Author: Liz Kohler Brown

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 […]

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 […]

15+ Free iPad Wallpapers

15+ Free iPad Wallpapers

Do you ever get tired of seeing the same ‘ol boring image on your iPad home screen? I change my iPad wallpaper about once per week because I love to be surrounded by whatever images are inspiring me at the moment.

I spend wayyyy too long searching for beautiful vintage illustrations and patterns on sites like these that offer high resolution images for free personal and commercial use. Here are a few of the beauties I found this week:

I pulled together my favorite free vintage patterns (plus a few of my own creations) that you can pick up as free downloads by clicking on the images. Enjoy!

The first set features 2 different leaf patterns that I created in Procreate. You can pick up all 6 of the color versions as free downloads here.

The rest are patterns I found on the Flickr Commons. Click on each image to go to the download page. (note: some of these may need to be cropped/tilted using the Photos app on your iPad)

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free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper
free ipad wallpaper for ipad pro or ipad air, free vintage image for ipad wallpaper

That is really just the tip of the iceberg! You can find thousands more on the free image resources here.

Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

I started making collages as soon as I was old enough to hold scissors, and somehow I never grew out of it.  I love finding vintage images (and mixing in some of my own) on paper, but now that I’m making them in Procreate I’m beyond […]

Free Minimalist Digital Bullet Journal + 64 Stickers

Free Minimalist Digital Bullet Journal + 64 Stickers

While I love planners with an interesting border or background (like my last free planner here) sometimes I just need to simplify my life with some minimalist bullet journaling. My new planner has simple bullet points and an open layout that is easy to customize […]

Geometric Vector Illustration in Affinity Designer + 33 Geometric Vector Assets

Geometric Vector Illustration in Affinity Designer + 33 Geometric Vector Assets

There is something so satisfying about making perfect geometric shapes. Maybe it brings out my inner math nerd? I decided to create a class for all you other math nerds out there who feel frustrated that you can’t make things PERFECT in Procreate. (Am I just projecting here?)

In the class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create vector based geometric illustrations on your iPad in Affinity Designer + get all of the vector assets and colors I use in the class, including 33 customizable vector illustrations that you can use for personal or commercial use.

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First we’ll create a vibrant geometric illustration combining simple shapes and bold color.  I’ll show you how to use the tools in Affinity Designer to perfectly line up your geometric elements so they seamlessly fit together, and how to add textures to your vectors so they don’t appear flat and dull.  

We’ll look at how to create interesting geometric patterns, and how to add text to your composition to create a bold and vibrant lettering design.

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Next we’ll look at how to create complex geometric shapes using Affinity Designer’s precise transform tools.  We’ll cover all the math you need to know to get your geometric shapes to be perfectly symmetrical. I’ll share with you a practice sheet of geometric shapes that you can use to practice all the steps for creating any shape at all.

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Then we’ll create a composition using a variety of geometric shapes, outlines, and patterns.  We’ll look at how to use the pen tool to create detailed line drawings to compliment your geometric shapes.  I’ll show you some easy tricks for building symmetrical designs and adjusting colors as you work.

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We’ll also look at how to use advanced vector editing tools to create the exact shape that you need, and how to add a smooth gradient to your backgrounds and vectors.

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Last we’ll create a complex astronomy themed composition combining all the vector editing skills we cover in the class into a detailed illustration.  We’ll look at how to combine pre-made vector elements and hand drawn elements to create unique illustrations that are easy to customize and use for anything from social media posts to print on demand projects.

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The amazing thing about this process is you can create pixel perfect geometric shapes using Affinity Designer’s advanced editing tools.  Affinity is only a few more dollars than Procreate, and it offers both the ability to work with vectors and precise transform tools that make it perfect for creating geometric illustrations!

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All you need to take this class is your iPad, and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

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Society6 for iPad Artists and Designers

Society6 for iPad Artists and Designers

I have loved the concept of print on demand since I first heard the term in 2013. It took me a few years to actually start my own shop, but I looked on with jealousy as so many amazing artists and designers grew their shops […]

Folk Art Style Illustration on Your iPad in Procreate

Folk Art Style Illustration on Your iPad in Procreate

I’ve gotten so many wonderful messages from iPad artists/designers around the world who love doing print on demand projects, but struggle to come up with ideas for images. So in my newest class I decided to center all the projects around print-on-demand friendly projects! In […]

Vintage Hand Lettering on Your iPad in Procreate: Layouts, Borders, Flourishes

Vintage Hand Lettering on Your iPad in Procreate: Layouts, Borders, Flourishes

I absolutely love pouring over vintage ads, posters, and lettering layouts. There is a seemingly never ending wealth of knowledge for vintage colors, layouts, and lettering styles. So I decided to create a class where I share all my favorite vintage lettering resources and tools.

In the class, you’ll learn how to create vintage style hand lettering layouts and decoration on your iPad in Procreate. When you take this class, you’ll get all of the tools and inspiration I use to create my vintage lettering.  


The Procreate brush set includes 5 vintage style borders, 18 flourishes, 9 vintage textures that you can use to add some grid and scuffs to your background, and 6 chain brushes to help you space your decorations.  I’ll also show you how to create your own vintage brushes using shapes that fit your personal style.

First we’ll look at some resources for finding vintage lettering layouts.  I have a ton of resources both online and in print that I want to share with you, and we’ll talk about how to use the layouts as inspiration without copying directly.  

I’ll show you how to work from vintage hand lettered ads, signs, and illustrations to get started with your layout, and how to add your own hand drawn elements to make it your own.

Next we’ll use a vintage cigarette ad as inspiration for a lettering layout.  I’ll share with you my favorite vintage color palettes in a Procreate document that you can adjust to fit your personal style.  I’ll show you how I plan the layout of the quote and design elements, and how I add borders, flourishes, and textures to give the piece a vintage feel.  We’ll look at ways to create vintage color palettes with a few easy color adjustments.

Next we’ll create a quote surrounded by playful vintage borders and flourishes.  I’ll show you an easy way to type text on a path, so your lettering is perfectly curved around a shape.  We’ll look at how to create detailed border and flourish stamps, so you can create your own library of vintage elements for your work.

Last we’ll create a detailed hand drawn border around a quote.  I’ll show you some tricks for overlapping flourish elements and adding a vintage print texture to your piece.

I absolutely love gathering inspiration from vintage hand lettering.  Once you start looking at the inspiration in this class you’ll see how easy it is to find vintage patterns, flourishes, color palettes, and layouts to decorate your lettering. 

Ready to watch the class? Get started here.

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My 9 Principals of Creativity

My 9 Principals of Creativity

So many people ask me about my creative process, especially dealing with doubt and finding a creative style.  So I thought it was time to write a bit about my thoughts on the creative process.  For the next 9 days I’ll be posting my 9 […]