*The steps in how I put this above “Picture with Scripture” together, and the download link for it are further along.
I’ve never used computers much; I built my blog on my iPad, through the WordPress app, and I do all my posts on my iPad.
I’ve discovered some really useful apps to help me to do this, and many, along with the art apps, enable new ways to create my art and to do my writing. I write a bit more about some apps I use, on my page “About Some Art Apps, Other Apps and My Books”.
As I run my finger around the screen in the “TypeDrawing” app, as on the above pic, and watch the words unfold and choose: just the right font, colour and position (I undo and redo it quite a bit)… it can be a great way to improve my scripture memory!
At Kiwissoar a wonderful blog, authored by Maureen Sudlow, there are some of her lovely photos (her partner Rod takes some of them and she further enhances them) with Scripture on them, and some photos with her beautiful poems, haiku… next to them. She’s also written a great children’s picture book called “Fearless Fred”. I came across her blog soon after I began mine, earlier this year, and really enjoy her work.
Steps in how I create a “Picture with Scripture” pdf on my iPad
First I paint the picture (or you can use your photos or scanned in artwork) in an art app; for this one I used: paint, sponge, pen, coloured pencil, smudge tools… in “Art Set Pro” *I use my finger on the screen, rather than a stylus.
I add the scripture in the “TypeDrawing” app.
Then type more text along the bottom in the “Phonto” app, which enables me to fade these words. Both apps have different aspects I like. I sometimes use them for my poems on pics as well.
After I put on the text I can – if I get fussy! – take the the pic back into “Art Set Pro” and add more colour work…without losing text or image clarity.
I import the image into the “Pages” app and make it the size I want and arrange it’s placement on the page.
With a quick tap I create a pdf in the app, just before I email it to my WordPress blog.
It arrives in my media library and also as a blog post draft – I have to type [status draft] on the email to do this.
You can find out about emailing posts at the WordPress Support document, Post by email. *When moving between apps, the constant is the “Photo” section (a preinstalled app on an iPad) I take all artworks from there to other apps, and then back there and so on…
These are all simple and fun steps to do; just a bit of practice to remember all the steps.
More about media uploads with my iPad
I can upload my artwork to my WordPress blog easily enough via the “Photo” section on my iPad. However, emailing “pdfs” is the only way (and a quick way) that I’ve figured out, as yet, to get my “pdfs” from my “Pages” app into the WordPress media library.
I also email videos from my iPad “Photo” section, to my WordPress media library. So much quicker to do it this way…the internet can make video uploads slow, and sometimes an error occurs.
The “Picture with Scripture” pdf
It is 16.82 x 12.61 cm approx: 5″ x 7″, centred in an A4 size approx 11″ x 8″ sheet of paper. A “Pages” pdf, makes for a very good quality print. For personal use only please; my copyright information is on the sidebar. Thank you.
Just touch on the link below to download it.
Some of this long post (thank you for trekking through it); part of my blog aim, is to inform readers about the uses of an iPad and apps, (and much of which, will also apply to other tablets) for creative purposes. There’s sure to be other apps and other ways, to do these things, meanwhile I share here my discoveries and hope you find them helpful.
Blessings to all. Hope you have a lovely creative week. 🙂
A few years back I did some artworks using oil pastel on paper; over which I brushed on a thin wash of black paint. This simple technique makes the colours stand out quite vividly. On my kitchen wall, is a bright orange flower drawing I did back then, using this method. Today I did a another version of it, using a completely different method – by drawing it in the “Art Set Pro” app, on my iPad.
They each have qualities I like.
You can see both of them below.
The scanned in flowers, though fairly bright on paper are even more vivid here; a rather nice effect of using the “Scanner Pro” app. I haven’t really tried the filters and effects in some apps, which can be applied to an image – one day I probably will.
I made a bookmark (please see below) from the drawing I did in “Art Set Pro”. I did this by cropping it in the“Photos’ app. I enjoyed trying out a few ways to slice up the drawing. They just didn’t look right or I would have placed another one on the printable sheet. I usually print the drawing first before I place the pdf here – ran out of time…and that’s not an unusual occurrence. However, I’m better these days, at judging how well an image will look in print, from how it looks on the screen. I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine. Though I tend to get way too fussy, so I’m likely to change it a bit at some stage!
Knowing when to stop working on a drawing or painting is itself, an important part of the whole process! I’m still learning how to do that. 🙂
About the bookmark
To download the free printable bookmark, just touch on the title below. This bookmark is approx, 15:1/2cm x 6cm, positioned on an A4 (approx, 21cm x 29cm) sheet of paper. *For personal use only, not commercial. Thank you.
