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Designing with Procreate - Create three different styles of Wall Art

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      Use a custom brush to create wall art!


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      Use your hand lettering to create wall art! 


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      Wall art 3


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In this class I will show you how to design three different styles of wall art in the Procreate app. I will show you step by step how to create each style and I also include a few tips and tricks along the way!

We will go over texture and clipping inside of Procreate. You will get a chance to practice your hand lettering and instead of using "alpha lock" we will learn a non destructive way to add color and texture to our work. 

We will set up our canvases for print and learn how to export in order to sell our prints or have them printed and give as gifts! The holidays are soon approaching!

I hope to see you in class!

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Kim Miller



I'm Kim, a Graphic Designer from Michigan and also the owner of Merrie Moore Designs. I create patterns, brushes, textures, wall art and most recently, tutorials! I started using the iPad and Procreate app about a year ago, which is where I create most of my work. This is perfect if you travel often. My background is in photography, which is where I get much of my inspiration. I am also experienced in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and hand lettering. In my spare time I crochet and hang out with my husband and two dogs.

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1. INTRO: 2. Use a custom brush to create wall art!: Hi and welcome to the class. Ah, this first video is going to be how to create this first piece of wall art. This is probably the most simple of the three s. So let's get started. OK, so we're going to do first is create a new canvas. We want to make sure that this is while art. So we're gonna design in an eight by 10 If you want to go bigger, definitely. Start with your biggest size. You're gonna be have available s so I'm gonna have the biggest one available for me would be an eight by 10. So I make sure that this is at 300 dp I as well, especially if you are going to be selling this ISA digital print or printing it yourself. Ah, you want to make sure that it comes out pretty good. So first, about what we're gonna do is we're gonna find the shape that we're gonna be using and in my case ah, I used an ivy brush that I created ah, while back and this is actually a ah, a wreath brush, or like a border brush that I created. But in this tutorial, I'm gonna use this is more of a stamp brush. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna up the size of it, and I'm gonna take a look and see about how big I want it or need it. I would rather adjust my sizing here rather than creating the small and increasing the size . It seems like it tends to blur of it more doing it that way. So I recommend adjusting your size here. Okay. So once I have this, I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna position this where I kind of wanted to sit, and that looks pretty good right there. And then what I'll do is I'm gonna In my case, I'm gonna duplicate this twice, and then I'm gonna start ups adjusting these and building up my shape. Okay, so that looks pretty good there. And then I'll do the same with 1/3. So bring that down. So just decide on the shape that you want to use. Uh, it's totally up to you. It does not have to be four related. Ah, this is just a basic idea. Once you're done with your shape, go ahead and put these into a group and I'm gonna select these and kind of just straighten it out a little bit more. Okay? Perfect. All right. So Ah, good. Think habit to get into is renaming your layers. So I'm gonna call this my leaves. And I know that all of my basic shapes are in that group. Okay, So next up, what I wanted to do was obviously I don't want it to look gray like it is. I want to add some color, so I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna import a texture. So it has come up to insert insert flat image. I'm gonna import from wherever I store my work. So I'm just gonna search for water color. Perfect. Now, once you have your watercolor, whatever texture we're gonna bring in, you want to position this over the entire, uh, part that you want to clip this to. So I'm gonna lower the opacity on this a bit just so I can see ah, where this is gonna clip Teoh. If you've ever used photo shop, you know that when you're clipping in Photoshopped, you have a little more ah, room to move things around and things aren't is destructive in photo shop is it is here in procreate with this clipping, but it still works out, and it's really simple. If you don't get it right, you can always redo it. It's not a huge deal, but anyway, go ahead and put it where you want it, and then make sure to come back to that texture layer and up the opacity. Unless you wanted