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iPad Artistry: Using Patterns in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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13 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Introduction to Patterns

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Patterns and Textures

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Clipping Masks

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Cut-Paper Technique

    • 6. Lesson 5 - Patterns on Photos

    • 7. Lesson 6 - Quilt Patterns

    • 8. Lesson 7 - Metallic Effect

    • 9. Lesson 8 - Distorting Patterns

    • 10. Lesson 9 - Embossed Patterns

    • 11. Lesson 10 - Patterns in Mandalas

    • 12. Bonus Lesson - Changing Brush Behaviour

    • 13. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

I enjoy creating pattern brushes for Procreate. I give away my brush packs. You can find all my brushes here: https://www.amarylliscreations.com/gc/freebies/procreate-brushes/

In this class, I will show you several ways you can use patterns in your digital art. Here are a few examples.



  • iPad, Procreate app

Downloadable Resources (under the Project tab)

  • custom brush set
  • gold texture
  • mandala drawing
  • circles canvas


  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to Patterns
  • Lesson 2 - Patterns and Textures
  • Lesson 3 - Clipping Masks
  • Lesson 4 - Cut-Paper Technique
  • Lesson 5 - Patterns on Photos
  • Lesson 6 - Quilt Patterns
  • Lesson 7 - Metallic Effect
  • Lesson 8 - Distorting Patterns
  • Lesson 9 - Embossed Patterns
  • Lesson 10 - Patterns in Mandalas
  • Bonus Lesson - Changing Brush Behaviour
  • 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: Hi everyone. This is done via have, welcome to my class. In the past few months, I've created several brush packs for procreate, and a lot of them are repeat patterns. In this class, I'll show you some techniques you can incorporate in your own paintings. If you click the About tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information and links, including a link to all my free brush sets. Here are the resources available in this class. Accustomed brush set, which is a small collection of brushes from all my brush sets. And three files that we will use in the class. A gold texture, a Mandela's starter, and a cut paper image starter. You'll find them on the right-hand side under the Project tab. You'll need an iPad running the version of iOS needed to run the current version of procreate. And Apple pencil or other stylists isn't necessary. But it can be helpful, especially if you want to do detailed work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate app. The videos were made with procreate version 5.0.2 eight with iPad OS 13.5.1. In lesson one, I'll show you some of the patterns will be using in the class, as well as where you can go on my website to get all my brushes. In lesson two, we'll look at how you can use patterns and textures together. In lesson three, we'll look at how you can use clipping masks to add interest to the patterns. And in lesson four, I'll show you how you can use patterns with the cut paper technique from an earlier class. In less than five, I'll show you how you can add patterns to photos. And less than six, we'll focus on my quilt patterns. In less than seven, I'll be applying a metallic texture to a pattern. And in lesson eight, I'll show you two techniques for distorting patterns. In lesson nine will use my embarassing techniques on some patterns. And in less than ten, we'll add patterns to a Mandela. Finally, in a bonus lesson, I'll show you a couple of ways you can change the behavior of pattern brushes. So let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - Introduction to Patterns: Let's have a look at the class brush set. It contains a selection of my pattern brushes, one brush from my circles pack, and two textures from my textures pack. I'll choose one of the pattern brushes like this quilt pattern and paint. This one brush isn't a repeat pattern. It's actually a stamp. You use it by just tapping once on the canvas. It's important to put down the pattern in one pass. Because if your lift your stylist and start again, the odds are the pattern won't line up. Having said that though, you can get some interesting effects with some patterns by adding layers. Now I'm switching to my web browser to show you the brush sets on my website. The link under the About tab will bring you to this page. On this page you can scroll down to see all the brush sets. If you tap one of them, you'll see a preview video and buttons to download the brush set and a reference PDF document. 3. Lesson 2 - Patterns and Textures: If you've watched any of my classes, you know how much I loved texture. Here. I'm choosing the clouds brush from the procreate elements set and just swooshing around with shades of blue. Now I'll create a new layer. I choose one of my patterns, number 35, and paint with a very pale blue. Having the pattern on the separate layer allows you to adjust the opacity to get exactly the look you want. Let's do another 1. First, I'll create a gradient background. I'm using the soft air brush to paint two bands of red and one band of yellow in the center. Then I go to the adjustments menu and choose Gaussian blur. I swipe from left to right until I get to look. I like add a new layer. Choose a pattern. I'll choose a colour in the same color family as the gradient and paint the pattern. Now let's start with a green background. Add a new layer. Twos, a lighter tone of