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Mixed media: combining watercolors and Procreate

teacher avatar S Sukilopi, Artist, Skillshare teacher

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Presentation

    • 2. Watercolor backgrounds

    • 3. Bird shape

    • 4. Bird texture

    • 5. Background elements

    • 6. Your project, and more birds!

    • 7. Finally

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About This Class

If you love painting with watercolors and with Procreate but don’t know how to combine them successfully, this class is just for you :)

We will create a mixed media project with vibrant colors and original elements, and you will learn some techniques that you can use for various types of projects.

I will show you how to import visual elements into Procreate, and how to blend the various textures so that the whole piece looks harmonious. 

You will learn how to use your drawings, napkins, failed artwork etc. to create beautiful digital art. 

Come and join me for this class now, and let’s create a gorgeous mixed media illustration together! 

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S Sukilopi

Artist, Skillshare teacher



Hello, I'm Sandrine.

I am an artist and Skillshare teacher who loves using all kinds of media and especially watercolors. I am also a Procreate lover and I especially enjoy painting portraits and whimsical art digitally.

I sell my art through exhibitions and on print on demand websites, such as Society6 and Redbubble.

My main sources of inspiration are my daily reveries, nature, music and books. I am also a major paper hoarder and collect everything and anything that is not completely white..

Last but not least, I am French (which you already know if you’ve heard me talk for half a second), living in Toulouse, south of France.  

I hope you will enjoy my classes, I am always ecstatic when my students post their project... See full profile

