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Doodle & Watercolor 2.0: 12 months illustrations (& how to turn them into a calendar)

teacher avatar Francesca Guasconi, textile & surface pattern designer

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      Drawing tips & tricks


    • 4.

      How to sketch


    • 5.

      How to ink


    • 6.

      How to watercolor


    • 7.

      Photoshop basics


    • 8.

      How to upload and edit


    • 9.

      How to make pattern


    • 10.

      How to print & display


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About This Class

Learn how to doodle & watercolor over 20 "monthly" elements and how to use Photoshop to turn them into a cool calendar. In this 60 minutes class you will learn all you need to start from a sketch and end up with a finished product, an everyday object you can use &/or gift.

So let's take your doodles and drawings out from your albums and drawers and let's bring them into your everyday life!

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Francesca Guasconi

textile & surface pattern designer


Hi! I'm Francesca, an Italian textile and surface designer who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I've worked for several years as product manager for a worldwide known fabric company and now I want to build my own brand creating stationary and scrapbooking products based on my drawings.

I have recently opened a small shop on BigCartel if you want to check it out.

I also have a passion for scrapbooking & papercraft and i share it through my Youtube channel and my Instagram account.

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Francisca. Any talent? Exile in service designers. I love to serve my design and illustration into object in product like seekers, notebooks, reading cards. And so on this class, you will learn how to do them on watercolor over 20 elements. And now to digitalize your design to turn them into a calendar for 2018. By using for a shop, you will find the samba step pf toe do there. Our governments to Version one started on Sunday in one on Monday off the base structure of calendar. It is of supplies and my color chart for this project in the project section of this class , there are no prior design skills needed for this class, but in the supplies file, you will find the least of lit class you can take to go deeper into very stopping. Well, we'll mention here. If you have some basic knowledge about for the shop and its main tools, you will find the digitalization part pretty simple. Otherwise, I suggest you to take the memory was for the Menzel's off for the shop class prior. What I really want for you here is to learn how fun, easy and satisfying can be do, though some elements watercolor them and turn it into an everyday object. You can use your gift. Christmas is coming, and nothing is more appreciated than admit gift. So stay with me and let's create something beautiful together. 2. Materials: that's the the materials and going to use for this class. First of all, water quarter. I'm using a mix off Wilson and Neuter Apartment line. Some daily and Romney define some people and some new color their pasta that you can watch a horror. Another option is to buy some cheap watercolor. The parasite is there cheap. Is it fine? And they have a lot of already makes it color. But on the inside, there are chalk here than the professional want or the student. Great, because you will see some dust remains over the black of lines, and they are putting as like fast in. So it's up to you. If you want to start with something cheaper, it's totally fine. Bigger. There are to mean types off watercolor paper called breast and hot breast. I usually use about breast because it's ultra smooth, and for me it's easier to use. But you can also use the cold pressed one that it's a lot easier to find, and it's cheaper, and you can have it rough hoarseness as you prefer the one that I'm using in this class. It's his mouth one, as I show you in the picture above in the middle one, and otherwise you can use even rougher one. But please know that when you have to scan it or to take a picture of it, you will probably see a little bit off shadow due to the texture of the paper. Rush is I'm going to use what a rush insides s for all the design in this class. But you can also use some synthetic or sable brushes that you can find more easily. And I will recommend site street fine liners I'm going to use for this class. Two different type of financiers, a dark Scipio one by Faber Castell. And the site is best and a Southern pigment liner in black in the sides. Is this your point? One on would use basically these for the most off the outlines. But I'm going to also use a few different one, like the sharp inter frying in black and white bring and the Southern pigment liner Black inside 0.5 and 0.3 just cause sometimes I like to give a little bit off variation in the thickness of the lines, but it's just my preference. It's not meant to be yours as well. Other supplies. A paper sour and a razor offensive. A good marker. It what? Japan. I use even a circle template, but it's just up to you if you want to use it or not. Masking fluid mixing palette. I use a dish from my teacher and water calendar supplies. These are the things that we are going to use, so display our calendars. So I have bought a 90 afraid that it's £1 some yarn on some pigs they bought from Flying Tiger for £1 as well. An easel tiger. £1 a photo peak. See flying tell you £1 It would work from my stationery shop and some 200 grams white car stuck and some four by six record cards. So something very cheap and easy to find. You can choose one of them. Or just look on the Pinterest board that I've made for this class and see other ways off. Explain your project and go with it. 3. Drawing tips & tricks : deep Zen tricks about drew me my first deep for you. It's to be sure that your final Annan is what a proof, because otherwise all your outline with much after a plain water. The second advice. It's so choose your final color between brown or black, considering the type of affect you want to achieve. So with brown, you will have something more softer and more natural. For example, uh, you can also choose if you want a thin or thick finer sites. So in the first example, you have 0.1 sides, and in the 2nd 10 point it's up to you. It's number four. Different brands means different colors. So as you can see the example, birth sienna would be very different between Winsor and Newton