines would show the area that is not selected. Go back to the layer panel and choose clear. We now have cleared a circular hole in the top layer where you can see the color of the layer below. Go to the next layer down and select a circle inside the boundaries of the first circle. If you don't get what you want on the first try, just have reset and try again. When you have a circle, you're like, clear the selection. Continue doing the same with all except the bottom layer. Now the next step is a shading method will be using throughout the class to give the illusion that the layers are on top of each other. I'm going to go over in detail here, and then I'll go a little faster in the other videos. Step one. Duplicate all the layers except the bottom one. Just swipe left on each one and tap duplicate Step two. First, select a very dark color that matches the main color of your painting or black. Here, I'm selecting a very dark purple darker than the purple on the bottom layer. Then go to all the duplicate layers and select and fill each one with the dark color. I'll refer to these as the shading layers. Step three. Now we want to select all the shading layers to do that tap on the top one, then swipe right on. All the others tap the transform tool to select all the layers. Now we want to nudge all these layers to the lower right by tapping on the lower right outside the drawing, you can see the shading layers coming into view. Step four. We're going to apply a blur to make the shading more realistic. Unfortunately, unlike the last step, you have to do this one layer at a time. Select the top shading layer and in the adjustments panel, tap Gaussian blur. Now slide your finger from left to right and you wear on the screen. You'll see at the top the percentage of blur that is applied. Watch the shadow as you swipe and stop when you like. The amount of blur. Make a note of the percentage you used, then do the same for all the other shading layers. Now we're done with this stage of the painting. 3. Lesson 2 - Paper Texture: The shading we did does a good job of selling this as separate layers of paper. But there's just one thing missing the texture of the paper. Choose a light gray color and add a new layer on top. I found some paintbrushes that, when used with a great color, given nice paper texture. For example, go to the sketching brushes and choose the oil pastel brush. Set it to the maximum size and swoosh over your entire canvas. Change the blend mode of the layer to multiply and lower the A pass ity until you like the look. If I zoom in, you can see that you now have a nice texture on all your layers, so this gives you a simple paper texture to get you started. But how do you get more? There are two ways to get a paper texture, an actual image that you can import or a brush there, some free ones you can get, and some that will cost a few dollars. This is a snapshot from the discussion forms on the procreate website, or I did a search for paper texture. There's a lot of free stuff available here. Both images and brushes, and this is one of my own recent purchases on creative market. You'll find the links to both of these under the project tab. To use these textures, you can import a texture into procreate at the top of your layers. Set the blend mode to multiply and adjust the capacity. 4. Lesson 3 - More Circles: Let's look at more things you can do with selections. Create two layers and fill them with two different colors. First, select a circle like we did before. Tap the remove button and make another circle overlapping. The first tap the add button and make another circle. Go to the layer and clear. You can then add all the shading in one go. You can use the add and remove functions to make interesting, complex selections. Here's another example where I used the ad function to select a bunch of circles on each layer to get this cool, overlapping effect here, all the layers with shading layers. With a design like this, you can try different overlapping effects by moving the pairs of layers up and down. 5. Lesson 4 - Other Shapes part 1: Now we're going to look at creating some more random shapes. I'm starting with six layers in different colors, and I want to create a hand drawn shape. I tap the selection tool and choose FREEHAND. I start here, draw a shape and tap this spot again to close the selection. Then I clear the layer. Now, if I zoom in, you'll see that the edges air a bit ragged. That may be what you want, but I'm looking for a smoother look, so I'll undo that. I'm using the two finger tap to undo and tap the eraser tool for a brush shape. Look at the air brushes. I made a copy of the heart airbrush and in the brush settings I turned streamlined to the maximum to give me a smoother stroke. Then I erased the outline of the shape I want to cut out than to erase the inside. I switched to a larger brush. Then I switched to the next layer down and you raise the shape inside the 1st 1 and I continue through all the layers except for the bottom one. - Now we do the shading, just as we did previously duplicating slayer fill the duplicate layers with a very dark red , almost black nudge. All the layers to the lower right add the Gaussian blur and finally, the paper texture. 6. Lesson 4 - Other Shapes part 2: if you have looked at the Pinterest board I mentioned earlier, or if you just Google cut paper art, you'll see very intricate, detailed work, and in some of them, there are often shapes sticking out towards the centre out of each layer of paper. Let's go back to the previous canvass and make a copy. You raise the shading layers and hide the paper texture at the top. Choose the studio pen from the inking set, go to the top color layer and draw some loops from the edge towards the center. Do the same for some of the other layers. This is a simple example, but these shapes could be as intricate as you like. And unlike riel cut paper, you can undo if you make a mistake or change your mind. Then we get to the shading step, which works just like before. 