Last fall, I purchased an iPad Pro 10.5 inchApple Pencil and it has taken my lettering to a new level! While it was quite an investment, it has quickly paid for itself by increasing sales, decreasing the time it takes to complete projects, & less wasted paper. Not to mention, it's just plain fun to play around on!

I will be sharing two blog posts soon -- one featuring my favorite iPhone apps and the second specifically about iPad apps. One way to find topics on my website more easily is by utilizing the search bar. I have tagged my posts with important key words to make things easier!

Today I want to feature the iPad app, Procreate. It is not just an app I use for lettering, but it is designed for drawing, painting, and so much more! Check out the steps below to learn how to create your own floral canvas, which can also double as a computer and/or phone screensaver!


step-by-step tutorial

MATERIALSiPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate App

STEP 1: Create flowers and leaves

After opening the Procreate app, create a square canvas from the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner. Using the technical pen in the inking folder, draw leaves and flowers each on separate layers. Drawing on separate layers allows you to manipulate one piece of the arrangement. This will be very useful later in the project.


STEP 2: Arrange flowers and leaves

I decided to make the focal point of the arrangement the rose with the leaves. Move it to the center of the canvas and then position the remaining flowers and leaves around it, resizing to look proportionate. Since each piece is on a separate layer, use the eraser tool to clear the overlap of design. I chose to position the petaled flower in front of the rose and the remaining leaves behind.

Once you have arranged the pieces, merge the layers together. Do this by opening the layers panel, then pinching all layers together. You can also tap the layer, revealing a drop down menu and choose the merge down function.

step 2 : arrange flowers and leaves

step 2 : arrange flowers and leaves


STEP 3: Copy arrangement into a second layer and move into new position

Once the image is on a single layer, copy + paste it into a duplicate layer. You can do this by opening the layers panel, swipe left on the layer, then select duplicate. Using the arrow tool at the top of the screen, move this second layer around. Use the rotate functions at the bottom of the screen to find a position that fits. I chose to focus first on the open area on the bottom right of the rose.

step 3 : copy and rotate layer 2

step 3 : copy and rotate layer 2


STEP 4: (Optional) Lower opacity of layer 1

While this step is technically optional, it is extremely helpful. Click the magic wand tool at the top of the screen, and select opacity.  swipe left on the screen to lower the threshold to less than half so that it appears grey. I do this to the layer I am NOT working on to distinguish the difference between the two layers.


STEP 5: Erase overlapping parts

Once layer 2 is positioned (shown in the left picture below), use the eraser tool to erase the overlapping parts (shown in the right picture below). The end result should look cohesive. Remember to erase some parts on the first layer and some on the second. You want the flowers and leaves to intertwine, not be one behind the other. One helpful tip is to choose one leaf strand and determine "in front" or "behind". Continue until all overlapping pieces have a place.

step 5: before erasing the overlaps

step 5: before erasing the overlaps

step 5: after erasing the overlaps

step 5: after erasing the overlaps


STEP 6 : Restore opacity and merge layers together

Now that all pieces are in place and the layers look seamless, restore the opacity of the grey layer by clicking on the magic wand in the top menu, opacity, and return to 100% by sliding your finger right across the screen. Once both layers are black again, merge them together by selecting the layers menu and pinching the two together.

step 6 : restore opacity and merge layers

step 6 : restore opacity and merge layers


STEP 7: Repeat steps 1-6 until canvas is filled

Continue to copy, rotate, lower opacity (optional), erase, restore opacity (optional), and merge layers until the canvas is filled. Remember to erase pieces from both layers, blending them together instead of one behind the other.


STEP 8: Create new layer and select first flower color

Create a new layer and move it underneath the black + white flower layer. 

**It is VERY important that you create a new layer and do so for EACH color.

Using the medium air brush (on a medium size), fill in the roses in your desired color. It is okay if it gets outside the line. Simply use the eraser tool to clean up the lines (There is an example of unclean lines on the right side of the canvas in the photo below).

DO NOT merge any more layers together.

step 8 : new layer for color

step 8 : new layer for color


STEP 9: Repeat step 8 for all flowers and leaves

Continue to color each of the elements of the arrangement.

** Reminder: create a new layer, and move it below the black + white drawing layer. Fill one type of flower or leaf with color. Erase out of line marks.


STEP 10: (optional) create background

The final optional step (as pictured at the beginning of post) is creating an background layer. Create one final layer and fill it with desired color (I chose mustard yellow).

A tip to make this process quicker : once you have your background color selected, tap the blank layer to reveal the drop down menu. Select fill layer Move it below all colored layers.

step 10 : background layer

step 10 : background layer



I hope this gives you a glimpse into one of the many ways to use the Procreate app! Whether you use it for design, lettering, or even note taking -- it is easily one of my favorite apps! I hope to share more posts like this with out in the future! Be sure to let me know your thoughts on this post or share any questions you might have below!


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