the same color. Choose a pattern and paint. Now this isn't enough of a contrast. So I'll undo with a two finger tap and change the color slightly. That's better. Add another layer. Change the size of the pattern brush, and paint some random strokes. You can use these techniques to create pattern paper for digital scrapbooking, either for yourself or even to sell. 4. Lesson 3 - Clipping Masks: I love the effects you can get with clipping masks. First, a simple example. Filler layer with a dark color using color drop. Add a layer above, changed the color to white. Choose a pattern brush, and paint the pattern all over. Add another layer on top and set it to clipping mask. Now choose a lighter tone of your background color and choose a texture brush from the class set. Make sure you're on the clipping mask layer and paint over the texture, change colors and paid some more. Because we set this layer to clipping mask, the texture is only applied to the pattern that is right underneath. Now let's try something more complex. Hide these layers and add a new layer. Texture brush number eight. And paint in a light turquoise. Add some purple. If it's too much, you can add back some turquoise to tone it down. Add some red, violet and pain until you'd like to look at a new layer. Choose black. And this teardrop pattern. Paint the pattern on your canvas. Now we're going to select some of the teardrops to paint the interior. Tap the selection tool, and tap automatic. Remember we're on the pattern layer. Tap inside some of the teardrops on the lower right to create a selection. Once you're happy with the selection, add a new layer. Twos, white, tap the layer and fill layer. So this will fill only the areas we selected earlier. Add a new layer, and repeat the process for more teardrops. Oops, I forgot to switch back to the pattern layer. Now select some teardrops. Switch back to the top layer and fill. Repeat for the rest of the teardrops. Now above each of the layers we just created at a layer and set it to clipping mask. These layers will allow us to paint with different colors. Start with the first teardrop layer and paint with red and the same texture we used in the background. 2s, the clipping mask for the middle layer and paint with orange and pain, the third one with yellow. Now you can change the color of the pattern lines. We could use a clipping mask. Or in this case, I'll select the pattern layer and set alpha log. This will allow us to paint only in the areas that are already painted. Chooses air brush, choose white, and paint. The alpha log technique is useful if you have a limited number of layers available in your canvas. 5. Lesson 4 - Cut-Paper Technique: In this lesson, we're going to combine patterns with my cut paper technique. First, let's create a texture. Choose the rest and dk brush. In the industrial Zen. Start with a solid color fill using color drop. And then create a texture with several colors of your choice. Add a layer above the texture. Choose a color, patterns, 78, brush, and solution all over the canvas. Now we're going to add a shadow, duplicate the pattern layer. Tap the lower one, changed the color to black. Select the layer and fill. If I hide the orange layer, you can see the black underneath. Now, make sure the black layers selected. Tap the Transform Tool and tap a few times outside the canvas lower right corner. This will nudge the layer in that direction with each tap. Here's what it looks like. Close up. Now we're going to soften the shadow a bit. And the adjustments menu. Choose Gaussian Blur and move your finger or stylus from left to right. This is a bit too far. Look at the percentage here. I'm using about 7%. So here you go. This gives the illusion of a layer of cut paper on top of the background. You could stop here or we can do one more step. Go to the orange pattern layer and set it to alpha log. Alpha log will ensure that you can only paint in places where there's already paint on that layer. Twos, a pattern and a color. Swoosh over the canvas. And now you have pattern paper. Let's do another one. I'll give you a copy of this Canvas to get started. You can find out how to create something like this in my cut papers class. You have four colored layers that represent layers of paper. All of them are set to alpha log. And the black layers are the drop shadows for each layer. Let's choose a pattern. Make sure the top colored layers selected. Choose a color. I'd like to choose a pattern color which is similar to the Layer Color, but just a bit lighter or darker. Paint the pattern. Now this is a little lighter than I wanted, so I'll undo, reduce the opacity of the brush. Now that looks good. Let's go to another layer. Choose another pattern, and repeat the process. To find a similar color. I usually pick up the surface color and then make it a little lighter. And then repeat the process for the other two layers. And here you have cut paper layers with pattern paper. 