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Explore Modern Folk Art in Illustration: Inks, Gouache and Photoshop

teacher avatar Anna Sokolova, Berlin-based Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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      Demo 1 - Floral leaf


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      Demo 2 - Berries


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      Demo 3 - Flower


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      Demo 4 - Firebird


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      Scanning and Coloring


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      Repeat Pattern


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      Matryoshka Postcard


    • 11.

      Your Task


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      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

We'll explore basic principals of creating a Modern Folk Art illustrations with inks, gouache and Photoshop. We’ll begin with simple lines and continue with more intricate designs inspired by Eastern European folk art like Matryoshka (aka Nesting doll) and Firebird. After that, we’ll create a repeat pattern in Photoshop using Offset filter and then will work on beautiful Matryoshka postcard in Khokhloma style.

By the end of this 100-minute class, you’ll learn tips and tricks of Folk art and will be able to incorporate it into your work. Both advanced and beginner creatives can find valuable insights in this class.

Lessons include:

  • Warm-up
  • Floral designs
  • Botanicals, Berries and Firebird
  • Scan and Digital Coloring
  • Repeat Pattern in Photoshop
  • Creating a print-ready Postcard

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Anna Sokolova

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1. Intro: Hi, my name is Anna Sokolova, and I'm a Berlin-based artist and illustrator. I'm so thankful for your beautiful projects and excellent feedback in my previous classes. That's why this time I'm giving away a one year of Skillshare premium membership, but we'll be back to that later. As you've probably guessed, today's class topic is, modern folklore in illustration. A while ago, I was commissioned to create a series of coloring books about different Russian folklore styles. I'm sure you've recognized this smiling lady. It's an nesting doll, also known as Matryoshka. I know its hard to pronounce, but it wasn't. Then I realized that so many folklore elements and motifs are prevalent in contemporary wall papers, designs, illustrations, and postcards. In this class, I'll show you basic principles of creating a folklore design. We'll start with very simple lines and skills. I've also prepared the help of PDF with warm-ups sheets to help you practice. By mastering them, you'll be able to create beautifully intricate illustrations like botanicals, birds and floras. I'll also show you how to color them in Photoshop. Its really helpful for commercial illustration. Then we'll create simple but very stylish repeat pattern in Photoshop. As a bonus, I've prepared a special Matryoshka templates for you, you can work with. You can color it or design it your own way. I'll show you how to create a postcard with it. Let's get back to the interesting part, give away. To be eligible to win a one year of Skillshare premium membership, you should do the following: Watch any of my classes and post your project in a project gallery before first of May, don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare, and follow me on Instagram. One more lucky winner will get some surprises for me. That's it. I can't wait to see your beautiful artworks. Let's start creating. 2. Materials: The materials for this class are elementary. I'll use gouache paints with primary colors, just black, red, green, and yellow. Just black would be enough. You can also use water colors. Inks would work perfectly. You can use any kind of paper, sketch paper, copy paper, watercolor paper. I'm using just this sketch paper. It's really inexpensive and I like the coating. You'll also need a brush. I'll use watercolor brush number 1. Number 2 works good too. Make sure it's long enough because we want to have the beautiful free amplitude. Watch the tip. I'll also be using the pen to pocket brush as an option. I'm really happy with this one. It has a fine tip and I feel like I'm drawing with real inks. At least, all the materials once again, in the PDF are in the class project section. Let's finally start working on our projects. 