Pink Sky Color Palette + Lettering Inspiration. Grab this free color palette, check out the lettering pieces I created with it, and then use it to make some of your own!
Pink Sky Color Palette
Oh, man, have I been on the struggle bus when it comes to social media this past year or so. Instagram was my favorite for a long time, but the pressure to continually post and create Insta-worthy things got to be too much.
So I more or less just stopped.
But I’m happy to stay I’m getting my Insta-act together and I’m back to creating and posting on the regular!
I have a doable plan time-wise, “forces” me to spend more time creating, and also inspires my followers to get creative themselves.
It’s pretty simple. I’ll create a single color palette and use it for nine IG posts in a row. Not only does this allow me to change things up regularly, but it also means I get to keep my feed cohesive and pretty.
And the need to keep it pretty isn’t to please anyone but me. The artist in me needs it to look beautiful.
Each month or so, I’ll share a summary of the color palette and the work I created with it on Instagram and here on the blog.
I hope that you’ll use the palette and my work to inspire your own. Just remember, there’s a fine line between inspiration and theft, so be sure to do your own work and not copy mine!
Using the Pink Sky Color Palette
- Right-click or screenshot the photos in the blog post to save each lettering example and color palette.
- Learn How to set up Custom Color Palettes in Procreate here.
- Use them 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!
Lettering with the Pink Sky Color Palette
Here are the pieces I created with this palette. I’ll share a few details on how I created every piece of artwork below each photo.
Piece One: I’m Only Happy When it Rains
I’m throwin’ back to the 90s with this artwork. Do you remember this song by the band Garbage?
You can check out a process video for this piece by swiping to the second “photo” of this IG post.
The main brush I used is the DND Chalky Bold brush from my first Procreate Bundle. I used the Gradient Color brush from my Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle for the gradients. I digitally painted the illustrations using the Painter brush from my Floral Lettering Procreate Bundle.
Using a ton of layers is key when creating a piece like this, so I can easily adjust and move things around!
Piece Two: Oh hi
The main brush I used for the lettering is the DND Chalky Bold brush from my first Procreate Bundle.
I digitally painted the floral illustrations and lettering using various Floral and Leaf Stamps and the Painter brush from my Floral Lettering Procreate Bundle. I drew the Peonies in by hand.
Again, I use a ton of layers so I can edit with ease.
Piece Three: Always Forward, Never Back
For this one, you can check out a process video by swiping to the third “photo” of this IG post.
I ultimately used a layout composer template by Stefan Kunz and Ian Barnard (you can grab those here) and did a TON of sketching, as you can see in the video.
For the lettering, I used my DND Basic brush and DND Monoline brush from my first Procreate Bundle.
Piece Four: Let’s Do Coffee
I lettered on a stock photo of espresso for this piece, using solely DND Monoline brush from my first Procreate Bundle.
The stock photo is from HauteStock, and this is an older piece I updated with new colors.
Piece Five: Hard Work
Piece Six: Love What You Do
I did the calligraphy with the Calligraphy Crayon from my Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle for this piece. I also used the Painted Heart Stamp from that set. Then, I colored on it with the Calligraphy Crayon brush to get the multi-color look.
I have a full tutorial on creating this colorful crayon style which you can check out here.
Piece Seven: Smooth
Recognize the lyrics on this one? It’s “Smooth” by Rob Thomas and Santana. I LOVED that song in high school.
For this piece, I kept it simple with what I call my “schoolhouse script” style of calligraphy.
I used the DND Basic brush and DND Monoline brush from my first Procreate Bundle.
Piece Eight: Wild + Free
I did the calligraphy with the Calligraphy Crayon from my Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle for this piece. Then, I once again colored on it with the Calligraphy Crayon brush to get the multi-color look.
I digitally painted the floral illustrations and lettering using various Floral and Leaf Stamps and the Painter brush from my Floral Lettering Procreate Bundle. I used the Peonies I drew for Piece Two and used them again in this piece to save a little time. The hearts and leafy vines are stamps from the same brush set.
Finally, I drew in all the filigree (flourish-like lines) by hand using the Calligraphy Crayon brush again.
Piece Nine: Drink Coffee, Make Stuff
This retro style was inspired by the lettering of the 1960s when I was browsing the book Custom Lettering of the 60s and 70s.
Quite fun to make multiple pieces with one color palette, isn’t it?