Author: Liz Kohler Brown

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 […]

Metallics on Your iPad in Procreate: Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer + Free Metallic Textures and Brushes

Metallics on Your iPad in Procreate: Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer + Free Metallic Textures and Brushes

Adding metallics to your work is a quick and easy way to make it really stand out online. I decided to make a ton of metallics to share with you, and show my techniques for adding some metallics to any composition. In the class, you’ll […]

Quote Yourself: Your Words Are Powerful Tools

Quote Yourself: Your Words Are Powerful Tools

Looking for ways to make your lettering/designs/artwork stand out online?  Think about all the gorgeous quotes you see out there in the world and all the amazing artists, designers, and letterers producing incredible work.  What is one thing that none of them have?  Your words.

Your words are something that no one else can produce, and they’re a powerful way to show your friends/followers/clients/customers what is unique and interesting about you and your work.

What if I’m not good at writing?

Chances are if you think you’re “not good at writing” you aren’t writing much, and you aren’t writing in your own words.  You’re trying to do what I call “writey writing” which is writing that sounds like a fancy writer wrote it. 

This is the kind of writing that so many newbie artists use when they want to be taken seriously, but it sounds totally contrived and fake.  One way to get around that is to start a stream of consciousness writing practice — daily, weekly, monthly — whatever you can keep up with!  

How do you do it?

Here is what I do: write down an idea.  Anything you think or believe.  Let’s say, for example, you think people think too much about the past and regret things that actually help them make good decisions in their daily lives.  That would be a terribly long quote right? How would you even hand letter that??   Now start writing about that idea.

Write down everything you can think about it and don’t focus on spelling or grammar or punctuation.  Just get down words, even phrases that don’t make sense or don’t really mean anything. Write it like you are talking to someone directly.  What would you say to someone who regrets their past?  Why don’t you regret your past?


Usually during this process things will start coming to the surface.  You’ll be able to distill your idea into a tiny little quote that says it all.  

My idea went from:  

“some people think too much about the past and regret things that actually help them make good decisions in their daily lives”

to

“everything you’ve done informs everything you do”

Now the short quote encapsulates what I want to say: that everything we do, even the embarrassing, wasteful, humiliating, devastating things, lead to everything we have today. In short, we need all the terrible things to get all the wonderful things.

This writing process is super simple and can be done by anyone with a pen and a piece of paper.   When it comes to your own work, I truly believe that there is nothing more beautiful than your own words.  Especially if you include a bit of background about it when you share the artwork/lettering/design online.  If you try it, I would love to see your quote!  You can tag me on Instagram or Facebook @lizkohlerbrown and if you want to join everyone you can tag the post with #writeyourlettering

p.s. I’m running a contest in my Facebook group for anyone who wants to enter their quote for a chance to win a 6 month Skillshare membership.  To learn more about the contest, join the group here.

iPad Surface Design in Affinity Designer: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns

iPad Surface Design in Affinity Designer: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns

For years I made repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator, but I have been dying to switch to an iPad version of these programs.  I really prefer working on my iPad because it’s so much more “couch and pajamas” friendly than sitting at a desk […]

Affinity Designer for iPads: Pros, Cons, and Comparisons with Procreate

Affinity Designer for iPads: Pros, Cons, and Comparisons with Procreate

Spoiler: I’m going to try to convince you to get Affinity Designer.  Not because I get an affiliate bonus when you buy it (I don’t), but because I love it so much I want to share it with the iPad art and design community! A […]

How to Create Botanical Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 15 Free Procreate Brushes

How to Create Botanical Illustrations on Your iPad in Procreate + 15 Free Procreate Brushes

One of my absolute favorite things to draw is plants and flowers.  I wanted to share my take on botanical drawing, and give tons of options for customizing the techniques to fit your own personal style.  In the class you’ll learn how to create 3 different styles of botanical illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.  