and video Zima suffering or a laser prince. Um, so if you have the chance, try some different type and different brands to see which one is your favorite. Deep number five. Make a culture, drink out each color you own on and writing the name of the caller and the brand scenes. Watercolor looks very different on pond and on paper. I also suggest you to make a color chart for your project scenes. Often you have to mix multiple color to get the right one. It will help you to produce the same color on a future project without wasting time. Trying makes them again from scratch. Deep Number six A quick review of basic watercolor techniques drying dry means use and not so much watercolor on dry paper that gives you the much intense color went on white. You put clear water first on paper, and then you are color. This gives the lightest effect in terms off color saturation, but it also gives you a very transparent effect, raising you apply your first year of color, wait for it to be completely dry and then are the. Secondly, that's the perfect technique to give depth and going to your design tips. Number seven. My join process, then by step Step one sketch. Make a pencil sketch first. At this stage, you can do the sketches precise or loses you prefer. You can also skip this step. If you are confident enough, do you think is a fine line here to trace the outline on the sketch as saving tips to entry ? There are different options about the Lanier you use. You can also use ink with brush instead of a fine line or if you want to step number three watercolor first layer applied the first layer of watercolor, starting with light in color. Very water. Try to start from the areas that are supposed to be in shadow, leading some white space in the Enlightenment areas. Apply the color animal E too. Need death and volume. Leave it to dry completely. You can also use in Andhra you if you want to speed up the process. Step four. Watercolor. The second layer is starting to please use the Middleton's for the darkest. If you don't need 1/3 layer for the second year, don't cover the entire. Firstly, just some parts. Start with the areas that should be Shero. I use the clean, but what rush to soft in the edge of the nuclear? Remember that watercolors are transparent, so you will see the core intensified by adding layers. Step five. What our caller Thirdly, year. If Italy here it's not always necessary, but I use it often to are the darkest corners, especially in the shallows areas, to give more death and mourning don't ever do with these later, or you will end up flat in the drawing. I meant a color cover, an idea for you that it's by no means hello, but just for showing you how generally I work. So I do the first layer that has the 95 200% coverage off my sketch, then secondly, year that as a cover it from 50% to 75% and the 30 year that covers only a 15% 2 with 30% of the drawing just for giving you a quick idea. 4. How to sketch: Let's get to work and start sweet. How to sketch our doodles. So the first dude or we're going to drop its a porter beer and for making reporter beer, I'm drawing three lines in resembling a rectangle errors shape without the bottom line. And then I'm adding some details like years knows eyes and is my mouth and scarf because, I mean, it's cuter like these. The next judo it's April in, and it's like, rounded shape. So I'm just doing an rough outline on Just don't need my memory. So I'm not following any specific reference, and I'm adding some icy, won't talk just for being cuter. And now another print and these one is gonna be like square more squared. So I'm just creating these shapes and I'm putting like a coffee bean on top, and I'm creating it using like in Oval Line and then some kind off like union structure. So and I'm also doing something for giving a little bit of volume, and the next one it's a balloon, something very simple. So I'm just drawing an outline and just putting the bottom part, or it should be tight, and I'm drawing two of them, actually, because I want to do in two different color and adding even some kind of yard that keeps it close in my mind, actually, and then and drawing some random drops. Three raindrops. Sorry. And I am drawing it in following some kind of criteria for having a little bit off pattern . And I was using a month to draw the outline off an umbrella. So basically, I have done enough of a circle Sorry for my head appearing over there, and then I'm just following the middle line and I'm doing the stick and then just a little bit off a curb, aligned to make the ideas off the, um, well up more to people she. And now I'm doing some off circular line just to give the idea off the structure that keeps the umbrella together luxury and the next one it is going to be a very simple heart. And as always, the simple things air. The trick is for me to draw. So I'm doing a couple of times, and the next thing we're going to grow its a poppy flower, this poppy flower. It's beginning a too big for my idea, so I'm just redoing it, making it smaller. So I'm drawing some kind off heart shape with, ah, a flat bottom for the center, Petr and then, like two off heart for the left and right, better. And then I'm just adding a shape to complete it for the back myself. Then I'm adding a cell on the left. Now I'm drawing in ice cream. Ah, a pop cycle, actually, and just drawing the most basic shape you can think off. And then I've just had some kind off light effect. Now I'm drawing a family. So for during the Palm, if I start with a heart shape and then I'm drawing some kind off and just scattered benches doing the same movement again and again and I'm doing a probably that it's actually ah, narrow and pointed. Um, but you can do rounder if you prefer to. It's just up to you. It's my idea, a palm leaf sketch, and now I'm drawing and ice cream. So I'm drawing first a tree and good for the corn and then tree, not perfectly round shapes for the scoops. And now I'm just doing much more days, so I'm I think even some dropping and I fold toe the, uh, come and it effort. Now let's move to a waterman. So just drawing basically off of a circle and then just doing two extra line for the outside and the white part inside. And now for September, we're going to draw a pile of books with a cup of tea on top. So a different shape of books, this one. It's like a binder cares. September makes me think about school and not books. Also not just books. And now I'm doing my planner. On top of it, it's like a traveller, not book. So as this kind of shape