Hello, dear fellow artistic friends! It's me, Grace! In this tutorial, I'd like to introduce my personal project "𝐒.𝐍.𝐀.𝐏" which I've been so eager to share with you. This is 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐭 & 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 into making creative printed goods!
You'll discover inspiration, both traditional and digital tools, with special meticulous techniques to give your art a brush-up, straight from the blank digital canvas into sticky notes papers. There will be 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑠 to improve your images, as well as 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑞𝑢𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑑𝑠 to inspire new ways of creating print artworks.
So, let's get things done!
❶ - Introduction
❓ What do 𝐒ticky 𝐍otes 𝐀rt 𝐏rints look like?
That is the question that you might ask from the title of this tutorial, and I know my answer couldn't be better than 𝑙𝑒𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 of making one yourself.
In this "𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑐𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑠", I will take you through the fundamentals of "𝑚𝑖𝑥𝑒𝑑-𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛", my own way to say mixed-media art. With lessons on which equipment you'll use, Clip Studio Paint best tools, and my GraceGit's printable templates, you'll gain insider knowledge to take your design instincts and skills to the next level.
🍅 After learning through this tutorial, you’ll be ready to design your own Sticky Notes Art Prints and answer the question: what do S.N.A.P looks like?
➋ - Preparation
In five words: 𝐁𝐔𝐘 𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐎 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐁𝐔𝐃𝐆𝐄𝐓!
Whatever your comfort level is, to make a beautiful artwork; you don't need to spend any unnecessary supplies. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on the best paints, brushes, even hardware and miscellaneous equipment-𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑖𝑡-but that's not the point; it's about the understanding to pick the right ones which you think good enough.
𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬.
The following are materials I use to design my Sticky Notes Art prints. Use this list as a suggestion to guide you when buying your own supplies:
✪ Sticky Notes
✪ A4 papers
✪ Glue stick or double tape
📑 Sticky Notes:
𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛'𝑡 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒, 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝐼 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑆𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑦 𝑁𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑣𝑒.
Obviously, the basic core equipment that you need. As fundamental as it sounds, you'll need this to proceed to our theme: printed goods. My only suggestion, use the original inkjet cartridge to your printers; because if you refill with unofficial inkjet printers; it will eventually damage the printer in the end.
My printer type can do Print, Scan, and Copy. But if you have only the printer without any additional capabilities, it's fine for this project.
📃 A4 papers:
I use standard A4 paper for the printable template. My recommendation to choose 70 gsm of paper instead of 80 because I have a constant problem at my home which is paper jamming with 80 gsm. So the thinner the better!
I prepared A4 size of template which can be found on download link by the end of tutorial.
At least 15 cm, you don't need that long, also metal rulers quiet good as well. But mine is a plastic and 30 cm. Efficient for the use of dividing A4 papers straight lines and measure something else. As seen on the pic below: I measure my mini sticky notes before I will make a template out of its size.
🌈 Glue stick or Double tape:
It's just a matter of choice, but as for me; I prefer double tape. I'll use try to explain why during my process. So just prepare them already, then you'll decide which one suits the best for you.
❸ - CSP Tricky Grid Settings
As seen on my other tutorial (URL below), here's the quick explanation of one of the best trick I've found so far to create your own printable design template:
In the View 🡆 Grid
Make sure to have a tick (✔) on it. By doing so, it will help us to see the important grid to design our illustration for print later.
When you’re done, there is also another important setting you need to adjust; it's the setting to figure out where’s the center of canvas (𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐶𝑙𝑖𝑝 𝑆𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑜 𝑃𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑣𝑎𝑠 𝑢𝑝 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛) it’s called 𝐆𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬… ▼
▲ Here’s the tricky part, we need to choose the 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 of 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐫 to allocate where’s our center canvas.
Whenever you’re clicking OK. The ‘x’ mark will disappear. So, keep in mind and focus where the center (x) before closing the dialog box.
▲ Please note, every layers that I made inside Clip Studio Paint have been organized very carefully; please don't draw outside the print 'marks' like image above on 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄.
▲ You can download my template for your print purpose (PSD). It's A4 size, 300 DPI. Including the reminder arrow for of the printer setting. With various of layers, separated folders, also complete with grids as print guideline.
You will NEED TO TURN OFF every other layers 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭 THE LAYER WHERE YOU DRAW while printing. This could be an easy task but sometimes people (even for myself) forget to do that. And wasting printer inks.
❹ - Sticky Note Artworks 'Layered' Prints!
Because of my printer settings; I place the A4 paper upside-down according to the arrow that I made with 4 sticky notes on the printed template as image shown below ▼
▼ ANDDDDDDD THESE ARE THE PRINTED RESULTS ▼
▲ That's the first image! 100% perfectly calibrated with the template that I made!
I called it 'layers' because it looks like layered papers on top of each others. I place them precisely and accurately on the middle of A4 paper so I have the same result, printing over and over again no matter what; it will always be centered!
🥰 Gles (character printed) is my own persona. Of course you can create any characters inside the safe to print area!
▲ Open the second 'layer' of sticky note and you'll find another Gles! Keep in mind that I 𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐄𝐀𝐓 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 of printing after I pulled out the first 'layer' of sticky note.
I place the A4 template back to the printer and print again, pull another sticky note; then print all over again. It's a fun although repetitive way to get what you create inside CSP to be printed on sticky notes.
▲ Third 'layer' with boring face of Gles (because of the repetitiveness) 😂
▲ Fourth 'layer' with the duck face Gles! And my quick cute artworks collection completely printed and done without too much hassle!
I'd love to see your creation using my template and your creativity of doing your own printed artworks! But here's some fair warnings you need to know:
🛈 𝐀𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 :
❶ Remember that you need to repeat the process of print EVERY TIME with the sticky notes still intact (place on the safe to print area), check your printer settings if it will be printed upside-down or not. However, you can completely ignore the arrow (direction of print) if you think it's not relevant with your printer setting.
❷ Take a look at images below, I prefer to use thin Double tape then cut it as small as possible with my scissor to hold the non-sticky part of sticky note before using my print. By doing that, it prevents the paper to jam inside the printer. 99% guarantee, tested by myself. 😄
❸ If you're using glue stick, make sure NOT to use too much, or else it will leave a stain or even rips the sticky notes as well as the A4 template itself. So this is where you decide whether it's a glue stick or plain double tape the best for your needs.
❺ - Free to download PSD Template!
Happy S.N.A.P-ing, fellow Clip Studio Paint artists!
Below is the PSD template as I promised, I created from scratch inside Clip Studio Paint and merged the font. You can download and try it by yourself to save your time and focus on producing some awesome sticky notes artworks.
I already adjusted the position of 3 common sticky notes size. If you do have any concern, feel free to contact me! I'm willing to help or give some comments to your artworks! 😊