Learning Project #8: Procreate-ing Lettering

This week, I decided to broaden my horizons and try something new. I treaded on a bit of a different path! It still has to do with calligraphy, but digital calligraphy instead. I got inspired by Instagram user, @ipadlettering. She uses an app called Procreate to do lettering on her iPad. Now, I don’t have an iPad, but the app intrigued me and they had a “pocket” version for the iPhone, so I decided to give it a try. This was the result of me using Procreate Pocket and my finger, rather than an iPad and an Apple Pencil like @ipadlettering!

For both of these videos, I used the iPhone’s screen-recording feature as I did the lettering. Now, one aspect of this is that you can choose to include sound or not, which is great if you want to talk over a screencast of what you’re doing on the phone! For this purpose, I did not need to, so I kept the audio recording off.

The first was a practice go, and I tried lettering the word “love” while listening to Lana del Rey‘s song of the same name. I’ll post it here so you can listen as you watch!

The second was the title of a song called “Naive Spin” by Aaron Lansing. I used the album art as the background and allowed the words to come through.

I really enjoyed this digital calligraphy, as mistakes are so easy to correct! On the Procreate app, you just tap with two fingers to “undo” a move. Even using just my finger felt effortless. Also, much like using pens in real life, the app is intuitive and makes the strokes thicker as you add more pressure. As well, I liked how easy it was to document what I was doing on my phone; I can definitely see the screen-record feature coming in handy if I, say, have to explain to someone how to use an app.

Do you like this kind of calligraphy? Would you like to see me do more like it? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Learning Project #8: Procreate-ing Lettering

  1. I love that you took this to a digital aspect! I can see this app coming in very helpful for adding creativity to lessons. I may have to download this app for myself! All your pieces turned out beatidully, as always. I can tell your very artistic person!

    Keep up the great work!

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  2. Wow, this is really neat! Great find! I could definitely see myself using this in the future as I am beginning to gather resources, posters, etc. for my classroom in the fall. I am intrigued to use this app because my writing is not the best and you make this app seem very user-friendly, as well as you have some great results. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The app is great! I was worried that it would be difficult because my phone’s screen is (obviously) not as big as an iPad’s, but it was very intuitive. The writing tool works similarly to a real pen, so the more pressure you use, the thicker the strokes end up being. I would definitely recommend trying it out.

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