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Flourishing on the iPad - Fun Techniques To Up Your Flourishing Style

teacher avatar Jane Snedden Peever, Living the Creative Life

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Flourishing on the iPad Class Trailer


    • 2.

      Set Up and Downloads


    • 3.

      Basics Strokes


    • 4.

      Combo Strokes


    • 5.

      Specialty Brushes


    • 6.

      Getting Symmetrical


    • 7.

      Getting Colourful


    • 8.

      Shading Tricks


    • 9.

      Flourishing in Autodesk Sketchbook


    • 10.

      Flourishing in Amaziograph


    • 11.

      Taking Your Flourishes Into the World


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About This Class

Let's take Flourishing onto the iPad.

In this class we will explore the many ways you can play with flourishing on the iPad.

We will start by exploring the basic pens and strokes and work through two worksheets I provide for you.  Then we will take it up a notch and explore different brushes, how to use colour and some fun techniques to give your flourish designs some dimension and artsy style!

I show you lots of tricks in Procreate, but I will also show you ways to flourish in Amaziograph and Autodesk Sketchbook.


- Basic strokes and how to use worksheets on the iPad

- BONUS PACK of 12 of my Specialty Brushes

-  Steps to create your own Flourishing Brush

- Adding Colour and Special Textures to your Flourish Designs

- Tricks on how to get Shading and Dimension into your Flourish Designs

- Exploring Procreate, Amaziograph and Autodesk Sketchbook Tools for Flourishing

- How to export your Flourishes to use in other projects

- Lots of step by step demos, tips and tricks along the way

So come join me now as we take Flourishing onto the iPad and

Lets Up Your Flourishing Style

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Jane Snedden Peever

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Hi, I'm Jane and my favourite ways to relax are crocheting and doodling.

I love exploring creativity through texture, colour and shapes and sharing this with you through Simple and Fun Classes.

You can find me over on my blog with more tips, tricks and creative ideas.

