Water Soluble Pencils, Art App Media – on Acrylic Paper

Drawing of a woman’s face

I began this watercolour pencil drawing/painting above, with a blue Inktense pencil, then used Caran D’Ache Supra Soft watersoluble colour pencils, on Canson A4 245gsm acrylic paper. Again, as in this previous post, in the gallery of pics, I managed to chop of the top of the head! After I scanned it into the iPad, I fixed it up a little in the Procreate app, and in general, worked on it further.

I also smudged her face a tiny bit using the tool shaped like a finger pointing, (first setting it to 4B charcoal) as you can see in the middle pic below. *For the past week and a half, I’ve been using my new iPad Pro 10.5, excellent! Though the mini, and iPad Air 2 I’ve had are also very good. I hardly ever use a (clunky) computer for anything – and use an iPad instead. 

I printed it onto A5 paper, using the same acrylic paper I used for the original work. Really love the texture of this paper. I plan to work further on the print. Some more details below – to enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

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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!

Mother and Baby 1.A and Quick Video

Mother and Baby painting

I often draw and paint images of a mother and baby; as a mum of four boys (young men now) it’s probably not surprising. I do so many of them I’ve decided to begin giving each a number and letter as a title; which I also do now with my flower artworks. A bit of a melancholy look on her face; think it could well be tiredness!

I painted this with gouache, on acrylic painting paper. After I scanned it in with the Scanner Pro app, I softened some of the outer edges with the artist crayon in Procreate (hmm, a suitable name in this instance); and added a touch more media in places. You can see this in the video below.

It printed up well on the Epson Archival Matte paper. I love how it shows the texture of the paper. Sort of like the edge around the pic, but may try it with out it. I’ll remove it with the eraser set on the soft airbrush in the Procreate app. Hmm, may soften the line under the right eye…difficult to know when to finish sometimes!

Mother and Baby
I took a photo of the print (centred on A4 size paper) with the iPad camera, rather than with the Scanner Pro app. This gives a softer look and closer to how the print appears – though it is a tiny bit richer in colour than this.

Sometimes a scan is brighter in colour than the work on paper or canvas, which often I quite like; and informs me of changes I may like to make to the original.

My skills with scanning are improving. This enables me to quite easily make “reproductive” prints of some of my traditional media artworks. I also continue to experiment with beginning a work on paper/canvas, completing a large part of it in an art app; and sometimes adding more traditional art media on the print…and so on… And there’s some lovely inkjet papers that I’m trying out.

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More Faces – a Mix of Traditional and iPad Art App Media

Watercolour of a woman's face

As is usual, a favourite “go to” subject matter when experimenting with media, is to draw or paint a women’s face. I also employ a “face” as a way to convey a mood or emotion. They are mostly imaginary. Sometimes I can see a inkling of a likeness to me, though mostly a younger and prettier version! I say more about all of this on a post, called  “About Drawing Faces”. Below, are process pics for this one above. Further along is a gallery of more”faces”. Some I began on paper, then scanned them in with the “Scanner Pro” app – which I find more effective than taking a photo. Love the way the scanner, picked up the pretty nuances of the smooth “Arches” Watercolour paper. To enlarge all, please touch on one pic.

I often draw a “face” looking downwards, perhaps from looking down at my four boys over the years. Now I have to look up; they are all over 6 foot tall!.

I put a photo of me on my “About” page recently, where I’m looking down at my grand niece, though you can’t see her. Not keen on having my photo taken, they are scarce. I’ll get onto having more taken,  because I think the kid’s would appreciate it. Here’s a “link” if you wish to have a look – I know I like seeing photos of my fellow bloggers. 🙂 May replace it with clearer one – eventually.

A Few Drawing Points

When I’ve taught drawing, I always stress, the importance of learning to draw from keen observation – to draw what you “see”. If (or when) you choose to move away from this, these acquired skills can still help and inform your work. When drawing faces, whether imaginary or not, I often make the common mistakes: of placing the eyes too high, and the space between them too wide, and the space between the nose and lips too wide… But I “know” and can see when I do this, but I often “choose” to go with it – sometimes because I’ve put too much detail in, too soon – and don’t want to redo it!

Some of the expressions on these pics, are a bit serious and glum – unintentionally. *I draw and paint with my finger, on the iPad – rather than use a stylus. 

To enlarge them all, please touch on one pic.

Thank you for viewing my work; have a great day!

Some Recent ArtWorks, and a Bit About My Exhibition

Watercolour landscape
Whoosing around with the watercolour paint in the “UBrush Pro” app – an imaginary landscape. Hmm, will have to soften the top of the cloud on the right.

These are drawn and painted in a few different apps, and I did get to try out the oil pastel in the “UBrush Pro” app, which I mentioned in a previous post. More info with the pics, on the captions. Thought I’d place them into a gallery format, makes it easier to view them at a glance, and saves having to scroll down a long way. To take a closer look, just tap twice on one, to enlarge them all. 

Looking at my art in this gallery, and in the “Segue” gallery ( talk about this exhibition, further along) has helped me to better see where I’m going with media and subject matter, and changes I may make in both. Hmm, I could try turning the heads in a different direction!

*Drawn and painted with my finger, on the iPad.

Recently, I had an exhibition of some of my iPad art, along with a fellow artist – and her beautiful watercolours – at “Segue”; a local community art and craft venue.

It was a busy time, finishing off some works, printing them up here, at home; and placing them into some simple, but effective black A4 frames. I share about various aspects of printing and presenting iPad art, on a new page I recently added to my blog – “Printing iPad Art”. I’d show you a photo of the exhibit, but can’t find where it went to at the moment.. Anyway, you may well have seen most of the works. 🙂

I’ve dabbled with some traditional media on paper lately – will scan some in, and share them soon.

I displayed some without glass, using an acrylic gloss medium, overlaid with a uv satin varnish, to protect the print. Aside from liking the look of these types of finishes; it saves me having to fuss around with glass – not one of favourite jobs!

However I also love the look of a matt finish. Actually I print my iPad art onto a lovely matt paper, which beautifully picks up the colours and contrasts. So I searched around for a matt finish and found one online called “Timeless”.

I’ve tried it, and it’s pretty much invisible…just as they claimed. Lovely!

As the pigment ink in my printer, does not smudge or smear, (dries almost immediately) I can apply these finishes with a brush. No sprays wafting around, which is great. If the paper curls a bit once its dry, I just flatten it out between heavy books for a few hours. When I display them in a frame (without glass) this also flattens them out. I’ll experiment more (have tried this with with very small prints, there’s an example in the gallery, above) with using the medium/varnish to glue a print to a canvas backing – yet another way to present a print, and not muck about with glass, yay. Lots of experimenting lately – good fun!

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