3. Warm-up: Welcome to the studio. Let's start warming up. Here's my brush with a long tip. Just in case I wanted to show you, it's the brush with the same size, but note the difference in length. This one is really short and will be totally useless for us, so go away. Go quickly. I'll show you five basic elements. Here's my black gouache. Let's sharpen the brush, like this. The first element is called grass, because it looks like little grass. Not surprising. You should hold the brush perpendicularly and put your fingers right here on the border so we have a perfect control. Let's start. Slowly, pressing, lifting. Press, lift. Press, lift. It's like a grass. It may seem complicated at first, but if you practice, you will surprisingly find that it's really easy. They can be longer. You can work with warm-up sheets in the PDF. Press and lift, press and lift, press and lift. Cross. The second element is called drops. Actually, it's three pieces of the same grass, but it has some direction. So slightly touch, press, lift. Slightly touch, press, lift, and the same here. In different directions. Lift, press, lift, press, lift, and one more time, press, lift. The next one is my favorite. It's called swirls. I like their intense black. Relax perpendicularly holding the brush, and here comes the swirl, perfect. Practice a little bit. It's not difficult at all, when you get the feeling of the brush, and it's really fun. With the simple elements, you can create beautiful work. Swirl. Well, as a real pro, you want to work in another direction too. Let's not be afraid. Yeah, it's harder, but it's manageable. The fourth element is called curve, and it looks like a curve. Press, lift, press, lift. I sometimes practice on the go with this elements, because it's really relaxing, and you'll get the control of the brush, and it helps in any style you work. Curve is one of my favorite elements. The last one is called S, because it reminds of the letter S, obviously. It looks like this, and of course, in both directions. They're a bit different. Great. Just in case, I'm taking the pencil brush with a fine tip, and I'll repeat the swirl for you, for example, just to show it works absolutely the same. The grass, the drop, the curve, and S. Practice a little bit and you will be surprised how easily you'll create beautifully intricate buttons. Let's move forward. 4. Demo 1 - Floral leaf: Now we've mastered the basic elements and let's create some floral designs. Let's sharpen our tool. Why I'm I saying so? Let's do the big swirl, and another one, you can work with it further and further. To make it even more beautiful, you can add some drops here. Great, and maybe even here, sharpen in, beautiful, isn't it? We can make it even more interesting if we add some color. Let's do the small demo, swirl and another one, and maybe another one, why don't we add red? I have a bit bigger brush this time but I like how it works. I'm sure you can do it even better, it's just the principles I'm showing you. You can do exactly the same, I think we can get even more interesting if we turn the page. Like here, we can add some exciting elements like even more swirls here. Well, that's was not very beautiful, but I think you've got the idea. You can work with the whole design like this, it's really easy. You can do the same with pencil brush, just a swirl, and another swirl, and then another swirl. You can always use something like the colored brush. Many brands are suggesting this stuff right now, so the principle is the same, it won't look as beautiful as with the brushes, but the principles are always the same, always. Now when we can do this, let's try and draw a leaf, it may be easier to start with a pencil outline. Just the shape of a leaf, something like this, and here will be the middle, I'll go with bento. Let's draw a mainline and now when they have the outline, we can work like this. I'm not sure, I think I prefer to work with brush better. Let's leave bento for another time. Let's see, it's long, and the short one, the long and the short one, the long and the short one, the long and the short one, and the S symbol We've mastered it at the beginning, and in the other side the long, the short one, long and the short one, the long and the short one. Now let's make it more interesting. You may find helpful outline like this. Let's add drops, but it's just a practice, I'm sure you got the idea. I like it when there are these small little elements to decorate the corners. I'm sure you've got the idea, this is one of my favorite design styles. I can draw swirls all the time, it's just a pleasure to work. Different types of swirls, beautiful cant wait to see what you come up with. Let's move forward. 