Creativity

How to create a color palette in Procreate using the eyedropper tool

How to create a color palette in Procreate using the eyedropper tool

So you're in Procreate and you want to make your own color palette from an image. Or even easier, you want to import a color palette from a cool site like design-seeds.com. To summarize, you'll import your image, then use the eyedropper tool to create a palette. Here are those instructions in-depth if you need more help.

Unboxing and first impressions: Prima Tropical Watercolor Confections set

There's something about a fresh and brand new watercolor set that is so beautiful and so satisfying!

This is so silly, but I purchased this Prima watercolors 12-pan set back when I had my bachelorette party (a watercolor for beginners party at a Paper Source store)—and that was back in September (it's been 5 months…). I didn't open it because I had grand plans to do an unboxing video (and made it out to be more difficult than it ended up being, tenfold).

Well, over the weekend I got my hands dirty so I could play with my new present to myself—finally!

Prima Marketing Tropical Watercolor Confections 12 pan set unboxing video

Each pan is individually wrapped in cellophane and then a layer of paper to show you what the color name is. It was a bit tedious to unwrap, but worth it in the end.

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Prima Marketing Tropical Watercolor Confections unboxing video
Prima Confections Watercolor Pan Tropicals

The tin itself is pretty darn cool because it offers three full areas for paint mixing—the top lid, the bottom fold-out lid, and you can even lift up the pans that are seated in a removable tray and use the bottom of the pan, too. It's a pretty versatile design for the package and would be easy to replace colors later down the road when they run out.

There's even a nice little metal loop at the back of the tin for those who paint on the go.

Quick recommendation: Don't try to peel off the pink Prima sticker on the front of the tin; it doesn't come off easily. I need to soak it in some Goo-Gone or something like that now.

The colors are beautifully saturated and offer a nice range of tints when mixed with more water. Overall the 12 pans offer a very nice range of fun, cheerful colors that all fit very well together.

Prima Tropicals watercolor demo

In the video I go into more depth about showing you which colors are similar to one another (there are quite a few) but I wouldn't say it would stop me from buying the set again.

Some of the colors seem a bit gloopy with their pigmentation, but none of the colors are chalky like less expensive watercolors can be. So it's just a trade-off.

Prima tropicals watercolor confections

Overall I really like this set and can see it being the only set I travel with or throw in my backpack if I'm feeling artsy.

Here's the full unboxing video! Please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit like on the video. A whole list of art supplies and resources shown in this video can be found on my resources page.

Links to buy watercolor supplies

It felt so good to paint and letter over the weekend—I forgot how fun and relaxing it can be to put pen to paper and be creative in that way.

What are you doing for yourself lately to relax and unwind?

DIY hand lettered coloring book page

DIY hand lettered coloring book page

It's super easy and so fun to create your own coloring book page! I just launched this course on Skillshare: make sure to check it out and enroll in my newest Skillshare class. This can be whatever you want it to be. For my coloring book page, I started by hand lettering my newborn son's name with block lettering. All I used to do this was a Sharpie marker and printer paper. Then I began to add illustrative and doodle-y details with the sharpie. Next up is digitizing, vectorizing, printing, and finally coloring!

Create simple watercolor wash backgrounds

Create simple watercolor wash backgrounds

There are so many things you can do with watercolor backgrounds: hand letter on top of them, cut them out and make some mixed media art, digitize them and use them as watercolor textures, and more. In this video I'll show you a few methods to create easy watercolor backgrounds for your projects, using simple tools that you may already have lying around your house.

How to blend ink and watercolor for brush calligraphy

How to blend ink and watercolor for brush calligraphy

There are lots of happy accidents when it comes to creative work! I'm not sure how I did this, but one day I had my inking Pentel Aquash water brushes out and I also had watercolor out, and I decided to dip the tip of my ink brush into the watercolor. I loved the results and wanted to share with you how I achieve this effect!

How to center your brush calligraphy without guides

How to center your brush calligraphy without guides

In this video tutorial I'll show you a quick tip on how to center your brush calligraphy on your paper. While you can certainly bring your work into your computer and edit it later, sometimes it's nice to get it all done properly in one sitting (especially if you have to—for a commissioned piece or something you want to hang immediately).

Intro to brush lettering: joins and letter pairs

Intro to brush lettering: joins and letter pairs

In today's post and video I'll show you how to draw joins and letter pairs with brush calligraphy and brush lettering. In previous posts I've talked about basic strokes and drawing individual letters, but now it's time to learn how to join these letters together so you can create beautiful seamless brush calligraphy.

Intro to brush lettering: basic strokes

Intro to brush lettering: basic strokes

In this post, I'll walk you through how to get started with brush lettering. This post includes a video tutorial to help you learn the 8 basic strokes needed to create brush calligraphy letters. These basic strokes are fantastic to learn now, so you can practice them with lettering drills and help to perfect your brushed letters.

Practice brush lettering with cursive handwriting worksheets

Practice brush lettering with cursive handwriting worksheets

Want to learn, develop, and practice brush lettering? Here's a video showing you how to do just that, while using the free cursive handwriting worksheets I shared last week. You can easily start to develop your style by learning 5 new cursive styles, applying brush lettering techniques, and practicing until these letters become committed to your memory.

How to create faux watercolor hand lettering in Photoshop

How to create faux watercolor hand lettering in Photoshop

If watercolor is part of your brand’s aesthetic, it’s important you learn how to use watercolor in a digital form so you can continue to make branded graphics without having to hire a designer. This will save you time, money, and will add another tool to your creative entrepreneur toolbelt!