Get your iPads at the ready for this tutorial, which covers everything to do with floral watercolor compositions! There is no better designer in the industry to lead us through this topic than Addie Hanson from Wooly Pronto, whose goal is as ever to "offer education, tools, and heaps of enthusiasm as you navigate through the world of iPad art and Procreate." We hope you're as excited as we are to dive deep into the world of watercolor digital art! Follow along with these freebies.
In Part 1 of this tutorial, Addie will give us a step by step guide on how to use the Flower Builder Kit for Procreate to draw flowers. Make sure to check out Part 2 of this tutorial to see how she will use the Ink & Watercolor Brushes for Procreate to add watercolor effect to our newly drawn flowers.
Explore Flower Builder Kit
Place Procreate and the PDF guide that comes with the Flower Builder Kit side by side.
The kit comes with full flower, partial flower, and individual petal brushes. The individual petals come with clock position indicators that help you place petals in the correct position.
Pro Tip: Clock position indicators are suggestions that help you decide your base point to start the design. 6 o’clock is an excellent point to begin.
You get an amazing complementary color palette with the Flower Builder Kit.
Prep the canvas
Select the paper texture that comes with the 'watercolor and ink' set as the canvas.
Pick a color from the palette and drop it on the paper to see its three different textures combined in one, along with some different splatter options for multiple variations.
Select paper number 2 and splatter option number 1 for floral design. Keep them separate. Add a few layers to your design.
Create a partial flower stamp
Go to the set, select the top-most brush with a partial curled three-quarter view. Stamp it on your paper to create a partial flower stamp.
Fill the gaps
Create another layer and pick a Curved Concave brush and 5 o'clock petals. Tap the transform arrow and rotate this to place it up such that it covers the gap between the two partial flower petals.
In a new layer, stamp the brush with a Round or Shortened 6:30 petal and flip it horizontally.
Pick a small eraser and erase the extra overlapping of petals you created using a partial flower stamp so that it comes beneath the new petals. After erasing the overlap, merge the layers.
Draw the second flower from a circle
In a new layer, draw a base ellipse using the Inkbrush. Before you draw petals, add in some secondary guide circles around the base ellipse. Tap on Edit Shape to adjust its size. Pick the layers and decrease the opacity a bit to build the rest of the structure on top of it. Go to the Petal palette and pick an Elongated Petal Brush. Stamp it on the paper and adjust the size.
For the second petal, select the Round Slightly Concave 2:30 petal brush and stamp it on the paper in a new layer. Adjust it on the base ellipse towards the right corner. Pick another petal from the palette. Distort and arrange it as per the outer circle and the other two petals of the flower.
Use another shortened petal to cover the lower portion of the flower. Use a Warp tool to push in the edges of the base circle that overlap with the petal. Pick more Concave petal brushes to fill in the gaps one by one.
Pro Tip: Your flower must not have more than eight petals when drawing a floral design unless it’s a daisy. You can use a paper flower for reference for creating stunning floral compositions.
To cover the last gap, pick a rounded petal from the palette and adjust the size. Switch between the layers to erase the overlaps and extra strokes of the flower.
Pro Tip: While erasing the overlaps, go from the bottom-most layer to the top. It makes editing easier.
Create flower centers
For the first flower, draw lines from the inside of the flower center towards the outside. The outer end of the lines should be thick.
For the second flower, add little curves to give your flower dimension. Merge all the layers so you can arrange your flowers easily.
Arranging the flowers
Select the Freehand Selection Tool and select the first flower. Open the Copy/Paste menu to select Cut and Paste. Go to the complete set of brushes, choose Little Buttercup Flowers and stamp a few on the paper. Adjust the size and dimensions of the flowers as per the gaps and alignment of the design.
Pro Tip: Use the trial and error method to arrange the flowers into a perfect cluster.
Select the Inky Thick 'n Thin Brush from the palette. Draw lines to your flowers. Merge all the layers and decrease the opacity so that you can start painting on the layer beneath.
Painting the flowers
Select the Mid Texture Brush and open the color palette. Pick a color and start painting your flower.
Pro Tip: You must add many strokes over each other to build up some more color at the edges of the flower. This is because the colors act as true watercolor.
Color the curves of the flower dark and add a more diluted look to the rest of the part of the petal. Select the Soft Smudge brush and blend the colors. Increase the brush size to fill in the color in other petals faster. Select different colors and color all the flowers one by one.
Mold the Flower
Under the Wand Tool, tap on Liquify. Select the Push option and add divot to the petals. Select the Reconstruction Tool and nudge the edges a little bit if needed.
Pro Tip: If you don't like the distortions made by the Liquify tool, you can go to the reset option and discard the changes.
Select the Huge Shift Paint Brush and draw leaves to your design on a separate layer. Draw more leaves and stems to the flowers.
Outline the Flower
Add a new layer on the top and select a dark grey color from the palette. Pick the Streaky Ink Brush. Outline the existing flowers with the brush giving them a good texture. Make sure you mind the folds and crumples.
Pick another watercolor and add it to the center of the flower. Give the final touches to the filaments of the flower.
Congratulations, you have completed the initial stamp template.