Procreate Tutorial: Rainbow Calligraphy Crayon. Creating this colorful style of lettering is oh-so-easy. Follow these steps to whip up your own version. Plus, a free color palette!
Procreate Tutorial: Rainbow Calligraphy Crayon
When I released my new Creative Lettering Bundle for Procreate, I promised some new tutorials for creating the styles I did in some of my promo images.
Today, I’m showing you how to create a color letter using the Calligraphy Crayon Brush (and the Painted Heart Stamps because everything is happier with a few hearts).
What You’ll Need:
- iPad Pro (I work on a 12.9″)
- Apple Pencil
- Procreate App
- Calligraphy Crayon Brush (from my Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle)
- Heart Stamp Brush (also from the Creative Lettering Procreate Bundle)
- Bright Rainbow Color Palette (free, below)
For today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how I created the fancy Script letter “F.”
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.
Draw a script letter using the Calligraphy Crayon brush with the lighter of the two pink colors. You can copy my “F” or create any letter you wish.
On the screenshot below, I’ve highlighted where you select your brushes and choose a color.
Select the smudge tool (the little finger). Just as with the brush panel, you can choose what brush you’d like to use for the smudge and eraser tools as well. We’ll still be using the Crayon Calligraphy Brush with the smudge tool.
With the brush at a reasonably small size, use the smudge tool and gently smooth out any layers of overlap. If you plan to add shadows to make your letter look more 3D, think about which lines you want to overlap others when you do this step.
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.
Now the fun begins! Still using the Crayon Calligraphy brush, add color right on your letter in rainbow order, using the color palette for this project.
With your letter layer still on Alpha Lock, go back to the smudge tool and gently blend all of the colors you just added to your letter. I just eyeball this until I’m happy with the overall look.
If something isn’t blending as much as you want, you can turn the Alpha Lock off for a more in-depth blend. You just have to be more precise when Alpha Lock is turned off.
Step Seven (optional)
For some added character:
- Use slightly darker versions of the color palette colors to add shadows to areas where the loops of your letter overlap and underlap. I like to do this step with my layer on Alpha Lock. (Areas where I added shading are shown below). After I color in the shadows, I use the smudge tool to blend them.
- Use the Painted Stamp Brush to add some easy hearts. As with any brush, pick your color first and stamp on the hearts. I like to place my hearts on their own layers, so they’re easy to move around and place as I wish.
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 with anything, 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 lovely Rainbow Calligraphy Crayon lettering on your own!