Hi, great to have you here. This is my first post, well, the first one set to public viewing. I’ve been busy getting it all ready and glad to be now able to share my art and words with you here, on my blog. A focus of my blog will be my iPad art. But, also I’ll share with you my artworks I do on paper and sometimes on canvas; and my poems…haiku and illustrations.
I’ve found some lovely art apps, with amazing mark making properties. I just tap to access: paint, oil pastel, pencil…and more. With my finger (rarely use a stylus) I sketch down lines, lay down paint; use tone and colour, and create artworks very similar in look and style to my works I do on paper and canvas.
I’m no techno whizz, so I was glad to find apps, that are very straightforward, and easy to use. I talk more about these apps on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”. Among all of this, you’ll find plenty of drawing and writing tips:(more on my writing further along) most of them also apply to works on paper, canvas or an iPad. Below is a selection of my iPad art to show the different media and styles I like to work in.*I often put more information on image captions about the art apps used.
Drawing is a learnable skill
One, very important reason I want to have a blog (such a odd sounding word) is to help and encourage people (myself too) in their own art and writing adventures.
I’m always keen to help people learn to draw (my formal qualifications are on my “About” page) If you don’t have an iPad, a simple pencil and paper are fine for trying out some of my drawing tips and ideas; and to produce a finished drawing. As much as I love my new found art apps, can anything really surpass: paper and pencil!
I also share some free printable pdfs; a great way to make available, information sheets and some of my art. There’s more about them (and a free printable) at the bottom of my page, “About”.*There’s also one at the end of this post.
There are slideshows and short videos on my blog, which I put together to demonstrate my drawing processes and various artworks. There is a way to “look” and “see” which is vital to being able to draw well: a very learnable skill. I’m passionate on these matters, and they will certainly come up in my posts..better move on before I write a short novel about drawing!
About my Writing
I write poems and illustrate them and as with my art, have become quite adept at fitting it all in between a hectic family life . As a mum of four boys (young men now); it’s not always been easy to do. My lovely husband, is also a great dad, which helps a lot.
Until about a year ago, I knew little about social media, and didn’t have a email address and rarely used the internet; things have certainly changed!
I enjoy posting my iPad art (and other art) and words, on my Facebook Artist page and have done so for about eight months.(Hi to my Facebook friends who may be reading this). I also have my iPad art for sale at RedBubble an online, print on demand store.
I’ve built my blog, using the WordPress app on my iPad. I’m not very computer savvy at all, and rarely use one very impressed with WordPress: their web/blog themes and support.
Arranging and setting up my content for my blog, has been a hugely enjoyable experience. I’ve learnt about: widgets (sounds like insects!) image files, responsive themes, how to make a picture gallery and so on..Also how to put in links; which I use frequently – it makes for easier navigation around my posts and pages.
A keyboard (logitech brand) is always attached to my iPad. Not only is it great for extended periods of writing on a screen, but also prevents the iPad keyboard, popping up, when I’m work in the dashboard of my blog and arrange my art onto the “Pages” app. I use this app a lot; more information in “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.
My iPad, among other things is: an art studio, gallery, art journal, notebook, sketchbook and a portal to a vast web galaxy. It reminds me of the Tardis in Dr.Who. Recently, I sat looking at my iPad art on the walls of the local cafe and then at my little mini iPad on the cafe table; and marvelled, how such a large body of work, came from this small device. I now have an iPad air 2; lovely, but still think the mini is very good. There is a photo of some of my artwork on the cafe walls near the top of this page.
My Art on Practical Things
With my iPad art, (when I have time!) I make bookmarks, ( I love books) cards, place mats …First I set up my artworks in the “Pages” app; then they are laser printed; usually onto glossy paper. I use a matt laminate (which I particularly like) or sometimes gloss to laminate them. I sell them locally. Love to see my art on practical things, as well as on the wall – and of course, in books! 🙂 *Have since writing this, moved into printing more of my iPad art myself, and sometimes mixing traditional and iPad media in the same pic.
AtRedBubble, my iPad art is reproduced on cushions,tote bags, phone cases..an so on; and also available as: framed prints, posters, canvas prints, cards…and more.
Here are some free printable bookmarks for you – (approx 16..cm x 5..cm) These are taken from larger works I did in The “Art Set Pro” app, then cropped, in “iPhotos”. It’s fun cropping work sometimes, and creating a whole new design from them. They have my web address on them; sort of bookmarks for my blog. 🙂
*My blog title is now “Janette Leeds Art and Words” a better match for my web address – my url: as seen on the bookmarks, “www.artandwordsjanetteleeds.com”….hmm – I may get back here to change the name on these bookmark pdfs – given time! 🙂 Stop Press: and now my url is, “www.janetteleedsartandwords.com”
They are for personal use only. If you share them with friends, please direct them here to down load some, thank you. I’ve arranged them on A4 paper (approx 29cm x 21cm) so you’ll need that size paper or card, to print them on. They print well on a home printer. Just tap on the title below to download.