with the small tussle and now just doing the take up with very, very small depression, return love and some more small details as the same as on the bottom book soldiers, some labels and some something that makes it looks a little bit more really. And now I'm going to draw a pumpkin. So I starts with the central part. So I'm trying to do just by using my imagination so I don't have a real reference in front of me, but I'm going to put a lot off them in the Pinterest board for the class. So now I'm just adding some details, and I just leave it like these, even though I'm not one other percent whom, sure that something perfect. And I'm going to go back there now just because it seems a little bit too longer higher than how it's supposed to be. And in the meantime, I've drawn like a copper beech, um, leaf. And now I'm just drawing a maple leaf. So for the people, if I draw 1st 5 lines, there are basically the spine off the leaf and some, uh, just like more you in the middle between each off a couple off lines just toe make them some kind of reference. And then I'm just adding the shapes, the scallop edge that makes me think about a maple leaf for this one, that it's a horse chestnut leaf. I'm also drawing five lines. There are, like is a little bit more star placement, and I'm just following my reference because I had a reference actually here, and I'm going to find it in my Pinterest board and now, and Oakley for the oakleaf high drone. First the spine and then the top and I'm going to these rounded movement all around, cause me for me. The up believe it's similar to this one. I'm not trying to be very precise and specific in these process, because the doodles have to be something that gives you the idea off, even though they are not perfect. If you want to do with some, they're realistic drawing. It's perfectly fine, but it's not what I'm most interested in this process. And now I'm drawing the ornament for the December month. So I'm just going some round shapes using the circle template. And I'm just doing a lot off decoration that makes me think about Christmas ornaments. And I've drunk even a longer one. But it has a more diamond shape, and I'm just keep adding a depression, and it's totally fun. I mean, it's just doing something that makes you think about Christmassy and that it's fun on relaxing to drop. So nothing has to be perfect or perfectly really sick, because it's the nice thing about the doing. You can be creative as you want and just have fun on enjoy the process 5. How to ink: And now let's put some ink for the drawing and thinking part. You will find a PdF attached to the class in the project section, where you will find all the instruction to draw all the doodle step by step so you can refer to this if you want to do exactly what I did here. And I really prefer to do the most of the drawing in the sketch process, because for me it's easier when I just use the ink toe outline without bothering to abduct much details. Because it's if I have to make a mistake. I prefer to make it in the sketch part with pencil, so it's easier to correct. And now I'm just basically outlining everything. If you made some mistakes like I did here in the top part off the umbrella, don't worry, because we have to. You can covered up like I did with some gel, then or, uh, you can even don't bother Tool, since we're going to scan everything and to edit in for the shop, so this should be easy to fix. So here you are, going to see me just outlined everything. Uh, I'm trying to do it s the more detail the mostly tails there can. And here I'm using the 0.1, like fine China for basically everything except the ice cream and the pumpkin and even the stick off the pop cycle. Cause for that, I'm going to use the brown fine liner, the dark sepia from fabric Hostile because I think it gives you It's a little bit softer than the black one, and it's moralistic for wood and chocolate and pastries. And for the Leafs, for example. It didn't bother me toe have it outlining black, but they should be perfectly fine. Even in brown. It's really up to you and your taste. So here I'm using the black fine liner, as I always say this your 0.1 sites, but I'm going to use in a leader wide some other different sites, like the 0.3 and there's your points, your five, because I like to have the choice, for some details to have different thickness of lines. But it's just something that you can do just with one pen like this one. By for especially for a thicker line, just toe go back two or three times with just one pen. It's easier for me since I have more pen to just use different sets. And here I'm just feeling all the details in the ornaments. Just make them look Ficker on more intense. And here, one of the easiest do they do all the time. It's there, snowflake, that I've used a lot in these illustration, and in a while I'm going to do even as on its own. And here you see me using the zero points for five years. I think it's really thin details there and probably I've drawn the looks and the t a little bit too narrow. Next time I'm going to draw me a little bit bigger here. You're going to see me that I've switched from the black to the brown. So I'm just doing the outline off everything and wants to be brownish and another advice. It's to try to drop everything in the closet sites, Um, as you want it to be in the end result. For example, if you joy too small when you try to skinny and a large it, you will see that the lines are became thicker and not so pleased to present see, so If you try to draw the same sides that you or the biggest sides actually that you want to use in the your final product, it should be a lot easier for you to obtain a very nice results. And here I've used also a a Sharpie, which are fine fine liner for the pumpkin details and issue a bigger one a black Sharpie for some other. The tastes with these gold marker Sharpie as well. I'm drawn a snowflake and now on adding the court for the balance and some details in black and in what? 6. How to watercolor: Now let's see how to watercolor our doodle. The first thing I'm going to do its use some masking fluid, that it's a liquid latex based product that allows you to cover some areas off off your design that you want to keep it. What, and there is an entire class. Heroes kill, share about masking fluid and how to use it. So I definitely recommend you to check it out if you are not from here with these product, because it's really helpful, especially for beginners, to help you controlling the color coverage. And now, when