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Abstract Art: Easy Ways to Express Yourself With Adobe Fresco

teacher avatar Rich From TapTapKaboom, Multi-hyphenate Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Get Started


    • 3.

      Cutouts & Crayons


    • 4.

      Watercolors & Doodles


    • 5.

      Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb


    • 6.

      Water-stitching & Oils


    • 7.

      DIY Collage Illustration


    • 8.

      Challenge 1: Make a Character


    • 9.

      Challenge 2: Self Portrait


    • 10.

      Challenge 3: Blank Canvas


    • 11.

      Export & Share


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    • 13.

      Go Further with Fresco


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About This Class

Adventures await with Adobe Fresco! This fall, Skillshare is bringing you behind the scenes with 5 amazing illustrators as they share tips, tricks and inspiration to help you create with Adobe's newest drawing app. Be sure to browse all Fresco classes here—we can't wait to see what you create!


It's time to play! Join designer Rich Armstrong for a fun adventure exploring easy ways to create impressive abstract art with Adobe Fresco.

Why take this class?

Today, there are more ways than ever to express ourselves with digital tools. These days, it's simply crazy how we can create truly stunning artwork, and we can do it increasingly rapidly! And now, Adobe Fresco has entered the iPad art and illustration scene with significant buzz and the feeling of real paints and pencils, changing the game.

There are so many fun brushes! Try cloudy watercolor brushes that spread paint and water while you consider your next brush stroke; wet oil paints that mix with the paint already on the canvas; excellent copy and paste tools; tons of brilliantly designed brushes; and scalable vector brushes. It's actually amazing.

But: using these tools in isolation would be criminal. We can mashup these tools like never before, just like a mixed-media artist. Or, perhaps more accurately, like a kid who's having the time of her life. Cutting. Pasting. Mixing. Inking. Photocopying. Painting. Scribbling. And giggling. Yes. Having loads of fun. And so can you, when you start playing and experimenting with the digital tools on offer. Without getting messy. And, without having to wait for paint and water to dry.  

What will we explore?

In this class, I'll show you some new ways of using Adobe Fresco to create alternative pieces of abstract art, mixing up the tools in unexpected ways. I've created 5 step-by-step lessons where I take you through powerful tool and technique combinations to make bold, risky and fun pieces of artwork. Together we'll explore:

  • Cutouts & Crayons
  • Watercolours & Doodles
  • Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb
  • Water-stitching & Oils
  • DIY Collage Illustration

We'll also explore your own personal creativity, learning about the power of mistakes and imperfection, intuitive creation, juxtaposing styles, and upcycling your work. You'll gain the knowledge and confidence to express yourself and develop your artistic voice.

And for extra fun: 3 challenges to bring it all together! I've included 3 challenges where I prompt you to create something based on what you've learned (and where I reveal how I work). Those lessons are the perfect place to flex your creative muscles, play like a kid, and work in an intuitive manner.

Is this class for me?

Absolutely, 100% yes! All are welcome. You don't need to be a professional artist or illustrator to take the class. You don't need to know how to draw, or even have ever opened Adobe Fresco before. All you need is the willingness to learn, take risks and have a butt-load of fun! You will need an iPad, and Adobe Fresco, of course. :)

Alright, let's do it!

Come join me for a fun, action-packed class! Let's get going. Check out the sample work below, and just imagine what you'll be able to create after taking this class. I can't wait to see what you create!


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Rich From TapTapKaboom

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Hey! I'm a multi-hyphenate artist who's authored books, spoken at conferences, and taught thousands of students online. I simply love creating--no mater if it's painting murals, illustrating NFTs on Adobe Live, coding websites, or designing merch.

My art is bold and colourful and draws inspiration from childhood fantasies. I have ADHD but am not defined by it, dance terribly, and can touch my nose with my tongue.

I'm pumped about helping creatives achieve creative success--whether that's levelling-up their creativity, learning new tools and techniques, or being productive and professional. I run a free community helping creative achieve success. I'd love you to join in.