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1. Flourishing on the iPad Class Trailer: Come and join me on a flourishing adventure as we take flourishing onto the iPad. I will get you started with basic strokes using worksheets I provide, and we'll explore the different brushes that you can use. We'll explore simple ways that we can add color into our flourishes, and with this class comes a bonus pack of my 12 specially flourishing brushes that we will use in class, and you get to keep. I'll walk you through how to create some simple designs, and then how to use the symmetry tools to turn them into more detailed flourishing art. We'll even play around with some radial symmetry. Then we'll explore some fun tricks on how we can get some color and texture into our flourishing. I'll show you ways that I paint my color onto my designs. Once we played around with that, I'm going to show you a few tricks I use to make that design pop off the page. Most of this class we will work in Procreate, but I will explore a few other apps that have some really great tools for flourishing and using symmetry. We'll finish off with a few last tips on how to use the flourishes you've created in projects on and off the iPad. Come on in and join the fun as we up our flourishing style on the iPad. 2. Set Up and Downloads: Let's get right into what tools I'm using in this class. I'm using an iPad Pro and an Apple pencil. In order to get the same results that I have in this class, I'd highly recommend those, but these apps will work on a regular iPad with an iOS 10 and above. Of course, the iPad works great with your finger or a variety of styluses out there. Your results will differ from what I get if you aren't using the Apple pencil. But because the Apple pencil only works with the iPad Pro, I certainly don't want to discourage you from giving this a try, creating on the iPad however you do is always a lot of fun. The apps that you'll need are the Procreate app, the Autodesk Sketchbook app and the Amaziograph app, and you'll may also need the Dropbox app. Now I'm going to walk you through how to get the downloads and the brushes. You have to get these by going through a browser on your iPad. I use Safari, you can use the Chrome browser, whichever one you have. You're going to open up skillShare.com and go to the class, then go to your Your Projects section. To the right, the attached files are lying there and all you have to do is tap on one, and then when you hold the screen, it gives you the option to save the image. These are all JPEGs and you can save them to your camera roll. Then when you open your camera roll, you'll find that they're sitting in there. Then you'll go back and do that with all the other images that are there and they will end up in your camera roll as well to use later. We'll have a link down here to a Dropbox. You're going to click on that and that's where you'll find the brushes. The link will open up in your browser and you do not need a Dropbox account in order to access this. Now I'm going to show you a few different ways to get this onto your iPad. If you were to click this download up here and do a direct download, it would actually open up a zip file of the folder. Unfortunately, that really doesn't do us any good unless you have an app that can unzip that for you. I'm going to show you an easier method. If you just directly click on one of the brushes, then you go to Download and choose Direct download for that brush. It will open up the brush and recognize it as a Procreate file. You open it in Procreate and it just automatically puts it into the Procreate for you. Then when you go into your brushes, you look for the Imported folder, and that is the folder that it puts the brush into. You can create a new folder, and then you can drag that brush into your new folder. If you'd like to create a folder that specifically holds your flourishing brushes. Now will go back and we'll put another one into our folder. You go back into your browser and you go backwards until you end up back in the Dropbox. Go back one more time, where all the brushes are lying. Now another option is you can do the same thing as you just did, or you can open an app. If you have the Dropbox app, you can open up the app and all the brushes will be lying there. Again, you don't have to have an account for this. You choose one of the brushes. Now you'll get this window, No Preview Available, but go up to these three dots and choose Export. It'll open up and ask you to Open in What, and you say Copy to Procreate. Clicking on this will do the same thing. It just puts it right into your brushes and when you go into the Imported, it's sitting right at the top. I have found in the past that sometimes one of those methods will work and sometimes the other one. It's good to know both methods in case one isn't working for you, and then you can just keep adding them to your new folder if that's where you'd like to have them. I wanted to show you one more thing from the app. I've got to go back in. I want to go into the Dropbox app, bring that backup. There we are Dropbox app. I'm going to hit Cancel on that one. There's my folder. If you have a Dropbox account, you can actually go into these three dots and you can save the whole folder to your own Dropbox. I think you have everything you need now. Get all of those things downloaded, the brushes and the images. We're going to start in Procreate. We'll open the Procreate app. We'll upload our worksheet into it and we will start creating some beautiful flourishes. 3. Basics Strokes: We're going to bring our worksheets into procreate. We're going go into the procreate, we're going to create a new canvas. My worksheets are on an 8.5 by 11 inch paper. We're going to make my canvas size in inches, 8.5 by 11 inches. I'm going to go with a 300 DPI resolution. Now that the canvas is set up to the right size, we're going to go in and insert flat image into your photos. That's where we have the worksheets. I have mine in a worksheet folder wherever you put them on your camera roll, you just bring that into the already set up canvas. Once we have the worksheet into our project, then we can create a new layer that we will work on and go into your pens and brushes and pick the one that you want to start with. Procreate has a nice selection already included with the app itself. I'm going to lower the opacity on the worksheet and then I'm going to lock down that layer so that I don't draw on it by mistake. Making sure that we are on our new layer and adjusting the size of the pen to where we want it to be. We're going to start to use the worksheet to practice our flourishes. Just follow along the dotted lines that I've given you and you can do it in either direction. It all depends on your preferences, so try it out with both directions. I'm a right-hand, you might be a lefty, which ever works best for you. You really don't know until you give it a try. Sometimes I prefer to work from the outside in and sometimes I work from the inside out. Just like with the hand drawing, it takes practice. The more that you work at it, the smoother it gets. Now the pens themselves have settings that we can take a look at. One thing you want to check in these settings is the streamline. I always have mine up to the max when I'm doing flourishing, this smooths out your stroke and makes it easier to get that nice flourish. I'm always going in and playing around with the settings for my pens depending on what I'm doing. When I'm flourishing, I like my streamline at the max. You can play around with this and see what works best for you. Also play around with the thickness of your pen. You're going to get different looks depending on what thickness and opacity you pick. Now sometimes your pencil might skip. This seems to be an issue with the Apple pencil. If the screen has a little bit of dirt on it or your Apple pencil itself isn't quite charged. You're going to get some skipping. There I have a thin and a thick and I can turn off my worksheets so that I can get a really good look at the way that my flourishes look without the guidelines. You can check your work like this as often as you want to. I'm going to keep on moving down here and just experimenting with the different areas of the worksheet. Here I've used a thinner stroke and now again, I'm going to try it with a thicker stroke. You'll find that the pressure with the Apple pencil you really have to work at easing into your flourish and easing out of it. It comes with practice. That's what the worksheets are for. The worksheet gives you something consistent to use for your flourishing while you practice on the pressure use with the pencil and the different stroke widths that you're looking for. That you can practice more in the movement than worrying about the size and where you're going with the flourish. This pen I'm using is one of procreate standards. It's called ink bleed. It gives you that look like the ink is bleeding into the paper. Another nice thing about having these worksheets on their own layer and locked down. You can turn off the current layer you're