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How to Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 2

How to Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about how to create the artwork for your watercolor texture. Now, it’s time to remove the white background and prepare our textures to be used however we want! Once you have prepared your textures, you can use them for lettering, logos, branding, around your blog, or package them and sell them on a site like Etsy or Creative Market. These are so fun to make and use. Once you’ve done a few, you’ll be able to go through the steps quickly! I hope you enjoy this video. And, enjoy 2 free textures at the bottom of this post! You’ll get the purple and pink texture in the image and the blue green circle from the first post. Enjoy!

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video is that you can create a color fill layer behind the texture while you’re doing the detail work to help you visualize all of the areas you need to touch up. Let me know if you have any questions! And sign up below to grab your free textures–available as both a PNG and JPEG instant download! Feel free to use these any way you want.

How to remove the white background from a watercolor image

How to Remove the White Background from a Watercolor image

How To Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 1

How To Create a Watercolor Texture – Part 1

Watercolor textures and backgrounds are pretty popular right now, and you don’t have to look far to find examples of them. I used a watercolor logo in the branding for my Etsy shop and around this blog. While you can purchase backgrounds for use on sites like Etsy or Creative Market, creating your own watercolor backgrounds and textures is super easy and I find it pretty fun.

There are 2 ways that I like to make backgrounds. First is the traditional method using watercolors. You’ll need:

How to create a watercolor texture

A watercolor set. My favorites: Mission Gold and Kuretake

Round brushes. The set I have is no longer available, but this is similar

Watercolor paper. My favorite hot press and cold press pads.

A scanner. I have a Canon Pixma M250 that I bought on Facebook Marketplace for $10. It scans up to 600dpi. 300dpi is the print standard, so that’s more than adequate.

A computer with Adobe Photoshop (sign up for a free 30 day trial here)

Now to actually create our texture! Grab your paints, paper, brushes, and a cup of water. I first lay down a wash in whatever shape I want the texture to be—usually a circle or a rectangle. Then, I add 1 or 2 more colors or deeper shades of the same original color. Have fun with these! You can paint several colors and shapes on one piece of paper. Think about if you want lots of texture in your finished background or if you want a cleaner, smoother look. To add texture, you can dot your loaded paintbrush around and go back over areas that have dried.

How to create a watercolor texture

How to create a watercolor texture

Let your paintings dry. Hook up your scanner and scan your paper at 600dpi. Import your scan into Adobe Photoshop. Go on to part 2 to learn how to remove your white background and prepare your paintings for use on a computer!

How to create a watercolor texture

How to Make a Glitter Brush in Procreate

How to Make a Glitter Brush in Procreate

I’ve got a couple of fun tutorials for you today! And if you read through to the end, there are some free backgrounds for you to grab.

If you follow me on instagram, then you know that I love Procreate and my iPad pro + Apple pencil. Procreate is an incredible app with so much capability! I’ve been wanting to learn about how to create brushes for a while, and I finally watched this class on Skillshare that was so helpful. After playing around with the brushes some more, I finally figured out how to make a glitter brush that I really like. I’ve made a video for you so that you can learn how to make a glitter brush too! If you don’t have an iPad pro, maybe this will convince you that you need one! And you can still take advantage of the free backgrounds. They are 12x12 jpegs that can be used in digital scrapbooking, around a blog, on instagram to share a quote, or for lettering.

How To Create a Glitter Brush in Procreate

music by bensound.com

How to Create a Glitter Background and Calligraphy Brush

music by AShamaluevMusic

I hope these videos have been helpful. Now for the freebies! These JPEGs are 12x12 inches and can be used however you like for your personal use. Simply enter your email below for your instant download.

Subscribe now to receive your free backgrounds!

