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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 […]

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 take this class you’ll get all of the brushes and stamps I use to make my art nouveau illustrations including 10 composition templates, 12 backgrounds and illustration elements, 11 texture brushes, and a few drawing and shading brushes.

We’ll start the class by using a drawing book published in 1904 to learn the techniques and forms that artists and designers in the Art Nouveau era used.  I’ll show you how to get the book as a free download so you can use the exercises to practice drawing flowers, leaves, and decorative elements in an art nouveau style.

Then we’ll create a line drawing using the technique in the book, and use watercolor texture to give the drawing some variation and contrast. 

Next we’ll look at how to build up color and texture to turn your line drawings into a vibrant frame around a quote.

I created an Art Nouveau font that I’ll share with you as a free download, so you can add text with an art nouveau feel to your compositions.

Next we’ll use a reductive drawing process to create a flowing border made of fruit and leaves.  We’ll look at options for creating overlapping elements, and talk about ways to give your work the fluid feel that you see in Art Nouveau illustrations.  We’ll also look at how to create a pattern brush, so you can add a layer of subtle pattern behind your compositions.

Last we’ll combine plants, animals, and patterns in an overlapping composition with texture and playful movement.

You can use the work you create in this class for print on demand projects, gifts, social media, or your website.  By the time you finish this class, you’ll be able to depict any object or decoration in an art nouveau style.

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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 […]

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 with the colors and stickers that fit your personal style.

In this quick tutorial I cover some tips for downloading and using the planner + some tips about Goodnotes 5 that make it easy to bookmark important locations. Check out the video here:

The planner includes 6 sections. A yearly page that links to each month of the year:

A monthly page with a few bullet points for each day:

A weekly spread with bullets for each day + a notes section:

A lined paper section for notes:

A blank paper section for lists, sketches, etc.

A goals section for keeping track of daily or monthly goals:

And a sticker page with 64 stickers:

I show my whole process for making this planner from start to finish in my Skillshare class on designing a digital planner on your iPad.  Check out the class if you want to make your own!

Remember to check the video tutorial above if you have any trouble downloading or using the planner!

Download the Minimalist Bullet Journal for Goodnotes

or

Download the Version for Notability*

*If you want to use the stickers too download this PNG file and place it on the sticker page after you download the PDF for Notability.

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 […]

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 the class, I’ll show you three different ways to create modern folk style illustrations on your iPad in Procreate.

When you watch the class you’ll get all of the brushes and stamps I use to create my folk illustrations including 8 paper texture brushes, 19 bird and botanical sketch stamps, and 13 folk art illustration stamps.  I’ll also share with you the folk art style font I created, so you can incorporate some text that fits the style we’ll be using in the class into your designs.

First we’ll create a detailed symmetrical line drawing combining animals and plants with bold color.  I’ll show you some tricks for creating a realistic paper background, and we’ll cover several ways to recolor your illustration to create multiple color versions.

Next we’ll create patterned animals and plants in a rectangular format that is perfect for print on demand projects.  I’ll show you a ton of resources and ideas for folk art, patterns, and reference images so you can start building your own library of shapes and patterns.

Next we’ll create a folk art composition around a theme by combining stamps, and hand drawn elements.  We’ll cover several different methods for creating the stamps, then combine multiple illustrations in a collage style composition with bold color.

The amazing thing about this process is that you can quickly create beautiful illustrations that you can use for gifts, greeting cards, print on demand projects, or client work.  I’ll show you how I set up my files to make them easy to upload to print on demand sites, and how to keep the images flexible so they work for a wide range projects.

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. Don’t have a Skillshare membership? You can pick up a free trial and watch the class free here.

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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. […]