working on, create a new layer, and your worksheet is fresh again, and you can zoom in and zoom out to the size that you want to work with. You're back to starting a whole fresh worksheet, but you haven't lost your old work here, I'm using a brush pen. Another element of working on the iPad isn't when you're using the Apple pencil, it has the pressure sensitivity. This is a really handy functions so that you can get that really nice thicknesses and thinness that you're looking for. But you really have to get used to the way it works. It is little bit different than when you're working with an actual ink pen. The other thing with having your streamline maxed out, you have to keep the flow of your pencil moving quickly because whenever you slow down, it thinks that you've stopped the line. Again, the streamline is something that you have to play with. Maybe having it maxed out isn't going to work the best for you. Play around with it. If you're finding that your pen is skipping all the time, that your lines are breaking up, bring your streamline down a little bit. Now in this particular one, I'm working with the calligraphy pen. I like this one because it has a very angled edge to it. You can really work some really cool designs with this one. Procreate gives you a nice selection of brushes to work with. I've provided you with some that you've already downloaded and we're going to get into using those in a little bit. But to start with, it's really good just to use the basic brushes that come with the procreate app. I look like I have quite a few here because I do modify my brushes quite a bit and every time I modify and I duplicate it. I have a few copies of different variations of the same brush. Experiment with different sizes of brushes as well. When your brush keeps skipping like this, sometimes it just means the screen might be a little dirty. I have like a microfiber cloth that I use and just gently rub it across and try to clean off the area that it might be skipping. It usually solves the problem because I use both my fingers to move stuff around and my pencil. Sometimes I tend to get a little bit of oil on the screen, especially if it's a hot day. It's nice to have that microfiber cloth close by, that's what I use to clean my screen that and making sure that your pencil has a good charge. The first worksheet is just the basic flourishing shapes, so it swirls moving in all different directions. The whole point of this first worksheet is to create that hand-eye coordination and the flow of your hand that you just feel the basic swirls moving in all directions starting from the inside, working out, vice a versa, and just some simple swirling technique. It helps you practice the basics so that you can get into the more fancy work later on. Keep working with this first worksheet and getting the feel for just the basic flourishing shapes using the basic procreate brushes that come with the app. In the next lesson, we're going to work on worksheet number two, where the flourishing gets a little fancier. 4. Combo Strokes: Let's get worksheet number two in here now. We're going to create a new canvas again. Eight and a half inches by 11 inches. I'm going to create that because that's the size of my worksheet, and now I'm going to insert flat image from my photos, again, I keep them in a worksheet folder. Worksheet number two, and now it's in my document. Lower the opacity because that's way I like it and choose my brush. Now again, I'm going to be working with one as a tapered brushes, the studio brushes the one I chose, change my size, and then I'm just going to draw. The more that you practice this, the more that you'll flow with the lines that are on the page. You can start slow at first and then you can pick up your speed as you go. Now the nice thing about working on the iPad is that I can change up things so quickly on here. Let's say I want to do this in colors. I'm going to start with a nice bright blue and then I'm just going to draw in my first one, following the different colors of the lines, so I know where they start and stop. My center one I'll do a nice bright fuchsia and then I think I'll finish the last one off with a nice bright green. You can see you can add some nice color into your flourishes. Again here, I can try three shades based on the same color. I'm going to start with blue. Then the second one I'm going to bring it down a little, make it a little lighter. A medium blue. Then for the last one right down to a super light blue, so that you get a nice gradient of blues there. Then they get a really nice look at it, you just turn the worksheet off. Moving on now this color picker here you may notice is a little different. It's a square. If you go into your settings, you can change it. I have the classic color picker chosen. If I turn that off, you get the modern one that they've added. But right now I really like this classic one. It depends on what project you're working on, as to which way you like your color picker, that's how you change it. The next section here we're getting into a little more intricate ones. Now the more intricate your designs get, the more you're going to want to find points to start and stop at, especially if you're using a tapered brush. You can see, I really like the look of the taper, but once you get into these loops that change direction, the Apple pencil will tend to start and stop the line, thinking that when you change the direction you're starting a new line. When you're using a tapered brush, you're going to go back to the taper again. You have to outsmart it by starting and stopping in certain places. Here I do each loop and I can rotate my design so that I'm doing the loops with the same movement of my hand. Now as you get into the intricate designs, another option is to use a pen that doesn't have a taper. I'm going to do the next one using my plain tech pen. There's no taper on that and that's not pressure sensitive. Every line I draw is going to be the same consistent width, based on what I've chosen. This way I can just go around the whole design and you can't tell where I stopped and started. On this next design, I'm going to use the same pen, and I'm going to show you how you can just draw it in any direction, and you can't really tell where I stopped and where I started. I can change the thickness of the line, so that different elements on my design have different line widths. Again on this one, I'm going to continue to use the plain tech pen. I bring my thickness down a little bit and I rotate the Canvas, so that each loop that I'm drawing, I'm drawing in the same manner. So it's really quick and easy to rotate and procreate. Then I'll do this second part of the detail in a much thinner line. Now the next design that I'm going to do is also very detailed. I'm going to stay with the plain tech pen, and I'm going to show you here how many times this line breaks while I'm drawing it. We'll start from the beginning and we'll try to keep a continuous flow. Now if I undo this, look how many times that line broke while I was drawing it. You can't really tell when you have a consistent line, but when you're using a pressure sensitive line or one with a taper, is really going to show up. Sometimes these super detailed drawings aren't really good to use with a pressure-sensitive pen. You can use the plain tech pen that I've offered you in the brush pack, and that is no pressure sensitivity on that one. Again I encourage you to experiment. You can't quite get the detail that you might want with a finger, but your finger does react different than the pencil. The lines don't necessarily break like they do with the pencil, but you get such great detail with the pencil. Again, I'm using the same pen that I was using before, my plain tech pen, so my line is solid. Here's how you counteract that. If you want some depth to this, I want some taperness. We're going to draw it in ourselves. I thinned out the line and now every down-stroke, I'm creating some thickness in the line. Just as if I was drawing the stroke down with a thicker taper or a thicker pressure sensitive pen I should say, I'm adding that in myself. I can leave it like that, which is delicate, or I can just fill it with my fill tool, which is really just sliding, that's a dot over to the sections that I want to be filled in. Sometimes you have to. That one doesn't want to fill, so we'll just fill over here. You just keep on doing this to each of the sections that you want filled. Now, if anything isn't going to fill, you just fill it in yourself with your pen. Just as if you're coloring. When you get into the detail of the flourishes, it's often about building it up. The same as any other design. You're going to take detail out. You're going to put detail in and you're going to tweak it along the way. That's what the nice thing with the iPad is. It's so easy to do and undo what you've already done. Here I'm going to add a few little highlights using my plain tech in the eraser. It's a little thick. I'm going to thin it out. I'm going to add some highlights into the sections that I just filled, so