Welcome to My Blog.

Welcome

Hi, great to have you here. This is my first post, well, the first one set to public viewing. I’ve been busy getting it all ready and glad to be now able to share my art and words with you here, on my blog. A focus of my blog will be my iPad art. But, also I’ll share with you my artworks I do on paper and sometimes on canvas; and my poems…haiku and illustrations.

I’ve found some lovely art apps, with amazing mark making properties. I just tap to access: paint, oil pastel, pencil…and more. With my finger (rarely use a stylus) I sketch down lines, lay down paint; use tone and colour, and create artworks very similar in look and style to my works I do on paper and canvas.

I’m no techno whizz, so I was glad to find apps, that are very straightforward, and easy to use.  I talk more about these apps on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.  Among all of this, you’ll find plenty of drawing and writing tips:(more on my writing further along) most of them also apply to works on paper, canvas or an iPad. Below is a selection of my iPad art to show the different media and styles I like to work in.*I often put more information on image captions about the art apps used.

A selection of iPad art
This is a selection of my iPad art, I put together to show,  some of the styles and media I like to work in. The top, picture with “Mother as Writer” on it, is my cover to the handmade book, I did quite a few years ago. I did it line and watercolour, on paper.

Drawing is a learnable skill

One, very important reason I want to have a blog (such a odd sounding word) is to help and encourage people (myself too) in their own art and writing adventures.

I’m always keen to help people learn to draw (my formal qualifications are on my “About” page) If you don’t have an iPad, a simple pencil and paper are fine for trying out some of my drawing tips and ideas; and to produce a finished drawing. As much as I love my new found art apps, can anything really surpass: paper and pencil!

Drawing with poem
I wrote and drew this quickly, last year. I often have to work quickly, always plenty of other work to be done here at home! Used the pencil in the “Tayasui Sketches” app. Put it all together in “Book Creator”.

I also share some free printable pdfs; a great way to make available, information sheets and some of my art. There’s more about them (and a free printable) at the bottom of my page, “About”. *There’s also one at the end of this post.

There are slideshows and short videos on my blog, which I put together to demonstrate my drawing processes and various artworks. There is a way to “look” and “see” which is vital to being able to draw well: a very learnable skill. I’m passionate on these matters, and they will certainly come up in my posts..better move on before I write a short novel about drawing!

About my Writing

I write poems and illustrate them and as with my art, have become quite adept at fitting it all in between a hectic family life . As a mum of four boys (young men now); it’s not always been easy to do. My lovely husband, is also a great dad, which helps a lot.

In  “Write and Draw on the Run: the Way to Get it Done!”..I talk about how my words and pictures often unfold or perhaps –  unravel! My home-life inspires me, and is a common theme in my art and words.

Mother and child
I painted this with watercolour over ink pen line, quite a while back. Scanned it in from a photocopy, using the “Scanner Pro” app. Filed the original away somewhere! I’ve used my copier a lot, over the years, mostly for making handmade books and cards.

My poems, are prone to turn into handmade books, such as “Mother as Writer”.

I love to write haiku.
I’m very fond of small poetic forms; hmm perhaps, not so obvious from this long introductory post 🙂 There’s more about my writing and about me, on my, “About” page, and “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”. Also a snippet about me on my home/blog page sidebar.

Cushion haiku
Watercolour and ink pen on paper. From my handmade book, “Poems from Home, A Collection of illustrated Haiku”.

The Online World, and Blog Building

Until about a year ago, I knew little about social media, and didn’t have a email address and rarely used the internet; things have certainly changed!

I enjoy posting my iPad art (and other art) and words, on my Facebook Artist page and have done so for about eight months.(Hi to my Facebook friends who may be reading this). I also have my iPad art for sale at RedBubble an online, print on demand store.

I’ve built my blog, using the WordPress app on my iPad. I’m not very computer savvy at all, and rarely use one very impressed with WordPress: their web/blog themes and support.

Arranging and setting up my content for my blog, has been a hugely enjoyable experience. I’ve learnt about: widgets (sounds like insects!) image files, responsive themes, how to make a picture gallery and so on..Also how to put in links; which I use frequently – it makes for easier navigation around my posts and pages.

A keyboard (logitech brand) is always attached to my iPad. Not only is it great for extended periods of writing on a screen, but also prevents the iPad keyboard, popping up, when I’m work in the dashboard of my blog and arrange my art onto the “Pages” app. I use this app a lot; more information in “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.

My iPad, among other things is: an art studio, gallery, art journal, notebook, sketchbook and a portal to a vast web galaxy. It reminds me of the Tardis in Dr.Who. Recently, I sat looking at my iPad art on the walls of the local cafe and then at my little mini iPad on the cafe table; and marvelled, how such a large body of work, came from this small device. I now have an iPad air 2; lovely, but still think the mini is very good. There is a photo of  some of my artwork on the cafe walls near the top of this page.