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1. Introduction: Hey, I'm Rich Armstrong from Tap Tap Kaboom. I love creating abstract art and I'm a big fan of play and experimentation. In this class, I'm going to take you step-by-step through creating several unconventional abstract pieces in Adobe Fresco. Abstract art allows me to express my feelings visually. I can create spontaneously, without fear of judgment and my inner kid comes alive. The tools in Fresco make doing this all super-easy. In the class we're going to be messy, have fun, work swiftly, create by intuition and start creating fresh artwork by combining different tools and techniques. Imagine a kid with a bunch of paper, water, paints, crayons, scissors, glue and a photocopier. Now put that all into one simple Adobe app on your iPad. That's what this class is going to look like. All those impressive tools without the mess. By the end of the class, you'll be using Fresco to have a lot of fun. You'll be water stitching, creating matisse style cutouts, shredding, doodle balmy and producing your own illustrative elements to use in your collagens. By working this way, you'll discover new styles, turbocharge your creativity and learn to express yourself. I'll reveal my favorite tools and techniques, show you how I work, drop hints and tips along the way. If you want to explore Adobe Fresco by creating abstract art, you reconnecting with your inner child come join me for an action-packed class. All you need is an iPad and Adobe Fresco. 2. Get Started: Hey, in this lesson I'm going to show you how to get started in Adobe fresco. For starters, if you haven't downloaded it, now's the time. Visit this url to get your hands on it. Once you've opened Adobe fresco, you're going to want to create a new document. There are a few shortcuts right here and you can create your own custom size. You can choose your units of measure. You can select your dimensions and change your orientation from landscape to portrait and back really easily. You can also select your print size. If you're going for a print document, I suggest going for 300 PPI and if you want to save your document for later use, check this box and give your document a name. If you're creating for a certain size, I suggest creating a document at that size. If you're working in physical measurements like inches or millimeters, I'd suggest working at 300 PPI for good quality print. But I'm not going to do this. What I'm going to do is close this and tap on this Create New button and then where you see digital, there are a whole bunch of templates to choose from and under Print there are bunch more templates. If you're just having fun and playing around up for a letter or A4 document size. That's what I'm going to do. I'm choosing the A4 document size because it's a good size to print out and because I know how big it is in real life. If you're feeling a bit pressured around choosing the correct size, just remember that you can resize your documents at any time while you are creating. Once you're in your document, you'll see that all of the tools on the left-hand side. Your layers and your layer options on the right-hand side, and at the top right of your screen, there are bunch options for your documents and for the app. Here you can rename, resize, and reorient your document pretty easily. You just tap on this icon and there's a bunch of options to choose from. What I want you to do now, if you haven't done it already, is play around with the tools. Especially the three types of brushes. There's the pixel brush, which has some great brushes to choose from. There's the live brush, where you can choose from a few bloomy watercolor options or some creamy oil brushes. Then there's the vector brush, which means you can create strokes and shapes that can be scaled without losing any quality. Create a new layer for each type of brush you try and then try combining them and see what happens. Basically go wild and make a mess. Then starting from the next lesson, I'll show you how to use these brushes and other tools to create expressive pieces of abstract art. 3. Cutouts & Crayons: In this lesson, I want you to imagine having a pair of scissors, three pieces of paper, and a few crayons and friends of you. I want you to use these analog metaphors as you create this first piece. I'm a big fan of Henri Matisse's cutout work he did later on his life. I love how playful and childlike is cutout pieces feel. I'd like to use this style as inspiration for the lesson, but then add a bunch of crayon on top of it. I suggest using three or four colors and focusing on playful and curvy shapes. Think leaves, plots, circles, arcs, wiggles, seaweed, and weighty things. It'll help you loosen up and create intuitively. We're going to be working with vectors to create our cutouts, as they allow for easy resizing without any loss in quality. Then we'll use our pixel brushes to create our crayon box. The first thing that I wanted to do is to create a fake piece of paper. I'm going to select my full tool and then choose a color. I'm going for a blue, make it quite vibrant, a little bit darker. Then I'm going tap my screen and I want to fold this layer with vector paint. The reason I'm doing this