Ink pen, and a Mix of Media.

A woman’s face

Began with a quick sketch, using a black Uni pin fine line, pigment ink pen, on Mi-Teintes warm brown, 160gsm pastel paper. I prefer not to use a pencil drawing underneath. Added some colour with Inktense block washes, then added coloured pencil and graphite pencil. Softened the face a little with the smudge tool in the Procreate app, and applied a few more white highlights. This printed up well.

Also I did a black and white pigment ink print, onto 300gsm smooth cotton, Saunders Waterford, watercolour paper; and then added some Inktense colour washes, and a little graphite pencil – as seen below. Sorry about the slight blur from taking a photo of it at night. Though it does show the overall softness of it, which I was pleased to achieve.

I usually complete the original as well, and like how it becomes a sort of catylyst for further artworks.Print of a woman’s face

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Water Soluble Pencils, Art App Media – on Acrylic Paper

Drawing of a woman’s face

I began this watercolour pencil drawing/painting above, with a blue Inktense pencil, then used Caran D’Ache Supra Soft watersoluble colour pencils, on Canson A4 245gsm acrylic paper. Again, as in this previous post, in the gallery of pics, I managed to chop of the top of the head! After I scanned it into the iPad, I fixed it up a little in the Procreate app, and in general, worked on it further.

I also smudged her face a tiny bit using the tool shaped like a finger pointing, (first setting it to 4B charcoal) as you can see in the middle pic below. *For the past week and a half, I’ve been using my new iPad Pro 10.5, excellent! Though the mini, and iPad Air 2 I’ve had are also very good. I hardly ever use a (clunky) computer for anything – and use an iPad instead. 

I printed it onto A5 paper, using the same acrylic paper I used for the original work. Really love the texture of this paper. I plan to work further on the print. Some more details below – to enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

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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. This is the size of ACEO art cards; popular with some artists.

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 iPad’s 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. 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, quite a comfortably sized working space. And it’s handy you can expand the screen, to get closer for detailed work. I began with a mini, and then had a iPad Air 2, both excellent iPads. However, as I do all my online work, and lots of art on an iPad, not on a computer, I decided to update to a 10.5 iPad Pro.   *To enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

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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!