Paint, Pencils and Pixels

Watercolour of a woman
A cropped version of my watercolour. A close up view of the watercolour paper I used for this painting  – Strathmore Ready Cut, 5” x 7” %100 Cotton cold press watercolour paper – beautiful paper!

Hi, I’m back from my annual Summer blogging break. When I left I was beginning to use more of my traditional art media. After an intensive time (I’m not one to do things by half measures) with iPad art in these past few years, it was a bit strange to be dipping brushes into water, and squeezing paint tubes, not too many tubes though – except for acrylics, as I still prefer using watercolour pan sets: Winsor and Newton, Sennelier, and love my set of Caran D’Ache gouache colours… I had some dips into art app media as well. Really thankful for all my choices!

I’ve bought a fair bit of watercolour and drawing paper in recent months, which adds nicely to my collection of lovely cotton, and Bamboo inkjet papers. I love paper!

Pictures of paper sets
Just two from my paper stock…
A print and a drawing
At the back is a face I drew in pencil, and watercolour pencil on Canson drawing 220 paper, and at the front a print, of a drawing I did in the “Art Set Pro” app. This is printed on Epson  matt inkjet paper.
Pic of a woman
I quite like this particular Fabriano paper: it’s great to print on, takes watercolour well, and is very reasonably priced. Also eco friendly.

When I realized my Epson Printer could take 300gsm paper quite well, I was trying out all sorts of watercolour paper through it: beautiful %100 Arches and Fabriano paper, Canson Drawing 220 paper… and others… These I particulary like to use if I know I’m going to add more media to the print. Inkjet paper does not easily take watercolour, and coloured pencil can look too scratchy on it. I’ve discovered how the paper I use can make a huge a difference to the look of a print.

Prints of a woman
The one on the right is my small about 3” x 4” original monoprint. Before I added watercolour I scanned it with the “Scanner Pro” app. Then as seen in the pic on the left, printed it onto the Fabriano paper as featured in the image above. I dabbed a bit of art app media on it in “Procreate” to tidy up a few spots, and the edges of the scan. I try and be careful to not do too much tidying up! and lose the looseness of the work.

I may add watercolour to the print above on the left, but I think it looks quite effective without it. I also made a print of the original with water colour, and enlarged it onto an A4 size paper…printed up well.

I painted this with watercolour, onto A3 watercolour paper. Then I put on an isolation coat – a gel medium, before applying two coats of Windsor and Newton ton UV Varnish. A gloss varnish first; the final coat is satin. Then I put it into a A3 frame – without glass – yay!

I’m experimenting with using a varnish as a final finish to my watercolours and gouache painting, as I mention on this pic above. On an acrylic painting (which I’ll show more of soon) I prefer a satin finish, but for watercolour I knock back the gloss with a final matt varnish. It’s best not to have two coats of matt, can be too murky. I’ve found no trouble in brushing it on, which is great, as I don’t want spray wafting around the place. I’ll share more about these areas in another post.

I’m still keen, as you can see, on drawing “faces” and “mother and baby” images.. .

Woman’s face
Watercolour on paper, and some art app media. This has since been printed onto Canson 220 paper. I was pleased how the texture showed through.

I’m dabbling into doing more landscapes… I live in a beautiful part of Australia. When out walking, I’ve been taking some photos for some visual information. I’ve added a few of them in the compilation of images below.

Photo of images
The flowers top left are in acrylics, and below is a watercolour. Not that pleased with my landscape forays… Our dogs are getting older, and they do a lot of sleeping, so I did a quick sketch with the charcoal in the Art Set Pro app, and the coloured one, in “Procreate.

One last work! a painting I enjoyed doing in the “Procreate” app.Woman with flowers

Putting together this post – much like keeping a journal record –  (as usual) helps me see the way I’m going in my art journey.

In my writing I tend to share mainly about art processes; and hope my art can most times convey calm and happy feelings, and my faith in God†.

Thank you for looking through this long post. Enjoy your day!

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