Quick and Stunning Mandalas using Amaziograph and Procreate
What you'll learn
- Learn step-by-step methods for using Amaziograph to produce the initial mandala
- Learn to create interest when colorizing and creating gradients
- Learn methods for many iterations of the final mandala to get your creative juices flowing
- Learn to adjust colors and quick methods to colorize your line work
- Learn methods for keeping the art fully editable for later adjustments and recoloring
- Procreate experience is an asset
If ever you’ve studied spiritual Asian art, you’ve likely encountered a mandala. You don’t have to browse very long on a site like Pinterest or Flicker to come across one (or more). Mandalas have become an enduring art form. A mandala, which is Sanskrit for “circle”, is a geometric design that holds a great deal of symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Mandalas are believed to represent different aspects of the universe and are used as instruments of meditation and symbols of prayer.
In their most basic form, mandalas are circles contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single, central point. They’re typically produced on paper or cloth, drawn on a surface with threads, fashioned in bronze, or built in stone. While extraordinary as a standalone work of art, mandalas hold symbolic and meditative meaning beyond their vibrant appearance.
This class, Create a Quick and Stunning Mandala using Amaziograph and Procreate, will show you some of my software preferences for producing such a symbol. In the class, I take you from start to finish in creating a mandala, notably with a gradient fills and other enhancements we create in both Amaziograph and Procreate. I will show you a few iterations of the final design in the wrap-up. I love the meditative nature of producing a project like this, and you will enjoy the ease of using the Amaziograph software. Take a good look at this software because you can do much more than mandalas in it! It is totally worth the 99 cents you pay for it!
In this class I’ll walk you through:
my step-by-step method for using Amaziograph to produce the initial mandala
tips for creating interest when colorizing and creating gradients
many iterations of the final mandala to get your creative juices flowing
adjusting colors and quick methods to colorize your line work
methods for keeping the art fully editable for later adjustments and recoloring
Are you looking for something fun, therapeutic, and meditative? Have you seen mandalas and the just seem impossible to create? Do you want to give it a go?
The key concepts I will include:
design considerations to get an intricate design
the historical significance of the mandala
approaches you can take to keep your piece fully editable
This is a classic exercise for you and think ahead to some of the items you might be able to use the finished piece for. I can see this used on cards, on wall art, tapestries and blankets, to name but a few! Learning new software like Amaziograph is always fascinating, especially when you learn ways to integrate with Procreate. I am certain you will create something remarkable, even on your first attempt. I am also certain you will recognize the therapeutic nature of this art form
Intro to Create a Quick and Stunning Mandala using Amaziograph and Procreate
This short intro will give you an overview of the class.
Lesson 1: Overview, ldeas, and lnspiration
In this lesson, I will give an overview of mandalas and I tell you about the symbolism they represent. We will also take a quick look at the Amaziograph interface and a piece being created using the software.
Lesson 2: Amaziograph Interface and Adjustments
In this lesson, I will break down the complete process of choosing what brushes to use as well as showing you how to do a super quick sketch of flower shapes. I show you several of the brushes from the resources package and explain the idiosyncrasies of each. Then we paint a few of the flowers and I explain the reasoning behind the choices I make.
Lesson 3: Drawing and Adjusting the Brushes
In this lesson, I will explain the settings and sizing of the document as well as the brushes in relation to the look we are trying to achieve. I will show you some of the key techniques I use and explain every step of the way. By the end of the lesson, you will have the beginnings of a lovely mandala with plenty of interest, and you will know how to use and adjust the brushes and create dotted lines and such. I will show you some of my go-to shapes when drawing a mandala.
Lesson 4: Color Settings and Creating Gradients
This is the lesson in which I teach you about unique method Amaziograph has with setting and mixing colors. It’s an interesting and intuitive method. I will also show you how to create a brush that allows for painting with a gradient without the use of a clipping mask. At the end of the lesson, I will show you how to export the file as a Photoshop document with layers for use in Procreate.
Lesson 5: Procreate Finishes for More Interest
In this lesson, we start getting to the real essence of the final artwork. I will be showing you how to isolate sections and fill in remaining areas of color easily. We separate layers of color for the next step, which is to use the Gaussian Bur technique for creating gradients. We will use clipping masks to apply the gradients to out chosen area. This is where out Mandala starts to rally “pop”.
Lesson 6: Enhancing with Textures and Patterns
At this juncture, I will add the small details that make it work. I finish off with the gradients and show you a method to go back to Amaziograph to create some details to add to the gradient areas. I show you how to properly export that and then import it to the Procreate gallery. A simple technique is used to take the three layers I created into the main document, and it is perfectly positioned! This will show you just how versatile the techniques I showed you can be and how valuable experimentation is in your development.
Lesson 7: Closing Thoughts, Finished Examples and Wrap Up
We will conclude everything in this lesson. I show you a couple of quick mock-ups with the pattern and we end with a chat about next steps.
Concepts covered include but are not limited to the Amaziograph software, mandalas in history, mandala creation, gradients in Procreate, the brush settings in Amaziograph, producing a gradient brush in Amaziograph, exporting as a PSD file for use in Procreate, the Brush Studio in Procreate, adjusting Amaziograph brushes, using Gaussian Blur to apply gradients to sections of color, using the color fill option when doing automatic selections, using clipping masks to apply gradients to those sections, sizing of documents and brushes, compositions with mandalas, adding enhancements created in Amaziograph, adding texture with brushes, procreate brushes for adding other interesting details, workflow best practices, painting best practice, Procreate composites, techniques with paints and blending, and much more.
You will get…
50 minutes of direction from an instructor who has been in graphic design business and education for over 40 years
knowledge of multiple ways to solve each design challenge
10 brushes to experiment with
If you are interested in doing the project in the way I showed you, purchase and download the Amaziograph program ($0.99). Follow the steps in the lessons to draw your “outline” version of the mandala. Fill in colors as desired. Remember to experiment with the methods I demonstrated for the mixing of colors and making of gradient lines. Try to keep colors on separate layers for affecting later in Procreate.
Once you are complete in Amaziograph, export the file as a PSD for use in Procreate. Put it in an easy to locate spot on your iPad or iCloud. Go to Procreate and import the psd file into the gallery. If you created the document in layers as I showed you, you will be able to adjust each layer independently. Create new layers and make them into clipping masks, attached to the layer you want to affect. I suggest you try a couple of the techniques I showed you in the lessons, especially the easy gradients using circles and Gaussian Blur.
If you are feeling particularly motivated, try altering the black outline. You can do that by using an alpha-lock and then painting or filling, or you can use a clipping mask like I showed you in the lessons. Make a couple of versions to decide what your favorite techniques are!
Who this course is for:
- Procreate users looking to ease creation of intricate mandalas made with Amaziograph and enhanced with Procreate
Hello, I'm Delores. I was an art educator for 30 years, teaching graphic design, fine art, and theatrical design. My own education took place at college and university, in Manitoba, Canada, and has been honed through decades of graphic design experience and my work as a professional artist, which I have done for over 40 years (eeek!). In the last few years I have also been involved in art licensing with contracts from Russ, Artwall, Studio El, Trends, Metaverse and more.
This is where I say something existential or clever about my inspiration: The colours of nature and my intuition guide my art: my most generous muses are light, sunshine, and flora. My work ranges through multiple media: my confidence with acrylic paint, ink, marker, collage, pencil, pastels, pencil crayon, watercolour, and digital painting provide many ready paths of self-expression.
But to be honest, often I don’t plan how a piece will ultimately look, but work in many layers, creating new relationships and deepening the complexity, intricacy and subtlety of the images over time. Once complete, I use this art for greeting cards, wall art and many other pieces I sell though art licensing and on products I create for my store. The bottom line? I love to experiment and mix both natural and digital mediums to create everything from very commercial work to very non-commercial fine art abstract paintings (and yes, I do sell these, so I guess they are commercial after all).
I am so excited to share my knowledge with you all in the Udemy universe as this has been one of my favourite haunts. I feel privileged and excited to become an online teacher here amongst some real stars in the art world. Please join me in my classes and follow me. I am sure we will have tons of great adventures together (oh my, so cliché). Anyhow, here we go...