6. Lesson 5 - Patterns on Photos: Now I want to show you how you can add interest to a photo with patterns. I'm importing a photo I downloaded from Pixabay. You can go to the Pixabay website and do a search on landscape and find many photos suitable for this technique. Or you can use one of your own photos. We're going to use the selection tool to select the sky. Tap the selection tool. Tap on a spot in the sky and without lifting your stylus, move left or right to change how much color variation this selection will include. So I'll stop about here and lift my stylus. Then I'll tap here to grab that color and select the rest of the sky. With the sky selected, I'll create a new layer. As long as that selection is active, I can only paint in the selected area. I'll choose white and pattern brush 41, and swipe all over the sky. Now the white isn't my final color. But I painted with white to see if the selection goes over some of the other areas of the photo. So here you can see some of the pattern got on the mountain. So I'm choosing a hard airbrushed eraser at a small size and erase those bits. Now everything else seems fine on the mountains. Now I didn't really want the pattern that bright. So I lower the opacity of the layer until I'm happy with the look. And here's our finished landscape. Here's another one where I use the same technique. And then I used an eraser in a hit and miss fashion over the pattern to give it a slightly grungy look. 7. Lesson 6 - Quilt Patterns: I love traditional quilt patterns, and I've created a whole brush set of 21 of these patterns have included one of the brushes in your class brush set. Let's start with a blank canvas. Choose a color and fill the canvas. Add a new layer on top. Choose a second color. Choose the pattern 15 brush, and fill the canvas with the pattern. You can play with the opacity of the pattern. And now you have a nice background you can use in one of your paintings or digital scrapbooking. Let's try another one. This time I'm going to start with a gradient. Use a soft brush and two colors. And then use Gaussian blur until you're happy with the gradient. Add a new layer, pick a third color, and paint the pattern. Now let's try adding textures. Choose the textures, three brush and a color. And paint the texture. Add a layer. Set the color to white, and paint the pattern. At a third layer, set it to clipping mask and choose perhaps the same texture and a contrasting color. Then paint the texture. The possibilities are endless when you can have any texture applied to the pattern. Here's an example where I use one of the quilt patterns as a background for a rose. 8. Lesson 7 - Metallic Effect: Metallic effects can give a nice popped to your work. I'm starting with a red background. Then I select a darker red and a texture eight brush. And add the texture. Add a new layer. Set the color to white. 2's a pattern brush. I'm choosing pattern number four and paint the pattern. Now I load one of my gold textures. I've shared a copy with you. You can find it under the Project tab. Set the gold layer to clipping mask to apply the gold only to the pattern. Now you can stop here, or we can add a highlight and shadow to the pattern, make two copies of the pattern layer. And select the middle one. Tap the Transform Tool, and tap here once or twice to nudge the layer to the top-left. You want the White to be just peeking out from the gold. This is the highlight layer. Set the color to black. Now select the bottom pattern layer, tap the layer and tap, select tap the layer again and tap fill layer. This will be the shadow layer. Again, tap the Transform Tool and tap to nudge a few times to the lower right. Now let's soften the shadow layer a little. We're still on the shadow layer. Tap Gaussian blurring the adjustments menu. And move your finger left to right until you have a blur around 5%. Now, an optional step. If you would like to brighten up the goal to add a new layer at the top and set it to clipping mask. You see you can have more than one clipping mask layer. Pick up one of the lighter colors in the texture. I choose a texture brush because I don't want a solid color. Then you can dab the color in a few areas to brighten the gold. Here's another example. I use this texture and this pattern from my free brushes. 9. Lesson 8 - Distorting Patterns: There are a few features you can use to distort patterns. First, I'm applying a grid pattern. In the adjustment menu, choose liquefying, tap, push, and then tap and drag in several areas. This way you can make a wonky grid. Now this isn't a pattern brush per se. It's actually a stamp brush. You just tap once on the canvas. Now tap the Transform Tool and tap warp. And you can drag the corners to change the shape. Reset and tap distort to see another way to change the shape. If you come up with more ways to use these tools, please share them in the project section. 10. Lesson 9 - Embossed Patterns: You may have seen my embarassing effect in another one of my classes. It works very well with patterns. I'll start with the texture using several colors. Add a layer above, set the color to yellow or anything that will contrast with white. Choose a pattern and paint it on the canvas. Now we're going to use the same technique we used in the metallic video. Make two copies of the pattern layer. Set the color to white. Tap the top pattern layer. Select and Phil, oops, the white should be the middle layer. So move that. Do the same with black on the lower pattern layer. Now we have three pattern layers, the color white and black. Select the white layer, tap the Transform Tool and nudge it a bit to the top-left. Do the same to nudge the black to the lower right. So here's a close-up of what we have so far. Apply a small amount of Gaussian blur to the white layer. About 4.5%. Do the same for the black, around 7%. Now, in order to get the embossed effect, we only want the white and the black parts that are sticking out of the yellow. So we need to erase the white and black that are directly under the yellow. So here's how we do that. Tap the yellow pattern layer and tap select switch to the white layer and clear. Back to the yellow layer. Tab select switch to the black layer and clear. And now for the reveal, hide the yellow layer. And voila, here's our emboss pattern. I know this is a bit complicated. If you have any questions, please post them under the Discussion tab below the video. And here's another example using one of my newer patterns. 