is that, when I start selecting, cutting, pasting, and re-sizing that there will be no loss in quality. Once we filled our layer, then we can select the last sue tool and we can start making some really nice organic selections. Just give you a handsome freedom here let it have some fun. If you like these little marching ants, you can press "More" and select "Marching ants" instead of the selection overlay, which I'm not a big fan of. That's much better. Once you've got your selection, you can cut it and paste it. What this does is it basically puts a piece of paper on top of the other piece of paper. You'll see that there's now two layers. Press done or hide that, go to the original layer and creates a new cutting. What's quite cool about this last sue tool, is that it has these two modes. One is addition and subtraction. So now when I make another selection, I didn't quite finish that. So I can close the last sue, it then adds it to the original selection. If I choose subtraction mode, then when I make a selection it subtracts it. Which is pretty cool pretty fun. I'm going to addition mode again and just select that all. I will cut that and paste it. Press done hide it for now, select the bottom layer again. Now I'm going to create some arcs or perhaps a rainbow. To really get an authentic like a cutout feel like with scissors and paper, you can just tap, tap and then drag, tap and then tap. This really feels like you've cut it out with a pair of scissors. Then drag, tap, tap, drag. It looks like a kid's done this, which I absolutely love. I'm going to cut the selection and paste it again, press "Done and hide it for now". Then I'll also hide this layer, create a new layer, and then select a new color. Let's go for a little bit of a lighter blue something like that. Instead of tapping there, I'll counsel that or use my full tool and tap there and go for vector. Let's go back to the last sue tool now and create some more cut-out shapes. Again, just let your hand, do its own thing here real organic. We will cut that and paste it. Done. Hide that. Let's go up here and create another rainbow and you'll see that I do a little bit of cheating here. So I've got these round edges at the bottom but then I use my subtraction mode and I just trim those round edges of. Then I'll cut that and paste that. Done. I will hide that layer. I'll hide the rainbow layer, create one more layer. Let's go for a yellow orange kind of a color or something like that. Select the full tool and fill it with vector paint again and then let's do a little bit of cutting out again, and cut and paste. Done. Let's hide that layer, cut and paste. Done. Let's hide this layer. I'll bring this layer a little bit to the bottom so that all of the original layers are at the bottom. Just helps to be a little bit organized. Then what I'll do is I'll start revealing all of these other layers. So we have some cool shapes here. I'm going to start transforming them. Which means I can change their size, their scale, and the rotation without losing any quality because they're vector elements. Done. Then I can select this one and transform it and smooth this one up, let's rotate it a little bit. It looks like it fits in quite nicely. Now instead of pressing done, selecting another layer and transform it. I can just press another layer, which I quite enjoy about fresco. This layer, I reckon we can make it pretty bi and to rotate it. This yellow layer, let's make it a little bit bigger too. Perhaps we can bring it to the top. I'm going to drag it and put it at the top. Let's do a little bit more rotating. This one down here. Let's bring it up here. Press "Done". I'm going to drag this one to the bottom then I'll transform this rainbow shape over here. Done. Perhaps this one and this one can change places. Let's go rotate to that, and bring this one down here. So now we've got a bunch of different paper elements. Now what I want to do is introduce some crayon. I'm going to create a new layer, perhaps on over here, but at the top and then I'm going to select my pixel brush and choose dry media contact crayon. Then for my color, I've got a couple of recent ones to choose from, but I find this a little bit tedious, having to go to the color and tap here every single time. So what you can do here is that, with your pixel brush selected, you can hold down on the canvas and then your eye dropper tool will appear. Then we can start doing a little bit of crayoning which is pretty cool. Then when you want to switch a color, you just change it up really quickly, really easily. Again, just create some really nice organic shapes. Try put different colors on top of different colors. So instead of light blue on top of light blue, put light blue on top of dark blue and yellow. Increase the brush size makes them nice circle splatters. I can really start to see the juxtaposition between crayon and cutout. If we zoom in here, you can start to see the difference between vector and pixel. Can see how all of these little squares make up the brush whereas this is really smooth. So this is looking pretty good. I think we've just completed our very first piece of abstract art. Maybe we can make it a little bit smaller. So what we can do here, instead of