it gives it a little more character and you roll with the way the pen works. It's skipping a little there, but it gives a nice little effect. There is my detailed flourish. Once you feel you've worked on the worksheets enough, I'd say take a nice blank layer. It can be on the same project, of course. Pick a pen that you really like working with and just start drawing in some flourishes. What you want to do here is just get the movement of your hand going. You can practice with anything, you can look up online, there's all kinds of beautiful flourishes you can try out, and just go with whatever feels good. Do quick ones, do slow ones, and find out where that sweet spot with the pencil is for you, where it flows nicely, and you get the line that you're looking for. The key to it is to practice and the iPad is perfect for that. 5. Specialty Brushes: Now that you have the feel for the way the flourish works on the iPad and you've practiced, let's get into these specially brushes that are provided for you in the brush pack. We're going to walk our way through them just to get a feel for how they respond and what we can do with them. We are on a clean layer, and the first one I'm using is the double line brush. We're going to just experiment. Now, these are very pressure-sensitive brushes so that you can get a nice taper at the beginning and the end. But it does take some practice to get that taper especially the one at the end. You really have to let up on the pen itself in order to get that tapered end. I'm just going to give you a little demo here of how each of them work and the way that I draw with them. They do require some practice and you do need to work with them for a little bit before you can really figure out how you want to use them in a design. They work really well as accents in a piece when you're doing just regular simple line work and these ones create something different. There are also great brushes for lettering with, we'll get into a little bit of that lettering before the end of the class. But right now, I want you to focus on changing the size of the brush and playing around with how sensitive the pressure is and trying to achieve that taper at the beginning and the end of your strokes. It's about developing this smoothness and the evenness of your line. To get the pressure at the front and the back of your stroke, you need to start slow and gentle, speed it up in the middle and then end slow and gentle as well. Sometimes that end is a little tricky after you've been moving quickly through the stroke. Always remember to keep that screen as clean as possible and keep your pencil charge stop. It doesn't take long to just plug your pencil in for five minutes to get that charge backup. I would say take a full layer for each brush and see how it works for you. Play around with it, the sizing and the pressure, and you'll really get a feel for which of the brushes you really enjoy using and how you might use them. You can also play around with the opacity of the strokes. As you can see, well, I'm demonstrating this, I'm keeping the opacity at the top. I haven't adjusted it at all, but every brush comes across a little bit different. Some of them seem a little darker. This one in particular, even though the opacity is at the max, it's just the type of photo I used that creates a very delicate look in this one. It has a very scalloped appearance to it, but you can still get the tapered beginning and end to the stroke. Now this last brush I call my rainbow brush. Doesn't necessarily working with the colors of the rainbow. It's more like a gradient or a [inaudible] style. But I guess I loved working with color. I suppose that's probably how it got its name. All these brushes work beautifully with colors, so definitely introduce color into your flourishing as well it makes it a lot more fun than working with black all the time. If you want to, you can go back to the worksheets and try these brushes on them as well just to get the idea for the way that you want the shapes to flow. Have fun playing with those. There are ten brushes that are flourishing brushes in that pack. The other two brushes I included are the plain tech and my tapered dot that you can use in designing. Play with those ten brushes and see what you come up with. When you're comfortable with that, we're going to move on to showing you how to create your own. How we start a brush is we go into the brushes and click on the plus sign at the top. You're going to have an untitled brush pop up so we can name it. We're just going to name it our new flourishing brush. From here, we're just going to work with the library that procreate offers for this one. We're going to go in and select our shape, go into their pro library. We're going to look through all. They have quite a nice selection of shapes in here. I have gone through this in some of my other classes, but we're going to try a little different here because we're going to be creating a flourishing brush. The shape that I am going to pick is this rust too. Then we're going to go back and select our grain back into the pro library and we're going to go down and find this solid black square and up pops our brush. Now we need to change some settings. Our spacing we want at zero, our streamline we want at max. The start of our taper and the end of our taper are both up to the top. Then we're going to go into another part of our settings. Don't think there's anything we need in shape or green. Under dynamics, I am going to want the glazed turn on so that I can get the gray look to show up here. Under the pencil setting, I want my pressure size to be up to the max. I really find this gives the taper a nice touch to it. Then under my general, I'll just bring my max size limit down a bit and leave my minimum at zero. Now we're going to experiment and see what our brush looks like. There you go. You've created your own flourish brush. You can go back into the brush settings and you can play around and pick different source pictures for your shape and for your green and see what you end up with. The one setting that's important if you're looking for the gray tones, is that you keep that glazed button turned on. This time I'm trying a leaf design for my shape source and we'll see what that does for us. Most of them are going to come out somewhat similar, but if you keep going in and trying different combinations, you may surprise yourself at what you can come up with. The more you play around with the settings, the more you understand the way that the brushes work. Eventually you'll be creating your own unique brushes. So, play with that, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Getting Symmetrical: Let's try exploring the symmetry tools in Procreate with our flourishing to create some designs. Starting on a blank layer and using your favorite brush, let's draw a simple flourish swirl. Once you're happy with your design, go up into the Layers menu, slide it to the left and duplicate it. Now go to your transform arrow and you can move that layer around overlapping it with your first one. With the transform tool on and it set to magnetic, you can resize it and keep the proportions and move it around and see where you like it placed on the original design. This is a simple way to get two swirls overlapping each other and maintain that balance and shape. Play around with this until one really pops for you. When you duplicate the layer and you use the Transform tool with magnetic, when you slide the second layer over you'll see that blue line. That means those two layers are staying in alignment with each other, so they're on the same plane. When you re-size it from the corner and a blue line will show up as well, that's telling you it's staying within proportion that you're not distorting the original design at all. If you do want to change the proportions at all you'll need to change it from magnetic to free form when it's in the transform mode. Now when you're happy with the one that you've decided on, you're going to go back up into your layers, click on the top layer and merge it down into the second layer. Now they're together and you can move them around as one unit. Now we're going to create another one. Going up into our Layers menu, again we're going to duplicate this layer. We're going to go to the Transform tool, make sure it's on magnetic and now we're going to flip it using the flip horizontal. Then again, we use the Transform tool to slide the new one over to the right so that they are mirrored and overlapping each other. Once you're happy with that design, again you merge the top layer down into the lower layer and we end up with a really beautiful flourish that came from one simple swirl. Now we can select that and we can move it up to the top of our page and we can re-size it as well if we want it to be a little bit smaller, keeps the proportions as long as we're on magnetic, and now it acts like a header for the top of our page. If I want this same design to be mirrored at the bottom of the page, I'm going to show you how to do that. You duplicate the layer and then