I draw something the way it's meant to be turned in some kind of product, like the calendar project for this class, I prefer to use a limited selection off colors and reveal them to have more consistency and more pleasant Look, you can find my color chart for this project on their your project section off this class off course. This is my preference that it's no need to be yours as well, So if you prefer to use, for example, totally different color palette for each month or each season, it's perfectly fine to be quickly, quicker. Sorry, I start with one color like they did green here and proceed coloring every elements that I want to be in this color. By doing these, I can prepare one color at the time, but also allow it the color to dry one on proceeding with the following elements. So it gives you the idea that you are not waiting for a single element to dry before moving toe the blazing process. And here I'm trying to be very precise around my shapes because the one inside, I have not used the masking fluid because I want them to be gold. So since the marker, it's pretty, pretty intense and pretty thick. Even if some watercolor stays the hearts or the teardrop shapes, it's no problem because the market would cover it completely. If you want to make them, leave them white or making another color. It's probably better if you use the mosque influence, so this one is the last element. It's going to be Jade green and the next caller we're moving, so it's going to be the pink as you can see me prepare the J. Pink, and it's certainly Jeff Green, and he's going to be the same for the pink. It's a new polar new corner. It's a type off watercolor pastoral, so basically you can use it as a hostile and then put water and talk, or just put it in your mixing palette and then at some water. And it's going to be perfectly soluble here doing the balloon. And I have used the fancy, even here on the ice cream to mark the shed. The light direction is help me to know where I have to let some highlights, especially some white parts. So it's easier, especially if you are not so familiar with watercolor toe mark the direction light direction here on the box cycle. I didn't leave anything white kids. I already not there. That should be white, so I didn't leave any other what space? And now I'm moving to the argument, the personal sentiments and I'm going to use the pink all over on. I think it's because I like these vintage e style off Christmas decoration in, and if it's not the most usual color for Christmas elements. So if you prefer to make them in read on and green or red and gold, it's, I mean, it's totally up to you. This is just my interpretation off Christmassy. So it is actually no rules, and that's the most fun part off the shooting process. Now the masking fluid. It's completely dry so we can start so color the umbrella. I'm trying to apply the color unevenly, leaving the darker part on the top and the lighter part on the bottom. And the masking fluid allows us to just put the colors everywhere. I mean, you don't have to worry about living the white spot, and it's really, really good. And now I'm moving to the prince and I'm putting the first layer off color. I try to live somewhat. Space cares in watercolor, leading some uneven whitespace besides, too, the enlightening areas. But it also gives you some. I get you out something that it's sketchy and it's funny and it's lighter, so I always try to leave some white spot. I mean, it's not a route you can't even cover everything you know, but this way I think it's more priest, and now I'm just starting with another color that it's the runny orange and I'm doing the balloon and some one off the scoop off the ice cream. And then I'm going to move to the pumpkin because one of the first year of the pound picking off the pumpkin should be in these kind off yellow orange. And I guess it's nice because it gives you some light and even the umbrella stick. It's going to me in this collar, and I'm going also to use it for the oak Cares. I try to leave the oak and all the leaves sexually, with a lot of a lot of what space, because it gives more sense off likeness. And I have these romantic idea off leaves for lives that actually falling from the trees. So I like something that eats lighter. Now that the first layer off our print it's dry. I'm going for the second layer and coloring the coffee bean and here on doing a second layer off for the ice cream. So I'm doing some kind off like I told you in the Tips video. I'm not doing the full coverage of the second layer Samos here for the pumpkin. I'm just using the second layer to give more depth and Teoh add some interest in the drawing. But I'm not covering everything here on using a mix over medium and orange for the maple leaf. And as you can see, I'm leaving a lot of white here. There's really want this leaf to be very, very loud, and I'm also using some Brown's forgiving the wood effect to the pop cycle stick. And here I'm going back to the problem. So, as you can see is a layering process. So you keep going, adding layers off color in order to get a more depth and volume affect to your room. Now let's have some more that round. So the coffee bean, and even so the pumpkin, so to give the idea off them through the shape of the pumpkin, I'm trying to put some darker color where there are the most treaty parts of the parking, and this way it should look like it's something that it's more realistic, even though doodling it's not meant to be necessary. Realistic could be really sketchy over reflect. More like comic side depends really from your own style and the kind of Africa effect you want to give to your work. But on something like pumpkins or flower, I really like to have some volume and realistic effect. The poppy. I'm going to use some I during Queen, so Maria and I'm doing the first layer in almost uneven coverage. So I'm doing. I'm trying to have the most off the color in the bottom part, and now I'm doing also the watermelon, and the next one is going to be the copper beech. So this one, it's a very intense shades off Marple. But I really loved the idea of adding some more burgundy or purplish and some orange color for the full section. And now I'm using some different shades of red and India red, actually, for the first layer off color off these horse Chestnut League and now the pink. It's dry so I can do the blazing off the violent. And as you can see, I didn't cover everything the same I'm doing here with the ice cream scoop. So just use it sparingly here