transforming every single layer, we can start to just drag and drop them on top of each other. This creates a layer group. Once you've got them all inside of a layer group, you can transform them, make them a bit smaller, rotate them all. If you want it to just transform one of them, you just double-tap and let's transform this guy. To get back to all of the other layers, you just press that back button. Now there's one more thing I want to do is just create a new layer. I'm going to select white and do just a little bit of a whiting over here, strip, the brush size. How do you know when you're done? When creating abstract art or when to stop? This is a great question. When it comes to abstract art, there is no done moments. You can carry on for days if you want, or you can stop after a few minutes. I only stop when I begin thinking too much. It's meant to be intuitive and flow freely. To start with, you could set yourself a 10 minute time window, and most of all, have fun and try express yourself with color and shape. 4. Watercolors & Doodles: I used to compare my artwork to other people all the time. All this did though was prevent me from exploring and seeing where my own work would lead to. I want to encourage you to have fun and embrace the imperfection and the things that happen by chance. See where having fun leads you and don't judge your work too soon. Just keep on having fun like a kid. Using watercolors can be tricky, but they're fun to play with. The way it spreads art is mesmerizing. Imagine being a kid at your little art table for this lesson, you've got watercolors, water, and inky pens, and you get to make a mess and have fun without actually getting paint or water on anything. I want you to create a mixture of familiar forms and abstract ones for this lesson. For me, familiar forms are squiggles, rudimentary shapes, clouds, diamonds, and sometimes faces. Having a few familiar forms to go back to is a good idea, it keeps you from wondering what to draw or paint. If you get stuck and you don't know what to do, paint something familiar. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to select my live brush and make sure it's on watercolor. Then I'll select round detail. Then, my size I want that to be as big as possible and my water flow, make that 100. Then when I start adding a bit of paint to the canvas, you'll see that it flows really nicely. But check this out, as soon as I start creating somewhere else, the water stops over there. Stops, stops, stops. What I suggest you do is you do a little bit of brushing and just wait, let it flow, let it seep, and then when it's dry, then do next brush stroke. Just do a couple of these little marks. Have some fun. See how the paint interacts with each other. Then let's change the brush to watercolor, wash flat, and select a new color. I'm going to go for a yellow. Let's make it bright. Then I can start adding some more paints. Man, the way these colors merge is just fantastic. It's lovely, lovely to watch, lovely to paint like this on an iPad. Man. That's starting to look pretty interesting. I'm then going to shift my color to one of these turquoise-cyan colors, and then let's add a little bit more paint to the bottom here. This is looking pretty good. Man, I love watching this. You start to see there's some greens appearing as the cyan and the yellow start to mix. This is pretty cool. Now we've created quite a weird splurge, but that's okay. I'm going to then select my Lasso tool and then just create some shapes to cut out of it. Then I'll close my Lasso and then what I'll do here is I'll just go bam, and erase it. Then I'll deselect. Then what I can do here is then go back to my watercolor brush. But instead of selecting a color, I can select an invisible chip. It's basically just water. Then I can start just watering this layer, and then it just reduces the hardness and harshness of the cut out effect. Boom, start to merge together again. If you don't want it to be so flowy, we can just reduce the water flow. Man it's not so bad. Let's do a little bit more cutting out, and erasing, deselecting. Now you start to get these really interesting cut out shapes. Pretty cool. Then again I'll do a little bit more subtle watering. That's looking pretty good, and I'll do a little bit more cutting out over here, and I'll erase that. That's quite an interesting shape. What I'd like to do now is start doing some doodling. I'll change my color back to black or maybe this yellow color. Then I'll select a new brush. Let's go for Ink, and Grungy Inker. That's pretty cool. Now, just start to create some familiar doodle shapes. For me, it's clouds and perhaps a face here and there. Maybe some of these little twirlies. Then just select a color that's already on the canvas when you carry on. You can make some circles, some other kind of shapes. You can increase your brush size quite a bit. I'll go for a greeny color now. Create some of these like raindrop shapes. It's looking pretty cool. Now this is all on a separate layer so you can always hide it and bring it back if you want. But now what's pretty cool is that you can also use a watercolor brush on this. I'm going to select my watercolor brush and I've got this green color