you're going to want to flip it to the bottom, so we go in and we create a new layer and then I make it white and you fill this entire layer. Then you move the layer to the bottom and you can turn it off because it doesn't need to be on. Then you select one of the other layers so that two layers are selected and then you use the flip vertical button. It flips it and now it's created a header and a footer that mirror each other perfectly. Then we're going to take it one step further and we're going to put them on the sides as well. Again, we're going to duplicate that layer and now I need to rotate that layer. Choose the rotate button and hit it twice because you want it 90 degrees and then you're going to place it where you want it. That looks like a good spot for it. Now we're going to flip this one over to this side. Now I don't have this perfectly centered, but we're just going to give it a shot and see what happens here. Select that blank layer again with the duplicated side one and you're going to flip horizontal this time. Let's see where it flips to. Now it's perfectly mirrored across from the other one, but because I didn't have the original one centered on the page itself, it's over a bit. That's okay. Just go to that particular layer, make sure it's the only one selected and just nudge it over, let us see the blue line will tell you that it's staying in line with the one across from it, and now you have a beautiful framework. Now if you want to center it on the page, just select all four layers that are part of it and move them around, see how the blue line's helping you out there. If you're happy with it, you can merge them all together and that's how you get a nice framework out of a simple swirl. Now let's create a new canvas and this one is going to be perfectly square, because we're going to do some more symmetry and it's easier to do if your canvas is actually square. I do eight inches by eight inches with a 300 DPI. Now I have a perfectly square canvas to work on. Let's try another design and this time let's use some specialty brushes. Using the scallop brush to start with a fairly simple design, but we're going to make it standing up and vertical. I'm just going to speed this section up a little bit. I'm just using different brushes and creating different simple little swirls and petals. This design isn't going to be a complicated one, but I am going to show you how just by putting simple elements together, you can come up with something that actually looks quite detailed. In this design, I'm using a variety of brushes and I'm also going to use the tapered dot brush that I provided in your brush pack as well. Add a nice little variety of elements in there and then I'll show you what we're going to do with this. When I draw it, I like to draw the size of the canvas, but then I will resize it based on what I want from my design. Here I've made it smaller and I've rotated it twice so now it's at 90 degrees. Create a new layer and I'm going to fill this layer with the white. This is going to be the one I use to help me rotate and I turned it off because I don't need to see it. Then I'm going to duplicate my swirl design, so I have two of them now. Select one of them with the fill layer and flip it horizontally. Now because my fill layer is a perfect square, my design is now centered perfectly across the page and mirrored perfectly with itself. If I select both layers, I can move the design wherever I want around the page. Now I can merge those two together, so merge down from the top layer, duplicate them. Now again, I'm going to select this layer and my square, use the transform tool and I'm going to flip it vertically this time. Now I have it perfectly mirrored on top of my original design and if I have them both selected, I can move it down and place it wherever I want it in relation to the first one. Now I can add to this design, so I'm going to choose my black ink and just my basic studio pen and I can add something in the center here. I'm just going to make a basic little flower with some petals to sit in the middle of my design. Once I have the two mirrored pieces, then often I want a centerpiece and then I'll just fill it using my little fill tool by dragging my color into the areas that I want filled. Make sure all of them are closed or you'll fill the whole canvas. Then you can use your eraser tool just to clean up any little tweaks that you might have made with that pen and you have a simple little design that came from one type of flourish that you've duplicated. Now let's try something different with that same flourish. We're going to try a radial symmetry with this. We're going to duplicate it, we're going to select our square, and then we are going to rotate once. We're going to continue to do this, so duplicate it and make sure that the duplicated one and the square are both selected and then hit the rotation button until it shows up further down the line. We're always going to duplicate the first one that we drew and then we're going to select the white layer and we're going to rotate it around to the new position. We're going to keep on doing this to give ourselves a radial version of our flourish. That's another way to use a simple flourish design and create a much more detailed design out of it. When you're happy with it, you can go in and you can merge all the layers together to complete your design. In the next lesson, we're going to get into some color and some shading. 7. Getting Colourful: Let's get into adding even more color into our flourishing. We're going to start by bringing in a background texture, so we're going to insert photo. I have provided you with this background in the downloads, so that you can just bring it in yourself, but you can also paint yourself one. It's on its own layer, so if you want to make yourself one, just make it on its own layer. We are going to change the blend mode of this particular layer to screen, it's under the lighten category. Create a new layer and move it underneath your background layer that has been changed to the screen mode. Use black ink and whatever pen you want, and we're going to draw. It's going to reveal what's on the layer that's above it with the screen mode turned on. So that's how you get that nice colored texture to show up. Make sure your layer is in normal mode underneath the layer that has screen mode. Now that we have that setup, let's try to do some simple lettering with some of our specialty brushes, and see how that shows up with a color from behind. I'm going to pick my ribbon brush now. Make sure that you're on the layer underneath your background texture, and that you are using black ink. I'm going to start with my first initial J, and then I'm going to move to a simple studio brush, and just create a few other little flourishes. See how the color of the background texture is only coming through where I draw the black ink. The screen mode basically masks out that background texture layer, and then in order to reveal any of it, you have to draw on the layer below it in black ink. Now let's say that I like my drawing, but I've decided that I don't like the color that it is. This is where this really works well, so I'm going to go into my layers and I'm going to turn off that background layer. Now I'm going to go over and insert a new background. In my photos, I also have another background texture that I gave you, and you can bring that one in, go into that layer and change the blend mode to screen, and now you have a new color for your letter. It's a really simple and easy way to change up the color of your design when you created something that you really like, but you want to mess around with the colors for it. I can move this around my background because it was a rainbow effect, so depending on where I move it, the different colors from the background are going to show through. I can resize it and I can even go into my background layer, and I can rotate it around. If I just use the rotate button on the background, see how again it changes where the colors fall on the letter. There's some really easy ways that you can change up a design, without having to alter the design itself, just working with the colors and the textures of the background. Now another option we have is to go into the adjustments, and play around with the hue, and the color levels. This let's keep the texture of the background, but you can change up the color. In this case I have changed my rosy background to a turquoise background. I'm going to choose my rainbow brush, and I'm going to draw another letter. I'm going to draw an S, because the S is the most perfect flourishing letter there is, because it is a flourish, and I'm just going to add a few little details, just make it a simple design, switching my brush over to just a simple studio brush. You can just use two fingers to rotate the canvas around and add in any other little detail that you want to, and fill it in using your little fill trick. We're going to go into our layers and turn off our background, and create a new layer above our design, and turn the blend mode for that