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.
I often like to draw or paint a “Mother and Baby” image. Being a mum brings me so much joy, and also: hard work, tiredness, and sometimes heart ache. And though we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, here in Australia; I think mothers are worth special attention everyday!
I began this artwork above with a quick pencil sketch, then took it into Procreate – a particularly suitable app title 🙂 – where I dabbed in (freehand) some colour, printed it, added some watercolour on the print, then scanned it in again, and added more work in the app…this is the one you see here. I’ll print it as cards, as an A4 print, and also finish it as a (very!) mixed media artwork.
It can become quite wordy trying to share all the processes, and may sound complicated, but really it’s not. It just involves a lot of play, so it’s certainly good fun!
My website/blog continues to be a helpful online journal for myself, and hopefully for you also.
In the works below, I’ve included some media info on the captions. *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image.
This is painted with watercolour, though I first drew the white lines in oil pastel…initially difficult to see! However, enjoyed putting washes of colour over it and seeing the white appear. Added a bit of art app media.
I began this with pencil and watercolour….this has a bit more colour added in Procreate.
Had fun using my new set of water soluble pencils. A quick sketch, though not enough room at the top of the head…added it in with art app media. As seen in the next pic.
I put the top of the head in, in Procreate. I left enough room for this when I scanned it in.
A tiny watercolour, added a bit more white to it with the charcoal in Procreate. Looked pretty printed up.
Watercolour on a beautiful cold pressed Stratmore paper. You can see the texture here in the scan of this tiny watercolour.