My Art on Practical Things

With my iPad art, (when I have time!) I make bookmarks, ( I love books) cards, place mats …First I set up my artworks in the “Pages” app; then they are laser printed; usually onto glossy paper. I use a matt laminate (which I particularly like) or sometimes gloss to laminate them. I sell them locally. Love to see my art on practical things, as well as on the wall – and of course, in books! 🙂 *Have since writing this, moved into printing more of my iPad art myself, and sometimes mixing traditional and iPad media in the same pic. 

IPad art on lotsof things
It’s fun to try out how it looks on different products.

At RedBubble, my iPad art is reproduced on cushions,tote bags, phone cases..an so on; and also available as: framed prints, posters, canvas prints, cards…and more.

Here are some free printable bookmarks for you – (approx 16..cm x 5..cm) These are taken from larger works I did in The “Art Set Pro” app, then cropped, in “iPhotos”. It’s fun cropping work sometimes, and creating a whole new design from them.  They have my web address on them; sort of bookmarks for my blog. 🙂

*My blog title is now “Janette Leeds Art and Words”  a better match for my web address – my url: as seen on the bookmarks, “www.artandwordsjanetteleeds.com”….hmm – I may get back here to change the name on these bookmark pdfs – given time! 🙂 Stop Press: and now my url is, “www.janetteleedsartandwords.com”  

They are for personal use only. If you share them with friends, please direct them here to down load some, thank you. I’ve arranged them on A4 paper (approx 29cm x 21cm) so you’ll need that size paper or card, to print them on. They print well on a home printer. Just tap on the title below to download.

welcome bookmarks

Daisies bookmarkGumleaves bookmark

Conclusion: but Really Just the Beginning

My plan is to post here, monthly – perhaps more often, if time permits. I’ll see how it all goes.
I give thanks to God, for this blogging opportunity (actually, for everything); and I intend to make the most of it.

A beginning, yet also a continuation; a record of what I always do: draw, write, paint….

I hope you enjoy your visit.

Have a great day!

21 thoughts on “Welcome to My Blog.

    1. Thank you. Really enjoy your art and writing. From what I’ve read, and seen on your blog, I can see you are very skilled in both of these areas. I look forward to learning from, and sharing with, each other! Great to meet a fellow artist, who also explores drawing and painting on an iPad.☺️

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    1. Thank you, for your lovely comment. Yep, lots of new techno things these days! Only found these art apps about a year and a half ago, and, as is probably obvious by my blog, really enjoying them. I love your watercolours; I’ve used them a lot, myself, over the years, till recently. I’ll get back to doing more…eventually. I’ll probably incorporate some into my art apps, by scanning them into my iPad. Looking forward to seeing more of your watercolours in the future; thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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  1. Welcome to blogging! I love your art and am amazed that you get the depth of detail from your iPad. I have been blogging for three of four years now and I can tell you that it has given me so much confidence and joy. I have two blogs going and books as well. I can tell that you will do well. Looking forward to your future creative works!

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    1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging comments. I’m enjoying blogging so so far. Certainly getting to see many interesting blogs and chat to some lovely people..Love your writing and pictures. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blog posts. 🙂

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  2. Hello, thank you for dropping by and following my blog. I love the things you are doing with your iPad, some amazing effects. Brilliant. I stopped at 3 boys so I can imagine how busy your life has been……. my boys are are also grown into young men now so hence my own interest in picking up my artistic activities. I shall follow along with you. Sue

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    1. Thank you. I love your drawings; and you’ve made quilts too; bet they’re lovely! I haven’t made any myself. I would like to have had opportunity to do that and also: appliqué; cross-stitch…… However, apart from sewing up a few clothes when the boys were little ,( yes, four boys were/ are very busy, three are also! My fourth was a lovely surprise) I’ve only had time to admire such work. Hmmm, perhaps there’s time yet. However with writing, blogging and nowadays also exploring and using these wonderful art apps (and hope to also do some more work on paper and canvas); there still may still be not enough time, but thats ok! I joke with the boys (young men) I’m too busy for grandchildren, but I reckon that’ll be great! Impressed with how you are now taking up drawing! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your lovely posts. Thanks for following my blog. 🙂

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    1. Congratulations on your 31st tutorial! Thank you… you put such a lot of thought and work into them! So generous of you to share your amazing talent in this way. Thank you for the nomination, and your lovely words about me! However, I dont partake in awards, the time factor being the main reason. 🙂 Actually, I feel honoured enough that you thought to nominate me! I love your blog and as ever look forward to your future posts. All the best, Janette. 🙂

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