Author: Liz Kohler Brown

Want to Help me Design my 2021 Free Planner?

Want to Help me Design my 2021 Free Planner?

I’m getting ready to design my 2021 dated planner that I’ll give away as a free download and would love your help! I want to know what kind of sections you like, what kind of layout you prefer, and a few other planner details so 

Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

In this class you’ll learn all the steps for combining lettering and illustration to create compositions that both tell a story and are visually interesting! When you watch the class you’ll get all of my lettering brushes, plus a workbook with lots of ideas for letter 

Apply to be my Marketing/Design Assistant

Apply to be my Marketing/Design Assistant

**This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied!**

I have been so fortunate to find more work than I can handle, and I truly need some help!  I’m looking for someone who could work about 6-10 hours per week starting out, and more in the future if the person is knocking it out of the park.

This person has to have:

-great grammar/spelling (I need someone who can check my work and do some writing for me)

-some experience with Facebook and Pinterest

-basic photo editing experience (cropping, brightening, touch-ups)

-ipad, Procreate, and apple pencil + have seen at least one of my classes

-basic knowledge of Procreate tools

-the ability to work with me regularly via Google Hangouts sometime from 8am-7pm EST (not all hours you work have to be at that time, but we would have to meet occasionally sometime during those hours)

-fast internet connection

Bonus points for having:

-experience with wordpress

-a blog/public social accounts

-experience with Google analytics

-experience with Excel or Google Spreadsheets

-Affinity Designer experience

I’m not necessarily looking for a master artist!  I would love to find someone who has great organizational skills and is able to work independently, quickly, and carefully.  My dream would be to find someone who is more organized and better at grammar/marketing/photo editing than me.

**This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied!**

Illustrating with Layered Texture and Color in Procreate

Illustrating with Layered Texture and Color in Procreate

I absolutely love using layered texture in my work to create varied illustrations with lots of grit and depth. So I decided to create a class to show all of my favorite texture methods! In the class, you’ll learn how to use layered texture and color 

What Are Vectors and Do You Need to Use Them?

What Are Vectors and Do You Need to Use Them?

If you just started drawing and designing on your iPad, you may have heard that you need to “vectorize” your drawings or that you need to learn how to use vectors to be a professional designer. In this post I want to dispel some of 

Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

In this class, you’ll learn how to design a pattern collection on your iPad.  I’ll show you options for making your repeat elements in both Procreate and Affinity designer, so you can choose which option works best for you!

When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the tools I use to build my pattern collections including four pattern mockups that you can use to display your patterns,

8 quilt squares that you can use to test out your patterns as a set,

and my collection builder template, which will help you develop a cohesive collection that you can share online or in print.

First we’ll talk about what a collection should include.  I’ll give you ideas for themes, pattern layouts, and ways to build patterns so that you don’t have to start from the ground up.

Next we’ll build several different types of patterns ranging from simple to complex, so you can build your patterns along with me without having to guess what kind of pattern you should create next.

We’ll look at a few different pattern configurations like interweaving vines, and super complex layered patterns, so you’ll have a chance to try out a lot of different layouts.

We’ll also look at ways to add texture to your repeats and I’ll show you how to create your own unique seamless texture blocks for your repeat patterns. 

I’ll share with you 6 different seamless textures and 6 different texture brushes for Affinity designer that you can apply to your own patterns and use to make your own layered textures.

By the time you’ve finished this class, you’ll know how I created every pattern in my wildflower collection, so you can start applying the pattern building principals to your own designs.

Last I’ll show you how to use mockups and quilt squares to display your patterns online and in print.  I’ll also show you how I create my mockups, so you can apply your patterns to any product you’d like.

At the end of the class, I’ll invite you to join me in a pattern challenge, where you can follow along with my prompts for pattern layouts, to help you build your collection one pattern at a time.

What I love about building pattern collections is that they are so much more marketable than individual patterns.  Whether you want to share your patterns on print on demand sites or you want to work with companies, working in collections is a great way to present yourself as a professional designer and give your buyers a cohesive set of designs to choose from or pair together!

