Author: Liz Kohler Brown

Acrylic Landscapes in Procreate + 32 Free Acrylic Procreate Brushes and Stamps

Acrylic Landscapes in Procreate + 32 Free Acrylic Procreate Brushes and Stamps

Landscape painting is my go-to process when I get stuck in a creative rut. There are days when I just don’t feel like drawing anything, but somehow seeing a beautiful landscape can get me in the mood to start creating! I decided to turn my […]

How to Get Your GIFs into Instagram Stories Sticker Search

How to Get Your GIFs into Instagram Stories Sticker Search

Have you ever wondered how artists and designers on Instagram are getting their GIFs into Instagram stories search for anyone to use? This tutorial will show you everything you need to know! I did the whole process from start to finish and want to share […]

Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

I’ve designed several digital planners over the years, trying out different apps and processes, and this is by far the most efficient and precise process I’ve ever tried.  I love the process so much, I decided to create a whole class to show you every step from planning the layout to creating sticker pages in Goodnotes.

In the class, you’ll learn how to design a digital planner using vector shapes in Affinity Designer.  I love using Affinity Designer for creating planners because it is so easy to create precise shapes, space them evenly, and add vector effects to the shapes.  It’s also super easy to add dates to the planner and keep the numbers properly aligned.

You can choose to create either a dated or an undated planner as your class project.  I’ll show you options for both and we’ll talk about the pros and cons of creating a dated vs. an undated planner.

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When you watch this class, you’ll get a workbook with planner section ideas and color palettes.  I’ll share with you my finished planner, so you can play around with the links and customizable sections before you start designing your own.

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First we’ll look at how to create buttons and icons, and cover ways to add effects like glow, glitter, shine, and shadows.  We’ll cover how to use the precise movement tools in Affinity Designer to create evenly spaced lines, boxes, and buttons.

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We’ll look at how to create stickers and custom sections, so you can design a planner that is easily customizable for the user (whether that’s you or your customers!).

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In the class we’ll cover every step of the process from planning your layout to creating individual sticker pages in Goodnotes, so you can easily follow along with this class even if you have never worked with vectors or Affinity Designer before.

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You can use the planner you create in this class to offer as a free download, sell it on your website or a site like Etsy, or just use it yourself!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and the app Affinity Designer.  You could also use a similar app like Vectornator if you prefer working in a different vector app.  So, let’s get started!

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Free November 2019 – 2020 Digital Planner with Customizable Sections and Buttons

Free November 2019 – 2020 Digital Planner with Customizable Sections and Buttons

If you follow my blog or classes, you know I love using digital planners to stay organized. I’m such a picky planner though, I can never seem to find a planner that fits all my needs as a blogger, teacher, designer, and overall organization obsessed […]

Best Apple Pencil Grips, iPad Cases, and Desk for iPad Drawing

Best Apple Pencil Grips, iPad Cases, and Desk for iPad Drawing

I just made some major changes to my workspace, so I thought it would be a great time to share all of my favorite pencil grips, cases, and drawing desk tips! Want to hear all of this in video form? Watch the video here: I […]

Winter Illustration in Procreate + 27 Free Brushes and Stamps

Winter Illustration in Procreate + 27 Free Brushes and Stamps

When it’s cold and windy outside, there is nothing I like more than curling up on the couch and drawing winter plants, objects, and lettering projects. Let’s be honest. I like eating cookies more, but this is definitely #2 on my list! So I decided to create a class to show you how to create three different types of winter illustrations in Procreate!

When you watch the class, you’ll get all of the brushes and stamps I use to create my winter illustrations, including a set of four tree brushes and two snow and fog effect brushes that you can use to fill up your canvas with wintery textures and shapes.  The set also includes nine ornament brushes and several drawing and shading brushes that we’ll use throughout the class.

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First we’ll create a playful illustration of winter related objects like sweaters, mittens, coffee mugs, or whatever objects fit your personal style.  I’ll show you how I like to use clipping masks and texture brushes to add depth and texture to my illustrations. Then we’ll look at a few different ways to use the drawings as single images, illustration series, or repeat patterns.

