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Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Make an Easy Watercolor Background on Your iPad or iPhone

Watercolor backgrounds are a great design element, but you have to have a bit of time and equipment to make them. I found myself wanting some backgrounds in new colors but never having time to get around to creating some. Then, I discovered a way to quickly produce already digitized, transparent watercolor backgrounds! This is a huge timesaver and I will show you exactly how to do it.

In my previous posts, I shared how to make a watercolor background and remove the background in photoshop. To make these quick digital backgrounds, all you’ll need is the free app Adobe Sketch. Then, follow along with the video to create your background!

I also included a quick tutorial to show you how to use this background in Procreate or Photoshop. By using blending modes, you can put your watercolor background in almost anything. This is a great way to make printables and digital downloads that you could sell on Etsy or your website.

Instructions: Download the app “Adobe Sketch” on your iPhone or iPad. You will need to login or create a free Adobe ID. Choose your canvas size and then choose the “watercolor flat brush.” Make your brush pretty big and select your color. Start laying down strokes of your color. You can adjust how saturated the color is by adjusting the “flow.” You’ll notice that the strokes mix and blend as you paint.

Choose different shades and variations of the color you’ve chosen for your background. Blend these shades together by adding small strokes of different shades. When in doubt, keep blending! When you are happy with how the background looks, click the share button. You can send it in layers to your Adobe creative suite if you are a subscriber, or you can share or save your image.

If you want to put your watercolor background into lettering, import the photo into Procreate or Photoshop. Set the blend mode to “Lighten.” Add a layer beneath your watercolor background layer. Anything that you draw or type on this layer in black will reveal the watercolor texture beneath!

How to Make a Watercolor Background on your iPad or iPhone

So there you have it! I promise I won’t always talk about watercolors, but this one is so easy and produces lovely results. Now, you can experiment with different colors and make backgrounds to your heart’s content. These will not look quite as organic as the real thing, but you can still get really beautiful results without photoshop, a scanner, or any actual paint. Plus, since it’s an app on your phone or tablet, you can make backgrounds anywhere and anytime!

Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can STILL grab four free backgrounds that I’ve made. Just sign up below and you’ll be able to download the backgrounds instantly.

I’d love to see your creations. Tag me on instagram @hannah_lynne and follow me on Pinterest for more design tutorials!

how to make a watercolor background using your phone

How to Make a Watercolor background using your phone

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