and there, but not so much. And don't do a full coverage, because otherwise you will lose every sense off death that you can have achieved with leering. Now let's know to the ring drop. So I leave some white space, and now I'm just moved to the palm leaf, and I'm doing a submarine first layer. And then I'm adding some collagen in wow green, um, to give it a little bit of more depth, and I'm using the same mix of color for some details of the pumpkin. Then I moved to the populace and the steam, so everything I tried to use and here I'm adding some earth green just to give it a little bit more intensity. And I'm using the same color for the outside layer off the water man. So if you can try to use a limited number of color cause, everything will look really more cohesive and here are adding some India read to them up relief to give the second layer on the glazing. And now let's move to the chocolate because it's really to light. So I'm docking it down with some burns. Amber mixed with some sepia, and I'm using even some pure sepia because it's my darkest brown for the shades that cames from the couple. Sorry, coffee mean, and now I'm coloring in some other details in the books and some glazing on the families and even on the copper beech because it seems me to purple, so I'm adding some Indian red for more wouldn t look. And here I'm doing even hear the gazing, and I'm adding more water. And since it seems me A to B to reddish, I'm using some orange to warm it up a little bit because I want the for lease for the November page would be a little bit different in color shades, and now they looked the oak. Leave that it's going to be the most orangey eso. I'm adding some pure orange, leaving some yellow on the background and a lot of white as well. And now I'm moved Teoh the gold. So I just rub my Sharpie and I'm doing all the details that being gold, you can even use the Goldwater color because there are very nice. But for me, it's so much easier to use the marker, and I really like the effect, and since we have to print it down afterwards, you won't see so much parking. You would notice the difference between having it in gold or not, But it's not to be looked like as a real metallic, unfortunately, and here I am, doing the blazing on the poppy, So I'm adding some darker color at bottom and on the back petal. So it should be looked like it's a little bit off death and two D volume. And now I'm using my razor to peel off the masking fluid from the umbrella and the upper parts off the cup. And now just sounds more details. Some mistakes correct with the white Justin, and basically we are done. 7. Photoshop basics: deep Centrex about for sure the following two lessons are about editing and make your pattern for the class project with for the shop. These are quite spit up because you biracial you're going to see me doing are basically the same all over again. So before we start, I would like to show you my favorite partnership tools and the basic steps I'm going to do in details. The first thing we're going to do. It's open a new file, so I choose the international paper. But you can choose the US one, and I choose any four sides, and it's three young ready P I resumption. And ofcourse, the background should be white because it's so much easier this way, and I check that the calories RGB because for this type of project, I don't need a CMP What So first stool I want to show you it's a little less. It'll it's. There are three different types of lassitude. Actually, this one is the free laser, so it's the one that you can use like a free and going to follow your hands. Never shape your drawing, and there are the option off a single selection or multiple selection like these, or like it's obstruction, so you can choose it for taking out some elements you have already selected or some part of the selection Europe already Me, the other tool laser to we're going to use its the polygonal laser that helps you to create some kind off shapes that has some angles so it couldn't meet. It can be very useful as well and as the same features off the free laser. Now let's see the magical magic wound. It's It's all that allows you to make selection business color. So here I can select the tolerance. So how much color I want to be selected? How many shapes off this color, actually, because if I say zero, as you can see, just takes one pixel. If I say one under the takes, basically everything that can be yellowish in some way, and if you select the continuous option, you will only select everything that it's inside, uh, a black close shape. Otherwise you would select everything. The other tool. It's the drop tool, and it's allowed you to pick up one color. Another very useful tool is the clone stamp. If you press out you can select a spot where he wants clone the same color off like here, and you can basically Ripley replicate the exact shade of color. And it's really useful, especially when you want to work on effect like the watercolor effect, because if you use a brush tool and just put a plane, I think you will totally lost the effect, and it's really a shame disease, the Irizar, Tulis said. That can allows you to erase everything from one layer, and we're going to use it a lot for cleaning our sketches. And you can select, of course, the sites off the brush and also the hardness, so you will have it. If you have a 100% tartness, the cleaning would be very precise. If you put zero, it's going to be really soft edges. So it's something that you need to know. And some other tools that we're going to use is the selection tool that works exactly like the lizard tool, because you have the three different option off single selection, which for selection or substructure in selection. But it works with a square type of shape, so square rectangular, this kind of ships one of the main features are for the shop is that it works with layers. So on the panel on your right, you will see how the layers are placed, and you can switch them and put them one above the other. This way you can have something that is in foreground and something there is on the background. So the elements are this are displayed like the one the Miley out. You want to have any issues about it, but otherwise could be important to know that one of the adjustment there were going to use is the levels. And it works on the $256 basically on the sheets off black, black and white. So you can decide how we're actually the white point and the black point is, and another thing that we're going to use its the option for