it a low rapacity, you could leave it. All right, so now that we have our texture ready, I went ahead and I merged all of my separately flares into one layer. Otherwise we would have had to have clipped this texture to each of those leaves. This was just a much simpler way of doing it. Ah, and the only reason we had it in a group was because we were moving around and placing things in its place. So we're good to go. We can go ahead, emerge those together. All right, So to clip, if you have never done this before, we're gonna select our shape just by clicking on the layer. Select, select, and then come up to your textured layer and just click on it when you're done. Come up here and click and hold until it says mask reloaded. You'll come back down here to this menu and click here. So again, you're not gonna see anything right away until you come to your layers, turn off your texture and pull it to the bottom. And now you can see we have our texture coming right through. If you think it's too light, you can go ahead and duplicate it and then merge those two together like that. So you all you're all set there. I'm gonna turn off that background layer. You can leave it. And if you want, it's up to you again. I think this is still too light. So I'm gonna go ahead and merge these three together if I can. There we go. OK, we're gonna go ahead. We're gonna add a little more texture to this so you can see that we have a bit of texture already in the water color piece of the texture that we brought in. But I wanted a little more of that water color texture. So I'm gonna bring in another image, someone insert flat image. And this is just a watercolor that I created. I took a photo of watercolor paper I had here. Uh, and I will actually be giving you guys of this, uh, in the files. So we're gonna do the same thing. We're just gonna select her shape, select, and it makes you come up to the texture, click and hold, and then come down here and click again. Turn off the original texture and bring it down to the bottom. Now, we want to make sure that that color layer is on top of our new texture layer. So we're gonna come up to the color layer and click multiply. So again, if I turn this on and off, you can see there's just a little bit of added texture. And it's up to you to add something like that. You don't have to, but you can, So all right, so that is our flower. We're pretty good with that. I'm gonna go ahead, and I'm gonna group these because I see that it looks a little bit crooked. Ah, and I want to go ahead and straighten it out just a little bit. Okay? So that looks pretty good. The next thing we want to do is add the frame So the stroke that we had around the original on the way to do that, you can do it in procreate. I would not suggest suggest that. So now we need to add that stroke and I'm gonna do that in another app called graphic. So you were in graphic. I'm gonna go ahead and create a new canvas. I'm gonna do it. Ah, grid this time and I'm just gonna click it. I need to resize this, though, because when it comes in, it comes in as whatever default it comes in at and you'll see it looks like 13 by nine something. Ah, we need this to be eight by 10 since that is what we're currently working in. Inappropriate so or good here. What I'm gonna dio if you want to change If you want to change the grid Ah, you can go ahead and go into grids facing and let's say we want one inch by one inch. We can change that. All right, so it's up to you, however you want to do it, the grid helps me kind of lay it out. We're gonna come over here to our shape, which is a square we're gonna draw this out just like that Right now. We have Phil and we want to make sure we get rid of that. So just come over to the Phil and, uh, take the opacity down to zero even see? Hopefully you can see this down here. The little tap next to it is our stroke. So you can see you can adjust that as well. If you want to adjust the actual stroke, make sure you have this selected Come up here to your appearance and you can adjust this to over health thick or how thin you want this to be. And that's it. That's all I did for the stroke. I'm gonna go ahead and export this, and the way to do that is click the back arrow click save. Come up here, save the photos. Click on the canvas. You want to savor, share, click share. This is important because this is probably the way this is gonna look for you First. If you want to make sure that we're a 300 d p I and that we do not include a background, so make sure that's unchecked and then click save good. OK, next, we're gonna come back in to procreate. We're gonna insert that image, and we're good. So right now, make sure, though, when it's first imported like this, make sure you're on magnetic this way, you won't mess up the scale of it. And you're able to, uh, move this around a little bit easier without changing the scale of it. Okay? So, again, this looks good. I'm gonna go ahead back into my leaf, and I'm gonna once again kind of adjust this a little bit more. Okay? Looks good. All right, so now what we want to do is add that Ah, little word