Flowers 1.P – Fineliner Pen on Paper, with Hand Painted Colour in an Art App.

Vase of flowers

This drawing was inspired by a sprig of geranium I’d placed into some water on the windowsill in the kitchen. I admired it’s pretty shapes, colour and hardiness; as it continued to bud and flower all week long.

I raced around a small sheet of watercolour paper (not aiming for an exact likeness) with my fineliner (artline) pen. Then followed with a whoosh of a wet brush across the watersoluble line work. Not quite knowing where the ink will flow is part of the fun; though I did try and direct it to some extent. Then I scanned it in with the “Scanner Pro” app, and took it into “Procreate”, where I hand painted in some colour. *A little more info on captions on the pics below.

I’ve often illustrated my poems with a fineliner pen; usually finishing with washes of watercolour. *Please tap on an image to enlarge and read the caption.

When I add further media, whether on paper or on the iPad, I try to not “overdo” it, so as not to detract from the fresh, spontaneous look that I aim for.

It printed up well on my pigment ink printer. I love that printing it gives my fineliner (artline) pen drawing – which is apt to fade – a fade resistant, archival home. And also handy that from a small work, I can print it up to an A3 size or larger.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break. Thanks for visiting!

“He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.”
Matthew 28:6 WEB

An Illustrated Haiku… From My “Poems from Home” Collection

Flowers in a vase

*Watercolour and black fineliner pen on paper.

This is from my handmade book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I’ve shared quite a few here already, with still more to come. I wrote and drew them about 15 years or so ago, during the very busy days of bringing up four lively and lovely boys – young men now.

I had a sort of a map of them on the wall in the kitchen; shaping and fine tuning the words and pics, in between cooking, doing dishes, and so many other things – and these everyday scenes mostly feature in them.

The kitchen still sometimes serves as a studio for my art and words. (Ahh… a sliver of alliteration in this last line, and a little lick of it in this line, as well)

As each poem and illustration were designed to be presented together, I think they could also be called a “haiga”. I want to get back to writing more poems…with illustrations…given time.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

iPad and Traditional Art Mix

Print of a painting of a woman
Hand painted in “Art Set Pro”. Then on this print, I added a bit of graphite pencil.

Back here after a long, lovely Summer break – family time, housework, art – all mingled well together, mostly does! Spent some time, whizzing about with: watercolour, coloured pencil, a bit of gouache and acrylic paint – and drew and and painted on my iPad. In my gallery below, I’ve added some media information on the captions.

Continued on with my experiments in mixed media: a work begun on paper, taken into an art app, worked on further, printed…adding more media on the print. Or begun a work in an art app, and finished it with traditional media on the print…and so forth. I didn’t do as much straight forward traditional media art as I thought I would. Got side tracked, with using my new “beaut” – as an Aussie, seemed just the right word – printer.

There’s more info, on my “Printing iPad Art” page, particularly in the section: “About prints I make at home”. The new printer takes thicker inkjet paper, and I really enjoyed trying out various beautiful papers: Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190gsm, Bamboo 170gsm,  Canson Rag Photographique 210gsm, Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper, Epson matte heavy weight 167gsm, Epson Archival Matte  189gsm… *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image. 

Each type of paper  (love paper!) makes a difference to the final look. I’m still getting to know what suits a particulary image – a lot to do with what contrasts, colours, and mood I want to emphasise.  I also bought some A3 paper, for my out sourced laser prints – called, Colour Copy silk finish, 200gsm, made by Mondi. Lovely look and feel to it.

Mixing up the media in the one image is a lot of fun; and fun I think, is an important element in all creative processes. Perhaps, I need to add a bit more of a smile to some of the faces I draw!

Thanks for visiting. 🙂