11. Lesson 10 - Patterns in Mandalas: Mandela's are among my favorite things to draw and paint. You can find out how to create them in my mandalas class. In this lesson, I will use a drawing of a Mandela That I made available to you in the resources under the Project tab. First, let's set the background to a color other than white. You'll see why in a minute. I'm adding five layers. Each one will be used for a different color and pattern. For now, set the color to white. Go to the Mandela drawing layer. Tap the selection tool and make sure it's set to Automatic. And we're going to use a similar technique to what we used earlier with the teardrop pattern. Tap once to select the area outside the Mandela. Switch to the next layer, up. Tap the layer and tap fill layer. We now have a section of our image on its own layer. Go back to the Mandela layer, tap the selection tool, and tap on all the outside sections of the Mandela. Go to the next empty layer and fill. Repeat with the next sections. Here I'm going to include the center ng-repeat one final time. Now, we can apply a different color and pattern. Each of these layers. First add a clipping mask layer above. One. Go to the first clipping mask layer. Choose a color and fill the layer with color drop. Because we have a clipping mask, you can just fill the whole layer with the color and the rule only applied to the sections that you selected. Go up to the next clipping mask layer, choose another color and fill with color drop. Do the same three more times for the rest of the layers. Now we have some solid color in each layer. If you wish, you could add texture to each one the same way. But for now I'm going to focus on patterns. First, I'm going to choose this dot pattern and go to one of the color layers. I'm picking up the color of the layer. Two, let me choose the pattern color. I choose a darker version of the same color and paint. Of course, you could choose a contrasting color if you like. Again, because of the clipping mask, the pattern will only show up where I wanted. Now I wanted to use the same pattern for another layer. I pick up the color, make it a little darker. Reduce the size of the dots, and pain. And I repeat the process for the rest of the layers. Here are a few more examples. 12. Bonus Lesson - Changing Brush Behaviour: In this bonus lesson, I'm going to show you a couple of brush settings that you can change to get a cool effect. So we're gonna play with this circle pattern. It's always a good idea to duplicate a brush when you want to play with the settings. So you always have the original To go back to. First, let's look at how the brush works. If I just tap, I get a circle containing the pattern. Whereas if I tap and drag, I get the pattern. Open the brush menu and tap the brush to bring up the brush studio. In the left column are categories of settings. The settings themselves are in the middle. And on the right is a drawing pad where you can preview the brush. If I go to the grain, you can see that this is where the pattern itself lifts. Now remember when I tap the pattern that came out in a circle, that's the shape of the brush. Now I'm going to change the shape. Tap, Edit, import, and source library. This is a library of shapes that is built into procreate. I'm going to choose this fuzzy circle. Tap done. Then done again. I'll erase the canvas. And now when I tap, you see the brush has a fuzzy edge. When you paint the pattern, you'll have the fuzzy edge around the painted area. Now let's go back to the brush studio. Tap color dynamics, tapped drawing pad and clear drawing pad. Tab drawing pad again, and change the color to blue. This effect won't work if you have your color set to black or white. Now increase the hue slider, partway and paint on the drawing pad. The colors you see are colors that are close to the blue we selected on the color wheel. The more you increase the hue setting, the more colors you get. And here's what you get when you increase it to maximum tap done. If you just tap, you'll get a different color each time. But if you paint, you'll get the multi-color effect you saw in the brush studio. Here's the pattern which really pops on a black background. Here I added a texture on another layer with clipping mask. In this one, I took the original pattern and use liquefy to distort the circles. Go ahead and play with brush settings. You never know what you might come up with. 13. Project: For your project, I would like you to reproduce one of the paintings I did in the class, but give it your own spin. You can use the brushes in the class set or any other pattern brushes from my free sets. The link to my brushes is under the Project tab. I mentioned some of my other classes where you might find some techniques you can use in conjunction with patterns, textures. Mandela's, the liquefied tool, my two collage and cut paper classes. And the backgrounds for tangling class that includes more texture techniques. You are downloadable resources. The brush set, the Mandela drawing, the gold texture, and the procreate canvas with the overlapping circles. 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 can be notified when I post a new class. I also post to my followers when I release a new free brush set. If you have any questions, please post them in the discussion area below the video on skill share. Thank you.