blank layer to screen. Here we're going to paint our on, and we're going to see it come to life right in front of us. I've picked my color, I want to start with a green. I'm going to mix a few colors in. I'm going to go into my brush category, artistic, and I think I'm going to use gesinski or desinski ink. I really like this brush, and just start painting over top of your design, you're on the layer that's screen, so you're not affecting the actual design itself. It's lying underneath, and I'm just going to mix up a few different colors in here. The brush has some texture to it, so the colors will show through each other, and I'm just going to mix in some purple. You can just keep on doing this until you get the effect that you like. The advantage of working in this method is that you can create the texture and the color where you want it on your design. But it doesn't change your design because that black original design is still lying there. You have this on a separate layer, and if you choose not to use it, you can just turn it off. You can see here that I'm letting the actual design dictate where I put some of the colors, so you can make the color work with the flow of your design, because you're working directly on it. Now you have a few ideas on how to add some interesting color using the brushes into your flourishing once you have your designs made. In the next lesson, we're going to get a little more detailed in the design, add some color, and we're going to get into some shading and dimension. 8. Shading Tricks: Let's start a design right from the beginning. I'm starting on a square canvas which is eight inches by eight inches on a 300 DPI, and we're going to go right through to painting it and then adding in some dimensional effects with shading, I'm going to use my highlight brush out of my specialty flourishing brushes. I'm just going to draw a simple flourishing design. I'll go back into my inking brushes, and pick my studio brush. Then I'm just going to add a few little elements to fancy it up a little bit, but not too much, because we're going to get into some symmetry here, to create a more detailed design. You can do one just like what I've done here. You can create your own it doesn't matter because the steps I'm going to walk you through, we can do with any simple design that you create. I'm using black ink to create my design, because we're just using this as a template, we're going to add color in on a different layer. Now we're going to get into the symmetry. Go into your layer, create a new layer, and we're going to fill it with white. This is going to be the one we use if we want to rotate or flip in any way. Now you're going to duplicate your design, and we're going to have it on magnetic. Using that canvas, we're going to flip it horizontally so it mirrors across the page. Now if I want to move one of those, I'm going to choose the top one, and I'm going to use the transform tool with my magnetic blue lines, and I'm going to move it over slightly. Then when I'm happy, I'm going to merge the top layer down into the next layer so they are one and then duplicate that one. Flip it vertically, and bring it down where I want to place it, trying to use those blue lines to keep it centered. When I'm happy with that design, I go in and I will merge it down, so it's all on one layer. Then I'm going to turn off that white rotation later. I'm going to select my design, I'm going to create a new layer, and I'm going to pick a color to paint with. Then I make sure that I turn off my design layer, and I'm working on my new blank layer. This is a little different than the one I just show you, because I'm not using a background or a screen, I have merely use the selection tool to mask out the area that I want to paint on, and I'm painting on a whole new layer. I'm using the same brush that I used to paint the last time, and I'm using very similar colors. The difference with this one is I'm not using a blend mode. I am painting directly on this layer and the design itself will be on its own layer, with no relation to any other layer. The screen mode is a really great mode to use if you want to bring that background into whatever it is you're working on, but it needs the two layers for it to work. In this particular design I want to have my design on its own layer with no relation, and that's why I've used the masking tool, by selecting the design and then working on a separate layer, with all the areas I don't want to paint mask out. Now if you're interested in learning more about this technique, I cover it much more thoroughly in my first creating on the iPad class, turning your sketches into whimsical art. Now another trick I use here is if I don't feel that my painting was dark enough, I duplicate the layer, and then I merge it down into itself. It's just like placing a second copy of the layer on top, and it just intensifies and darkens all the colors. Now to create a shadow, duplicate the original drawing that's black, and then when you select it, you're going to nudge it about four taps in the upper right hand corner, just enough that you see a little bit of black edge showing up on the right upper corner of your design. Now back into the Layer window, select your design, and then you go into the layer that you just nudged and choose Clear, that's going to get rid of everything except what you see. Then into your adjustments and pick Gaussian blur, your going to blur this about 20-30 percent and it's on the layer that you nudge. You trying to create a drop shadow look, now you're going to go in and lower the opacity if it seems too intense, use your eye to decide what looks good as a drop shadow on your design. Now, we're going to add a little bit of shadow on top of our designed. Duplicate your original design and move it to the top. We're going to nudge the design, probably a little more like six nudges up this time. Go back to your original design and choose Select, then back to your new layer and select Clear it. Now we need to move this new layer back, so you're going to nudge in the opposite corner, the six nudges that you moved it in the first place, so now it's directly back on top of the original design. Now we go back into this layer and change the blend mode to overlay, which is in your contrast category, then into your judgments and do a Gaussian blur around 15-20 percent, use your judgment here. We're trying to create a shadow that rounds the edge into the drop shadow of our design, and to check it out, you can just turn the layer on and off to see if it makes the effect that we're looking for. Now we have a drop shadow line behind our design, and we have a gradient shadow line on top of our design in an overlay mode. This creates some dimension in our flourish. The last part of our effect is these places here where they overlap each other. We want them to actually look like they're interlaced with each other. The way we do this is we're going to create another layer on top the rest, put this one in overlay mode. I'm using a soft airbrush, I want that look of shadow, but I want the color to still be showing through. Then we're going to go in and select the original design. I only want to be drawn on the design itself by selecting the original design, or masking out all the parts on our canvas that we don't want to draw on. You're going to start to lightly go over the areas that you want to be underneath. As you do this, you have to be aware of which pieces lying on top, and which pieces lying on the bottom, and the airbrush shading is going to go on the piece that's lying on the bottom. I'm going to speed up this section because I'm just going to go through this whole drawing, and I'm going to place shadows everywhere that this swirl overlaps itself. You could also do this where one flourishes lying entirely on top of the other flourish. But the way that I'm doing it, they're interlacing with each other. When I do the shadows, I add them in on the lower piece. But if they happened to overlap onto the top piece, I just pull out my eraser tool, and I erase this sections that overlap. Because you're working on a separate layer and the only thing on this layer are these particular shadows you're adding in right now. The Eraser tool will not affect any other part of your design. They're all on another layer that can't be touched right now, this is a bit of an organic process. You go back and forth, you put shadows in, you take them out until you're happy with it. When you're done with all the tweaking and all the racing, you can go into your layer and if you find that the airbrushed shadows are a little intense, you can lower the opacity bit. When you're all done with it, you have a beautiful flourished design that has a three-dimensional quality to it. Now that gives you lots to try out in Procreate. But how about some different apps on the iPad? Let's go and see what else there is that we can do some flourishing in. 9. Flourishing in Autodesk Sketchbook: We're going to start by opening up the Autodesk sketchbook app. We're going to create a new document by clicking the plus sign and