With spring finally here, all I can think about is flowers! I set out to design a Procreate project with a floral embellished banner. I chose some of our free Procreate banner stamps and created a set of floral stamp brushes to go with them. I spent an entire day experimenting with different banner and flower combinations and different color palettes. Playing with these is addictive!
Here are two examples that I think turned out really well:
Floral Banner Project
I had so much fun with this project I just have to share it. I uploaded my custom Procreate stamp brushes to our free Resource Library, and I created instructions for a simple floral banner project to give you practice in working with them. I also included a color palette that you can use for the project.
An Overview of the Banner and Floral Stamp Brushes
This project combines two free stamp brush sets: the Basic Banners set and the Floral Brush set. These consist of 5 different banner stamps and 25 spring elements including flowers, butterflies, a bird, leaves, etc.
Make sure to download the brush stamps for free from our Resource Library Scroll to the end of the article where you can find out how to subscribe and how to download the brushes.
Basic Banners Brush Set
The Basic Banners brush set includes 5 banners: A wavy banner, an arched banner, a simple banner, a zig zag banner and a wavy arched banner.
Floral Brush Set
The Floral brush set includes a set of 25 floral and spring elements.
Step-by-Step Guide for Creating a Floral Banner
In this project, you’ll learn how to create a floral banner using the two brush sets. You’ll learn how to manipulate the brushes including how to color and trim them and how to add hand-drawn embellishments. You’ll also learn how to use layers to build up a composition.
Here’s an example of what the finished project looks like. I’ve given size, placement, color suggestions, and other tips for using the brushes. Feel free to vary these as you follow the instructions.
Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
- iPad (I used the 12.9 inch iPad Pro)
- Procreate app (Version 4.2.5)
- Apple Pencil (Recommended)
- Banner and flower brush sets and the project color palette (included in the Resource Library) See instructions for downloading at the end of the article.
Prepare to Create the Banner
Open a new canvas
First, open Procreate. Hold your iPad horizontally. Tap on the plus sign to create a new canvas and choose the preset Screen Size.
Set up the color palette
After downloading the Spring color palette and importing it into Procreate, it should be located in your Procreate color palettes.
In the upper right corner of the canvas tap on the color swatch.
Then tap Palettes at the bottom of the Colors menu.
Locate the Spring palette and press Set Default.
Now press Value at the bottom of the color menu. The color palette should appear at the bottom of the Colors menu. Every time you access your colors, it will be there for you to use.
Alright! Now that we’ve got our color palette, let’s start making the banner.
Create the Banner
Choose a banner brush
Tap the paintbrush icon. From the Brush Library, locate the Basic Banners brush set. Select the Wavy banner.
Tap on the color swatch icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the Colors menu. Choose the Gold color from the top left of the palette.
At the side of the screen, use the size slider to change the size of the banner. Make it big enough to stretch across most of the canvas. I used 58%. Then tap on the screen to place the banner.
NOTE: Make sure the entire banner is on the screen and that it doesn’t cut off. If it cuts off, tap two fingers on the screen to undo and try again.
When you’re ready, tap on the arrow icon at the top left of the screen. This will select the banner. Move the banner into the middle of the screen.
Color the banner
To color the front face of the banner, you’ll use the same color as the banner outline. Tap the color swatch icon in the upper right corner of the screen and drag it over the front face of the banner. This will fill it the front face of the banner.
Tap the color swatch again and access your palette. Select the Medium Gold.
Drag this color from the color swatch icon into each of the banner’s side flaps.
Next tap on the color swatch icon again and select Dark Gold from the Spring color palette.
Drag this from the color swatch icon into the remaining areas of the banner.
Add some dashes to the banner
Tap on the layers icon and then tap the plus sign to create a new layer.
From your color palette, choose the Light Yellow.
Tap the paintbrush icon and choose the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy brushes category.
Use the size slider on the side of the screen to resize the brush. I made mine about 15%. Add some dashes around the edge of the banner.
Add a word to the banner
Access the Layers menu and click the plus sign to add a new layer.
Select White from your color palette.
Write something on your banner in any style you’d like. I used cursive to write “Spring.” If you need to move the word, tap the arrow icon to select it and move it into place on the front face of the banner.
When you’re happy with how the letters look, tap the layers icon then tap Layer 3. In the fly out menu, select Merge Down. Do this again for Layer 2 until all of the layers are merged together.
Now that the entire banner is on Layer 1, tap it and select Rename from the fly out menu. Name the layer Banner.
Still in the Layers menu, tap the plus sign to create another new layer. Tap and hold on the new layer until you can move it then drag it underneath the banner layer.
You’re ready to begin adding flowers!
Add the Flowers Behind the Banner
Add a daisy
In the Brush Library, choose the Daisy brush under the Flowers category.
