I’ve enjoyed providing each week a “Wednesday Warm Up,”— a day of usually quick drawing, inking, brushing as warm up to our serious art. I’ve been sharing a strategy to try each Wednesday using the iPad app ProCreate. I’ve decided to change it up a bit for a few Wednesday Wrap Up— a wrap up of my project tips for the past week or something I’ve learned that may also help others with the same #warmup4art hashtag.
A Quick Need
Sometimes something happens and I need something quick– something lovely– a little message. That something for me was my granddaughter sharing her artwork– a delightful style of ink and color, much better than mine, and I wanted to send her a quick message. And wouldn’t you know it–this week’s video tutorial from Teela Cunningham was — a floral message lesson, the results you see in the gallery above.
On the right is my message handwritten to Allison in my first attempt at Teela’s lesson, completed with her watercolors brushes [link to extended watercolor license— costs more, but then you can use them for sale items]
On the left is my next version but completed with Teela’s gouache brushes, which I prefer because they are opaque or semi-opaque. [link to extended license]. In addition, I used a font instead of my jiggly handwriting.
Click the images to enlarge them so you can see the difference.
- 10″ square canvas at 300 DPI
- Use of fonts for messages
- Watercolor: added texture paper over entire canvas [Freya [IG Freya Art Tutorials ] Texture brushes from her watercolor set [purchase required]. See about these texture brushes in her video.]
- Move to Gouache– for more opaque elements
- Different Floral and Leaf elements
Big Tip from Teela
- Teela shared an important tip: although the central bouquet at top is duplicated to create the bottom bouquet, Teela suggests adding those additional dark leaves to each bouquet, but not symmetrically so that the whole image looks like each element is completely drawn, each separately
- Watch her video to see it in action
Florals and Fonts
In this WrapUP, I’d also share a bit about fonts. Procreate includes many lovely fonts, and you can import more. But where does a person find fonts? Of course, many places sell fonts under varying licenses, but I like to find ones that are in the public domain with no copyright or licensing issues. For those I go to 1001freefonts. The site was recommended to artists by Jennifer Nichols, and I’ve found many delightful public domain fonts so I don’t need to attempt lettering with my shaky hands.
Public Domain Fonts
Public domain means no property rights are claimed on it. Here’s how to find public domain fonts.
Go to 1001freefonts.
At the top are listed many categories, and the first thing to do is to choose one and search. I usually type a choice into the search bar, like “calligraphy.” Once the list is generated, then you can choose the license type:
When you click UPDATE, only public domain fonts display.
Notice that the display shows what the font looks like. You can type any text into the “Preview” box– to see what it will look like.
“Script” choice and in preview:
Just click download to those you like. See the Procreate User Guide on Fonts here for how to import.
Two of my favorite Script fonts:
My techy husband warns me about sites like this font site– that sometimes viruses are spread in such downloads. I did connect with several others who use this site and I have not had any problems. They’ve been around since 1998, and I’ve seen the site on several lists of places to find fonts. [Example: ThoughtCo]. You can also search Google’s Fonts page: fonts.google.com and download.
Art For You
Just in case you don’t have the inclination or the time to draw your own floral message, here’s the images and the PDFs of both the watercolor and gouache versions for your personal use:
So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. Teela’s video came just as I was considering my own version– but with her guidance, my granddaughter was delighted for the message I created and texted to her.
And– when you need a card or art to share with others, Teela Cunningham’s tutorials will provide a quick way to create them. Simply look through her videos and find one that fits. You can’t go wrong– with her videos on YouTube or Skillshare, or sign up for one of her courses— which provides you with the commercial license for the included brushes.
- Watercolor Florals in Procreate Course
- Gouache Botanicals in Procreate Course
- Free Procreate for Beginners Course [V 5]
Her hashtag is #procreateit so follow her in Instagram: Every Tuesday. I am so thankful for her gracious sharing of swatches and strategies. A wonderful way to learn Procreate, if you’re a beginner like I am.