A beautiful bunch of Hakea leaves were given to me by a friend; she thought I’d enjoy drawing them. So true! They have a similiar elegance to the gum leaves I recently drew. For this very quick sketch I used an Artline pen. I love how the ink lines travel in unexpected ways when I add a brush of water to them. After I scanned it in to the iPad (using the Scanner Pro app) I added a little colour (freehand) in Procreate. *This can be seen in the video below. I’ve only hinted at the flowers, as they were getting past their bloom. At their peak, they have rather fascinating shapes and colours.
The ink in this pen is unfortunately not light fast. However, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer, changes it into a print that it is light fast up to 50+ years. I’ve also printed the intial drawing onto a sheet of A4 Daler Rowney 300gsm watercolour paper. Now I can add washes of (good quality, fade resistant) watercolour, and have a finished work that stays around!
I’ve shared about this monoprint in a previous post.This version above has a watercolour wash added to the monoprint, and a little art app media applied in the Procreate app. I’ve printed it onto Canson 220gsm drawing paper, with archival inks, on my inkjet printer. I’ve placed it into my little art shop, I opened on my “Shop” page today. It’s now available as an “open” edition print. I like that I can turn my “monoprints” into “plurals”!
I sell my art locally, and I’m pleased the “Simple Payment Buttons” that I’ve mentioned here, allow me now to have some of my art prints, (and eventually some watercolours) available on my site. It was fun to set up!
Gum leaves are a favourite subject of mine; their sweepingcurves are a joy to capture in a dance of pencil lines. These had their beautiful bonnet shaped flowers on show. I picked them while I was out walking with our dogs. I also collected some with gum nuts, which I’ve drawn in graphite pencil – it’s in the little gallery below.
This one above is a print from a tiny watercolour I did. It has a touch of colour dabbed on it in the Procreate app. I’m in the process of applying more watercolour, and a bit of oil pastel to the print; as well as using some water-soluble pencils – I often get the colour from these pencils by wiping a wet brush across the tips of them. I’ll also finish my original watercolour .
The Canson 220gsm drawing paper is proving to be excellent to print on, and takes light water washes well. The Epson printer inks I use don’t run. I also print on some lovely watercolour papers…
I’m working on a few miniature watercolours, (among other things) which I’ll also scan and print – and perhaps rework… Plan to share them soon. I hope to open my little art shop this week; I make mention of it here. Thanks for stopping by! *To enlarge the images below, please tap on a pic. More info on the captions.
In the “Procreate” app, I used the artist crayon to add more colour. It’s printed on A5 size Canson paper. I’ll deepen the lines and colour in the original watercolour to finish it.
A (Bic) graphite pencil and a water-soluble graphite pencil drawing of gumleaves and gum nuts, that I collected on a walk today. Not yet finished.
The scan can be lightened, but I liked to deep tones. Worked on it further with the eraser in Procreate, set to burnt tree charcoal – this has a similiar grain to that of the paper.
This print of my pencil drawing showed a pleasing range of tones. Tried to capture that in this photo – difficult to do. Will tint a print with watercolour.
Oh the endless (mini) dramas of spilt milk…(or other liquids). These deserve to feature in a splash of paint, and a dash of words. A frequent scene when I had a household of young children.
This is another poem from my collection of illustrated haiku/haiga. I wrote and drew them many years ago, in a flurry, while raising four boys (young men now) in between: cooking, cleaning, and the washing machine…
Over time, I’m scanning the line and watercolour illustrations into the iPad, and typing up these handwritten poems – which at the moment are placed together in a homemade book. To do this I use: the “Scanner Pro” app, and give the image a tidy up around the edges in “”Procreate”, (with a good scan, I usually don’t have to dab about with any colour work in “Procreate”), then work in a great app called “Book Creator”.