choosing new sketch. We're given a few options here we can choose a landscape or portrait. We're going to go with portrait. In presets, you can choose different sizes. We're just going to go with your basic screen resolution and choose create. Once your document pops up, we want to put our worksheet into it. I'm going to go into this photo and it immediately pulls up your camera roll, I go into my worksheets and I pull up the worksheet number 1 and it puts it right in and I can do different things to it, but I'm just going to say done and there it is sitting as one of my layers. I can turn this layer on and off for visibility and I can also lock it. Now it's sitting on top of all my layers and I would like to bring it down and keep my new layer on top and then any new layers I create will go on top of that. Zoom in by using two fingers is the pinch and zoom in this app and I can change my opacity and lower it down on this layer just by clicking on it I got all those options to come up. Now I have a little brush pack up here that I can move around that shows me which brush I'm using. I'm using the Pro version and there is a bit of cost to it, but it is well worth it because you get a much bigger brush library and access to a little bit more of the tools. But you can use this app with the free version, it gives you basic brushes and your basic tools. I have found in their brush selection there's quite a few different fountain pens and ink pens, and those are the ones I like the most for flourishing so I've moved them all into my basic, which is going to also show up on the left side panel as the brushes I use the most often. I also have a nice eraser here and you also get a nice preview up here of what the brush is going to look like. I think I'm going to start with this fountain pen. Along the left-hand side here I can also change the size of my brush and I can also change the opacity of my brush. I can also do this from the brush pack up here on the left-hand side and I can move this around out of my way. I'm going to get into the flourishing. Using my ink pen, I'm going to start drawing my spirals. This is my favorite part of this program, is the predictive stroke. I have to level right now up to five and what it does is it really smooths out your stroke. Depending on how quickly I'm moving and how much pressure I'm using on my brush, it really does a nice job of smoothing out your spirals. It's a great tool to experiment with I have it up at level 5 right now and that's the best for smoothing. Now if I zoom out, it does a little bit better. If I zoom in, it isn't quite as effective as smoothing it out. This works really well here, like I said, I really like it at the level 5 when I'm doing my flourishes so play around with that. You can tell that the predictive stroke is activated because first of all it has the level right in front of you and then the blue highlight on the toolbar also tells you that it's working. Once you've played around with the worksheet for a little while, turn the worksheet off, create a new layer, and just start drawing the same way we did in procreate where we just fill the whole page, draw it with whatever brush you're most comfortable with. Experiment with a few of them and then just draw swirls to fill the whole page, different thicknesses and different brush styles. Once you have the feel for the way that the brush works and the predictive stroke, let's get into this symmetry. The symmetry tool is right in the center of the toolbar and it comes up with different options. Now if you have the free version, you'll get the x and the y but not the radial. With the pro version, you get the radial symmetry as well. With the symmetry, you have the option of locking the symmetry lines so they don't move around every time you pinch and squeeze. You also have this option that the strokes will stop at the symmetry line. I'm going to start by using my y-axis symmetry. Anything I draw on one side of the symmetry line will show up on the other side of the symmetry line. I can also use my predictive stroke at the same time as I'm using my symmetry tool. I'm just drawing a simple little design to show you how easy this y-symmetry works and then we're going to mix it up and try the x-symmetry. What I'm going to do here is turn the visibility of that one off, but I'm going to save it and create a new layer. Now we're going to do x-symmetry. Everything I draw on the top half of the page will appear on the bottom half of the page exactly mirrored across the x-axis. Again, I'm just going to draw a simple design to give you an idea of how this works. It's really nice when you can lock the lines so they don't move and then you can also make it so that the lines don't cross the symmetry line. Another really fun little tool if you're trying to draw a little circle, they have the shape tools here so I can try to draw that little circle in there but if I use this draw shape and choose the circle, it draws a perfect circle for me and I can change the thickness of the line of the circle as well as filling in the circle with my fill bucket. Once I've drawn those in where I want them, I'll go up and choose my fill bucket and then I can choose the tolerance and the type of fill that I want to do and all I have to do is touch them and they will fill in. You don't want the tolerance to be too high or you'll fill in your entire canvas. Now, the fill tool doesn't work with this symmetry tool, so you have to go round and fill all the pieces in separately. Now the next thing I'm going to show you-all turn the visibility off on that is that you can use both the x and the y symmetry. I get an x-axis and a y-axis and anything I draw in one of these quarters is going to show up in the other three quarters. It's really handy that you can only have to draw it once and it just fills in automatically in the other three sections. I really love the symmetry tools that are available in this app because it saves you a lot of time about having to worry about the other areas and rotating and filling them in. Again, while you're using the symmetry, you can use the predictive stroke and you can use the shape tool. When you want to go ahead and fill in the sections though the symmetry tool does not work at the same time, so that's okay. You just go round and make sure that you fill in everything identical in all of the sections. Once you're done working with both axis, you may want to turn one of them off so that you can fill in a few more details. In this case, I just wanted this top section to be reflected in the bottom and not side-to-side, so I turned off my y-axis, but I left the x one on and there is my little design. What do I do with it you say? Well, let's see, there's different ways you can get this out of this program and into perhaps a project you're working on. We can choose to share it at which if we do that you can share it into another app. You can share it through AirDrop, or you can save it onto your camera roll or you can save it to the Dropbox. If you'd like to save it as a PNG with a transparent background, you just turn off the background layer. This layer with the white circle is the background layer. You can also change the color of the background. You also have the option of exporting the fully layered PSD file and that's something you would do from the gallery section. I'll quickly show you here how to share it as a PSD, you go back to your gallery section, there's the project sitting there with no background, click on the bottom right corner there is a share option but that's not the one that we're going to use here. We're going down to this export PSD. It will ask you where you want to export it. You can choose from Dropbox or any other app. I'm going to show you how to export it into Procreate because that's the one I have here, in my app, it's the quickest one to see how it works. When I open Procreate, it says importing artwork. Then I go to my gallery and there it is sitting in its own project with all the layers intact, ready and waiting for me to do some more work on the project. I've barely touched the surface of the many things that Autodesk SketchBook can do. But hopefully you'll give it a try for flourishing as it has some really great tools to offer. 