In the color palette, choose the Light Blue.
Change the size. I made mine about 35%. Then tap near the top of the banner to make half of the flower appear above it. Use your arrow tool to center it behind the front face as shown below.
Decorate the daisy
Choose Yellow from the color palette.
Drag from the circular color swatch into the center area of the daisy to fill it with yellow.
Select the slightly darker Blue from your palette.
With your thumb and forefinger, pinch out on the daisy to zoom way in on it. Drag from the color swatch into the white areas between the petals to fill them with the slightly darker blue. When you’re done, pinch inwards to zoom out.
From the color palette, select the Dark Gold.
Choose the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy set in the Brush Library. Change the size. I made mine 41%. Tap inside the center of the daisy a few times to make some dots.
Duplicate the daisy
Tap the layers button and swipe left on the daisy layer. Press Duplicate.
Use your arrow tool to select and drag the duplicated daisy to the right bottom corner of the banner face. Leave some space to the right of it as shown below. Tap on Uniform at the bottom of the screen and drag a node to make the daisy smaller so just the petals appear at the bottom.
Select Purple from the palette.
Drag the purple color from the color swatch onto the small daisy’s petals.
Add a heart leaf flower
Tap the layers icon and tap the plus sign to create a new layer.
In the Brush Library, access the Flowers brush set and select the Heart Leaf Flower.
Make the brush size about 15%. Then tap in the upper left corner of the banner to place the flower there. Use your arrow tool to move it so only the top half shows above the banner and so that there’s a bit of space to the left of the flower.
From the palette, select Yellow
Drag from the color swatch into the center of the Heart Leaf Flower to fill it with yellow.Your image should now look something like this.
Duplicate the heart leaf flower
Tap the layers icon. Swipe left on the Heart Leaf Flower layer and press Duplicate.
Next tap and hold on the duplicated layer and drag it beneath the blue daisy layer.
Tap the arrow to select the new flower. Drag it just to the right of the top daisy.
Add a simple flower
Create a new layer. Select the Simple Flower brush from the Brush Library located in the Flowers set.
From your palette, choose the Orange.
Change the brush size to about 15%. Tap to the left of the blue daisy to place the Simple Flower.
Get Yellow from the color palette.
Pinch out on the screen to zoom in on the Simple Flower. Drag from the color swatch to fill in each of the spaces in the center of the flower with yellow. Pinch inwards to zoom out.
Duplicate the simple flower
Tap the layers icon. Swipe left on the Simple Flower layer and press Duplicate. Use the arrow tool to move the new Simple Flower behind the right curve of the banner as shown below:
Add a tulip
Tap the layers icon and tap the plus sign to add a new layer. Access the Brush Library and from the Flowers brush set, select the Tulip brush.
From your color palette, select the Light Pink.
Resize the brush to about 12%. Tap between the purple and the orange flower on the right side of the banner as shown below:
From your color palette choose the Dark Pink.
Drag the dark pink from the color swatch into the center of the tulip.
Add some leaves to the tulip
Create a new layer.
Access the the Flowers brush set and select the Long Leaf brush.
From your palette, select Green.
Make the brush about 16%. Tap to the right of the Tulip to place the leaf then use the arrow tool to move the leaf down a bit behind the banner as shown below.
In the Layers menu, duplicate the leaf layer.
Tap on the arrow icon to select the duplicated leaf. At the bottom of the screen, press Flip Horizontal. Move the new leaf to the left of the Tulip. Use the green node that juts out of the selection box to rotate the leaf as shown below.
Add a stem
In the Layers menu, tap the plus sign to create a new layer. Tap, hold and drag the layer beneath the tulip layer.
From the Brush Library, select the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy set. Make the size about 15%. Draw a stem connecting the bottom of the Tulip to behind the banner.
In the Layers menu, merge the leaves, the tulip, and the stem layers into one layer. You can do this by tapping on each layer and pressing Merge Down in the fly out menu.
Duplicate the tulip
Once all parts of the tulip are on one layer, swipe left on it and press Duplicate. Tap on the arrow and at the bottom of the screen press Flip Horizontal. Then use the arrow tool to move the duplicated tulip to the left inner corner of the banner as shown below. Rotate if necessary.
Access the color palette and select the Rose color.
Drag the color from the color swatch icon to the light pink area of the tulip.
Excellent! That’s it for the flowers behind the banner. Let’s work on the leaves and flowers in front of it.
Add Leaves and Flowers in Front of the Banner
Add some leaves
Since we want the leaves to be in front of the banner, we’ll need the leaf layers to be above the banner layer. So in the Layers menu, create a new layer. Tap, hold and drag the layer to the very top of the layer stack above the banner.
From the Flowers brush set, select the Double Leaf brush.
