Floral Typography Using Affinity Designer for iPad

“Hope” – Typographical illustration by Tracey Capone

I have loved words, in all forms, since I was a little kid. My mom taught me how to read by putting word cards up on the wall around the house… window, cat, dog, kitchen, and so on and so on. I remember the excitement I would feel when I would learn a new word, albeit very vaguely. My love of reading has never waned; aside from illustration and photography, it is still one of my most treasured ways to spend time.

I am combing my love of words, illustration and all things flowers in this new class all about creating your own floral typography, right on your iPad, using Affinity Designer.


In this class, you will learn how to create your own letters, florals and leaves, using a combination of the built in shapes in the Rectangle tool, the geometric operations and the Pen tool.

I will also show you how you can prepare pre-made fonts for your design as well.

Next, I’ll show you how you can use a duplicate of your letter shape as a mask to clip our flowers and leaves giving it the appearance of sitting inside the base letter.

Using the Sculpt mode on the Pencil tool, I’ll show you how you can break the paths of the original mask layer, and release certain portions of your illustration, while leaving others clipped in place.

And finally, we’ll put everything learned in the class together in to a full typographical illustration like this “Hope” piece I created as my final project for the class.

When you take the class, you will receive an Letter, Flower and Leaf shape assets pack and a font set I created especially for the class. You will also receive my “Floral Vector Brush Set” which will help you add an additional layer of texture to your flowers. I will also show you how you can save your own assets as complete objects for use in future illustrations, surface patterns, and more.

I do want to note, this class is geared towards intermediate users of Affinity Designer who are already familiar with it’s user interface. If you are new to the application, I recommend taking a beginner class, such as my last class, “Affinity Designer for iPad: Creating Textured Florals.”

Find this class here on Skillshare.

While I will provide some instruction on creating very basic flowers and leaves, as well as the letters, I am assuming a familiarity with the application and won’t be going in to the same detail as I did with my beginner class above.

The letters you create in this class can be used to create illustrations, for downloadable graphics, print on demand products, stationary and so much more. Best of all, the reveal and mask steps I show you in this class aren’t limited to letters, you can use them on any object you create in Affinity Designer.

For the class you will need an iPad, the Affinity Designer for iPad app, and an Apple Pencil or compatible stylus.

Don’t have a Skillshare account but like to check out the class? Take a look and get the first two months free, as my guest, by clicking the image below. See you there!

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