Digital tangling on the iPad with Procreate

Hi tangle friends!

For a year I was watching my son drawing on his iPad Pro. Here and there I tried to draw a circle or spiral, but I could not get used to drawing on the smooth surface. I love drawing on paper, my collection of Polychromos, Copic markers, Watercolor, Ballpoint pens … well, you get it, right šŸ˜‰ Not to mention black paper, tan paper, postcards, canvas – all the pretty surfaces that I love to tangle on.

Digital tangling did not seem right. Up until now, I declined any pattern step-outs that were not drawn by hand. My reasoning behind this: if you cannot draw it by hand, then don’t share the step-out as people will be frustrated if they cannot create the same on paper. To me, drawing digital was cheating. And anything related to computer or iPad was considered work, not fun. I am sure that many of you think the same way. Well, I have changed my mind!

During my last holiday, I really forced myself to tangle on the iPad. I need to comment on practice sheets. Without a scanner, I could not just print and draw on the page, scan it in and explain the way I usually do. Reluctantly I started using ProCreate to add my comments. My journey into the world of digital tangling began.

Digitally tangled Artwork by Ina SonnenmoserĀ Sneezeweed artwork by Ina SonnenmoserĀ Sneezeweed Artwork by Ina Sonnenmoser

What you need to follow this write-up are an iPad Pro and Apple pencil. Load the Procreate App. This can be done on other tablets using different apps and pens too! Infinitepainter is just one of many choices that sound really interesting. Anyway, in this write-up, I am using the Apple products and Procreate.

All the settings and options were overwhelming. So much to learn! Normally I try every single feature, watch all videos I can find, follow blogs, join Facebook groups – just suck in information like a vacuum cleaner. This time though, I just wanted to tangle. I can always learn the rest later. So, if you just want to get started and not make a fuzz about all the fancy options, grab your iPad and pen, load ProCreate and let’s get started!

Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Digital Tangling with Procreate - full write-up at pattern-colections.com


Look at my fingers!!!! I just came back from holiday and they are very tanned!

Right, that’s all for today. Time to get drawing!

Practice a few shapes – circles, spirals, drops. Play around by adding feathering and auras. Draw your favorite pattern and let’s see how you do!

One more tip!

Click on the Layer button, click the thumbnail image of the current layer. A menu will pop up. Press Clear to erase everything on that layer and start from scratch.

And please, do not get discouraged after your first try. It takes a little bit to get used to the slippery glass surface of the iPad. By now I personally love how the pen slides easily over the glass – allowing me to create very smooth shapes.

In my next write-up, I will provide you with a practice sheet and explain the layers and coloring. Until then, have fun!

Hugs,
Ina

2 thoughts on “Digital tangling on the iPad with Procreate

  • August 22, 2018 at 12:51 am
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    I love this post! I actually just purchased an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for two reasons… one, to keep a digital journal and two to zentangle! All before reading this post! I am really in hopes that more people will chose this option also! Thanks for the awesome advice, I donā€™t feel as much like a ā€œcheaterā€ now when Iā€™m pattern drawing on my iPad Pro!
    Chrisy Bates

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