5. Demo 2 - Berries: Welcome back. Now, let's draw the berries. How about starting with strawberry? We're using red. Pick a brush and we're simply drawing the shape of a strawberry. It's easy as that, and just color it. We'll let them dry and in the meanwhile, we'll draw the next berry. Let it dry. Let's draw a gooseberry. I was really surprised how this berry is called in English actually. We all know how it looks like. Let's sharpen the brush. It's really simple to draw. With this type of movement, we're hitting the middle. It's almost ready. Once again, when it's dry, we'll add some elements to it. Our strawberry is almost dry, but let's draw a raspberry. Simple. Something like this and something like this, like a sketch. I'll color it and we'll be back to the first berry, the strawberry. Now, we need to define our strawberry. Yes, I'll use green at first to paint some leaves, just like this. What I like about gouache, is that you can draw a layer on another layer, like in Photoshop, but in the real life. Very simple, nothing too complicated. Here's our strawberry. It's not finished yet. The same goes for the gooseberry. Really funny name. Let's add some green here and the same here. Simple, but really effective. Let's draw two types of raspberry. I'll draw a leaf at first, using the swirl, the half of the swirl actually. Beautiful, isn't it? Here, will come our strawberry right away. We'll wait till it's dry to add this head or leaf. It will work with water colors too. Our strawberry is almost dry, and I want to bring these yellow seeds on it, but I'm not sure if this yellow will be bright enough, that's why I'm adding a bit of white gouache. You'll see the mix of green, so, so important. It will pop up more. Sharpening the brush. Let's add these tiny spots. I already love how it looks like. It's like you build an ambary. We should do some more. I would love to eat some strawberries right now. Great. We have to wait a little bit till our raspberry is ready. Now, we can draw leaves at this time. Just a hat. That's it. Same goes here. It won't mix. Let's add our magic yellow mix. Let's add it like this. We'll counter the strawberry like this and put some dots here. It's not dry for now, but I think you got the idea.This one isn't dry, but you would do the same here. Just follow the shape here, here, here, here, here, and here. Put the dots to create a nice folklore strawberry. Now, I think we're ready for our berry composition, I will then use as a pattern in Photoshop. Let's work on it. This goes to the table and here's a pencil outline I'll be working with. I'll use pencil brush. It's just simple shapes and I'll work it from top to the bottom because I feel it more comfortable this way. Holding the brush perpendicularly, and drawing the shapes on the leaves right here and there. Here comes a berry, comes another berry,here comes another leaf. I'm using all the elements we've learned in the warm-up. It's just the longer washes, but it's just the same. We change the pressure of the brush and try to feel the free movement. You can divide all the elements in small parts, if you don't feel comfortable, drawing everything right away. It's absolutely okay. Everyone is working in his own manner. I think it's a little better I will delete it afterwards. Smooth shapes, leaves, maybe it's better to draw like this. In this direction, it may seem better. Let's work further, with the small elements. This type of berries. This will look beautifully as a pattern. Now let's turn it. One more leaf, in the middle. You'll get a feeling, what is comfortable for you when you practice. Actually, the practice is key to any success. I'm talking over stuff. My plan is to scan this and correct a little bit, parts I don't like and create a beautiful, repeat photograph pattern in Photoshop. Is really easy to create. Small leaf here, I think. Now, I'll put it away and when it's dry, I'll scan it and work with it further. You'll see it. One more type of berry I wanted to show you, this really fun to work with. It's a raspberry. I'll draw a leaf at first and you'll recognize, what it is. This trick is really traditional Russian one but I think you'll love it. Just some leaves here and there, any type of leaves doesn't matter which ones and the line well, I'm going to use this strange thing. Actually, it's a match and any sort of a sponge, I won't talk about sponge Bob. You just roll it all over the match and you'll get the perfect round brush. I've just made it, and will use, I have so many brushes here, red color. It should have enough water to draw raspberry. Check this out, maybe. Exactly, and the fun begins. It's a secret of the wooden painting masters. When they need to produce lots of illustrations. This works perfectly for borders and all that stuff. When it gets dry. You can add some tiny little yellow points. Awesome, and you'll love it. I'm sure you've recognized the raspberry. Of course you can just paint it like a round but it wont be so interesting. You can work with this type two, making them more perfect. Let's just wait till it's dry and I'll add some yellow points. Cool. Now we can draw lots of berries. Let's wait. Another thing, you can use the usual match to paint. To make this small spots, here is the right one, like this. When you have a big quantity of work. This streak saves huge amount of time. Painting, with a match. It's not completely dry I'm very impatient but you got the idea. You can also paint beautiful stuff like this and elements like this. This is also very traditional. Great. Now let's move forward. 