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.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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!

Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Printing iPad Art (an excerpt from my new page)

Art Print
Some of my iPad art prints. Better not leave them piled up like this for long, could damage them.

*This post is an excerpt, from a new page of the same title, I’ve just added it to my blog. It’s quite a long page, you may need a packed lunch, or a thermos of tea, to see you through the journey. Though I have provided a quick ride back up. 🙂

Pre – Ramble – I mean Amble. 

In these past two or so years; after much experimenting with iPad art, I can see, this will continue to be a large part of how I draw and paint.

I’ve recorded here some of my research, thoughts and experiences, in the field of digital printing. Some of which, I’ve already posted a little about. Sharing information, about iPad art and digital printing, can only be a good thing; as it seems there’s (though it’s changing) a lot of misconceptions – often negative ones – about both these areas. Following are points I look at:

  • making prints of works on paper.
  • Differences between iPad art “original prints” and “reproduction prints”.
  • About giclee/inkjet printing – some links about open and limited print editions.
  • About prints I make at home.
  • Art for all

I’m learning as I go along; and as I’m no expert in these matters, I do recommend you read, the links I’ve

Laser prints
A couple of laser prints

sprinkled throughout this page, as they expand on some of the points I make. *I don’t necessarily, agree with all viewpoints, on these linked websites.
If you have some information you’d like to share, the comment section for this page, is open at my blog.

I’ll keep this page updated, with any info and links I find helpful; and hope it will also be a help to you.

Making Prints of Works on Paper 

Over the years, I’ve often used a colour copier/printer to scan and make “reproduction” prints of my watercolours, ink pen, and pencil works.

Please see my page, to read more… Thank you