The last few weeks I’ve spent some time playing around in Procreate and iColorama to digitally color some of my mandalas. Experimenting with the different color palettes in Coolors has been fun, too.
I really like the color palette of this mandala, though I think I should have made the gradient a bit more subtle. The coloring does highlight the design elements of the mandala, which is nice. The technique here is good, but I think I prefer actually coloring in pieces of the design, rather than coloring the lines.
I had some time the other day to experiment with digitally coloring some of my mandalas. I saw this method on a YouTube video. Using my Procreate app, I made a copy of Mandala 28.
I made a new layer, then placed various rings of color on top of the mandala. After getting the colors placed, I then used a Gaussian Blur on the layer to make the colors fade easily into one another.
I think it turned out pretty well. I can see using this as a sticker or decal – on a phone, a laptop, a car window, etc.
I’m still having a lot of fun experimenting with colors, layer styles, filters, and so on, in both Procreate and iColorama. One of these days I’ll also get around to making some videos of me drawing. My awesome husband bought me one of those screen protectors for the iPad that makes it sound like you’re drawing on paper, and it’s amazingly soothing.
Maybe I should make an ASMR recording of me scratching away with my Apple pencil. 😛
During the holidays, I tried to take advantage of my free time to create and be productive. I made some progress. I wanted to have 10 products ready to go, and so far I’ve gotten 4 of them done. They all have some things I want to tweak, but I’m forcing myself to move on to another item. If I don’t, I’ll spend all my time tweaking instead of working on new things. I can always go back and tweak them later, once I’ve got some spare time.
I’ve also spent time learning. I’ve been playing around with digitally coloring my mandalas, I’ve done some more exploring in iColorama, and this weekend I taught myself how to make my own SVG files to use in my Silhouette Design software.
I’ve added in social media for the business (find me on Pinterest, Ello, Twitter and Ko-Fi) and it is keeping me busy. Not too busy to experiment, though. 😛
I decided to take Mandala 25 and color it digitally. Here’s how it turned out:
Once I was done coloring it, I decided to try out iColorama again. I’ve watched a few videos on how to use and discovered all the amazing presets – something I somehow missed the first few times I used it.
I wanted to add some texture and depth to the image. I shifted the colors a bit, using one of those presets, and I added some texture using a couple of different filters. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out:
It looks like a piece of printed fabric, or perhaps a needlepoint someone stitched. I’ve still got a list of things I want to try out, including using some overlays and filters in Procreate to color in some of the mandalas. But I’m making progress, which is the important thing!
My brain has been getting quite the workout the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to research sales tax laws. The most boring subject. Ever.
I’m planning to do a long post about what I’ve found – maybe all my research will help someone. All I wanted was to open a simple online store and make a few dollars doing something creative. I think the days of doing that are long gone.
In any event, I needed something to take my mind off the depressing subject of taxes. So, I decided to play around again in Procreate and iColorama. I still need to find time to sit down and watch some videos on using iColorama – I know I could be doing so much more with it.
I decided to take Mandala 12 and color it in Procreate. I fiddled around with color choices, but finally ended up with this:
When I drew the mandala, I thought the design was too simple, but I actually like the way it turned out once it was colored in. I wanted a fall color scheme (though in my neck of the woods we’ve apparently skipped fall and gone straight into winter – brr!), so I chose some darker reds and greens and browns.
Although I liked the colors, I decided I wanted more depth – it just looked too flat for me. So I headed over to iColorama and played around with several of the options in the program. After several attempts, here is the final image:
I added a texture and another filter (I don’t remember which one), but I am happy with the result. Now the image looks like an old rug design and it’s got some ‘feel’ to it. The filter actually muted some of the colors, but I think that makes it look better.
After I get a chance to watch some tutorials on iColorama, I can’t wait to try it out using some of the mandalas I’ve drawn for my coloring pages. Adding texture and ‘feel’ like this makes it seem like my designs are coming to life – so exciting!
Here’s what it looks like straight out of Procreate. I just used the color bucket drag-n-drop feature to color in the various pieces. I like the way it turned out, but I wanted to see if I could add to it using the iColorama app.
So I opened the colored mandala in iColorama and then started playing around with various options. I had tried the paper texture previously and liked it, so I started with that.
I really like the paper texture – I can almost feel the ridges of the paper under my fingertips when I look at this image. It still seemed kind of flat, though, so I kept trying other filters and options.
This is what I ended up with:
I wanted to share what filter I used, but I didn’t note it before I saved the image, and now I can’t remember. 😦 Getting older has its downsides. 😛
Even though I can’t remember what filter I used, I’m happy with the final result. The image now pops and the paper texture I used makes it look like a photo of a physical art piece, which is pretty cool.
I’m definitely going to have to carve out some time to watch some tutorials on iColorama, because I think it will be an amazing tool to use with my designs.
One of the blogs I read uses the iColorama app for digital art. It looked intriguing and it wasn’t expensive ($3.99 if I remember correctly), so I bought it. It’s not exactly what I thought it would be and it’s gonna take some time to learn it, but I can’t wait to play around with it.
My Procreate app is more like a scaled-down version of Photoshop for my iPad. It uses layers like PS, it has a lot of the same filters and options as PS, and it works really well on my iPad, so it’s easy to take my drawing on the go with me.
iColorama doesn’t use layers, but it does have a lot of options for textures, filters, and the like. I’m still figuring out how it works (hello, YouTube tutorials), but I’ve had fun just experimenting with some of the easy stuff.
(Side note – the iColorama app is the one you want for the iPad. There is an iColorama S version out there that appears to be for your iPhone – make sure you’re getting the correct one for what you want!)
I tried out coloring one of my mandalas digitally with Procreate, but I wanted to see what I could do with the iColorama app. Granted, I haven’t had much time at all to play with it, so I really just played with a couple of filters and textures, but it looks like a tool I will definitely use more once I understand how it works. 😀
So I took my Mandala 6 over into iColorama. Here’s what I ended up with:
It’s the colored mandala I made in Procreate, but I added a texture filter in iColorama to make it look like this was colored/inked/painted on paper. Pretty cool! Like I said, I still need to spend some time learning how to use iColorama, but I’m excited to have another tool in my box to use when I create.