selected. Let's pump up the water a bit. I'm just going to tap here and there. You see it starts to run and man, this is really cool. Means that we don't have to work with water and the watercolor brush. It means that we can put down some paint with a pixel brush and then start to add water. I mean this yellow running. That looks gorgeous. Look at that. You don't have to use water with absolutely everything, but it does make it pretty fun. You may be thinking, "What are you doing? You're just messing everything up." Well I might be, but it's fun. Once you've had a little bit of fun doing this, well we can create a new layer and go back to our pixel brush. Perhaps we can use something like this, Brush Pen Gritty. I'm going to select black color and just start making a couple more shapes. That looks pretty good. Select a yellow color. Man, I just undid by mistake, that wasn't so cool. I like to add a little bit of water here. That's pretty cool. I'll go back to my pixel brush. Let's select a lighter yellow. Maybe put in a heart or two. Then I'm going to select white and just add a little bit of white here and there. Bring up my brush size. I can't really see the face anymore, so I'm going to make a new one. There we go. That's looking pretty interesting. Maybe what I can do is create a new layer and just do a little bit more water coloring on top. I'm going to go for the round detail, and then I'm going to select, maybe something like that. Suppose I already had it over there, maybe make it a little bit lighter. Let's pump up the brush size. Then at the bottom underneath everything, I'll start adding just some more blue. May make it a little bit more interesting. Then I'll add a little bit of this lighter yellow to the mix. Now I want everything to be in the middle, so I'm going to add all of these layers to a group and transform it. Make it slightly smaller. There we go. There is our second piece of abstract art. 5. Cut. Paste. Doodle Bomb: As a kid, there's nothing more satisfying than defacing and doodling on newspapers and magazines, horns, weird eyes, sunglasses. But I bet your parents never let you use scissors, paints, and glue in the doctor's waiting room. Well, that's what we're going to do in this lesson. We're going to go wild and do some experimentation. When it comes to doodle bumming, Hattie Stewart's work is amazing. It's bold and bright, but don't let her work be your goal, treat her style and other artists styles as starting points and as references. Mix styles, try things out, experiment, and then add your own voice and style in there too. We're going to start with a photo for this lesson. So that means you got to get a photo from somewhere. I recommend taking your own photo, either a cityscape or a portrait of someone. But you can get free stock images from places like unsplash or pexels. In the class resources, there's a list of places to find stock images. Okay. Let's get doodle bombing, cut and paste style. Let's import a photo. Going to go to my camera, moments, and select this picture over here. I found this image on unsplash. It's taken by Kal Visuals. I'll zoom out a little bit and resize this image. There we go. I'll press done, and then I'm going to do some cutting and pasting. So I'm going to make a selection and then transform this layer, right here. But it'll say something like cannot transform selected content, and the reason for this is because it's an image layer. So what you get to do is you've got to convert to pixel layer. There we go. Then you can transform it. Oh yeah, that is cool. This is what I like to call shredding, press done. When this happens, while it says areas outside the bounds of the canvas will be cropped. Okay. So you can press continue, or you can press, don't show this again. Continue and then we'll deselect that, and then select another part of the image and transform it to the left-hand side, done. Then de-select, take this, transform it, move to the right, okay, done, de-select. So you can start to see that we're having a lot of fun here. Just imagine a kid doing this, man would be awesome. Perhaps we can select this triangle and then move it down a little bit too and maybe rotate it just a little bit. De-select that, and then perhaps, this over here we can transform and rotate it. There we go. Look at that, look how fancy we are. Then this area over here. Well, let's do some rotating and there I didn't actually de-select. So it's actually selected all of that. So I'll undo, press done, de-select. Now let's do that again. Okay. Then I'll deselect, and now we can start dueling or doodle bombing. So I'm going to create a new layer. Then either with vector all with your pixel brush, start adding a couple of mocks having a lot of fun. So I'm going to go for vector, basic round is great. I'm going to try find a turquoise sign kind of color that works really well with the orange. So that looks pretty good. Brush size, we can make it pretty big. I'll just start with covering the eyes, can make it a little bit smaller. Okay. This is looking pretty cool. Here I just, what happened? Yeah, just make a therapeutic cathartic, just have a lot of fun just defacing, cutting things up and doodle bombing on top of your photo or somebody else's