For this session, we couldn't have be more pleased to welcome back Lisa Glanz to our digital stage. Lisa is a household name for many Design Cutters, who love her for her whimsical illustrations, Procreate resources, and undeniable positive spirit. She showed us how to paint a watercolor wreath in Procreate, so we hope you came with your tablets at the ready!

Set the Canvas

Choose the Chiffon Canvas. Crop it and resize it to a square. Hit settings and use the same dimensions as mentioned on the canvas, i.e, 3900 x 3900 and click done.

Use the Peach and Sage from the Aqua Real Collection, and choose any color to draw a circle as a reference. Select the Sketching and Detail Pencil, roughly hold one tab on the screen with a finger and bring the opacity down to 15%. This will form a guide for the composition.

Add a new layer, pick a round brush and start with a light color to begin painting. 

Pro tip: Slowly paint watercolor leaves due to the changing pressure effect. 

Paint the Leaf 

Apply light pressure initially and then apply more pressure to create a kind of a bulge as you keep painting. Without lifting the pencil, draw the leaf slowly with the brush. Make it as natural as possible with the placement of the leaves.

Repeat the same process to make more leaves around the circle. Concentrate more on creating lovely shaped leaves without lifting the pencil. Just massage while painting the leaves. Add some variation while making sure to keep painting on the circle. Create the smaller leaves and increase the pressure as you go.

Draw Berries 

Bring the brush size down from 25% to 10%. Change the color to a darker color. Add berries by organically placing them. To create berries, massage a circular shape and leave tiny highlights. You can use any reference for this or pick a pencil to draw them.

Add a variation on the side by drawing smaller leaves next to the berries and in gaps in between.

Add Color Variation

Turn off the circle layer and add some color variation to the leaves that turned into a clipping mask. Choose a darker color and put it on Multiply to blend with the underneath, making it look natural. Add a natural kind of watercolor effect and change it to a lighter color.

Randomly, add the color variation, making it as organic as possible. If you stamp multiple times, it gets more intensified. If you go over the same area, you can decide how much pigment you want. Go back to a darker color using the Bloom Accent Brush and darken the stem and berries.

Rotate the canvas and pick a coffee color. On a new layer, loosely paint some branches. Use the Sketching Detail Pencil for this. Roughly place the branches around the circle.

On a new layer, turn off the circle reference.

Pro tip: The reason to start with some lighter color is that we can always add more pigment as we grow. It's much easier to do it this way instead of trying to lighten a darker color.

Draw Round Leaves 

Increase the brush size to 30% and make round leaves. Add variation while painting to make it look authentic and natural.

Massage out the leaf.

Use the same method that was used to draw the first stem of leaves. Create a clipping mask layer. Pick a light color and choose the Bloom Stamp. Use the irregular splotches and stamp on the circle. Take off the clipping mask to see the stamp.

Using a darker color, unclip the mask stamp out once, then rotate it and put it into position. Stamp in different places randomly.

Using the Bloom Brush again, change the color slide and use the Bloom Stem. Put the reference circle back and place the leaves on it with the help of the Selection Tool.

Fill the Gap

Duplicate the layer and place another one to fill the circle gap in between the wreath. This will save time.

Pro tip: While painting a wreath, adjust and balance the leaves once all the components are drawn.

Create a new clipping mask. For choosing different colors, use different stamps. Pick a darker color for the stem and stamp on it.

Add Flowers

Add some flowers with a dark color. Use the pencil to draw some flowers and bring the opacity down to 10%. Create leaves randomly in between the spaces, using simple shapes. Turn off the circle and add a light salmon color as flower buds.

Add odd details such as flower buds to make it look natural and balanced. Apply Alpha Lock once done.

Add Finishing Touches

Resize the brush to make it bigger and draw petals with some variation. Click a new stamp and duplicate the subtle shadow underneath all of them. Turn the opacity down and move the copy into position until happy. Finally, bring down the saturation if it’s too green. This will finish your composition.

Exporting as a Transparent PNG

Export as a transparent PNG. Make a duplicate of your document that you just worked on before flattening it. Always keep the original.

Go to the duplicated file and click on layers. Delete the layers which you don't want. Now select all the layers and group them together.

Once all are grouped together, click on flatten.

By flattening the composition this way instead of pinching them all together helps in keeping all the blending modes perfectly fine and together.

Create a new layer and fill that with white. Drag and drop it.

Shift the layer underneath previously grouped layers. Make a duplicate of grouped layers/wreath layer and shift the duplicated layer under the white layer. Unlock the paper and effect layer. Combine all of these three layers into one group. Again flatten the newly formed group layer and turn it off.

Work on the layer under the newly grouped layer. Click on the wand on the top left corner. On hue and saturation adjustment, click on the layer, and turn it all the way down to black. Duplicate this a few times and merge down. Make a selection of that and hit select. Invert and switch to the flattened layer. Swipe if it reacts and cut to obtain a PNG with all the details and the effects.

Create a white background. Flatten the original painting and make a duplicate of that and set that aside. Set all the paper and effect layers with the drawer or painting included. Work on the duplicate layer and make it black until the opacity is dark enough. Invert that to delete the other things and go to the original one and delete, cutting from the selection.

Congratulations, you have successfully created a watercolor wreath in Procreate and exported the file in a transparent format.