Flicks Brush Kit for Procreate Calligraphy

This is a simple tapered brush that you can use to add decorative dimension to your calligraphy or lettering pieces using the Procreate App for iPad.

The Flicks brush works with any stylus or even your finger, since no pressure is involved in the effect. Use it in combination with any calligraphy brush – I’ve included a bonus basic calligraphy brush that was used in all of the example images above.  Be sure to look at all the images to see how this effect is achieved.


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How to Use on Solid Backgrounds

  • On a new layer, draw your letters with any calligraphy brush
  • Change the paint color to match the background
  • Make a new Layer
  • Use the flicks brush to paint small strokes inside each curve. Check out the example images above for stroke placement. Start drawing at the pointy end of the “flick.”

How to use on textured backgrounds

  • On a new layer, draw your letters with any calligraphy brush
  • Duplicate the layer and hide the original (to keep a backup of your lettering just in case)
  • Use the flicks brush as an eraser to erase small curves out of the inside of each curve.  Start erasing at the pointy end of the “flick.”

More tips for nice flicks

  • Experiment with the direction of the flicks and notice how it changes the illusion of which parts of the letter are in the foreground and in the background.
  • Change the “size” main slider for lighter or chunkier effects
  • Overshoot the edges of the letter for a clean exit on each flick.

When in doubt, the “thick” lines of the letter should go in the foreground, “thin” lines in the background (this rule was made to be broken, though!)

Check out this quick video tutorial:

Sound on 🎶 if you want to hear me walk you through the steps I use to make this style of dimensional lettering. It takes two brushes – one to write the calligraphy and one to add the "flicks." You can get a free pack of two such brushes at the link in my profile. 😁 . In this example, I combined the free flicks brush with one of my premium streakers (skinny streaker. I misspoke and called it the single streaker in the vid). It works with any calligraphy brush! 🖌 . This is my first real video tutorial, so we'll see how it goes. 🤔instagram gives you a minute max and my video is 59.9 seconds! All the drawing is shown at 2x speed. ⏱ . . #thedailytype #calligraphy #brushlettering #handlettering #lettering #moderncalligraphy #typography #brushpen #goodtype #brushpencollective #flourishes #thedesigntip #typespire #typegang #handwritten #brushcalligraphy #ligaturecollective #calligraphyart #handmadefont #freehand #calligraffiti #curiouscalligrapher #letteringvideo #letteringtutorial #tutorial #procreatebrush #procreatetutorial #ipadlettering

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Thank You!

If you like this brush, kindly consider purchasing my Premium Streaker Pack, which is an excellent companion if you like shiny looking letters! All my brushes are made with care and a desire to deliver the best possible design tools. I appreciate any feedback you might have on this or any of my brushes.

I love to see what you make!  Don’t forget to tag #alternateglyph or @puchi_melissa on instagram when you make something great with these brushes.

-Melissa

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