the changing the color of an element. So what I just did. Waas used the paid pocket that it's the easiest we probably to do with these one that I'm showing you right now. It's the U. N. Situation options, so you can, As you can see, you can dry very much that huge and even the situation, so the color can totally change. But my favorite one for this project. It's the color of early that it's a corruption and it's really nice. Cozy, lost a lot off shades, but gives you a very nice and clean effort, So basically, these are my chips for your shop. 8. How to upload and edit: how to upload an end. The first thing to do it's scan or take some pictures of your design and upload them on your computer. I don't have a scanner, so I took some pictures and I just place them in 183 sites five. Please check that the resolution is set on 300 BP I. So the printing quality would be great. Next step is to adjust the tonal range and the color balance using the level adjustment. Then I murdered all the four images into one and select all the work. Bagram Using the magic wound and raising. Now we can start to select. Each element with polygonal is a toe and using the combo common plus X in common, plus be cut and paste them in a new layer after peaking the nuclear every name it. So it's easy to know which one is the polar beer for the pumpkin. Our goal here is to create any tree file with all our elements placed differently years, including from watercolors, Moges or any other minor mistakes. It is we We can just take them from this file and open them in the calendar ones to create our monthly pattern. After finishing with the elements from the 1st 4 picture, I proceed with the second for in the same way I correct the tonal range. Using the level adjustment I'm urged. The four layers erased the background, and I started to select each element and cut and paste in a nuclear, renaming it afterwards. If you use this gunner, probably this on a range will be good enough to require only minimum adjustment. But even if using your phone, as you can see here, the result could be great as well. Finally, I delete the imported picture early years that are basically empty now and place all the elements next to each other on the white background. It's time to start supplying them to clean our elements. I use different tools, options here and using very school since this month just are on the white background, and all I can raise are the mistakes. But as you can see me doing in the yellow balloon when I have to correct mistakes in a water colored area, I use the clone stamp tool. This tool is great because it can literally clone the texture effect from one spot to paint on another area. If you try to pick the yellow with the color picker and use a regular brush to paint over a mistake, you will notice how artificial that brushstroke we look like. If you use the plant stamp, you will have the same watercolor effect off the rest off the drawing, and no one could be able to notice the directions. The only thing you have to mind is to select the area you want to copy from as close as possible in terms, off color, effect and tone to the to the one you are going to work, so the illusion would be total. You can see I keep moving from one element to the next one to raise all the watercolors marches. This process can be longer or shorter, depending on how precise you are in drawing and watercolor, but it definitely will help you to get rid of a burden to have to do the paper drew in perfect because you know you can always correct it afterwards. And for me, this is a big relief, since sometimes I can need messier than usual. Now I'm using the magic wand to select all the white area inside the books and the tea element that looks grayish. Since they know there will place the element on a solid white background. I'm simply raising them. But if I have wanted to put them on colorant background, and, however, have the white areas white, I should have used a paint bucket tool or a solid color adjustment to feel the selected areas. Since we're using a doodle lose and whimsical side, there is no need to be over precise in cleaning all this marches. And some artists love to have something that goes out from the outline. If this is your case as well, just make sure that depends. Outside. The outline is consistent and looks pretty. It should not be perceived as mistakes, so it has to follow the outline and be enough to give the area we wanted effect. Just some spot outside in random position. We look like mistakes, and they're not nice to see is that an entire side of the element with paint outside the up line may give the illusion off a shadow or a shifted image, and you will be very cool. Now it's time for our last correction like using the regular brush with white to correct the inner part of the Waterman's lies. The last thing to do is to save our file as PSD file, so it will keep all our years separate. The clean and boring part is over. Now let's start to create our Collender. 9. How to make pattern: how to make a batter. First of all, going the project section of this class and download music file you prefer someday, starting on Monday, starting off your overwork a lender and unzip it. Now let's open a new for the shop file. I prefer to create it any four sites, so I won't have to bother about enlarging it in the future if I want to have it. Bigger and large can be always tricky in terms of resolution and quality, then just drug the month you want in the photo shopped file and click batik to place it. Next step is to go back to our A Three Elements file and select the elements you want to duplicate. Right big on your mouth on the layer will open a drop on and choose duplicate layer and change the destination from the current file to the new A four you created. Now you're element will show up in the calendar file and we could start to work. I wanted to do this. We preview of the process since the following part of the lesson will be more accelerated in this sequence of step will be the same for over 12 months. Let's start with generally. The first thing I'm going to do is to unzip the calendar file and open anyway for file where a drug the generate pdf I also create in your folder for the calendar and save the general fired into it. Now listeningto the A Three Elements file and duplicate the polar beer, and there's no freak in The General Files sees. The polar beer looks toned down. I use the level adjustment to intensify the colors so the black will pop out more like the other colors. Then I moved