Canvas, iPad, then Work on the Print – and a Quick Video

Painting of a woman’s face

A print from a work I began on canvas a little while back. I scanned it into the iPad, and added to it (freehand) using a little art app media in “Procreate”. Then put a little watercolour and gouache onto the print.

I knew I wanted to do further work on the print, so I printed it onto watercolour paper (300gsm), as inkjet papers have a finish which inhibits the flow of watercolour media. I’m learning what paper suits what purpose… There’s a recycled 300gsm card I print on with a really smooth surface, which takes colour pencil work beautifully. If I’m not adding any work to the final print, I have some lovely inkjet papers to choose from.

In the video below you can see the work I did in the “Procreate” app with: paint, pencil and the artist crayon. Unfortunately, I overworked it and lost the intial washy look of the paint. However, I’m pleased with the effect of the canvas texture showing through. I could finish it on the canvas, but not sure where it’s got to! Anyway, as I sort of like how it ended up, thought I’d share it here.

You can read more about the “faces” I like to draw and paint, on this appropriately named blog post, “About Drawing Faces”. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolour Wanderings

Painting of a pear
Painted with Sennelier Watercolour on 300gsm Daler Rowney Aquafine Cold Pressed Not paper.

To get on with some watercolour practice, I’ve pre-sliced quite a lot of various types of watercolour paper into A5 size and smaller. Generally I like to work fairly small on paper and canvas; usually no bigger than an A3 size. It enables me to begin and finish something in a shorter space of time. May do some larger works eventually.

My art often has to be squeezed in between the important job – vocation…of running an orderly household, which suits me fine. However, waves of a delightful arty disorder occur frequently at my dining room table. And now our boys are young men, there is a little more time and space for my art. Below are a few of my recent watercolour dabblings. *To enlarge them all and read the captions, please tap on an image.

As with my iPad art, I’m also making prints (on my own printer) of some of my art in traditional media; in A4 and A5 sizes, and as A6 cards (example above) – for sale in my local area. There’s more info about art that I sell on my “Shop” page.

The scans of my works on paper and canvas aren’t always spot on in colour and tone, though they are as close as I can get them to the originals – I’m still practicing my scanning skills. Usually, before printing the scanned artworks, I also need to make some minor adjustments, drawing freehand on them (with my finger)  using a little art app media. Often this informs my original work, and I make changes to it, and visa versa. In some ways, the originals and scanned images become slighty different works… Nevertheless, it’s still all my own work.. and the processes are good fun!

Thank you for dropping by – enjoy your day!

Some Art in Various Media – and Art Prints

Drawing of rocks

I drew this with an “Artline” pen, (a type of pen I’ve enjoyed using for years) from a photo I took of rocks by a running stream, at a local swimming spot. I brushed over the lines with water – part of the fun is not knowing how the ink will spread. After scanning it in with the “Scanner Pro” app, I painted in some more black tones with my finger, using paint in the “Procreate” app. A grey tone came in with the scan. Instead of rescanning it, I thought it suited the drawing so I kept it there.

Unfortunately, the ink in these pens does fade over time, however, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer gives it a fade resistant, and smudge proof home. I can then paint on it further in traditional media – as in the image below.

Drawing of a woman
I printed this artline inkpen drawing onto brown kraft paper; then added some coloured pencil work, and a little white (water soluble) neo colour pastel.

I’ve collected together a few of my recent works (play) 🙂 below. As usual there are faces, and pears – another favourite subject matter… I enjoyed doing landscapes again, and I plan to do some more. Thank you for stopping by! *Please tap on a pic to enlarge them all. 

 

Changing the Landscape – and About Printing iPad and Traditional Media Artworks

Landscape painting print
This a monochrome version of a colour iPad painting, printed on a lovely %100 recycled cream card – there’s a link to it below.  Difficult to capture in a photo the lovely colour of this card.

If you saw my last post this image will look familiar. I deleted that post….wasn’t too happy with it; though thanks for the “likes”. This is the same artwork as a print in monotone, (and with some little changes) on a 100% recycled card stock – this is from a great Australian company – BuyEcoGreen. It’s a lovely cream colour with tiny flecks through it. I also took the image (the monotone version) back into the ‘Procreate” app, and added a touch more grey in places. As well, I cropped it further before printing it.

I also printed this image on 200gsm 100% recycled Fabriano – White Ecological Artist Paper. A beautiful paper; it takes watercolour very well. You can see an example of watercolour over this same monotone pic below. *Just tap on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

I’m experimenting a lot with printing my art, both my iPad and works on paper and canvas.  Often merging the two types of media together within the one image. I often use Epson Archival Matte for my prints – it seems Epson has good “green” environmental policies for it’s products. I’m also using eco friendly, FSC certified paper (or 100% cotton or Bamboo paper) for both my traditional media, and my iPad art prints.

I gave another Workshop recently, titled: Traditional Drawing: on Paper and iPad or Android Tablet – Expressive Line Drawing. Used pencil on paper, and scanned in the work into SketchBook Pro (has a scanner built in, and is available on both iPad and Android tablets) and then printed it. Everyone did some great work. As with my last Workshop, this one went really well. I was determined to take photos of it, but sorry yet again, forgot to do so!

Also, the landscape is changing (as per this post’s title) in the focus of my art processes. Though continuing to use art app media, I’ve returned to using more of my traditional media: watercolours, pencil, goauche…. thankful for so many choices! And, as is inevitable for us all, with the passing of time, there are many changes and challenges in life – good and not so good. I find much comfort in this scripture (along with many others).

“For I am the Lord, I change not;…” Malachi 3:6 KJV

Hope to share soon, more about making prints of my art.

Thank you for visiting! 🙂