May Birth Flowers Drop Cap Tutorial. Follow along with my video on Procreate tips and tricks for creating this Botanical Folk Art Letter.
May Birth Flowers Drop Cap Tutorial
For this month’s video lesson, I’ll be teaching you two main things:
- The Four Main Elements of Modern Folk Art Style.
- Procreate Tips and Tricks for creating this style, including app features like Color Fill and Drawing Assist.
If you’re new to the series, I recommend completing the previous lessons and then returning to this one, as some lessons build on things taught in prior tutorials.
- January Drop Cap Tutorial
- February Drop Cap Tutorial
- March Drop Cap Tutorial
- April Drop Cap Tutorial
What You’ll Need to Follow Along
- iPad and Apple Pencil
- Procreate App
- Botanical Folk Art Color Palette (download it free below)
- A Variety of Procreate Brushes. I created this Drop Cap and artwork using my Procreate Brush Kits brushes.
- Drop Cap Reference Sheet. I created a worksheet you can print and reference as we work through the step together.
- Practice Worksheet. Use this as a warm-up exercise or to trace for the tutorial itself.
Click the buttons below to download the freebies!
Practice Worksheet (Printable)
the BOTANICAL FOLK ART Color Palette
- Right-click or screenshot the photos above/below to save the color palette.
- Import into Procreate and use the color picker tool to set up a custom color palette. Google how to do this if you’re new to Procreate. It’s easy!
- Use the color palette in design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Match your physical art supplies (markers, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.) to the palette and work the old-school way!
Modern Folk Art Style Lettering and Illustration Tips
Here are a few things I keep in mind when creating in this style:
- Use a lot of bright, fun, and bold colors.
- Create balance and fill the space around the letters using what I call “imperfect” symmetry.
- Keep your illustrations simple in shape and add then basic details all over. I use a lot of lines and dots.
- Flat illustrations are typical. I don’t usually use textures or shadows in this type of artwork.
And as always, using many layers makes it easier to edit and adjust your artwork when needed. 🙂
Watch the May Birth Flowers Drop Cap Tutorial Video Lesson
You can also watch this roughly 14-minute video lesson below.
If you want to skip or re-watch any tutorial portions, here are the timestamps for each section.
- 00:00 Intro
- 00:13 Welcome + Overview
- 01:23 Explanation of Worksheets and Tools and Sketching to Plan your Project
- 03:09 The Four Main Elements of Modern Folk Art
- 07:23 Drawing Assist and Symmetry Tools in Procreate
- 09:11 Color Fill Tool (so handy!)
- 11:08 Saving Time with Stamps
- 13:45 Start-to-finish Timelapse
- 13:50 Outro
I hope you enjoyed this month’s video lesson.
Stay tuned for next month’s Floral Drop Cap Tutorial!
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I LOVE this so much!
Dawn Nicole says
Thank you so much, Rachel! 💖 I’m obsessed with creating pieces in this style!
It’s beautiful and I absolutely LOVE this style! You just inspired me to create my own alphabet like this! 😉
Thank you for this Dawn. Looking forward to this every single month. Getting excited for the “BER” month 💜💜💜
Keep up the good work and stay safe 🥰🥰🥰
Dawn Nicole says
You’re so welcome, Sky! Thank you for the kind words and I’m excited for the “BER” months too! You stay safe as well! 💖