to this snowflake by clicking common while on the icon slayer, you will select all the elements in the layer. So in this case, only the snowflake I tried different was to change the snowflakes collar. The 1st 1 is the paint bucket tool. Not a nice result. Then decided color adjustment. Too rough for the edge. I decided to go with the color overlay. Lee, you're affected. Now. We can duplicate the layer by clicking common plus tree as many times as we like a little tip. Try to place the snowflakes around them without allying them in a result or vertical. This way, the look would be more natural in visual. Please try also to leave even spaces between the snowflakes, so you want to have any gap. Visually, it's perceived as a mistake, since it immediately catches the eyes of an observer. Keep moving things around until you're happy with the layout you have achieved and signify as PSD as a backup for future adjustment. And and there's a gym bag to treat it. What a February. After creating the new A four file, we go back to the A Three Elements file and replicate in the February file that your problems were drowned. If you duplicate L. A. You're from file that is wilder than the destinations. One. Sometimes you won't see the duplicated element in the paper area. They are probably just outside, since they have been duplicated in their old position. Just use the move to by clicking the and the arrows to move the elements inside the working area for placing. These two elements were going to use one of the most traditional paternity, the after up. That means that our for probably duplicated with common plus J as before, are not aligned horizontally, but they are alternated and sheeted vertical Buy one position. Now that the federally out is ready, we can save it and move to the March 1. After creating our new A four file, we duplicate into it the two bones, the pink one and the yellow one, the card and the heart. I forget to insert the March layout calendar, so I'm doing it now, and I also importing the heart because I forget it as well. I utterly the color off the bottom. So next the yellow one there is the pink one, and I'm placing them a different high, so the look will be more present to give him a realistic look. I used the combo common plus de on the balloon cord, and I select flip horizontally so the card will be feet. But compared to the original one, I make sure to put the card behind the balloon by switching the layer position in the year window. Then I duplicate the heart and move them around, trying to don't align them and keep going. Until I'm satisfied with the result. There are no right and wrong about the hardest position or even the bottom disposition. I mean, it's just depending from the ethic that you like the most. Now it's time to say our file and move toe. April I opened in you a for five and paste into it the upper Collender. Then I duplicate the rain drops and the number of love. In the April 5, I choose to place the umbrella in the middle of the upper part, as you have noticed. By now, I'm placing my fatter in the top part of the page. This is my personal choice, but you can make your pattern all over the edge or in the talk and the bottom part. It's totally up to you for the raindrops. I'm duplicating them several times and try to place them using the drop off drop. Repeat, try to move the ring drops to avoid to align the same drop next toe, another identical one. Also try to reduce as much as possible to get between the range of class There. Put umbrella layer above the rainbow so you can play some drops that looks like they are falling on it and the others from the same class. There we remain. Eden, you can flipper Gentilly. Some drop, but if you have left a white highlights on the drops to mark the light direction. You will see it for people and can be awkward, since this project is so whimsical. If the light source it's not consistent, I don't mind. But technically it would be a part of the state. After placing or the range of process, my stars will raise the drops that results under the umbrella. I'm urged all the raindrops layer, so the next left will be faster. Using the lizard toe, I select some individual drops and leaking the on the keyboard. Plus using the arrows. I can move this single drop around to fill the empty spot and obtain in ice placement to feel some bigger gap. I also duplicate some individual individual drops. I'm put them wearing it. I keep doing it until I'm satisfied with the partner. As usual, I said the file in PSD Angie Peg as well me as for the previous months. We create anyway for file we based in Place the Millie out, and we duplicate the poppy from the Elements file. This time I decided to slightly modify the poppy, so I used the less a tool to select belief and using the combo Common plus C and common plus B, I create any reef. I clean it with very stool. Then, using common plus T and the right click of the mounts, I select free presents, all from the options panel. Anyplace that leaf in place, I murdered two layers and scale the poppy. Then I duplicated and try to place a collect nous. But I don't like with just three of them. So I'm duplicated five times and in placing it in an almost property. It's butter now, we can say to you, after creating a new way for file and duplicate any the June's element. So the ice cream on the pop cycle we can starts to place them. Since the Jones elements are pretty big and detailed, I prefer to duplicate the ice cream just once and place the pop cycle in the middle. I also sleep with the result of one of the ice cream for a nicer look, and then we just city and moved to dry July as the public If and we are making a pattern of it by duplicating it four times and creating a classier with them to make it last year, The most appealing way it's sorted the elements in different orientation. This way it will be easier to repeat the plaster so they can feet one next to each other. Metal. Also, the pattern result will be more natural, a pleasant to look at. I duplicated the cluster several times, and I move it around until I find what I think. It's a nice placement for it, and then I duplicate a few other Reeves and place them were need to feel some empty space. I keep moving things around until I'm satisfied with the layout. Then I saved the file bulls. After creating our new A four file and importing the watermelons lies we can start to make our partner for this month, we're going to use the same class. The repetition as in July, since the Water Manners lies is basically