When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the brushes and resources I use to create my botanical illustrations.  The set includes 15 Procreate brushes and stamps, and over 150 reference photos of plants and flowers to get you started.  You can use the photos for your own illustrations, but I’ll also show you how I gather inspiration outside, so you can start building your own library of reference photos for your botanical illustrations.

First we’ll create an intricate botanical border around a quote.  I’ll give you a cheat sheet with all of my favorite plant forms, and show you how to create all the shapes I use in my botanical wreaths and borders.  Then we’ll apply a gold shimmer texture to the drawing that makes it stand out online and in print.

Next we’ll cover the easy steps for sketching contour drawings using a photograph as a reference.  If you are just getting started with sketching, this process will show you how easy it is to turn any photo or object into a line drawing.  Then I’ll show you a few different ways to use your line drawings in finished compositions including a vintage botanical illustration look, solid color blocking, and multi-color highlights.

Next we’ll create a colorful textured collage using botanical line drawings and illustrations combined with layers of texture and color.  I’ll show you how to use blending modes, texture brushes, and hand drawn lines to create an eye catching illustration or seamless repeat pattern.

The amazing thing about this process is it will totally change how you see all the plants that you come across in your daily life.  You’ll see how every leaf, twig, and flower is a potential composition that you can use for tons of different projects.

You can use the illustrations you create in this class to make seamless repeat patterns, digital downloads, or printable wall art. Ready to watch the class?  Click here to get started

Don’t have a Skillshare membership?  No problem, pick up a free trial here:

Digital Planner Contest Winner + 19 Inspiring Entries

Digital Planner Contest Winner + 19 Inspiring Entries

There were 19 beautiful entries for the digital planner contest, and each one was truly a work of art.  Each artist/designer who entered had to create multiple layouts and pages for this contest, so they all deserve a round of applause for completing this huge […]

Free Gray Digital Planner + 64 Stickers

Free Gray Digital Planner + 64 Stickers

I got a ton of great feedback from my last free planner, but the one complaint I got several times was “Does it have to be….so….pink?”.  I hear you!  I go through pink phases, then I go through “I never want to see pink again” […]

Intricate Paper Cuts with the Cricut Machine + 3 Free Paper Cutting Templates

Intricate Paper Cuts with the Cricut Machine + 3 Free Paper Cutting Templates

I’ve been having so much fun creating cards and wall art with my Cricut machine I thought it was time to show my process and share some cutting templates! 

You can pick up the templates as a free download and see how I use them in the video tutorials below. I made the templates on my iPad in Procreate and I created a class to show every step of my process.  So if you want to learn how to make your own templates, check out the class!

If you’re ready to get started with intricate cutting on the Cricut machine (or you’ve had some trouble with intricate cuts in the past) check out this video to see all my tips and tricks for getting PERFECT intricate cuts!  

I also created a short tutorial to show how I create some of my finished Cricut projects, so if you’d like to get some ideas for how to use your finished cutouts, check out this one:  

Here are the downloads (note: I like to open these in Safari, then click and hold (on iPad) to get the “open in a new tab” window.  Then you should see the download button.)

Download the Elephant

Download the Mandala

Download the Lettering

Here are links to all the materials I mention in the tutorials (Note: some of these are affiliate links, which means I get a small percentage of any sales that take place via the links.  It doesn’t increase the price for the buyer, but it does help me continue creating classes and videos like this one!)

My Cardstock

*I can’t find the other color set called Boutique Floral online, so it may only be available in stores at Michael’s/A.C. Moore.  Here is an image of the package:

See My Cutting Mat

See My Paper Cutting Machine:

My paper cutting and scoring tool

Create Paper Cuttings on Your iPad in Procreate + Digital, Hand Cut, and Cricut Machine Cutting

Create Paper Cuttings on Your iPad in Procreate + Digital, Hand Cut, and Cricut Machine Cutting

I have been in love with card making since I was old enough to hold scissors without adults in the room, but all my classes so far have focused on creating digital images in Procreate.  So I thought it was time to create a class […]