6. Demo 3 - Flower: Welcome back. Let's draw beautiful flower. I've created a quick sketch, and we'll work with my brush. Starting with this side. I always start with the similar elements. So the hand got used to the movement, and it's easier to repeat them. Like this, like this. We don't have to get a perfect symmetry here. It's a full color and a feeling of hand painted element is really great. So here's the outline, and here we want to have beautiful part here. We want to use somewhere else towards and let's work with the middle. It's a curves, and I'm sure you've recognized it. Some small shapes here, same here, same goes here. Here. Well, I can go and turn this illustration and create this drops. Draw it again. Well, no. It'd be easier like this. Moving in this direction is much easier. Drop, drop, drop, drop. Almost. Well, I think we need to add some decoration. I'm not sure if I'm going to be using. Now the color, but I'm sure I want to add some classical elements here. These are really effective to make our elements pop. Slowly. No need to rush. Great. Maybe have some of it here and here. I'm combining the simple lines, resulting in the beautiful design. So I think we may need to get these lines here. We're already comfortable with the bend. So we can easily create these confident lines. Almost confident lines. How do you think about adding a bit of red? I think it will work good. Honestly, I didn't try it. So I want to try it for you right now. That's what we're going to do actually. Add in some decorated elements here and there, get rid of the pencil afterwards. So let's add red. But before we add red, I would like to fill this areas a bit just with the shadows with no particular shape. Because it will add some depth. It's like a graphic image in painting. You're showing the shadows with lines. Like this. So, we have two options we can use this type of imitation of brush, but it can work perfectly true. But of course, note that it will never be so slim and intricate as the real brush, so I think we'll go with a real brush. I just wanted to show it once again. Our friend is waiting for us. We'll sharpen it a bit. Some beautiful line here. I like how it looks like. We have some over here and here. Let's add this element and we'll work with it later. Just as with this one. Then I'll repeat it. Here, in this corner. They don't have to be identical. Just beautiful enough to fill the space. You see the difference between this and this elements. It's obvious that the pocket brush cannot compare. Add some accents here. I think we may use our new weapon image and add some interesting parts here. I mean, why not? It's funny\. It works really good. I can just add here and there these elements together, beautiful composition. It was an improvisation by the way. I know I can trust you. So you'll get the thing I wanted to show. Great. I really hope you'll try this. The thing with a match. 7. Demo 4 - Firebird: Now I think we can draw almost anything. Let's try and draw one of my favorite characters, Fire bird. It's a very popular folklore character as well. I've created a pencil sketch and will work my way with the shapes. Let's start with the head, adjust the round. Here begins the feathers, the wing, curve. Just simple lines. Once again, bigger curve, bigger curve. This one looks so beautiful. Let's do the bottom in several attempts. Another part of the wing and the lowest feathers, like this. Let's add some character and draw these kind of swirls on the head of Fire bird. I think it's symbolizes the fire. Like in-fluent clear, only several colors I used. But the all have a special meeting, black symbolizes novelty, green symbolizes light, and of course, red is life. We've got some elements here, and the eye. Some small details make a difference. Here's the tail, curve, swirls, some curves. Just let your fantasy fly, swirls. Here goes like we've drawn the leaf. Big and small. Maybe I will work with it, Photoshop afterwards. I want everything to be rather precise. I'll add some elements here and there. I think we should add some color too, fill it here and here. Real Fire bird. Maybe we'll add some colored decorations. I'm not sure how to do them in black. I think these ones yes, but we should add red and maybe green. Let's add some red. It's a Fire bird afterwards. I'll sharpen with a brush, and let's add some circles. Other circles may be here. It's now sharpened up I think, here. Maybe some elements here, like this and maybe even like this. I think we may add some green branch. I just do what I feel works good. This process is really intuitive. That's