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3 Ways to Improve Your iPad Lettering + A Free 70s Lettering Practice Sheet

3 Ways to Improve Your iPad Lettering + A Free 70s Lettering Practice Sheet

Hand lettering is one of the most important skills that artists and designers in the digital age can learn. While, of course, we can easily type out letters with a font, a lot of companies and buyers prefer the handmade look of hand lettering. It 

70s Lettering in Procreate

70s Lettering in Procreate

70s style is back! I’ve been seeing 70s colors, designs, and lettering all over the design world lately, so I knew it was time to dive into this style to figure out what elements make it unique and eye catching. In my newest class you’ll 

Should You Get a Paperlike iPad Screen Protector?

Should You Get a Paperlike iPad Screen Protector?

I finally broke down and bought a Paperlike iPad screen protector, partly because people kept asking me if I’d tried it, and partly because I was tired of my hand slipping when I tried to do fine linework or smooth lettering!

I want to give you my honest opinion of the protector so you can decide if it’s right for you. I’ve been using it for the past month, so I’ll tell you about everything from installation to long term use.

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may get a percentage of the purchase price if you buy through my links. This doesn’t increase the cost for the buyer and I only talk about products that I already use and love.

First, you’re probably wondering — does it really feel like paper?

Paperlike is true to it’s name — it really is like drawing on paper (without the shifting and moving that comes with real paper)! So if you like the feeling of drawing on paper, you will probably like the screen protector. It even creates the “pencil on paper sound” when you drag your stylus across the screen. This was hard for me to get used to at first, but now I love it.

Does it actually make drawing easier?

Personally, I have a problem with the Apple pencil slipping on the screen when I am trying to do refined linework or smooth lettering like this:

I also have a problem with my hand getting stuck to the screen if I’m even the least bit warm. Maybe I have naturally sweaty hands, or maybe the chocolate on my hands is making me sticky. Either way, I get stuck to my screen like thighs on a leather couch (yikes!). The Paperlike has definitely improved this for me! I feel like I can glide my stylus and hand across the screen much more easily than before.

Does it work well with apps other than Procreate?

Honestly, I’ve seen the biggest difference in the Goodnotes app. I love Goodnotes, but I hate their handwriting recognition. It is way too hard to get smooth lines and it never looks like my handwriting does on paper! The Paperlike helped considerably with this by reducing the little “flicks” that you get after finishing a word (Goodnotes users know what I’m talking about).

Does it damage your Apple Pencil nib?

I’ve been using the Paperlike screen protector for about a month and can’t see any damage to my Apple Pencil nib.

Does it make it hard to see the screen?

I have noticed a slight “dulling” of the appearance of the screen, but I wouldn’t say it’s harder to see, just different. It’s a little less shiny, so images look more like they will when printed onto paper, which I think makes it easier to prepare for printing. And honestly I think we could all use a little less bright light shining in our eyes with all the screentime we get. Am I right??

Only some of the pictures in this post show my iPad with a screen protector on it. Can you tell the difference? Neither can I.

So, should I get one?

After using the Paperlike for a month, I am hooked. I definitely wouldn’t go back to a “naked screen”. My favorite part of the Paperlike is that it creates a slight resistance between the screen and pencil, just like real paper does. So it’s easier to control your strokes and get smooth lines.

What should I know before buying one?

1) Double, triple, and quadruple check your iPad model before ordering. If you order the wrong model, the screen protector won’t fit over the button/lack of button on your iPad.

2) Watch the installation video before installing (you’ll get the video link in the package). Us normal people are not qualified to install the screen protector without training. Don’t attempt it!

3) Clean the screen VERY well before installing. I didn’t do this the first time, and the result was bubbles in the film. So I had to re-install with my back-up screen protector. Don’t be lazy like me and not clean your screen well! All the things you need to clean the screen are contained in the package.

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Limited Color Palettes and Illustrations in Procreate

Limited Color Palettes and Illustrations in Procreate

In this class, you’ll learn how to create limited color illustrations and palettes on your iPad in Procreate.  We’ll cover every step of the process from building new palettes to creating illustrations that are ideal for limited palettes. We’ll look at how to use the