photo. Okay. So that's looking pretty interesting. But now if you're bold, what you can do is select that layer and merge it down with the original layer. Now if it's a vector layer, it's not going to be vector anymore. It's going to be converted to a pixel layer. But what this means is that you can select your last [inaudible] and then start chopping things again. De-select that, and let's rotate this. Okay. We can de-select that, and then we can start painting on top of this layer. So I'm going to select some coup brush. So newsprint, inker, yeah that looks pretty cool. Then I'll select this orange and already start putting in some line work here. There we go. That looks pretty cool. Line the lips. Maybe orange isn't the best color for this, so let's go for white and just give her nails or quick color. No, red does not match the orange of this picture lady. Then as you're going feel free to do some more cutting, pasting, doodling. Just have a lot of fun. It doesn't have to resemble the original photo. It can be a total match up, it can be a total mess. The main thing is that you just have a lot of fun. That's exactly what I'm doing right now. Just having a whole bunch of fun. Okay, its looking super cool. So once you've done quite a bit of work, you can go to the layer behind it and maybe select a color. So I'll go for this greenie cyan kinda of a column and I'll select my bucket or fill tool, and I'll fill it with a vector. That looks pretty interesting, right? What happens if we choose orange and we fill it with that? Yeah, I think that works quite nicely. Then let's do one final selection and cut. Okay. So that is our third piece of abstract art. It looks pretty cool. 6. Water-stitching & Oils: I don't know if you can remember being a kid and discovering something new. Maybe where the candy was being kept or how to make roar shock art by painting on one side of the paper before folding it to create a duplicate on the other side. This is what I felt when I discovered water stitching in fresco. It's something you can easily do in a real-world. It's where you stitch parts of an image together with water. It makes it look super arty and almost like you've done a bunch of your own brushwork. In addition to this technique, I'll show you how to doodle bump with oil paints. Let's get into it. For this one, we're going to import another photo. Let's go to camera roll, moments. I'm going to use this image over here. I found this image on an Splash. It's taken by Gabrielle Silverio. Then upsides that a little bit, press done and then convert it to a pixel layer. Then we can start cutting, shredding and bringing things apart. I'm going to select my last Sue tool and then let's transform this slightly to the right. There we go, deselect. What I'm going to do now is take this hand, like so, and then just pull it away. There's quite a bit of white around it. Deselects and do the same thing up here. It's close L Sue , bring it up a little bit done and deselect. Take this, transform that and bring it away. You started to get these gaps between the different parts of the photo. Looking good. Lets press ''Done'' deselect, select this part of here, transform it away. Let's deselect that and start doing some water stitching now. You select your water color brush and what I really like using is the wash flat and then the color that you're after. Well, you can actually use any color but let's try it with an invisible or just water chip for now. Then the water flow make sure that's at 100 and the brush size around about there's good. Then you just start applying some water. You can see how it starts to flow together. It's increased the size again. There we go. This is what I like to call water stitching. You get this really nice soggy lines in between everywhere and starts to look like you're creating your own art. Just look at that. It's really cool. Now instead of doing it with just clear water, we could also select the color like this and actually do some of our own painting and merging. This becomes really cool. Just look at some of these areas here and look super arty and creative. We can start to stitch these forehead pieces together. Because we're using a color that already exists in the Canvas, it looks pretty interesting and pretty cool. But when something like that starts to happen, I prefer to use colors that are pretty close to it to do the stitching. Okay. Let's select a skin color, stitch it together like that. Every now and then you can also just do a little bit of watering and blurring. It gives it this like blurry mosaic feel. That's nice. Then we can also just stitch these two together quite nicely. Bleeds into one another. Then let's do it up here too. This is looking pretty good. Let's do some more here. It's quite a bit of stitching that we'll have to do here. But it didn't work out. Perhaps we can select this color. It really feels like we've cut up a piece of magazine and just made the edges soggy and then just mash them together. That's looking pretty cool. Then we can take our last Sue tool and just do a little bit more shredding and then water stitching. Let's deselect that. One more, just one more. Deselect, and then let's choose a different brush now and let's see