I’m in love with Procreate!

Jun 13, 2022 | My Creative Practice


For the last year or so, I’ve been playing around with Procreate on my iPad. Do you know it? It took me a bit to figure it out (thank you, YouTube tutorials!), and I’m still learning, but I’m definitely hooked. I thought I’d share a time lapse of a recent play session I had with it.

Do you use it? I love love love that it’s so portable! I take it with me to the cafe, or long car/plane rides, or just snuggled in bed.


Here’s to mixing it up and finding new ways to play 🙂

Sending much love,

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  1. Marcia

    I am so addicted to Procreate, I have my iPad on my lap every spare minute of the day. I have hundreds of designs. I am a member of skillshare which has many tutorials on procreate. This app and Skillshare combo is totally worth every penny, especially since Procreate is SO INEXPENSIVE and so powerful!
    I can’t get enough of it. I am 68 years old, a retired professional artist, now making art digitally. It isn’t great for my eyesight, but I have blue readers. It is great for my brain to learn new things and practise art without the mess and the studio.
    I love, love, love it!

  2. Fleur

    I like both ‘analog’ artwork and the potential of digital. I say this very tentatively because there is nothing for fulfilling to the human spirit than creating with our hearts and minds together with our hands, which are surely more visceral with literal materials. However, as a very reluctant Ps user (you may recall the odd rant in my comments on art dates!!) I can see the myriad of opportunities for playing with original art work scanned . I’m learning to regard my originals as the foundation for future work making cards and prints. I try to think of it like my fun play time: I ride my bicycle or usually my motorbike. Both are great but there definitely a place for both! Great time lapse, you clever stick!,

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      “I’m learning to regard my originals as the foundation for future work making cards” < Same! I'll never give up analog and I def see having long periods/seasons of only analog, but it's nice to have another tool/toy in the play box, if you will!

  3. Marj

    I’ve never heard of Procreate but I’m going to be giving this a try for sure! I can imagine the possibilities. Thank goodness for YouTube videos. I absolutely adore your work and imagine that if I ever met you, that you would be just like everything you create. Happiest of birthdays to you.

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Thank you, Marj :)))

  4. Tammy

    Congratulations! So many possibilities to stretch the creative process. A dear friend has been trying to get me into procreate. She loves it and is creating amazing art work.
    It is a learning curve for sure she says but over the last couple of years her work has really been incredibly create.
    Loved your video
    and you have
    inspired me to look
    into it again. Happy Birthday!

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Interesting! A friend of mine introduced it to me years ago as well but I just recently got around to checking it out more fully bc my son was interested! Love the little turns here and there that lead us toward learning. xxo

  5. Jennifer Trujillo

    Hey Kelly Rae,
    I just purched the $10 app as I’ve tried a bit with Fresco and got frustrated. Procreate has lots of tutorials and recently in my art groups free tutorials have been offered… im excited to to try. Thanks for sharing the fun time lapse video if your always beautiful and unique process🎨

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Have fun with it, Jennifer!!!

  6. Judy Murphy

    Dearest Kelly Rae,
    As I write this I am crying!! I will be 75 years ols in July. Happy Birthday to you!!
    I have been going through very significant changes (not by choice), but i am using “resilience” skills I have learned from my “more precious than gold” therapist, Jill. You have had a huge impact on my life and happiness, as well.I am sad because I feel like I am loosinf you to the computer!! I am sure Procreate is fun…….As I look around my new small apt, everywhere I look are kelly Rae inspired pieces of art- they are painted, with acrylic paint, they are heartwarming, full of collaged “real paper”, they have texture “real texture”, I never get tired of looking at them. I am remembering when photo scrapbooking ended up with digital options. They were all right to look at briefly, but in no way had the depth and beauty of scrapbooking done with photos, pens and paper- those books are heirlooms, in my opinion. So, sadly. as my budget is shrinking dramatically, I have to make hard choices. I am now, sadly trying to decide what to do about my monthly Art Dates. I just wonder if I am finally “feeling old” and just need to go back and just keep practicing with all of the saved things I have of yours’ I want to use all of my paint, Pit pens, texture tools, Sennelier oil pastels, Shiva oil paint sticks, vintage wallpaper, Golden gel gloss and on and on…. You are an inspiration to me and I am sad to even think like I am. I love my computer, but not to create Art for my walls. Am I overreacting???????

    From my heart to yours, Kelly Rae
    Judy Murphy

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Hi Judy! Oh gosh, I will never go full digital. I like to think of ProCreate as another tool in my supply box. I can take my Ipad to bed with me and procreate (hahaha). I like that I can do it in the car, at cafes, and more. That said, it will never replace the real thing of collage papers and glued up hands and paints! And all the Art Dates will always be the real thing of using supplies vs digital stuff :).

      Speaking of Art Dates, a whole NEW and improved version of Art Dates starts in August. I’d hate to have you go before the new version starts, but I also fully understand your needing to do what is best for you. HAPPY soon to be 75! You are an inspiration to me as I hope to still be making art and have a beautiful therapist, too, when I’m in the preciousness of my mid-70’s. BIG love,
      Kelly Rae


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