I wanted to try something new this week! I thought it would be fun to show how to create something analog/traditionally, then how to recreate that same artwork in Procreate. Two tutorials in one 😉 For this video, we’ll create watercolor block lettering with some traditional methods, then we’ll move into Procreate after. Read on for the full tutorial!
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Paper vs. Procreate: Watercolor Block Lettering
Mentioned in this video:
- On Paper:
- In Procreate
- Deep tooth watercolor paper texture (available for free when you become a free Tuesday Tribe member!)
- Watercolor Lettering Brush Pack (the pack is recommended, though you can also experiment with the default brushes in the ‘water’ category in Procreate)
- Procreate Watercolor block lettering color swatch
- Watercolor Lettering in Procreate online course
Here’s a quick written recap of what we did to create watercolor block lettering on paper and in Procreate!
- Sketch out your lettering on watercolor paper using a hard pencil (I used an HB in the demo, but would recommend a 2H or 3H)
- Use masking fluid on your sketch for all of the areas you don’t want your watercolor to appear. Allow to fully dry.
- Using watercolor brush pens, paint the top and bottoms of all of your letters, leaving space between them for blending. Grab your waterbrush and blend out the top color and then the bottom color, then blend the two together. Repeat for each letter + allow to dry.
- Peel off all of your masking fluid and erase away any remaining pencil marks.
- Draw in any doodles or details using fineliners. Erase away any remaining pencil marks.
- Create a new document any size you choose (I used screen size). Hit the gear > add > insert a photo and use the deep tooth watercolor paper texture (link above).
- Sketch out your design on a new layer.
- On a layer above your sketch layer, create your lettering. Reduce the letter’s opacity, make a selection of it, then create a new layer right above it and change that layer’s blend mode to multiply.
- Paint purple at the tops of the letters and pink at the bottom, leaving space between for blending. Once the purple and pink are painted, grab the smudge brush water bleed.
- Smudge the two colors together so they blend, just like watercolor. Add final details by choosing the smudge brush ‘texturizer’ and tapping randomly throughout your letters. Deselect and turn off the base lettering layer.
- Create a layer mask on your blended lettering layer and draw in your inlines.
- Add final details + doodles on a new layer. Turn off your original sketch layer.
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