what I love about folklore. There are no strict rules, just elements you can work with according to your wishes. This time, I'll work with green. What I'm going to do is, just add the branch for our beautiful bird. It will have beautiful home, like all the good Fire birds do. Some leaves here and there. Maybe even something more serious like this. Just don't listen what I'm talking about while I draw. The process is most important thing, not the talking. Let's work with this part. It's almost spring, I miss those green stuff a lot, and I can't help myself but to use this method of adding interest to the drawing. You can add it to any element, not necessarily to swirls. It's almost it. You can control the thickness with the brush tool and not with the brash with match, which is surprising, great. Maybe a couple of spores here. 8. Scanning and Coloring: Welcome back. So now we're inside the computer. I scanned our illustration using this characteristics; "Black and White". Its absolutely okay to scan aligned image with a small twin, won't lose anything. Resolution is 600 dpi, 300 would work perfectly too. I just like the bigger numbers just in case. Now we're in Photoshop. My plan is to clean up our illustration and it'll be it to delete a background and color it. So I'll be able to create a repeat pattern afterwards. The first thing we're going to do is to change the image color mode. Let's go here,"Image" "Mode", "RGB Color". I'm going to release this layer and create another one with the white background, it's just the way I used to work. You can work in completely different manner. So I feel it should be more bright. Let's go to "Image" "Adjustments"", "Layers", "Levels" and drag these guys to the middle. I think it's bright enough. I'm going to clean up the illustration using the simple eraser. Just erasing these small spots here and there. Well, this part I didn't like if you remember when we were drawing. I'll just get rid of this lines and fill them with another lines by holding "Alt", I'm choosing the same background color. I want to add some lines here, some lines here, here, so it'll be easy to color towards. This guy is going to be connected, somehow. Something like this. "Eraser", and this nail parties also here. We've cleaned up our image and now I want to erase the background by simply using now this, but "Magic Eraser Tool". That's it. It will be enough. We won't need anything perfect. I'll show you why afterwards. My plan is to color the illustration, and I'll create a new layer. The "Layer" option is "Multiply". By using just a simple brush, just a bigger size, I'm coloring our berries in a very relaxing and comfortable manner. This is it, I've put the first layer. We use the same colors as we already painted it with gouache, green, red, and yellow, and back, of course. So I feel that I wanted to add some point of interest to the berries and that's how I'm going to do it. I'll pick the yellow color. Here's the spots and add some nice strokes here and there like this. The last one I don't like, I like this. I am using the same principle as we did with brush painting. So I'm slightly, I'm pressing the brush and releasing it. It doesn't have to be super perfect, but just to feel some space and add interest. It will look more interesting. Add some spots here, here and here, and this guy here, great. Well, this one, I think I can make better. I'm trying to switch off the perfectionist, at least for now. But it doesn't work. So the next thing is adding some shadows. I'm going to select a color and choose a bit darker one and color it with just within you brush. Maybe not so opaque. Yeah. Just edited a bit shadowing. That's right. Just to interest. I'm working really freely so no pressure. I'm interested only in this. Maybe even more. Let's do the same with come into "Select" with the red ones. So I'm choosing the darker color and just adding some spots here and there. That was too dark. I think it's okay. Oh, we forgot this little flower. Let's add some channels here too. So we can add some "Highlights" by using this tool. The ranges highlights exporters should be really low and let's see how it looks like. Well maybe it's not so. On the green you can see it's really clearly. I think that's it. The last part is to remove a background. Let's move to the black and white layer. You've noticed we've removed almost everything, but let's check. Have this small border we don't need, "Magic eraser" help us. Not so easy. I think we have to make it with our hands and little brush. My plan is to add a black background to the whole illustration that's why it's very important to have beautiful borders. Let's see how we can work with it on some more white stuff here. Now we have this white background and won't see some pixels on edges. But let's create another layer and try to color it with black. Why with black? What happened? Anyway, you'll see the difference even with orange. We don't need this. You see these areas? So to avoid that, let's go to the "Layer", "Matting", "Defringe", and let's say "5" pixels. Great, now it looks much better. I think we're ready to follow the next step and create a beautiful pattern. 