how it works. Let's go for the wash soft. I'm going to go for my water chip or my invisible ink chip. It's not doing anything and it's probably because there's no waterflow slits, pump that up and match these two together. It creates a really nice cloudy look. That's looking good. Let's draw some of these together. We've done some really cool water stitching, which is a lot of fun. Now what we can start to do is we can start to do some doodle bombing, but not just with any paint. Let's try some oil paints. Instead of creating a new layer, I just want you to work on top of this. But this is where oil paint shines. Under live brushes select ''Oil.'' There's a few to choose from, but let's try out the oil paint around for now. Then I'm going to select this green color. What sizes is this brush. That looks pretty good. You start to see that mixes with the paints already on the Canvas and this is what oil paint does. It's playing very cool. Maybe that's a little bit irritating. How do we avoid this? Well, there's this little setting over here paint mix 73, that's pretty high. If you bring this down all the way to zero, you won't get any paint mix at all. That already looks pretty cool. It looks like we're just oil painting on top of the Canvas which is great. But if you introduce just a little bit of paint mix, then it starts to really come alive and feels like it gets a life of its own. But what I really like about this, and I guess like Michelangelo and DaVinci would have been super pumped at this. Is that every time you, you put brush to Canvas and starts again, you don't mix your colors but if you wanted to check this out, if you tap this, reload color. Now it's not going to reload the color. Basically what it's doing is you're going to then select the color as you go and then when you come over here, it's still going to be part of that color over there. Pretty cool. Not the biggest fan of reloading color, but you can have some fun. Now let's increase the brush size to its maximum. Lets really just introduce some large blocks of color because it's pretty fun with the oil brush. I quite like this color too. No, I just want to decrease the brush size. This is probably one of my favorite forms of doodle bombing. Its really cool. That's starting to look really fun. We've learned two new techniques in this lesson. That is, our fourth piece of abstract art. 7. DIY Collage Illustration: Normally when we create collages we tear bits and pieces of someone else's work. Magazines, photos, newspapers that stuff. But we seldom think of tearing up our own work it can be powerful and surprising though. In this lesson, I'll take you through creating your own illustrative elements. You can use them for collages, water stitching or any form of abstract arts. What I'll show you is also perfect for recycling or upcycling work you're not happy with. Instead of ditching a piece you don't like rework it into something else. Many great things have been birthed from the ashes of something else. Don't see any of your work as a failure see it as part of the process. So for this lesson if you don't like something just re-purpose it and I challenge you to avoid pressing the undo button while you are creating. What I'm going to do here is I'm going to select yellow a color like so and then I'm going to do some water coloring. Let's go for the round detail to start adding a bit of paint to the Canvas like so. Then on top of this I'm going to start adding some pixel paints and the rakes are actually really good for this kind of stuff. We go for Rake Gaps and then select Black. Reduce the size a little bit and really just almost just create a mess here. I'm going to start going with a little bit of black ink, water coloring that like so and then I'm going to add a little bit of a vector just to add in some flatness already. Let's add a little bit more on this color. How is that looking? It's looking pretty messy which is the point. Water flow is high, its looking good and go back to a Rake let's try something like a Rake Short. Lets go for white and then let's go for black. Then let's do a little bit more water with transparent ink. We can merge these down with this layer. So this is quite a nice base piece of artwork to start working from and I'm going to start cutting this out and I will cut and paste done. Well highlights and then cut out some all and paste done and then do this a few more times done. Let's do this. Cut that again and paste and then one last one. Let's make this a weird shape. We'll cut that and paste it done, and then the original layer will hide that and then we'll show these other layers. Okay then I can do some transformation and you can put them at random places around the canvas doesn't really matter too much at the moment. Okay, done. Then I'll put all of these into a layer group like so and then transform it. Now we've got a couple of different elements that we've created from our own art work which is super cool. I'm going to create a new layer now and then go for something like sketching and let's go for pencil and we go for black. Pump up the size a little bit and then start. Just doing a little bit of doodling, little bit of repetitive to work here and you just carry on having fun