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Next we’ll combine winter plants in a playful wreath surrounding some hand lettering.  The workbook that we’ll use in the class will show you how to draw my favorite winter plants, and show you how to add texture, highlights, and shading to the plant forms.

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I’ll give you a few different options for using the plant forms in compositions, so you can choose to create a wreath, bouquet, or just let the plants peek in from the edges of the canvas.

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Last we’ll create a winter scene combining cozy cabins and snowy hills with snow textures and rows of trees.  You could illustrate an imaginary cabin, or you could depict your own home or a friend’s home to create the perfect handmade gift.  I’ll show you how to use the tree brushes from the downloads set to fill up the landscape on your canvas, and we’ll look at the easy steps to make your own unique tree brushes.  We’ll finish off the composition with tons of snow, fog, and texture to give the illustration depth and playful movement.

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These illustration styles are perfect for sharing on social media or your website, or for offering as prints for sale.  They also make beautiful gifts or greeting cards, so if you’re looking for ideas for a handmade gift, you’ll find tons of them in this class.

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All you need to take this class is your iPad, the app Procreate, and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus or even your finger.  So, let’s start creating some winter illustrations!

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Free Library of Reference Books for Artists, Illustrators, and Letterers

Free Library of Reference Books for Artists, Illustrators, and Letterers

If you haven’t stumbled upon Archive.org yet, get ready to lose some time sifting through beautiful old books.  Archive.org is a non-profit with a mission of providing universal access to books, so anyone without access to libraries can still view, print, and share the wealth […]

Create an Illustration Series: From Inspiration to Print

Create an Illustration Series: From Inspiration to Print

In this class, you’ll learn how to plan and create an illustration series from start to finish.  Creating a series is the perfect way to develop a cohesive body of work that shows your unique style to the world in a professional format.  In the class, […]

3 Free Online Resources for Beautiful Color Palettes

3 Free Online Resources for Beautiful Color Palettes

If you’re like me, you spend wayyyy too much time searching for color combinations. I finally broke down and did an exhaustive search in order to narrow down my favorite resources for color palettes so I never have to suffer from lack of good colors again.

I tried all of the color tools I could find, and narrowed it down to three with that best fit my criteria:

1) easy to use

2) minimal or non-existent adds

3) ability to create your own palettes

Below you’ll find 3 easy to use sources that will undoubtably fulfill your wildest color dreams!

Color Hunt

Color Hunt is a super-sleek and easy to use site that allows you to see thousands of color palettes, create your own, and vote on the ones you like best. You can even see the number of votes given to each palette to help you get an idea of what color combinations are popular. The only limitation I can see is that you can only choose four colors, but as a person who has been known to go a LITTLE crazy with color, it’s probably best that I’m limited to only four.

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Coolors is another site that allows you to make your own palettes and sift through endless palettes made by users around the world. Just like Color Hunt, you can create your own palettes and other users can see and vote on each other’s combinations. What I love about this site is that it allows you to choose 5 colors, which in my mind allows for a background shade. I’m not crazy about the black site theme on this site because it makes it difficult to see darker colors well on the screen, but I still use this site often to get 5 color combos.

Adobe Color

Adobe Color is an advanced tool that not only lets you create your own palettes, but also helps you understand color relationships. On the left you can choose a color relationship, then adjust the sliders on the color wheel to see different options. Click Explore on the top bar to see a huge selection of user generated color combinations.

Or click Trends to see color trends in a wide range of art and design categories.

You can save the color palette you want to use by taking a quick screenshot (press the power and home buttons at the same time on your iPad), then save them in an album in your Photos app. Now, I’m off to make some beautiful palettes!

Art Nouveau Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate

Art Nouveau Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate

I absolutely love everything Art Nouveau — the colors, the fluidity, the botanicals — so this class was a true labor of love! In the class, you’ll learn how to create three different kinds of Art Nouveau style illustrations on your iPad in Procreate. When you […]