It’s Tuesday! This week I have a summer treat: watercolor popsicles! Since Father’s Day is later this month, it can also double as an ecard, too! This is a little above beginner as far as skill level, but is still very doable if you’re new to Procreate. While this tutorial uses my paid set of watercolor illustration brushes, you can still follow along loosely with any other brushes if you’d like to change up the style.

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Paint a Watercolor Popsicle in Procreate

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Here’s a written overview of how to paint a watercolor popsicle in Procreate:
  • Turn on your symmetry first and make sure you see a vertical line. Choose your sketching pencil and draw out a regular popsicle and stick. Toggle off the drawing guide.
  • The next layer you will paint in the colors with the heavy paint round brush. Keep your brush down the whole time or else you will get a wet on dry look. Do this for red and blue.
  • Choose a clipping mask above the blue layer and change the blend mode to multiply. Grab the soft bloom stamp and stamp in a few darker areas of blue. Repeat those steps with red.
  • Grab the smudge tool and select the dense wash brush. Start with the red layer and push some of the color forward. You want to remove any trace of the line. Repeat with the blue color. Create a new layer above the sketch. Paint in where the white is.
  • Paint in the popsicle stick with the heavy paint round brush. Add a little shadow to the top of it and change the blend mode to multiply.
  • Come to the top layer, create a new layer, grab black and draw in your lines. Change the blend mode to overlay. Then draw over the edges to create a softer shadow.
  • Add some paint splatter and a watercolor paper texture.
  • Add in some lettering if you want!
  • Done!

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