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 Stages of Finish – on Paper and on the iPad

Red flower inkjet print

I began this with graphite pencil and watercolour on paper, then with the “Scanner Pro” app brought it into the iPad. I had not left enough white on the flowers, so in the “Procreate” app I lifted some whites out (freehand) with the eraser. Also added a little more colour here and there before printing it. Unfortunately the original watercolour on paper didn’t finish up as well as this one. Though I’m not altogether happy with this either.  I need to loosen up with watercolour washes; and learn to leave more white paper showing! Always something to learn.

Below are a smattering of works I’ve been doing lately – more info on the captions. Then there’s a quick drawing video of the face I did, shown here in the prints, in the fifth image along.   *Please tap on an image, to enlarge them all.

As always, thankful to God† for all my art opportunities.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

iPad and Traditional Art Mix

Print of a painting of a woman
Hand painted in “Art Set Pro”. Then on this print, I added a bit of graphite pencil.

Back here after a long, lovely Summer break – family time, housework, art – all mingled well together, mostly does! Spent some time, whizzing about with: watercolour, coloured pencil, a bit of gouache and acrylic paint – and drew and and painted on my iPad. In my gallery below, I’ve added some media information on the captions.

Continued on with my experiments in mixed media: a work begun on paper, taken into an art app, worked on further, printed…adding more media on the print. Or begun a work in an art app, and finished it with traditional media on the print…and so forth. I didn’t do as much straight forward traditional media art as I thought I would. Got side tracked, with using my new “beaut” – as an Aussie, seemed just the right word – printer.

There’s more info, on my “Printing iPad Art” page, particularly in the section: “About prints I make at home”. The new printer takes thicker inkjet paper, and I really enjoyed trying out various beautiful papers: Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190gsm, Bamboo 170gsm,  Canson Rag Photographique 210gsm, Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper, Epson matte heavy weight 167gsm, Epson Archival Matte  189gsm… *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image. 

Each type of paper  (love paper!) makes a difference to the final look. I’m still getting to know what suits a particulary image – a lot to do with what contrasts, colours, and mood I want to emphasise.  I also bought some A3 paper, for my out sourced laser prints – called, Colour Copy silk finish, 200gsm, made by Mondi. Lovely look and feel to it.

Mixing up the media in the one image is a lot of fun; and fun I think, is an important element in all creative processes. Perhaps, I need to add a bit more of a smile to some of the faces I draw!

Thanks for visiting. 🙂

A Watercolour/Art app Mix, Process Pics, and a Poem

Mother and baby painting
This is the finished artwork, after using my iPad to scan in the drawing, and then painting on it with “Art Set Pro” media.

This began as a quick black watercolour pencil sketch; about 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) in size. A favourite subject matter of mine – a mother and baby. I whooshed some water over it and then with my iPad, scanned it in, using the “Scanner Pro” app. I like the look of the original, but thought I’d add some colour in an art app. It printed up well. I used (as I usually do) the lovely epson heavy weight paper. The print has a soft, muted look, which I like, though this is partly acheived, by my not so great scan! – getting better at it though. I find a photo isn’t as effective as the scanner.

A little further along is a poem I had fun writing recently, titled “Rough Draft Rumblings”. Yet to be illustrated; so there may be more rumblings. 🙂

*Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all.

I’m trying different ways to present my prints. With this one, after cutting around the printed picture, and leaving a white edge, I tried laying it on an A4 size green/ grey paper – the black paper, looked a bit harsh. Quite, like the look of it. Think, I’ll get some different coloured card, and do more of this. May eventually place it into an A4 frame.

Presentation, has never been my highpoint…like to just get on with the next pic. However, if I want to continue to display some locally, (I’ve exhibited and sold some of my art, occasionally, over the years) I’ll have to look into it more. Of course, an effective frame, can add to a piece…will just experiment with ways which look good, don’t take too much time, and don’t cost too much!

Lately, I’ve enjoyed adding oil pastel, and so on… and acrylic mediums to some of my iPad artworks after printing them. Sometimes, it’s fun to, scan an artwork in, as with this one; and then draw and paint on it (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) within an art app. Sometimes, I just like to print something I’ve drawn or painted on my iPad, and leave as is. Spoilt for choices; and thankful.

Rough Draft Rumblings

There was a tale told,
that our scribblings, our penned,
but unpolished lines,
would be taken out to shine.
Placed upon a new page;
prettied up with pictures;
and presented upon an iPad stage.
Sense and syllables carefully checked –
our sounds, spruced up, tweaked –
our vowels carefully paced.
And the placement of a pause,
in just the right place.
But still we wait.

Those pesky pint sized poems,
haiku I think she calls them – they’ve made it out.
Suppose, they speak lots, even shout,
within a small space.

Well, I’m a poem too, and I’m tired; I’ve waited
and waited – I want to be illustrated.
I may be longer in syllable count,
but I deserve, a wash of line and colour;
to be tizzied and typed up in a pretty font –
that’s what I want!
I still have lines, where a full stop
should restrain me;
where penline arrows point –
in all directions, and make me feel
rather threatened; and where
I pivot precariously in places,
at the end of a parade of ellipses…
I need to be fixed.

But, I hear tell, before our ink fades,
we may have our say.
The rumour is, there’s a flurry of movement
in the filing cabinet;
a ruffling of manilla folders.

We are the older ones,
but it seems she’s not forgotten us.

We may have begun as scribbles,
written quickly between the folding of washing,
and wiping baby dribbles…
But she’s still fond of us.
Though we may not all make it
to the online world…it could be,
the day is coming,
where at the least, our
lines will be made legible.

For those of us, who don’t make the cut –
at least on paper, it’s enough,
we’ve helped her along the writing path;
and we still live on in our maker’s heart.

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