Procreate Tutorial: Artsy Painted Calligraphy. A step-by-step lesson on how I created this bright and happy painted calligraphy style in the Procreate app. Plus, a free color palette!
Procreate Tutorial: Artsy Painted Calligraphy
When I released my new Creative Lettering Bundle for Procreate, I promised some new iPad Lettering tutorials on how to create the styles I did in some of my promo images.
Yesterday, I showed you how to create Rainbow Calligraphy Crayon lettering. Today, I’m showing you how to do this artsy painted calligraphy style.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- iPad Pro (I work on a 12.9″)
- Apple Pencil
- Procreate App
- Calligraphy Painted and Painter Brushes (from my Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle)
- Heart and Splatter Stamp Brushes (also from the Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle)
- Bright Rainbow Color Palette (free, below)
This is what we’ll be making:
STEP ONE (OPTIONAL)
If you have a different color palette you want to use, skip to step two.
Open a new canvas in Procreate. I opted for a square canvas.
Using the Painted Calligraphy brush with the darker of the two pink colors, draw a script letter. You can copy my “create” style or letter the word of your choice.
On the screenshot below, I’ve highlighted where you select your brushes and choose a color.
From the layer panel, tap once on the layer with the letter you just drew and click “Alpha Lock”. Alpha lock allows us to color right on our letter.
Tip: Swipe left on this layer and click “Duplicate”. Tap the box on the layer to turn it off. This just saves a layer with your original lettering so it’s easy to start over with the painting step if you’re not happy with how it comes out. I do this every time.
Now, we get artsy! This step always comes out different. Have fun playing with it until you’re happy with the end results.
- Using the Painter Brush, paint right on your letter at random, using the color palette for this project. Be mindful of what colors would blend well when placed next to each other if you were using real paint.
- Use the smudge tool (the little hand) also set on the Painter Brush, to gently blend the color together where they meet.
- With the Splatter 2 stamp and a darker color, add a few splatters right on your lettering. I used the color on the far right of the color palette for this step (it’s my go-to color for this on-the-calligraphy splattering).
On a new layer, use the Painted Stamp Brush and Splatter 1 and Splatter 2 Stamp Brushes to add some fun and easy details. Just as with any brush, pick your color first and then stamp on the hearts and splatters.
Placing details on their own layers makes them easier to move around and place as I wish.
This style of lettering looks great on light and dark backgrounds, so play around with colors. 😍
As I demonstrated yesterday: If you want your finished letter to be brighter, swipe left on the layer to duplicate it.
Tap the “N” to adjust to the opacity of the second layer to get the desired level of brightness.
As I noted yesterday, the first time around is always the most challenging. Once you follow this tutorial once or twice, you won’t need it anymore. You’ll be whipping up all kinds of colorful Artsy Painted Calligraphy on your own!
MORE PROCREATE TUTORIALS
For more Procreate Tutorials, visit my iPad Lettering 101 Page. I’ll be adding new demos and tutorials regularly!