down here that we hadn't. I believe I wrote balance in the last one. We'll go ahead and select this. Or actually, we'll go ahead and rename this and this is our frame. Okay, so this is our leaves. Okay. Good. So we know where everything's at. The next thing we're gonna do is create a new layer. I'm gonna come in and just grab a basic brush here, make sure it's a pretty small brush. So what I'm gonna dio on I do this a lot. Is that just draw quick line. Read across and I just get a straight as I can create a new layer, and then I'll start writing my word. So this just helps me keep it nice and straight. - Okay , So once you have your word written, go ahead and again keeping this on magnetic. Let's get rid of that quick line layer first, so it doesn't confuse us. Good. Okay, so now bring this down. Right in the center here. So we know where to delete our line or where to erase some was coming in with a basic round brush. Hopes you want to make sure we're on the right layer. So I want to bring this down, bring the center here, then make sure you're on your frame layer and start erasing just like that. And that's it. That's all there is to it. It's very simple, but it's a nice piece of wall art. Uh, you know, you can get creative If you wanted. You could always create another box. Ah, that cut. I went within here and kind of held the text. So it's up to you. How are you? Want to do it? TX export these. You're gonna go ahead and click share share artwork I usually offer. Pdf in a J peg for my wall art pieces the digital while art Ah, so those are good things to do If you want to, you can always remove the background. And let's say maybe somebody wants to print this on a different color paper. So maybe they have ah ah, cream colored people they want a print on. Uh, you could always delete to the background or turn the background layer off and then share. This is a PNG file, so it's going to save his transparent on that way they can print on whatever paper they want. Otherwise, definitely keep this in layers. You could always export it as appropriate file or psd file on and save it off of your iPad . But this way, if you have any changes to make, you're able to do that within these layered files, right, So that is the first video on while art. In the next video, you're gonna learn how to create something similar to this. So I'll meet you there 3. Use your hand lettering to create wall art! : All right, Welcome back in this class, you're going to create what you see here. This one is super fun. It's very relaxing if you were, you know, home from the day. And you just want to sit and maybe practice your hand lettering. This is a perfect project for that. So you can see here that I have ah, ton of different lettering styles. I have a script. There's a thin thick. It's all just kind of doodling, really. But it's a great way to practice your hand lettering. You can see that it's in the shape of a pumpkin, I hope. Ah, but anyway, let's get started. The thing you're going to do first is look for Ah, the photo that you want to use as your guide. If you want to do something fall, you can do a pumpkin. You can dio Ah, Christmas tree. A mug. It's up to you. Whatever you want shape you want to use, go ahead and pick that shape. Once you have it, go ahead and we're gonna create again a new canvas and this one here I did square, so I'm gonna do a 12 by 12 in this one I'm gonna start with my biggest, which is gonna be 12 by 12. If I wanted to come down to maybe on eight by eight. Later on, if somebody wanted a smaller size, it would be very easy for me to just grab my artwork and bring it into an eight by eight size. So go ahead and create that square. So new canvas. And again, I'm starting with inches 12 by 12. And I'm a 300 I can rename this. I'm gonna go ahead and create. I already have mine here. So we'll stick with this one, and then I'm gonna come back, and I'm going to let me turn this off. Start from scratch. I'm going to insert my flat image. I'm gonna come back, find my photo, and I just grabbed this pumpkin here. I'm gonna resize this and I made sure that I resized It is Bigas. I need it to be so, uh, this is very important because if you create it at this size here and then after you're done and you enlarge your lettering, it's gonna get blurry. So make sure that you're creating this a size that, you know, you're keeping it. I'm gonna go ahead and leave it right A bit smaller. Wouldn't turn this off right there. Looks good. Okay. So once you're done with that, you can go ahead and lock it this way. You can't do anything. You can't move it. Uh, it's it's there. So if you're in the middle of lettering and let's say you come back in, you're dying for a little bit. You come back. Exactly. Move this layer. Uh, you start lettering again. It might be off a little bit, so I recommend locking it because you're not really using it. It's just a guide. Ah, you could also lower the opacity, lumps. Let's turn this off. You can lower the opacity of benefits in your way. Um, it doesn't matter once you do that, though. Remember to lock it again. Okay, so we have