like this. Basically creating your own collage which is super cool, super fun but you've been using your own elements to create the collage. Let's do a little bit of dry media let's go for hard pastel and we'll go for yellow color. It's looking pretty cool then we'll go for something like dry media and rough pencil so it will go for a mustard color. already add some more repetitive raindrop elements in here. Yeah, that looks pretty cool,pretty fun. Add a cloud in another cloud in over there. already this looks great. Super cool, perhaps add a lightning bolt or two. And then we can select some ink. Let's go forward the ink roller and I'll go for black again, reduce the size and just put a couple of these throughout the canvas. Increase the size a little bit select the yellow color and I can add this to our layer group and transform that and make it a little bit smaller put it into the middle and there we go, there is our fifth abstract piece and it's made from recycled or up-cycled artwork. Here are some of my pieces where I've upcycled my work into new creations. 8. Challenge 1: Make a Character: In each of the next three videos, I'm going to give you a different challenge where you get to use the tools and techniques you've learned about in the class so far. I'll then do the challenge too, but all speed up. Remember, there is no done moments and [inaudible]. So don't feel bad about stopping after five minutes or carrying on for hours. The first challenge is to create a monster or a character using at least three different tools. It doesn't have to look real and it doesn't even have to have arms or legs. Have some fun, and think like a kid. 9. Challenge 2: Self Portrait: For this challenge, Start with a portrait photo of yourself and spend 10-30 minutes using a combination of tools to create an abstract-ish piece, get the creativity flow, listen up, and go wild. [MUSIC] 10. Challenge 3: Blank Canvas: For this challenge, start with a blank canvas and see what comes out. Create intuitively, don't be scared of what comes out. It doesn't have to resemble anything, it doesn't have to look pretty, and you don't even have to like it. If you're feeling stuck, just put some paint to canvas and start cutting and pasting and moving it about. If you want an extra challenge, change your tool every 30 to 60 seconds. Let your unconscious self rise to the surface, be a kid and see what comes out. 11. Export & Share: Now that you've created a bunch of different pieces, it's time to share them with the world. Imagine how a kid would show her amazing piece of art to her parents. I'd love to see what you've created, and I'd love you to show everyone else too. Sharing is also a great way to break down the fear of failure. So if you're up for it, upload some images to your project space on Skillshare. Share what tools you've enjoyed using, what new combinations you've discovered, and anything else you'd like to add. If you want to get my attention on social media, mention me. I'm @taptapkaboom. In the rest of this lesson, I'm going to show you how to export images, time lapses, and layer PSD files of your artwork, just in case you want to do some tweaking in Fresco's big brother, Photoshop. On your homepage, you're not going to be able to share any of these documents unless you go into it. But if you're on your Cloud document's page, all you need to do is tap these three dots and press "Export as PSD". Then, you'll see this familiar share dialog. You can share it over AirDrop or send it to a couple of different apps. If you want more options, the best thing to do is to go into the document and then press this Share button at the top right. You can do a quick export and the file format that it exports it in is in your settings. So you go to App Settings and under Quick Export Settings, you can change your file format between JPEG, PNG, PSD, and PDF. Pretty handy. If you want more options, tap "Publish & Export". You can share to Behance or Behance, and you can also export it as a time-lapse video. So check this out. This is really cool for sharing on social media. When you export it, again, you get this familiar iOS share dialog. But let's not do that right now. The last thing that we can do is export as and here we can rename the file, set up our formats, and then, exported. Again, you get this familiar share dialog. Okay, so there are a few different ways to export your artwork, choose one that suits you best. 12. Conclusion: This is the end of the class. We've done a bunch of play and experimentation and credit some awesome pieces of abstract art. I hope you've learned a lot and had fun with these new tools and techniques. Now, it's up to you to continue playing, experimenting, and discovering new ways of working. Remember to have fun and let your inner kid out as often as you can. If you like the way I teach, be sure to follow me and sign up for updates on taptapkaboom.com. I teach on a range of different topics and have more classes on the way. Finally, I love it if you left a review of this class. Reviews mean a lot to me and they help future students know if this class is what they're looking for, and if it's worth their time. Okay. That's it for me. Bye for now. 13. Go Further with Fresco: