Today we are going to create beach themed artwork with digital fluid pour methods, using Procreate on the iPad. Inspired by the rainy UK weather, I wanted to create something with cheerful sunshine and beach vibes. I will be using my Acrylic Pour brush set for Procreate, though you are very welcome to adapt the concept for any other brushes you want to try.
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Step 1: Set Up the Canvas
First, open a new canvas in Procreate by tapping on the plus symbol. For this tutorial, we’ll be using a canvas size of 10×8 inches at 300 DPI.
Step 2: Choose Your Colors
Select the colors you want to use for your artwork. For this tutorial, I’m using the following colors:
- Water: #044081
- Sand: #F1A092
- Off-White: #EAE5E7
- Pure White
Step 3: Create the Water and Sand
- Choose the blue color for the water and select the “fluid pour number 2” brush from the acrylic pour brush set.
- Fill the corner of the canvas with the blue brush, creating a wave pattern. Adjust the size and position as needed.
- Switch to the pink color for the sand and use the same brush to create a line of pink at the bottom of the canvas, leaving a small space between the two colors for the sea foam.
Step 4: Add the Sea Foam
- Switch to the off-white color and brush it through the middle of the blue and pink colors, creating a sea foam effect. Repeat a few times to make the effect more solid.
Step 5: Create Waves and Movement
- Change brushes to “swipe with cells number 9” and drag the white color upwards to create wave-like patterns. Do this on both the sandy and watery areas.
- Follow the natural flow of the colors, adding movement and blending where needed.
Step 6: Add Cells and Texture
- Switch to the smudge tool and select the “Dynamic cells number 3” brush.
- Create cells by dragging the colors from the blue or white areas to create a sea spray effect.
Step 7: Add Sea Spray with Blowtorch Brush
- Switch to the smudge tool again and select the “blowtorch” brush.
- Use the brush to create small, uniform cells and add more texture to the existing cells, creating a more dense and oceany look.
Step 8: Add Pure White Highlights
- Switch back to the brush tool and select the pure white color (#FFFFFF).
- Choose the “blowtorch” brush again and carefully add white highlights to the sea spray for more definition.
And there you have it – a simple digital acrylic pour with ocean vibes. You can further experiment with this technique by adding rocks, more colors, or different brushes. I hope this tutorial inspired you to create something beautiful and beachy. Thank you for following along, and happy creating!
Brushes: Acrylic Pour