our guide, which is our pumpkin. Winogrand. Go ahead and create a new layer. Now, when you do this, think about it. This before you actually start your artwork. You can see that I have some highlights here that I have up some shadows here. Highlights on its up to you how you want to do this. If you want to kind of show that there's highlights here in a shadow here, you can do that just by either putting more lettering together and smashing it so it creates a darker effect. And then, obviously you would use thinner in space your words apart more here to create more light. So that's up to you. I did not do that. I just want ahead and started adding my lettering. Another idea that you can dio is for these lines here to show those you could always come in with a very thin brush and maybe put in your lettering here so you would maybe start here and then add all your lettering. So that way throughout the piece, you'd have lines coming up, see would see those, but that in between, you could always add the different styles and fix somethin's and different doodles in between. So that's up to you if you want to do that. If not, just go ahead like I did. I went ahead and just added wherever I wanted it to be, and it makes it look a little more flat, but I was OK with that, and I like the way it turned out. So OK, so that's my original. I'm gonna pull this to the bottom as well. Let me show you kind of just how I got started. What I did was I started up here at the base. I ended up doing Ah, the stem last. But what I want to do is to show you how to start. This does not have to be perfect at all. Just come in and kind of just follow this around. So I'm starting there. I might go ahead and, uh, change my brush style to, like, a Smirnova, him lettering or script, and that I can do so like that. And then under the fall, maybe I want to do the word football, but we're gonna do it. Maybe a little bit thicker, so I might think it up. My stroke. You could always just I mean, if you doesn't have to be Anyway, it could be just be, however you want it. So we've got that there. We can come back to our script. Turn it this way. All right. The word leaves. It's like that again. It's up to you. And if you wanted to follow the shape. You could definitely do that to make it look more dimensional on again. Toe use Thea highlights and shadows in here by adding maybe all your fix within this area and then some thinner, uh, style text here. And then maybe spacing it out a little bit more. So that's up to you. How you want it to look, But just go ahead. Uh, take up instead of watching TV for the night. Sit down in practice, Your lettering in this way. I think it's e. I think you're gonna have a lot of fun with it. I really enjoy doing this. Ah, and I plan on creating more eso. Anyway, once you get all your lettering done, it should look something like this, and I'm gonna go ahead and turn this off for a minute. So depending on how you, you know, decided to do it in your shape, Of course. Obviously, if you chose something, I'm gonna pumpkin, it's not going to look just like this Anyway, I also added some little doodles and here because of the end, what? I looked at it. There was some open spots and I thought, well, I didn't want to add more text. I thought about adding, uh, you know what I could add. And I knew I had this bunch of doodles that I created and I would have had an added just some of those in here. So I've got a little heart pumpkin apples. Ah, coffee mugs. So once I was done and you can see here, too. I went ahead with the stem and I did this last because I wanted this to stand out. So you knew that it was the stem eso. I did things a little bit darker and heavier, and I just filled it in with little tiny text. Okay, so after you're done and you're good with this and you make sure that your completely done you can go ahead and delete You're locked layer, but you have to unlock it first. So go ahead and delete it. The less layers and here the better kind of can get confusing, especially if you do do all your layers separately, like I kind of did here with my words. Uh, by the way, if you do this, go ahead and group everything together. So you have all your words here in this group after you're done with that duplicate this group. So now we can go ahead and put these this down to the bottom and safer later. If, in fact, we need to come in and change something but this one here that we just copied, we'll go ahead and put this all in one. Pull this grouped this merged layer out and delete the group. So now we're working with, uh, original. So this will be our original copy, but it's all in one layer, so I've got that here. But we still have this, so just back up. Okay? So once we have this or we're done, we're happy with the way it looks. We can go ahead and add some color and some texture if you want. If you want to leave it black or white, that's perfectly fine. I think it looks great just like this. Ah, but I'm gonna go ahead and bring in a texture. So I've got this one here. We're going to clip our words to this texture. So this is just one way of adding