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Wednesday Wrap Up Pattern Brushes with Jennifer Nichols

Self Portrait with some of my old and new pattern brushes for Procreate


I’ve enjoyed sharing 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. Today I want to share an artist teacher and her lesson on creating your own pattern brushes in Procreate.

Jennifer Nichols is an artist teacher with a desire to share and guide others in learning art with Procreate. I’ve been taking her classes and sharing in her FB group, but now she even has her own community with a membership plan that will fit any novice or professional artists needs. Take a look:

This Week’s Inspiration

This week Jennifer shared in her community during a “Live Draw Session” on Zoom her process for creating your own pattern brushes: Swirly Pattern Brush Lesson. I signed up and attended to draw along with her instruction. It was so fun– chatting with other artists and learning and asking questions together. I love that she’s created this supportive “Creative Journey” community– it’s one built on kindness in which members are sharing art and tips, asking questions, and participating in lessons. The lesson for this class is also available on You Tube: Swirly Pattern Brush Lesson. You can watch, learning, and maybe even decide to join her community. 🙂

My Brushes

As you can see from the portrait above, I’ve taken her other older Skillshare classes to learn how to make brushes. Those are the designs and the textures in my self-portrait. The design on my shirt is from this week’s swirly lesson– the yellow design in this gallery– these are my two favorite created from the class.

I played around and tried some other ideas, but they did not turn out as well. The two favorite are the top two in this image, but I created a few others as well. Two with Yin Yang as the focus, the green one is shamrock/clover, and the next two are adaptations from the Yin Yang pattern, without the Yin Yang:

Pattern brushes make it easy to fill in a section, like clothing, buildings, or backgrounds, like this illustration with one of my “leaf” pattern brushes.

Something For You

So if you use procreate, here’s my Teardrop Flourish brush. The link takes you to a folder with the brush to download and this image showing the brush design:

Download here: Tear Drop Flourish Brush

Try It

So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. As we develop our skills every day we choose to make and share art every day, we find ourselves in a community of artists, and Jennifer’s community, Creative Journey, will certainly help keep you motivated and in touch with the Procreate strategies she and others share. I hope to see you there. So keep going in two ways: make art every day and learn and share with others.

Thank you so much to Jennifer Nichols for her classes and sharing to help all of us improve and discover our own styles and processes. You may want to click the Artist Gems category on my blog for other teachers and artists who might inspire you.

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

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