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August 2018

It’s the last Thursday in August, which means it’s time for your free September 2018 desktop wallpapers! This month’s wallpaper was entirely created in Procreate, with just the dates added in using Photoshop and my font, Miss Magnolia. Although summer is coming to an end, I can’t help but love the few fireflies we still see in our southern evenings, so this wallpaper is for them 🙂 I used my custom monoline procreate brush for the lettering and doodle details, which is available for free in the Every-Tuesday Resource Library. For the dates, ‘R’ is for Thursday, to distinguish it from a same-sized Tuesday ‘T’ at a glance. 

The download includes the September 2018 desktop wallpapers in two common resolutions: 1280x1024px and 1920x1080px, with and without dates. I’ve left the year off of the ‘no-dates’ versions, so you can use it for any September in the future, too!

Last year, I bought myself a big pack of Coliro Colors FineTec metallic watercolors for my birthday. I had experimented with their gold collection earlier and couldn’t wait to have more colors to play with. The rest of the year, I obsessed with using them on new lettering pieces, custom greeting cards for friends and family – anything I could think of. The way they glimmer in the sunlight is so beautiful, I was constantly looking for ways to create other shiny outcomes 🙂 I broke them out again the other day and realized I never shared my blending methods in a tutorial, so it was time for that to change! These watercolors get thick + dry pretty fast, so blending can be a little more complicated than traditional watercolors. In this week’s tutorial, I walk you through 3 blending effects using metallic watercolors with all of my favorite, long-tested tricks 😉 Read below for them all!

If you’re just getting started with Procreate – especially after all the recent updates – it’s totally normal to feel a bit overwhelmed! This week, I wanted to do a super simple Procreate tutorial for beginners that will also give you some great insight into the capabilities Procreate now has. In this tutorial, we’ll create 2 easy ribbons in Procreate and you’ll pick up some tips you can use for your future digital artwork, as well. Read on to get started!

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