How to make a glitter brush in procreate

How to make a glitter brush in procreate

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Brush Lettering

A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Brush Lettering

Brush lettering is one of the most popular skills amongst artsy people these days, it seems. It’s all over instagram and is one of those things I really wanted to learn but thought I wasn’t any good at. After finding out more about the tools and techniques, I was pleasantly surprised that it’s really not difficult to pick up. While it may take a quite a bit of practice to get that lovely consistency that is a hallmark of brush lettering, the actual principles are pretty simple. The good news is that it is not difficult to learn, has nothing to do with your actual handwriting, and supplies are inexpensive! I love looking at tutorials and examples from several different people, as everyone has their own style of lettering. These are my personal favorite resources that I have used myself to learn the basics of brush lettering.

As usual, Skillshare has plenty of excellent classes to choose from. Brush lettering is the very first thing I ever looked up on Skillshare a few years back (I didn’t even know what it was called then!) and seeing that I could actually watch a class and learn brush lettering is what sold me on the subscription.

Type Stuff: Brush Lettering Made Simple 

The first class I took! This is more an overview of what brush lettering is. It’s not as in depth as some of the other videos, but I enjoy the style and basics you get in this video.

Emma Witte: ABCs of Brush Pen Lettering 

This is another short class, but I love how Emma breaks down each letter into its individual pieces. Her class helped me understand lettering a lot more!

Peggy Dean: Brush Lettering: The Beginner’s Guide 

I recommend Peggy’s videos a lot. There’s a reason she has so many followers on instagram and Skillshare. She’s very talented!

Teela Cunningham: Waterbrush Lettering Essentials 

Teela walks you through how to use a really fun brush lettering tool in this class. She is always very clear in her directions and I love how her projects turn out.

Here are some free youtube videos to get you started!

How To: Calligraphy and Hand Lettering for Beginners 

Basic Strokes (Beginner Calligraphy 101)

I’ve also gotten a lot of help and information from blog posts on this subject. All of these posts include free practice sheets, which are an important part of learning how to form your letters correctly.

This set of practice sheets is excellent! I actually use this one on my iPad in Procreate a lot.

These practice sheets include difficult words and double letters for you to practice.

This blog post is also a full how to post to get you started, as well as including free practice sheets.

Now that you have plenty of resources and beginning points, start lettering! It is so relaxing and it really doesn’t take long for you to start making pretty letters and words, so you can get almost instant gratification.

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Creative Ways to Make Money with Doodles

Have you ever wondered how you might monetize your creative pursuits? The internet has provided endless ways to connect, share, sell, and buy. This is great news for budding creatives! Sure, you could just sell original pieces, but technology and the web have provided dozens of fun ways to produce and sell your artwork. Read on for some ways you can use digital versions of your art to make some cash!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

Digitizing your art really opens up your possibilities. With a digital copy, you can produce an endless supply of your artwork and put it on a variety of products or prints. This is a good blog post on the subject, or here is a Skillshare class with a few different methods.

  • Create vectors with your literal doodles! These can be packaged into a collection and sold on your website or a website like Etsy. Here is one class to explain the process to you. Here’s another one.
  • Love to make cute little watercolor animals, fruits, flowers, or other illustrations? Try creating downloadable sticker packs or clip art with a collection or your work!

Creative ways to make money with doodles

  • If you love doing line art, try your hand at making some intricate adult coloring pages for download. Mandalas and botanical scenes seem to be pretty popular!
  • Use a service like RedBubble, Printful, or Society 6 to add your artwork to shirts, phone cases, pillows, hats, and more. With RedBubble and Society 6, your items can be found by users on these sites. With Printful, you list the products in your own shop and connect to Printful. RedBubble also allows you to add their products into your personal shop.
  • Are you great at arranging repeating patterns? Put your artwork onto fabric using Spoonflower.
  • Are you a whiz at creating interesting textures and backgrounds in Procreate, Photoshop, or Illustrator? Package some backgrounds together and sell them as stock images or digital scrapbook papers.
  • Do you love to create hand-lettered phrases? Try putting your witty sayings on mugs, shirts, or wall art using Printful! Watch this Skillshare class for some in depth info on using this process with Etsy.

None of these are get rich quick schemes, but they can add some extra money each month and give you reasons to make something that you love!

I would love to know if you’ve tried any of these ways to make some money with your art. Comment below!