About This Class 

When I set out to create a new class, I am also creating art that I can use for side-hustle projects. Why not create art with multiple purposes, right? I think about methods I’d be able to employ if I wanted to produce 2 or 3 of the same artwork (or 10!). Using a stencil seems like it would be a great way to do that. If I were to produce multiple stencils and then use the same techniques to add the gouache details, I could only improve as I work my way through. That’s what I have done here and at the end of class, you will see more than one artwork done using these techniques. You might have used this stencil before as it is from a class to create a watercolour look in Procreate with a stencil. Use the key word "Stencil" in the All Courses link at the top.

This class, Create a Gouache Floral Using a Stencil in Procreate, will show you what I have done to create this pretty floral artwork. Using photographic reference helps me because I can always look to that original to give me clues about adding details effectively and accurately. I use mostly gouache brushes, but you could pick any of your favorite brushes to use, as long as you are consistent. I even use mixed-media brushes to create a layered and detail-rich background. In the class, I take you from start to finish in creating a complete gouache and mixed-media piece. Working in layers allowed me to have control and at the end, so I could experiment with adding additional textures or even changing colors if I wished to.

The art we’ll be creating is completely editable. One of my goals is to show you how we’ll be able to create an alternate design with a very different background. I am providing you with a bunch of assets to help speed up the process for you. This includes a bunch of brushes and a mixed media background you may choose to use.

In this class I’ll walk you through:

·      my step-by-step method for creating the initial stencil

·      tips for layering the stencils for things like 2 part leaves

·      working with gouache for blending and adding texture

·      adding texture using additional brushes

·      methods for keeping the art fully editable for later adjustments and recoloring 

What can you use this art for? Do you think this is a technique that would lend itself well to creating sale-able or licensable art? Well, if nothing else, this class should get you into the right mindset. With the provided assets and the step-by-step instructions, you’ll be easily able to pull this off!

The key concepts I will include:

  • creating and use of a stencil from a photographic source
  • a look at gouache brushes and how they can be used with blending techniques
  • approaches you can take for creating different iterations of your background

Learning these techniques will give you a challenging yet satisfying new set of skills. With gouache and mixed-media digital art there are so many ready paths of exploration. I can’t wait to see what you produce! 

Concepts covered:

Concepts covered include but are not limited to Procreate floral illustration, Procreate layering, Procreate brushes, Procreate canvas settings, clipping masks and blending modes, mixed media in Procreate, adding a mixed media artwork for a background, using a photographic reference. Highlights and shadows, sizing of documents and brushes, adding texture with brushes, procreate brushes for adding other interesting details, workflow best practices, painting best practice, Procreate composites, techniques with paints and blending, and much more.

You will get the bonus of…

  • approx 1 hour of direction from an instructor who has been in graphic design business and education for over 40 years
  • knowledge of multiple ways to solve each design challenge
  • an outline, a brush set, a mixed media background and a color palette

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