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1. Presentation: my name is some pain. I'm an artist. And in this class I would show you how to import visual elements into procreate, to design beautiful digital illustrations. In this first class off my mixed media, Siri's we will focus on achieving what the colors s o. I will show you how to use all kinds off resources such as old napkins or friends artwork to create beautiful digital at Finally, I will give you access to my ever growing papers library, where you will be able to pick and choose any texture you like to use for your project. I hope to see all the beautiful birds that you will create very soon. So let's start now. 2. Watercolor backgrounds: so the first step to create this project is to paint some backgrounds. What are colors are best for these as you can get fantastic textures. You could use other mediums off course, depending on your own style. For this class, I will be using my usual council Excel, acqua Hell and Kurita K watercolors, which are quite bright as you will see, and slightly more oh pack than other brands. So I would start by human defying the paper, and I would simply drop some water, repaint randomly all over myself. Face at this point, already have an idea about what I am going to do. And I was specifically paint one background in cold colors and one in warm tones so as to get a nice contrast. I am using various shades off blues and greens as well as purple, as you can see. Right now, my colors are extremely watery, which is what I need, since I want them to blend and run into each other, this layer will be the base upon which I will build stronger colors. You can use any pilot you want for this painting. However, I would avoid too many colors because keep in mind that this is your background and that it should not distract from your main element, which is the bird itself. Once the horse of faces covered, I tell my paper and let all the colors run down and blend together. This is one of my favorite things to do when painting with watercolors. You can direct the pigments by teaching your page one way or another, but ultimately the colors will do just what they want. I am now playing the same turns again, but with a higher concentration off pigments. I don't want you to think about the design or anything. This is a very loose and relaxing process, and you can add as much color as you wish until as often as you like, just to enjoy the experience. If you're like me and love both traditional and digital painting, and if you're interested in creating and mixing both techniques, I will give you a piece of advice. When you paint with watercolors, specifically, take photos off your painting at various stages. You can keep all these photos in a file and use them as textures for your digital out. I do this with almost all my art. I also keep photos off some sketches and failed paintings or drawings because or thes might come handy one day for particular digital project. You never know, and it's better to have a large stock off material than nothing. I will now show you the second background that I have painted for this project, using exactly the same technique but warm colors. This time, what we're painting now will be the base off a birth, so this time you can use as many colors as you want. Create special effects, etcetera. Try not to use any off the first background Carlos, though, so that your subject stands out. I am using some pepper again here, but the tone will be very different once it mixes with the pinks and yellows. Also, try to get some contrast in the values off your final painting. What I mean by that is that if your first background is dark, make the 2nd 1 light and vice versa. It is nice to have either a light bird in darker surroundings or a dock bird in a light environment. Personally, I prefer the light subject on dark background, but it's up to you and I would love to see in your results which ever option you choose. As you can see, I have placed my paper vertically because this is how my birth will stand. And since I roughly know the shape it will have, I make sure to add a variety of colors in these areas. So here are four backgrounds that I have painted, photographed and saved for these class and future work. 3. Bird shape: we are not going to open procreate, and my favorite canvas is an A four size at 600 dp I, which you can get by going to create custom size at the bottom off the new canvas. Least there you can type 7016 pixels for wheat or high tea. Doesn't matter, since you can rotate the canvas and 4960 pixels for height. The standard DP I is 300 I believe, but you can change it to 600 for better definition. Finally, to make it easy to find. Next time, I suggest that you give it a name and put it up toe. What? The top of the canvas list. So now that our canvas is ready, let's catch our bird shape. We can use any pensar for these. I picked a six B one in dark gray, but is drawing would not be busy. But in the end, so it does not really matter what you choose. I have designed this whimsical bird with a big tail so as to give me more birth space to feel you can draw use in any way you like. We are not creating a realistic painting here, so feel free to use your imagination. If you wish to use this exact shape, though, you can get the link to my paper library in the class description. You can save this sketch on your iPad and imported into procreate. I chose a bird as a subject for this class, but you can obviously apply this technique toe anything you like. Other animals or trees, for example, or any of your favorite subjects. The point is to be able to create illustrations without a clash of styles between hand painted and digital. Once the drawing is done, I will go to my papers, library and important to procreate. The watercolors background I have painted before this one will be the bird's colors. So a place it under my sketch and using the little arrow at the top, I freaked the layer or is entirely and vertically a few times to find out which option gives me the most interesting colors for the birth shape. You can there, so move and resize your birth sketch to make it fit where you want it to be. Once you are pleased with it, you can go and import your other watercolor background into your canvas and place it between your first watercolor layer and your sketch. All you need to do now is to erase this layer to let the one underneath show for this we will go to the elements razors and choose the clouds. One the size of the razor should fit your drawing, and the capacity level should be medium. And now we are ready for the magic. I love how beautiful this process looks and how the bird almost seems to create itself on its own. You might wonder why I used this clout a razor, and I will be very honest. I have not found a convincing watercolors brush in procreate. And in my opinion, the closest thing to it is this one. I quite like it, even as a painting brush at very low opacity. In this case particularly, I love the uneven edges created by the razor. They really give a hunt 20 touch to the illustration. So this is what our birth looks like so far. And although it is nice, I believe it needs a bit of an art line. Our first sketch looks to digital, so we will pick the clouds brush this time as well as a dark color. Inside the birds, such as purple. We will make it a little bit darker. Toby. More realistic. The brush should be quite small and off low capacity so as to look like a color pensar. We are going to draw this outline on a new layer on top of the sketch as you start drawing . It's a good idea to disable the sketch layer to check that the size and capacity off your brush suit your painting. Here, for example, the capacity is too high and does not really look like a pencil line. But if you lower the capacity just a little, you can see that we get a pretty good pencil effect. So now you just need to go over the sketch lines, just as you would draw on paper. In a spontaneous movement, you do not have to be ultra precise. In fact, it's better not to be for a more natural look 4. Bird texture: We are not going to select a texture for the bird's tail and wink. For these, you can use an element of my papers, library or some texture of your choice. If you have taken my digital kalash class, you know that I saved all kinds of papers, scrapbook pages, napkins, sketches, paintings, newspapers, lace photos, origami and wrapping papers, etcetera. Whenever I need a specific one, I take a photo off it and I imported into procreate. The one I will pick now is a sheet off scrapbook paper, and I will place it above the tail and wing off the bird under my sketch. Hello. Once again, I freak and rotate the layer until I like the design inside the tail. Then this layer will go under the water colors, layers going back to our raisers. We will once again pick the cloud one. This time we need a small size and good capacity. You will now go to your watercolors, layer the warm want and just follow the outline off the wing. You can leave it as it is, or draw some kind of pattern inside such a swears, or dots or other designs for this bird I will simply draw this little wavy lines Now for the tail. We will keep the same clouds, Raisa. Only at the biggest size and low opacity. We will start raising the water color layer in you lose and uneven way. Living someplace is more or less visible, as if we had painted over the printed paper with light watercolors. Once this is done, you can always try VIAS textures and see what you like best. He's golden. One looks quite nice. For example. Oh, this origami paper. If the pattern is too strong, you can no other layers opacity until it looks more homeowners. I am only showing you a few options here, but you can imagine that I have tried another 20 more and it really is so interesting to see all these different styles and looks at this point, you can again check that your outline fits with a pattern you have selected here, for example. I find it a bit too dark against the light tones off the paper, so I lower the layup a city to 60%. It can be easy to forget small details like this while you're into your creative process. But try to keep a critical eye on your work at all stages because it's easier to spot what's not working in your painting when it's a work in progress rather than a finished piece here. I also said the tail needed to be brighter, so I removed a bit off my watercolors. Leah, still with the club, the razor. And finally, we can give our bird a small I by picking and darkening some of the water cooler stones and painting the eye on the outline layer. 5. Background elements: For this last step, you will select your top water qalea, which is the background around the birth, and our usual clouded a razor at a small size and medium capacity. Then you were stuttering leaves with your a razor or any other element you wish to include in your illustration. You could use a thinner a razor if you wanted to draw some more elaborate details like flowers, for example, or tree shapes. If there are any subject that you really enjoy painting, you can try doing it with this technique and see the result. It might even give you ideas for you known digital art. We are not going to move to the water color layer below this one and once again pick a texture from my library. I have selected this photo for the Leafs texture. It's a small Nat King I got years ago in a cafe, one of my favorite papers that I keep using in my digital coal ash. Since it's too small to cover the whole plant, I only cover the four bottom leaves and erase all the part I do not need. Then I imported again toe feeling the top leaves once you are done, you can match the two knocking layers. Next this plant needs ist them. So I will create a new layer that I will place on top of the water color ones with the clouds pro selected. I pick some blue from relief and joy lose wavy line between their lives. It's better to draw the stand in one move so that it looks nice and organic. If you don't get it right the first time, just and do and try again until you're pleased with it, we now need to balance the composition by feeling the area on the right off the bird. At this point, you need to be careful, not toe overload your image. And by that I mean not to have too many different patterns and colors that would distract the eye from the main focus. A solution to this is to use the same pattern again in a different way. So here I go with my napkin on a new layer that I place at the bottom right of the canvas. I will tend to really use the multiply blending mode and lower layer rapacity to be able to select the specific parts of the design that I want to use. I am going to arrange everything I do not need. I will clear the bird, of course, and just going to some flowers. I want to keep making sure all street borders are erased. And all we need now is to find the perfect blending mode and transparency to make this element belong with the rest. Here, for example, the exclusion murder at medium capacity works really well, as it only highlights the flower shapes in a discreet color that matches the birds tongues for the top corner. I will show you an example off an option I tried, but which did not work. To illustrate the focal point concept, I imported these watercolors and pencil leaves that I painted a while ago into my canvas. I placed them at the perfect sport and tried VIAS blending modes and opacity levers. Then I removed the white background, tried again and others. His steps tracked mud was not bad. There simply was too much going on in the image pattern wise, I finally opted for these failed hydrangeas painting that I used at an almost transparent level. The colors blend with the background and the shapes are simple, so it works. Sometimes it's good to take a step away from your art to get back to eat with a fresh eye that's often only takes to be able to spot a wrong choice. So remember, simple shapes and similar colors work best for discreet background textures. 6. Your project, and more birds!: I am first going to show you some variations and different styles off birth I have painted using this method and my papers, libraries textures only. As you can see, there are many possibilities and I cannot wait to see what beautiful birth you will create . In case you want to use some real papers for your textures. Simply take photos off them with your iPad. But remember to alter the brightness, color and contrast off your image, either in procreate with the iPad for the options, you need beautiful and vivid colors for your art. 7. Finally: e. I really hope that you have enjoyed this class, and I'm looking forward to filming the 2nd 1 in this mixed media Siri's. You can follow me here and ski share an instagram to be informed about it. So if you would like me to use a specific subject for demonstration my next class, please drop me a command in the community section below the video. And finally, don't be shy to show your project, either here in T shirt on instagram if you use it. It's such a pleasure for me to discover your at every time. So keep being creative and I will see you soon. Bye.