ah, little bit of color, A little bit of texture to your work. Gonna select my words then we come up to my texture click and hold, and then come down here and click this Gonna pull my texture to the bottom, then my turn it off. So now I have my texture clipped to the words here, and that looks pretty good, but I wanted to pop a little bit more. So I'm gonna take my original, which is the black you can see now I have my clipped and then might start my black layer something. Go ahead and I'm going to duplicate this. I'm gonna take my original turn it off and bring it to the bottom. This one here is going to end up being my shadow. Okay, so now with my shadow layer, I'm gonna very slightly move this off center. So you can see now that I have a little bit of a drop shadow which kind of makes it kind of makes it pop just a little bit. So, uh, anyway, you could leave it like that if you want and put it up for sale or give it away in frame it . It looks really good. Otherwise, if you want to add even more, I'm gonna show you a little trick, uh, that I do here, and that is important. Sure, you've heard of El Flock that if you slide to the right, I even come in and re color draw within the shape that you've selected? I personally don't use it. I feel like it's a little too destructive for me. Eso What I dio is I select the layer and I create a new layer on top of it. So this way I'm working within what I have selected. And what I'm gonna do is kind Just add some color. So I come in and let's say I want some green here come into, um I have a greedy int maker that I created. It's on my website. If you guys are interested. Otherwise, just use a nice soft airbrush. It's fine that way. So I'm just gonna come in and add a little bit of color in here and switches around. I'm gonna go kind of too extreme here and do some crazy colors. Okay, so about getting too crazy. So in de select. And now you've got a little bit different. Look to this and to take it one step further even more, we can come in and we can adjust the blood modes here so you can see we have that texture in the background still, but we added a little more color so I can go ahead again and just start adjusting these as well. So anyway, that is how to do it. You go ahead and export. This is a P and G R J. Peg. If you want to keep the background in. Otherwise you can export this without the background and whatever paper your customer decides to print on. Let's say they don't want a white background. Let's say that maybe they want an off white or cream colored background. Ah, they can go ahead and print on whatever paper stack or photo paper that they want a print on, Uh, and they don't have to use the white background, so you could export is both. So leave the white background in. If you're leaving the background in, you can go ahead and share share artwork. I recommend a PDF, A P and G or J peg, so I usually do a PdF in a J. Peg. If I'm leaving in the background. If I'm not, I'll go ahead and do a piot pdf in a PNG file and offer the customer their choice. So once they get their order, they'll have a pdf and either the PNG or the J Peg and they can print from there. Eso anyway, again, make sure that when you're creating your canvas for all of these projects that you are at least at 300 d. P. I it's very important for printing, so All right, so this is the second project. I hope that you like this one. I'm gonna move on to the 3rd 1 in the final one in the next video. I'll see you there. 4. Wall art 3: all right, in this video, we're gonna go ahead and create what you see here. Uh, this we're gonna start off with our quote or hand lettering, so go ahead and create your, um, canvas. Make sure that it's the correct size and you're at at least 300 resolution in this one here . I used some vector are that I purchased from a bundle earlier this year. If you have your own our work, that's perfectly fine. I encourage you to use your own. Um, but you can use clip art or vector work that you've purchased. Ah, in bundles and things like that. If you do, make sure that if you're selling it and make sure that you have the correct license to be able to use somebody else's artwork in your, um your artwork for your wall art Okay, so what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and import that stuff that you're gonna use in your frame. So in my case, I'm just using these two piece. This is just to PNG files. I'm gonna turn that off for right now, But what I'm gonna do first is I'm gonna create kind of, uh kind of how I want the shape of my ah frame to be. And I'm gonna kind of place my words in here, so I kind of have a layout. It doesn't have to be perfect. Um, I want to start off with just a circle a little bit bigger than that. It's up a little bit. Okay. Okay, so we have a circle, and obviously, I want this to be oval in that circle. So I'm gonna go ahead and kind of just pull this out in center where I wanted I'll go ahead , and I'm gonna lower the opacity a little bit. I can't pick the wrong color there, but I'm gonna create a new layer. And this is where must start adding in my my words for