9. Repeat Pattern: Well now we're ready to create a simple but stylish repeat pattern. I've merged all the layers and clean up illustration a little bit. As I told you, I wanted to use a black background, so I checked how it look like both the edges. If you feel uncomfortable with this part, but it's totally okay but just in case, once again, you can use this option layer matting and these three options work differently, you can use just remove white it's getting bit better, but I don't use it much. What I'm going to do is just use the usual eraser and standard brush and with freehand, I'm erasing this order. Like this. Maybe a bit like this. Here's the thing we don't need. Awesome. Let's start creating the pattern. File, New, the image size, let's say 2,000 per 2,000 pixels and 300 dpi, create. It will be big enough. In case we want to print it. The layers are merged and let's drag this beauty to the Canvas. Using common T and holding shift. I am transforming the size and make it smaller, I think a bit much smaller, something like this. Then by hitting common J, I'm copying layer and put the image here using common T and holding shift and transforming the size. We can turn it a little bit like this. Make sure the corners are free. That's the most important thing for now. Let's copy it and holding shift put a summer here and once again, common J holding shift, putting it here, common J holding shift and here. The middle one, maybe make a little bit smaller. All right. Now let's create a black background, new layer just some black here choosing the bucket. Oh I already like how it looks like and now it's very important to go to the image, note to the layer and flatten the image. Now we will go to the filter, other, offset and here you put the number which is the half of the size of your Canvas. We used 2,000 to 2,000, that's why here we are using 1,000. Beautiful but we have this free spaces I don't really like. Let's add something. How about maybe this berries? Let's create a copy using common J I'll hide this one and using the free selection Y, this one, I'll just select these three little guys and by pressing common J, I'll make them separate layer. I'll hide the previous one. This just my work flow, so you can work as you wish of course, it just showing you how I usually work with stuff like this. Some things may seem funny or useless but improved the work. We don't need this, we'll erase some unnecessary parts here and there and that's both disguise to work. Of course, common T holding shift we're making them smaller, turn in a bit and put them right here. Really classical focal pattern we've caught here, copying them common J holding shift once again, and common J. Let's turn them so it would be more interesting, horizontally. Same is here. Make sure not to mess with the corners. I think it's beautiful. Let's check how it works. So we'll flatten the image once again and we go to the Edit, Define Pattern, let's call it [inaudible] is the actually the name of this style of pattern. Let's create a new layer any size just A4 and create. New layer patterns done tool and what we've got here, here's our guy and just with the super big brush and filling the space with beautifully painted half Lamar pattern. Awesome. I'm really happy with the results. We did a great job. Now, let's work with Matryoshka template. 10. Matryoshka Postcard: Well, you'll recognize this Myelin lady. It's a matryoshka template that I've prepared for you. You can color it, design it at something here, some your designs. Feel free to use it as you wish. So I'm going to color it, and then create a small postcard. Let's begin, I'll create a new layer, and start coloring with the skin. For skin tone, I'll use a hard brush. The layer option is "Multiply", don't forget. So you don't want to have this unpleasant surprises. So I'm going to color everything like this, and of course the head will be red, everything here will be red, and then I will add some shadows, and I really love green eyes. There is one more trick, you can use it. By selecting the outline, you can use the "Magic Wand Tool". Press it in the area, go to the "Select", "Modify", "Expand", and use 1 pixel, and in case you want to use this method of coloring, you should create another layer underneath, and you can feel it with a color like this with the same color. So I'll hide our multiply layer, maybe it'll be easier for you. Once again, by using the magic wand, or selecting the area, we're going to "Select", "Modify", "Expand", and by layer beneath, we're