My plan is to post here, monthly – perhaps more often, if time permits. I’ll see how it all goes.
I give thanks to God, for this blogging opportunity (actually, for everything); and I intend to make the most of it.
A beginning, yet also a continuation; a record of what I always do: draw, write, paint….
When the kids were little, I spent many a day grabbing for a pen or pencil amid: folding washing, tying shoelaces, scooping some kind of mess of the floor, making beds…a sketch here and there; words plonked onto an empty envelope – or whatever was handy. Always lots to inspire me!
My arty work schedule was much as you can see on the page below, from my hand made book “Mother as Writer”. There’s more excerpts on top of my page, “About”.
I still have plenty to do at home; it’s a job you really never get to retire from. And I never tire of the daily colours and shapes that come with this work: the dazzle of dishes on the sink, a weave of washing or flowers glowing at me just outside the window; they often request to be captured in pencil lines, or watercolour washes, or to be caught in a frame of words.
To do this, these days, I mostly grab for my iPad paints and pens and love that with a few quick moves and taps between apps, I can share it so readily here, with my friends, in this internet galaxy.
You may find the writing tip sheet below, a handy reminder about writing on the run. It is a free printable.
It is for personal use only; not to be used for commercial purposes. If you share it with friends can you please direct them to my blog to download it. Thank you. 🙂 More information about this pdf, under the picture. To download, touch on the title,
This picture is 23.86cm x 17.9cm centred on A4 (the paper you will need to print on) 210mm x297mm(about 8″ x 11″) It has a white border. There’s a bit more info about them and another free printable on the bottom of my page, “About”. Enjoy.
I ‘ve added some information below; about the apps and processes I used, to make this sheet. There’s probably quite a few, ways of doing it. However, for me after, a bit of a search around, I found these apps provided the most flexible way in create this pdf.
Looks a bit wordy, but really quite easy. Like most things, practice helps.
How I put together this, “Catch your thinks into ink sheet”.
1/ I drew the washing basket in the “Bamboo Paper” app. I saved the drawing to “iPhotos” a few times to show the different stages in the drawing, as you can see on the sheet.
2/With the finished drawing, I place it into an app called, “TypeDrawing” and put in the squiggly lines the of words, that flow into the washing bsaket.
2/I took the final drawing into a landscape shaped page in “Book Creator” and had it cover the whole page.
3/ Then, I brought two of the earlier stage drawings into “Book Creator” and made them small enough to sit in either corner of the large drawing.
4/ I tapped on text in “Book Creator” and typed in most of the writing. You can easily move the text to where you want it. I tapped on the word screenshot in “Book Creator” and it was sent to “iPhotos”.
5/ From there I placed it into the “Phonto” app. Where, on the bottom, I put: my blog title, web address, and a copyright symbol and my name. I also put the symbol and my name to the left of the central drawing. I used “Phonto” for these words, as in this app you can regulate the light or darkness of words. I wanted to make them more subtle in appearance.
6/ I took the drawing into an app to resize it, which is sent back to “iPhotos” with a more suitable pixel size for my blog. It’s called “Image size”; very handy.
7/ Then to create it into a pdf, I took it into the “Pages” app. There I positioned it so it will print up, on an A4 sheet of paper, with a white border around it.
8/ Finally, to get the pdf file onto my blog, to become a free printable, I emailed it to my WordPress site. This was the only way to get this type of file into WordPress, using my iPad. I can quite easily upload my media/images from the “iPhoto” library onto my blog, however, it doesn’t hold pdf files.
As well, when uploading my drawing videos on the iPad, I’ve had some difficulty, however I worked out a way around that, by also mailing them to the blog. Yay! I don’t much like using a computer.
On a few occasions, I’ve had to get an image file number, from my blog dashboard using a computer. Though a fine tip stylus may help me access them easier on my iPad.
Mostly, building this a web/blog site on my iPad and arranging my content on my site has been easy (and lots to learn) and fun. WordPress are very helpful.
P.s My mum saw the black and white version, she liked it, but thought a bit of colour would be nice. Hmmm, thanks mum :)….kinda agreed with her, (always print them out to check how they look) and added a bit; and so to the right is the first version. I went back through some of the steps to create the colour one above (hmm, perhaps needs colour under the basket..I think I get far too particular, sometimes!)
Thankfully, I could easily, slip the colour one into “Book Creator” under most of the words. Phew!….
Interested to have your comments, ideas, thoughts… on these processes and on the actual content of the sheet.