7. Lesson 5 - More examples: I want to show you a few more examples. This one consists of concentric shapes like we did before. But instead of flat color, I used some colorful textures on all the layers. Check out my Dexter's class to learn how to create your own. In this one, I started with some large concentric shapes to create a frame. Now I want to take a second to talk about layers. Both the amount of memory you have on your iPad and the size of your canvas affect the maximum number of layers you can have, so sometimes you need to switch to another canvas, but you don't want to lose all the separate layers. So here I copied the whole canvas and pasted it as a single layer in a separate canvas. So I still have all my layers in the other canvas in case I want to change something. But here in the second cannabis, I have more layers available to me. Here I drew a tree branch, added a bird silhouette and some butterflies. You can draw a bird shape or trace an outline from a photo. Then I added the shading for all the new elements 8. Lesson 6 - Mandalas Overview: I'm not going to spend a lot of time on mandalas because you can learn to draw them in my mandalas class. And also in the first digital collage class, I drew all these elements using the symmetry tool in procreate. One thing to keep in mind is to put all the elements on separate layers for the shading to work. Then I added all the shadows. Then I added an extra background layer and a framing layer with its own shadow, making it look like the mandala is inset. Here are a few more examples. 9. Lesson 7 - Landscape part 1: a lot of artists create landscapes in cut paper artwork. This is a photo from picks Obey that inspired this landscape. Start with a new canvas. I have provided a color palette in the class resources. It's called landscape palette. I'm going to start with the selection tool in FREEHAND mode. The first layer is the part of the landscape that is closest to us. I draw the outline first, starting at the top of the selection across the canvas and around the bottom. Choose a color and fill this election. Use the same method to create more selections and more layers for the bottom layer. Just fill the whole layer with the color. So now we have three layers representing ground at the bottom one water layer, three layers of mountains and the sky. Now, to make a frame, add a layer of the top. Fill it with a dark red color like we did before will make a circular selection and clear so that we have a circular hole. Now we're going to add shading layers. Let's start with the landscape. Let's move the layers up and to the right, and then do the Gaussian blur on each one. Then we'll add the shading for the frame and we have one more thing to add before we're done. 10. Lesson 7 - Landscape part 2: Now let's add a tree to our landscape. We're on a separate layer above the frame with the studio pen brush and using the dark red color of the frame, draw a tree trunk and some simple branches as if the tree is part of the frame. - Add a new layer below the branches and use a free hand selection to make some foliage. Fill this election with red or orange from the color palette, then at a shadow to the foliage. You can also add a shadow to the trunk and branches. Here's a sample image I created earlier with three trees. The three are identical except for size and color. 11. Lesson 8 - Silhouettes: for this project, we're going to do something a little different. When I started this, I wanted to make it look like a mosaic of colored paper shapes. I found the silhouette of a kiwi on picks. Obey. I'm enlarging the silhouette to fill more of the canvas at New earlier on top, setting it to clipping, mask and choose the studio pen. As you can see, the clipping mask function ensures that what you draw is only visible. Where there is already color in the layer below with black, draw an outline around the shape, - create a new layer on top and reduce the opacity of the silhouette layer. Draw a bunch of lines to divide up the shape into triangles. Now, before we feel the triangles with color, turn off the clipping mask on the outline layer used. Merge down to merge the top two layers and hide the silhouette layer. I created a palette of shades of green that you can download from the resources section, but you can choose your own color palette. Use color drop to randomly fill all the sections of the drawing. Now all the lines and the color should be on one layer above the original silhouette. Set the layer to clipping mask, which will clip the drawing to the silhouette. You may need to put the transparency of the silhouette back up to 100% then merged. The two layers now duplicate the layer and create a shadow with our usual process at a paper texture at the top. - And we're done. Here's another example where I used blue colors on the silhouette of a cat, also from picks Obey. 12. Project: for your class project. If you like, you can try one or two of the projects you've seen in the lessons. Under the Projects Tab, you'll find links to the kiwi and cat silhouettes on picks. Obey the other classes I mentioned paper textures and brush is in the procreate forms and on the right hand side. Other downloadable files, the kiwi and landscape color palettes and also this Mandela in procreate format for you to play with colors or textures. 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 of my new classes. If you have any questions, please post them in the community area below the video on skill share. Thank you.