coloring. Great. Now I'm going to continue my method. I'm going to delete this part, and afterwards I'll add our design from the previous episode. So I call it [inaudible] doll, and no, full-screen is not our option, and I just wanted to show you how to color their eyes. That's why I waited a little bit, so let's choose our color. We're making it on the multiply layer above, there is color green, green here, green here, and to make the attractive look, we should do some shading. Let's select the color, choose a bit more darkest green. I'll choose another brush more soft one, and add this shading here, and then I'll do the same but with a lighter tone. You may want to change their opacity. I did the same trick here with the colors of the hair, and with lips. So you'll know that you've got idea, so always Myelin lady needs sound design right here. Let's open our previous work, and drag this beauty right here. By holding common "T", and holding "Shift", and transform into size, and put in the design here, we're almost done. I think we should add black background. You can change everything, the color of the clothing, it's really exciting. Let's select this part. We go to "Select", "Modify", "Expand" "OK", and we'll create a new layer here, and this one will be black slipper. There are some things we don't want probably from this layer. Let's delete it. I can delete it entirely. I don't think we need this part at all, and this is it. If you feel you can add some more details. You can even duplicate this layer, for example, and put it somewhere here, and by pressing the "Alt", you'll mask it. That's not the thing I wanted to show you. Why it doesn't work? Let's not change the layer order. Let's copy it once again, and I would love to shape, to make a mask. Why can't I make a mask. It worked, so by creating a mask, you can add some interest here, and there. Like this is the small pieces. I only need this guy right here. I think we can turn it a little bit. You can add some barriers here, and there, and not the color of the scarf, and everything, so this beautiful lady can work perfectly as a postcard. Let's try to create it. Well, I'm not sure, maybe we should really add some red underneath. Some more red right here, like I did first. What do you think? Let's see how it looks like. What if I "Expand", "OK". Let's try another layer in case we don't like it, and we won't have to do everything all over again. beautiful. Maybe add some shading, too much. This will look great, and some highlights. Awesome. Now I've of how it looks like, so this lady is a perfect postcard. Let's try, and create it. "File", "New" defended postcard size is A6, 300 dpi. Create, so let's put it here. Very important thing. Let's turn on the rulers, and put this blue borders. Why do this? Because when you bring your postcard to the printer, go away, you need to have some additional space on each side, so here it cuts it perfectly, so let's go to the "Image", "Canvas Size", and add 6 "Millimeters" on each side. Make sure that this related field is dictated. So now we are free to do what I want. Let's merge all the layers, and move our lady to her new home, by holding command "T". I am transforming the image, and this is it postcard. I also have some elements I thought that might look good, but it's an improvisation I'm not sure. I found something I had in Photoshop. Maybe this little element, we can out it right here, like I did in the coloring book. Just to add some color, and this one can really work good, so it's a nice page of a coloring book, or a postcard. You can give to friends, and family. True folklore design. We'll repeat this one. Great. I think we are ready, so don't forget to save it as a PDF when you bring it to the printer. The smiling lady said here, thank you, and see you next time. 11. Your Task: Wonderful. Now, you've mastered one of the most exciting folklore techniques. Your task is to create your artwork and post in the project gallery. You can use my Matryoshka template or create your own. I'd love to see your works posted in the project gallery and on Instagram. Don't forget about one year of Skillshare premium membership, so make sure to post your project before the first of May. If you'd like to be featured on one of my social media channels, just tag me on your images so I could share your work. 12. Final Thoughts: Well, this is it. We hope you enjoyed watching the class and that inspired you to create more beautiful artworks. You'll benefit from this technique regardless of your style. It's not only fun to work with, but it helps to improve your artistic skills and craft. It's really rewarding. Thanks again, and if you like the class, don't forget to leave a review here in the right corner. It's very important for our class to trend very well. Well, we're looking forward to your beautiful projects and see you next time.