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! 🙂

Mother and Baby 1.A and Quick Video

Mother and Baby painting

I often draw and paint images of a mother and baby; as a mum of four boys (young men now) it’s probably not surprising. I do so many of them I’ve decided to begin giving each a number and letter as a title; which I also do now with my flower artworks. A bit of a melancholy look on her face; think it could well be tiredness!

I painted this with gouache, on acrylic painting paper. After I scanned it in with the Scanner Pro app, I softened some of the outer edges with the artist crayon in Procreate (hmm, a suitable name in this instance); and added a touch more media in places. You can see this in the video below.

It printed up well on the Epson Archival Matte paper. I love how it shows the texture of the paper. Sort of like the edge around the pic, but may try it with out it. I’ll remove it with the eraser set on the soft airbrush in the Procreate app. Hmm, may soften the line under the right eye…difficult to know when to finish sometimes!

Mother and Baby
I took a photo of the print (centred on A4 size paper) with the iPad camera, rather than with the Scanner Pro app. This gives a softer look and closer to how the print appears – though it is a tiny bit richer in colour than this.

Sometimes a scan is brighter in colour than the work on paper or canvas, which often I quite like; and informs me of changes I may like to make to the original.

My skills with scanning are improving. This enables me to quite easily make “reproductive” prints of some of my traditional media artworks. I also continue to experiment with beginning a work on paper/canvas, completing a large part of it in an art app; and sometimes adding more traditional art media on the print…and so on… And there’s some lovely inkjet papers that I’m trying out.

Thanks for stopping by!