Watercolour Miniatures – and Some Larger Prints

A Watercolour on Fabriano 300gsm %100 cold pressed, cotton paper. It’s about 2 .5 inches by 3.5 inches (6cm x 9cm) in size… I often enjoy working within a small format.

I scanned it into the iPad with the “Scanner Pro” app. Then printed it onto an A4 sheet of Canson 220 drawing paper. This is not an inkjet paper, so I had to saturate the colour a little in the Photo app. In this way I could get quite a close equivalent to the colours of the original work. I liked how the blue was a bit more vivid on the print, and have since gone back to the watercolour and splashed on a bit more blue paint. As is usual one informs the other.

A watercolour and print
I’m in the process of adding a little more watercolour to the print…hmm, may add some leaves to the plant on both pics. This paper will handle a bit of water quite well; the excellent Epson pigment ink will not run at all. I talk about these areas on my page “Printing iPad Art”.
Prints and watercolour
The prints on either side of the watercolour are on A5 size recycled cream card. I haven’t quite finished with them yet; and will add more watercolour and some coloured pencil to the prints and the original watercolour. I changed the facial expression slightly within the Procreate app, and will change this also on the original watercolour.

The original watercolour and coloured pencil work in the middle above is a little over 2” x 4” (5.2cm x 10.2cm) in size. I drew both my little artworks from memory and imagination – though I do like to, and highly recommend drawing most often from observation! 🙂 Below are some more of the images of it, as I worked on it further on the iPad, in “Procreate”. There’s some info on the captions.

As I’m used to working small, I think this is one of the reasons I find drawing – with my finger – on an iPad (iPad Air 2 screen, began with a mini) quite a comfortably sized working space. And handy you can expand the screen, to get closer for detailed work.  *To enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

Thank you for stopping by; enjoy the Easter break. 🙂

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:3-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Flowers 1.T – and About Selling Art Online

Flower paintingAnother one for my flower series.

A while back, I painted this in an app called, “Art Rage”. I’ve printed it onto a lovely %100 cotton paper, and added it to my art I have for sale in my local area. Also, I’ll soon have some art, perhaps a few small pencil and watercolour artworks, but mostly prints, available for purchase via my “Shop” page – there’s already some info on this page. I so enjoy that I’m able to make my own iPad art prints, and reproductive prints.

Thought I’d try out the WordPress “Simple” payment system, which uses Paypal. Recently this was even further simplified – great job WordPress! As for promoting my art for sale, not my forte…. so just as well it’s more a fun adventure, than a serious business venture!

I do have a RedBubble shop – though this online “print on demand” selling option has it’s limitations. I have a few notes and a info link about it on my Shop page.

Thanks for dropping by; enjoy your weekend!

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!

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!