enough, circle this class. There we result more geometrical and meets than the July's one. So even using the same kind of repetition, you can achieve total different results by changing the elements use I keep duplicating and placing the class er in the top part of the calendar until unhappy with the result and feel like the pattern in Scoot and Nice. And now we can save the file as usual. Both J. Peg and PSD, because you never know if you want to make some adjustment in the future, and we can move on to September. September has a more complex element, so I use it only once. Place. Get in the centre off the top part of the calendar. I am lead to be the books and T element, and I use the brightness and contrast adjustment to correct it on a range. You can use this kind of lee out for all the 12 months. If you prefer just one element and large proportionally and placed in the centre top part off the page could be more than enough to create a nice a lovely calendar. October has the pumpkin as elements like we did before we create a new fire and were based in Meet the Monthly out. We go back to the elements by and to placate the pumpkin into the October's one. After recovering it from outside through the working area, we can start to duplicate and place it. This time I'm making a brick off Rick Repeat pattern because in such a small area like here , I feel like it's one of the few disrepute to use along with drop off drop. Repeat, we are almost done with our digital part of the class. Two more months to go and we can start the fun part of spring our Collender November For this month we have four beautiful lives, so we duplicate the maple leaf, the copper beech leaf, the horse chestnut leaf and the oakleaf in Remember five using common plus t irritate in scale each leaf. Since the picture off the copper beech is too long, I'm raising a part of it to make it nicer. After placing the 1st 4 relieves in the left side, off on the left side of the top area, I duplicate them and put the new four lives on the right side. Now that we have our roughly out see to address the chief to have a more natural around, um, look, irritate and scale some off the leaves until I'm happy with the result. Then I saved the file. Amel, December December is our last month to create. We had room for Christmas three ornaments and we just duplicated them from the elements. Fire to December 1. I start using Common plus X and common plus B to move the drop shaped ornament on a separate layer. Then I select with the laser tool the middle bubble and move it a little bit mark with the arrow. Now I make the drop ornamental your visible and recites over the four of them. I duplicate the tree bubble layer and free it horizontally to create our partners. I realize that the lines are not strike, so I still like them individually with a laser tool. And then I used common plus T to transform this this election. The option amusing is distort. I used guides line to be sure that I'm making them straight for the second line. I do the same as before, but I'm also using the warp option that allow us so curves the structure I keep correcting also the lines off the third with bubble enter drop ornament. Now I raise the duplicate layer off the bubbles I made earlier, and I create anyone so I don't have to do the same correction again. I also notice that I didn't clear the bubble perfectly in the gating process. So I used the close them and there s told to fix it. Now as before, I dilated the un corrector layer, duplicate the corrected one and put in place. We're done now let's save December and let's go to print. 10. How to print & display: how to print and display. Welcome to our last lesson. Now that we have all our months ready, we have to decide how to bring them. The files are any four so we can bring them any for borderless, and they will be perfect. You can also bring them as for by six inches borderless. The proportion is like different from a four, so you will have some white on the top and the bottom portion of the paper. For me, it's not an issue, since it will have to fit in the here free. But if it's an issue for you and your layout, you can adapt and correct them from the PSD file of each single month. To bring the three by four sides, we can open a new way for file, put some guidelines to help with the scale, and after selecting four months, we can place them in for the shop I and scale them. Considering this, the kind of drumming and Styx, even if we don't scare them proportionally, the design will be affected in terms off aesthetic. But again, you can decide to change the original fire to have the right proportion. After finishing to recites our 1st 4 months and saved them. We can proceed in the same way with the following eight months. Now we can proceed to bring the size, which is I'm going to print in a 44 by six inch, 314 inch and a five by printing to images in the same a four page to show you all the different ways to this play. Our calendar. First week. Easily. This easel is from Flying Tiger, and it costs £1. I'm over there. There's more campus that it's included in the back, and after trimming down the tree before months from our three a four pages, I'm just placing them into it. Super simple and super cute. Now let's write with the four by six. Each decides I just remove the perspex from Ali, a key frame and put all the months inside. If you want to. During your months, you can just move the one in the front to the back. Easy peasy, right? The A Four Sites calendar is perfect for a quick work. Simply keep the papers and use the whole on the back side of the metallic part to hang it on a world. Another way to display that we buy four sides Calendar is to use a photo clip older, £1 flying tiger. Just keep all the months in place. These were four ways, but let's see another couple of ideas to display our collender using a baking twine or yard and some pics, you can hang them on the wall or on the side of a book ship, as they did here. Or use the A five sides as your monthly collender in your bullet, Jonah or Planner, Look how great our calendar looks in my home on a shelf on the war or in our planner is just super cool. For more ideas, check my calendar Ideas Board on Pinterest Lincoln, your project section. Thank you so much for taking this class, and I really hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. And please comment and share your project with us. I would love to see your calendar, and there is the protection for these so hope to see you in the next class. Bye.