Select Dark Green from the palette.
Make the brush size about 15%.
It doesn’t matter where the leaves are right now so tap in a blank area of the screen to add them to the canvas.
Color the leaf veins
Then select the Light Green from the palette.
Pinch out to zoom way in on the veins of the leaves. Drag the light green into the veins of the leaves.
Note: If you have difficulty filling the leaf veins, tap two fingers on the screen to undo any mistakes. Then create a new layer and drag it beneath the leaf layer. Then access the Monoline brush and resize it as necessary. Because the veins are transparent, you can color in the layer below them to add the light green. When you’re finished filling in the veins, tap on the double leaf layer and use Merge Down in the Layers menu to merge the color with the leaf.
Position the leaves
Pinch inwards to zoom out. Then tap on the arrow and move the leaves to the right of the blue daisy. Rotate them a bit so they don’t overlap the wording on the banner.
Next tap the eraser brush and choose the Monoline brush located in the Calligraphy set to use as the eraser. Erase the part of the stem that overlaps the daisy. Size the eraser brush as necessary. Pinch out on the screen to zoom in if you want to see a closer view. Your image should now look something like the one below.
Duplicate the leaves
Access the Layers menu. Duplicate the double leaf layer. Tap on the arrow to select the new double leaf. At the bottom of the screen press Flip Horizontal. Move the duplicate leaves to the left of the blue daisy. Rotate and position them until you’re happy. Erase any of the stem that overlaps the daisy.
Add more leaves
Now duplicate the leaf layer you just made. Tap the arrow to select the new duplicate of the double leaves. Move it to the bottom left fold of the banner and rotate it as needed. Erase any of the stem that overlaps the banner.
Duplicate the current layer. Tap the arrow to select the newest duplicate of the double leaves. Move the leaves to the right of the purple daisy and use the green node to rotate them until they overlap the banner. Erase any of the stem that appears on the front face of the banner.
Duplicate the current layer. Tap and hold it until it becomes free to drag. Place it beneath the purple daisy layer.
Tap the arrow tool. Rotate the newest leaves and move them to the left of the purple daisy as shown below.
Add a vine
Access the Layers menu and tap the plus sign to create a new layer. Drag the new layer to the top of the stack of layers.
From the Flower brush set, select the Vine brush.
From your palette, select the Light Green.
Resize your brush to about 16%. Tap in a blank area of the screen. Tap the arrow icon to select the vine. At the bottom of the screen, press Flip Vertical. Then move the vine into the left bottom fold of the banner next to the leaves. Rotate it a bit and erase any of the vine that overlaps the front face of the banner.
Add a simple flower to the vine
In the Layers menu, create a new layer. From the Brush Library, select the Simple Flower brush.
Choose Light Pink from the color palette.
Resize the brush to about 6% and tap at the end of the vine.
From your color palette, choose Yellow.
Pinch to zoom way in on the flower, and fill the five empty areas with yellow. Then zoom out.
Duplicate the vine and simple flower
In the Layers menu, merge the simple flower and the vine layers together. Then swipe left on the combined flower and vine layer and press Duplicate. Tap the arrow icon to select the vine and flower. At the bottom of the screen, press Flip Vertical. Move the vine and flower and rotate it so it tucks into the upper right fold of the banner as shown below.
Erase any of the vine that overlaps the front face of the banner.
We’re done with the flowers! Let’s add some butterflies.
Add a butterfly
In the Layers menu, click the plus sign to create a new layer.
Access the Brush Library and choose the Butterfly 1 brush from the Flowers brush set.
From the color palette, choose the Light Blue.
Resize the butterfly brush to about 8%. Tap toward the bottom left of the banner. Tap the arrow tool and use it to rotate and move the butterfly until it slightly overlaps the bottom edge of the banner as shown below.
Add a second butterfly
In the Layers menu, duplicate the butterfly layer. Use the arrow tool to position the new butterfly above and to the right of the blue daisy. Rotate it to the left. Choose the Rose color from the color palette.
Use it to color the second butterfly.
Add a third butterfly
In the Layers menu, duplicate the current butterfly layer. Use the arrow tool to move the butterfly to the left flap of the banner. You can rotate it a bit if you want. Now color this butterfly with the Purple.
That’s it! I hope you’ve had fun working through this project, and I hope you find lots of ways to use our stamps in your own creative projects.
How to Download and Use the Brush Sets and the Color Palette
Each of these brush sets is included in our Resource Library as a .brushset file. The palette is a .swatches file. You can either download the files directly on your iPad or download them on a computer and transfer them to your iPad using a service such as Dropbox. Once the brushes and swatches are on your iPad, you’ll need to export them and copy or add them to Procreate. You will need at least Procreate 4.1 or higher to use these files.
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