A Watercolour Scanned into my iPad and a Haiku (Senryu)

Shoe painting and a haiku


This is another one of my illustrated haiku from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: a Collection of Illustrated Haiku.” I painted the watercolour on paper and wrote the haiku, quite a few years back.

About the Scan and Arrangement of My Haiku and Watercolour.

Used the “Scanner Pro” app to scan in my watercolour. Imported it into the “Tayasui Sketches app, and with the white paint, painted out any shadows that had crept in around the image. Very handy! There’s a few art apps I can use for this purpose. I’m getting better at using the scanner, so shadows are not happening as much!

I then, imported the watercolour into the “Pages” app, typed in the haiku and arranged it together with the image. I took a screenshot, then in the “Photos” section, edited out any unwanted edges. There are also other ways and apps I can use to put the text with the image. It can sound complex, but it really is all very easy and quick to do.

I’ve experimented a fair bit in the past year or so, with ways to best use my iPad for my art and words. Lots of fun, but still lots to learn. You can find out more about the apps I use in, “About Some Art apps,Other apps and My Books”.

I mention in a previous post why I don’t call, these poems haiga. However, these illustrated poems, perhaps can be called, an english version of a haiga…hmm.

The haiku in this collection could also be recognised as senryu. I have spoken about haiku and senyru in my post, About Haiku and Tips on Writing Them. However, I’m certainly no expert in these matters.

More Information and Links about Senryu and Haiku

Below is a quote – a definition of the term senryu. Also some excellent online sites, where you can find more about haiku and related areas.

Firstly, the quote from Haiku Society of America under the page heading:

“Official Definitions of Haiku and Related Terms”


Definition: A senryu is a poem, structurally similar to haiku, that highlights the foibles of human nature, usually in a humorous or satiric way.

Notes: A senryu may or may not contain a season word or a grammatical break. Some Japanese senryu seem more like aphorisms, and some modern senryu in both Japanese and English avoid humor, becoming more like serious short poems in haiku form. There are also “borderline haiku/senryu”, which may seem like one or the other, depending on how the reader interprets them.”

Although my haiku above is not about human nature, as senryu often includes, I do use personification: a poetic device which suggests human characteristics in inanimate objects. I talk more about this device towards the bottom of this post.

Another great site is, The Haiku Foundation.

Below are Links to Two Wonderful Blogs I follow.

Both authors write excellent haiku and other poetry and are very knowledgable in these areas.

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. Ellen Grace Olinger.

HAIKU ODYSSEY  Poetry, Haiku, Tanka, Senryu. Ron Evans.

Hope you are inspired to write some haiku of your own.

Making ebooks on an iPad in “Book Creator”

I was so excited when I found the “Book Creator” app and also “Scanner Pro”. This meant I could easily scan in my pages from my handmade books and turn them into ebooks; with the option of also creating a hard copy book from this app.

There’s more about these areas,  on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”. I made the slideshow below;   with some pages from my handmade book “Mother as Writer”. I wanted to give you an idea of how easy it is to get your words and pictures onto pages in a book,  in “Book Creator”.

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This book is a long narrative poem, which turned into an illustrated book; which often happens to my poems. At the least, my poems are dressed up with a drawing – they help each other out…a sort of a synergy.

I wrote the “Mother as Writer” poem very quickly. I was in the middle of, I think, cleaning one of  boy’s bedrooms, who were still quite young then. I remember, thinking about how on earth was I ever going to get time to do any of my arty projects.

I’d just read about a woman, who was a writer and spoke about walks on the beach, and having coffees as she pondered her next piece of writing. That was just soooo – far removed from my own writing life; it kind of triggered a response poem! I thought, well – this is how I write and off I went. I dashed down some lines: did some more cleaning, dashed down more sentences, kept on working, scribbled down more lines and so on – this being the usual way that I had to write (and draw).

Poem and picture
Part of the back cover of my “Mother as Writer” book; (paper isn’t this yellow) could well have been titled”…as Artist”..

It flowed surprisingly well from the very first draft; which is not often the case. As I reread it, I was encouraged to see, that for a busy mother (is there any other!) I didn’t do too badly. I did actually get some writing and drawing done.

So I polished it up (redrafting is always so neccessary); drew the illustrations, photocopied, stapled it up and sold the books locally. I wanted my book to encourage other mums – and myself! – that arty or other projects; can get done, between housework and bringing up a family.

It just takes time (a lot longer than usual), and perseverance – one of my favourite words. For me, it was certainly worth weaving my art and words throughout my day, in this way; as I loved being at home with the kids – always inspirational. My art and words are very much about my life.

The feedback from people (glad it sold well), suggested it was an encouraging read. I still work around family life (I’m sure many of you do too), but have a little more time to work on my many projects. Hope to get this one available to a wider audience very soon.

Meanwhile, I hope this post and my blog in general, is an encouragement to you, whether a mother or not;  to pick up a pencil, pen or iPad and in your busy day, dash down some words or a sketch or two, or maybe more…