my quote. So obviously I want to pick a new color here. Here we go. I'm using really bright colors. I'm hoping you guys can really see this, but the quote that I picked was where flowers bloom. Bloom. So does hope. Eso I'm gonna kind of roughly just draw this out. And this is just gonna help me kind of determine where I'm gonna put my flowers for my frame, so I always put each word on a separate layer. That way, if I need to move it around, shrink it, resize it. Uh, harboring what? It. Whatever I need to do its separate on. I don't have to come in here and just select each word, so it's up to you. But I know that this is the basic layout of how I want my quote to be, and then I'll dio another word here. So again, this is very rough. This isn't that my final version? Um, but I just kind of wanna put this in there so that I can create my frame. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna delete that circle. That guy that we're using, I'm gonna leave this here, and I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to start putting in and placing my flowers around this quote here. So right now, I'm gonna go ahead and merge all of this because it's not. This is not gonna be my final quote on deleting this, but I am gonna come in here and I'm gonna turn on my original pieces. So what I'll do is I'll turn them off, turn this off for a minute, but I'm gonna start duplicating these, employing them out of the group. So I'll turn this back on, grab this and I'll start placing these right around my quote. So again, just rotate and add these wherever you want them to fit. Ah, the reason that I do this here is that I have a full flower. If I start duplicating these here, you can see there cut off. Eso it just It's a lot easier for me. Looks it's a lot easier to be able to use a full flower than it is using pieces that are already cut off. But if these will work for you, that's perfectly fine to go ahead. And I use the ones up here that are already kind of cut off. So I have my frame ready and it looks pretty good. I feel like I can fit my quote in there nicely. I'm gonna go ahead and delete my quote now because I'm gonna be redoing it If you've already done yours and it's perfect how you want it. Leave it. Don't delete it. Uh, okay. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go ahead and I'm gonna merge all of my flower pieces together, making one layer with my frame. So now you can see if I click off. I still have my original two pieces here. So if I needed to, I could always recreate it. But we're going to start off with just this flattened image here. So if you like the coloring, definitely leave it. You won't have to move on to this next step, but if you want to re color this, you can always come into your adjustments, come into hue, saturation and adjust here so you can see you can get a nice different colors using the usage oration on. If you kind of start de saturating this, you can even get a different look. So either way, you can get a little more color a little less so it's up to you. Uh, go ahead and adjust color balance as well. This is another good way to change the color of your artwork. Um, the reason the way I do it, though, is ah, a little bit different, and I'm gonna show you that right now it's very similar, if not the same that we did in the last tutorial or the last class, you're gonna select your layer and then create a new layer. We're just gonna flood this with a new color again. We're gonna come up when we're going to start adjusting the blend modes so we can get totally different looks here. Um but I'm gonna come in with a little bit brighter color here. There we go. OK, so again, we're gonna come up and start adjusting color. So if you have a customer that maybe once it in pink are you have somebody else that wants it in yellow? Are you're giving this away as a gift for Christmas or birthday? And maybe you want one for one person? That's this color one for one person. It's another color. So that's it. That's all there is to it. You can go ahead and put in your texture, your quote. If you are not into him lettering. I suggest using the apse graphic or assembly for importing any kind of text into procreate . So again, if you want to export, I'm gonna come back to my original here. If you want to export one more time, share artwork. Pdf PNG or J. pig. The pdf in the J peg are more for if you're gonna leave the background and things like that . Ah, the PNG is if you're gonna remove the background and kindly this transparent in the back. Uh, otherwise, just leave it as a J peg or pdf file if you're going to sell it or give it away. Ah, this is it for this one. The class project is to create one of these three styles or all of them if you really want to. Ah, and then just upload a photo, are put it in a mock up of a frame or something like that and upload it to the class project. If you have any questions, please contact me at Kimmitt. Mary more dot com. You can find me on Instagram Facebook and, of course, here it skill share. I hope you enjoyed this class and I will see you in the next one. Thanks. Bye.