Tutorial: Drawing a Dreamcatcher on an iPad

This is a tutorial on how to draw a dreamcatcher, similar to the one on my latest (and favourite) pattern design at the bottom of this post.

Here is some inspiration to get started…

Left column, top to bottom: 1. Joann.com, 2. Instagram 3. Louise Gale
Middle column, top to bottom: 1. Google – found on Pinterest and the link takes you to google, 2. Again, found on Pinterest and the link takes you to Google
Right column, top to bottom: 1. Deviant Art 2. Timeless Rituals

I love using Pinterest to gather inspiration, so these are all saved on my boards. These images all have different things which I love, like the simple feathers on the bottom right image to the purple and turquoise colour on the top right which I’d love to incorporate into my designs.

So now to the tutorial 🙂

This is all done using my iPad, on my favourite app called Paintstorm. There is a free version as well as a paid for version so if you don’t want to splash out £13 for the app it’s no problem, the free version is excellent. So before you start you will need to open a new document and choose the size and resolution you want. I wanted to have the option to be able to print this in a large size (note- I am doing this for fabric printing which handles a lower resolution than paper printing) so I chose 20cm x 20cm and a 300 resolution. That means this design can comfortably print on any size up to a 40cm square (that would bring the resolution down to 150 which is lowest option for fabric printing). Then choose your brush, for this one I’m using a basic ‘brush’ at size 7.

Image 1. You are ready to start drawing! The ‘right angle’ icon at the top of the screen is the ‘ruler’ which also means ellipse.

Image 2. Draw two ‘rings’ – so one big circle with an even bigger circle close by around it, and for the other ring, draw two smaller circles on the inside.

Image 3. Two icons to the left of the ruer icon is the ‘mirror’ icon. Select it and centre it right in the middle of the circles. It’s a good idea to leave the ellipse in place until you have centred the mirrors so you can use it as a guide.

Image 4. Draw lines in the inner circle to make a pattern. I chose to have 5 mirrors in this design but you can have more or less so it’s worth trying a few out 🙂

Image 5. Do the same for the outer circle. This is quite a simple design, but the mirroring function is awesome and you can create loads of different designs.

Image 6. Add extra detail to your dreamcatcher, by drawing slightly curved lines along the rings to look like it’s wrapped in ribbon or string. Then draw some small circles which are going to be the beads which the feathers will attach to.

Image 7. In a new layer, draw a couple of feather outlines.

Images 8 and 9. Fill in the feathers and use the eraser to draw a pattern on each of them (do the line thicker than I did here! I didn’t do it thick enough and had to trace over it again 😔). Then use the copy and paste and resizing function to arrange your feathers. By copying and pasting feathers you’ll now have a bunch of layers, merge the feather layers into one. You should now have two layers.

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mage 10. (Ok technically it’s 4 images but it’s easier to follow along with all the pictures). In the non-feather layer, use the square select tool and draw a big square right around the rings and beads, then a single click inside this selected area will ensure you have just selected the drawing. Whilst your drawing is selected, select the gradient tool and choose your gradient, there are loads of presets or you can make your own. Then click and drag in any direction over your drawing and it will change the colour of your drawing.< img src=”https://thepeacheytree.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/img_1962-1.png”>&lt;

mage 12. Repeat the process for your other layer – the feathers! The reason we filled them in instead of leaving them as an outline was so the whole feather would be filled with colour. You don’t need to select all feathers at the same time, next to the square select tool is a freestyle select tool. You can use this to roughly draw around the feathers and colour them separately (like I did).< img src=”https://thepeacheytree.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/img_1963-1.jpg”>&lt;

mage 13. Select the eraser tool and set it to ‘grunge eraser’ (a pre-made eraser setting on Paintstorm). Use this to lightly ‘rough up’ the colouring a bit – it sort of adds a bit of a texture.

omplete!!! Now all you have to do is marvel at your masterpiece 😃😃😃
8/8/17 – Here is one of the designs (my favourite one) which I made using a similar dreamcatcher design 🙂

5 thoughts on “Tutorial: Drawing a Dreamcatcher on an iPad

  1. This is a FANTASTIC tutorial! I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw on the computer, so your tutorial was really wonderful. In the first step, you mentioned choosing a paintbrush, is that in the program? I assume so. I will try to do this when I have time. Thanks


    1. Thank you that means a lot 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you like it! Ah yes choosing a paintbrush is in the program. There are loads of different styles to choose from but I normally use the one which is quite simply called ‘brush’ 🙂 let me know how it goes if you try this out!

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