10. Flourishing in Amaziograph: The next app I want to work with is the Amaziograph app. Now there's also a cost to this one, but it's very minimal right now and also well-worth it, it has really awesome symmetry tools. When you open the app, you get to choose which grid you want to use. So I use the mirror one to start with, and it gives me one axis. Then when you go up in the right corner here, you can play around with the symmetries and the grid and the type that you're going to use. You have mirror rotation or two mirror kaleidoscope which I love using. So the mirror is the one that I've selected and it gives me a horizontal axis across my page. You do have the option of turning the grid display off, even though it's still there, but I like to have it there so I know where bouts I'm working on the page. You can also get down to adjust grid. With these two little pins, you can actually rotate the grid. So here I've turned it to a 45-degree angle. Anywhere I draw will be mirrored perfectly on the other side of the axis. So I really like the fact that I can rotate that axis to suit my needs. Amaziograph doesn't have the brushes that the other apps have, but they do let you control the size of it to a certain degree. Up on the top toolbar, you can change the size of the brush, you can change the opacity and the softness. You also have an eraser tool and a fill bucket. I can go back in here and I can change the type. I'm going to choose a two mirror kaleidoscope this time. I'm going to go to adjust grid, and here I can choose how many sections it has. I can take it right back to one if I want, which is really the same as what I had, or I can take it up to two and that gives me four quarters. Now I can rotate again if I want it on a horizontal axis or a diagonal axis. Keeping in mind, it's a mirrored kaleidoscope, so I picked a number two for my grid, even though I have four sections. So it's going to be mirrored over two of those lines. You really have to play around with this one to fully understand what these grids could do. But there's a lot of options. One of the things I really like is that part-way through my drawing, I can actually change the grid. Now anything I draw now will be mirrored on a different axis. This app is one of the best ones for symmetry. It has the most options and the most ability to adjust them. The color picker, I really love this, you can mix your own colors. I'll show you that in a minute. You can use the fill tool and it does fill on the symmetry. If you have your symmetry in place, careful there. Now, here's the trick is that I changed my axis and it's responding differently. I have to change my axis back to where it was when I first drew that center part in order for the symmetry to still work and my fill to still work in that particular section. A little tricky. So when you're messing around with the grid, just keep that in mind that when you change it part way through your drawing, anything you do to the part that you drew before you have to put the grid back the way that you had it. Now the other thing I like to use is sometimes you can use an eraser here and sometimes you can use a white pen. I'll show you the difference when I've finished this drawing that it makes when you're trying to export it. Right now I'm using a white pen, just a fine one. But here are the colors and this is the really cool part. See how I paint over that, okay that's how I make a blank one because they're all full again. Now I can pick any color I want, and I just start to almost paint it into that spot and the more I do it, the more the color shows up. If I want to lighten it out, I can put some white over top and just bring it light. Then you can mix colors, see I can make a purple there. I just mixed the pink and the blue. Sometimes I think I could just spend all day playing with the color mixer in this one because it's really quite fun. Now I'm going to use this new purple I created, and I'm going to fill in the centers of my leaves. Now I'm going to choose my eraser tool to put a few more veins in here, and see, there again, it didn't quite work because my grid is off when I drew that center section, that's not what the grid look like. I just have to go backwards here, and they didn't show up in the right place. So I got to go back and I change my grid back to the way that it was, and then I can add in that detail. Some of you remembered to do that, that's pretty good, but probably good to put all your detail in before you change the grid so you don't have to keep going back and forth. I am one though for changing my grid quite often, I just have to keep it in mind. Now that I think I have that center part the way I want, I'm going to go back in and I'm going to change my grid again. This time I'm going to move it up to four. It was at two, so I have just doubled it, still in that kaleidoscope mirror. Now I'm mirroring on four of the lines. I have four sections that are mirroring each other. This is what I love about symmetry, is that in some of my designs I have it pre-planned and I know what I'm doing and in other designs, I just literally wing it and I keep changing up the cemetery in the grid just to see what will happen. I'm experimenting here with the eraser tool just to see what kind of detail I want to put in on these little petals. You don't have the quality of the pens that you have in the other ones, and you also don't quite have the resolution or the choice of resolution, but the symmetry in this app really makes it worthwhile. Now that I have my little design, we're going to share it. You go to the share button at the top, you have shared print and preferences. If you go into the preferences, you have a few places you can share it. Plus, you also have high-resolution artwork, which I did choose. You can have export raw images. This one will export it as a PNG if you have it turned on, if it isn't turned on, you'll get the white background. If I turn that on and then I go back into my share, it'll give me different places I can share. So I choose save image, and it's going to save it as a PNG with a transparent background. Now it's sitting in my camera roll and I'm just going to open up, procreate and bring it in to show you that it is a transparent background. I'm just going to open up a standard file here, a new file and insert the photo in. It'll go into my camera roll, it's black, which means that it has no background. I can turn off the background and there you go, it has no background. You have yourself a PNG that you've exported from the Amaziograph App. You can also see the difference between where I used the white pen and the eraser. If you want it to be a transparent background, keep that in mind when you're using the white pen to remove color because the white pen stays if you have a transparent background. And that's how you make a flourishing design with symmetry in the Amaziograph App. 11. Taking Your Flourishes Into the World: Now that we have all these great flourishing techniques, what can we do with this to share to another project? Out of Procreate, we're going to go in and create a transparent background by turning off the background color in any fill layer that might be lying in the background. Then I'd go to the settings and I choose share artwork. Now I could share this as a layered file to work somewhere else, perhaps on my laptop. I can save it as a PSD file, which would work in other digital programs. I can also save it as a JPEG or PNG. The PNG is the one that will give me the transparent background as an image. I'm going to save it to my camera roll, but I could save it to my Dropbox or somewhere else like my iCloud services. But I'm going to save it to my camera roll. Now for convenience sake, I'm going to stay in Procreate because I have it up and running on my iPad. But you could put this PNG image into any digital software on your laptop or wherever you need it. I have this project with my logo on a separate layer from the background. I'm going to go in and I'm going to insert the image that I just saved. I choose it from my photos. I go into my camera roll and it's going to be a black image because it's a PNG. That's how it shows up in the camera roll. There it is in my project. It's coming on its own layer. I can resize it. I can move it around as its own separate element in my design. Let's say maybe I don't want the whole frame. Maybe I only want one piece of it. We're going to go back into where I originally drew it. There's my project there. I'm going to go in and turn off the other layers. I'm only going to keep on one layer so that I can save that one element. Again, I have the background turned off so I can save it as a PNG. I go in, I choose share artwork, I choose PNG, and I'm going to save it to my camera roll again because I'm just going to bring it back into a different project. Then I open up the project I just had, I'm going to turn off the entire frame and I'm going to insert the latest image that I saved in my camera roll, which is this single elements. There it is. I'm trusting that the one there it is, and now it's saved on its own layer. I can transform it, I can play with it, and I can create a design using this single element. Let's say I just want one on the top and one on the bottom so I duplicate it. I choose the Transform tool and I flip it, and then I can just drag it down myself and place it wherever I want it. Very easy to do at a Procreate. You either turn off the background and share your artwork as a PNG to your Dropbox, or to your camera roll, or you can AirDrop it to another apple device, if that's how you're using it, or you can save it or export it as a PSD to your Dropbox or into another app if you want to work on it with the layers you've already developed. Thank you so much again for joining me in this class. I hope you learned a lot. I hope you had fun and I'm really looking forward to seeing your beautiful flourished projects in the project section.