Designing, Printing, and Making Cards with My Art

Dog painting

Began with watercolour on Cold Pressed, 300gsm Arches watercolour paper. Then dabbed freehand with my finger, some art app media, in the Procreate app.

This is Bob one of our dogs – Jack Russels – sitting on the couch. Probably hoping to hear those favourite words, “want to go for a walk”.  Below is our other dog called Seth….sleeping – they do a lot of that, as they are both getting on in years. I worked from some quick sketches, and managed a photo of Bob before he moved. In both images I’ve worked on them further in the “Procreate” app.

Sleeping dog
This began as a small graphite pencil sketch on paper, then I took it into “Procreate” and added some colour freehand, with the “artist crayon”.

I decided to print and make cards from the artwork; adding to a growing selection of images I use when producing my cards. *More info of the processes under the pics.

Dog
I arrange the image onto a template in the “Pages” app, and also place some words on the back. I arrange some words and tiny pics for the back of the card in an app called “Book Creator”. Then bring the finished design into “Pages”.

Before printing my art (and taking them into “Pages”) I make some colour and tonal adjustments to the images, in the Photo section of my iPad. Over time I’ve learnt how the image on the screen needs to look to make a good print; also I take into consideration the paper I choose to print on. I’ve discovered the paper I use, will have a huge impact on how well the print turns out. For my cards I use Canson 220 drawing paper. It has a lovely texture and weight for cards – and for larger prints.

Back of a card
Though it may be difficult to read here, you can probably see I mention using eco friendly paper and packaging for my cards.
Dog cards
Below the cards are “bizzo” cards, as I call my home made business cards. I place the images of them (the words have already been put on them in the Phonto app) into “Pages”, then print them onto a smooth 270gsm Strathmore Bristol paper. Then cut them out with my guillotine.

I have these for sale in my local area, and have some of my art available as art prints, and on various items, in my Red Bubble shop, here.

Really enjoy the many creative opportunitys available with using an iPad (don’t use a computer). Thankful†

Thanks for viewing my work – enjoy your weekend!

Flowers 1.X

Red FlowersDrawn (freehand) with: pencil, ink bleed, turpentine, and gesinski ink in the Procreate app. More flowers for my flower series.

As much as I love working in watercolours and other traditional media, I continue to enjoy my visits back to drawing freehand on the iPad.

The art app media I use prints up well on my inkjet printer. I use fade resistant inks. The colours look fresh, and the line work is crisp. I can now, after much play and practice, achieve a similar look with my “reproductive” prints.

Thanks for viewing my work!

Flowers 1.V – Inktense Pencil and Art App Media – and a Video

Yellow flower painting

I drew this late last year with a black Inktense pencil, and used the Scanner Pro app to bring it into the iPad. From that app I took it into the iPad’s photo section, and from there into the Procreate app. That’s where I tidied up around the edges of the scanned image, and then dabbed in some colour (freehand) using the artist crayon, coloured charcoal, and the ink bleed pen.

Recently I looked at it again and decided to print it. I thought the yellow areas were a little dull, and so I painted in some more colour with the Gesinski ink (and I think a little of the turpentine media) in Procreate. You can see this in the video further along. There’s a pic of these flowers before I added in more colour, in a gallery of images in a previous post.

If I print onto a watercolour or drawing paper (inkjet paper is made to better receive the printing inks) I usually have to saturate the colour (and sometimes adjust the contrast…) a little in the editing part of the iPad’s photo section. This also helps keeps the print in line with how I see the colours and contrasts on the iPad screen. I may not bother to do this if I intend to add more art media to to the printed image. I’m learning as I go along, through lots of trial and error (and most importantly) through play. 🙂 *Please tap on a pic, to enlarge them both.

It’s so interesting to see how each type of paper: watercolour, drawing, or the various inkjet papers I use, give their own unique character to the print.

I first purchased an iPad about 5yrs ago, and still marvel at the all the creative opportunities it has made possible. Not only for my adventures in iPad art, but also for printing it, and making “reproductive” prints of my traditional artworks; as well as for building this website, blogging…and so on – rarely use a computer. I began with a iPad mini, and now use an iPad Air 2; very soon will be using an iPad 10.5 Pro – exciting!  Tried the apple pencil – excellent, but I’m happy enough to draw on the screen with my finger. 🙂 *Only four more flowers to go in this series…then I think I’ll start another one.

Thanks for visiting! 

Watercolour, Gouache, Art App Media – Some Works in Progress

Painting of a woman’s face
I began this with a very quick pencil sketch on Art Spectrum Draw & Wash 210gsm paper – also great paper to print on. Then added watercolour and gouache. I took it into the “Procreate” app, where I’ve added (and subtracted) a little to it. You can see the original below (after the next pic) – I’ve not quite finished it yet.

Since returning to using more of my traditional art media, I’m really enjoying the interplay between working both onscreen, and offscreen (reminds me of Star trek terminology ) 🙂  Such as: catching a pencil sketch with the “Scanner Pro” app, playing about with it in an art app… printing it… then perhaps applying some watercolour. Or enlarging and cropping a part of a scanned in watercolour, printing it, then applying more traditional media to it…and so on..and on.. *There’s info on the captions under each pic, describing it’s travels. 

Paintings of a woman’s face
Applying some more media in the “Procreate” app.
A mix of artworks and media
A collection of paper and media… really love the rich colours of the palette set of Caran d’Ache gouache. More about these two pics below.
Drawing of a woman’s face
A splash of watercolour in the “UBrush Pro” app, and also used a grey pencil in this app for the drawing, I then printed it onto Canson 220 drawing paper. You can see above, the watercolour and gouache I added to the print… and below is the same pic taken into “Procreate” where I’ve dabbed down some more colour work.
Painting of a woman
I’ve put more white to it, as is usual I get too heavy handed with my watercolour washes – which I suppose can suit in places, but not all over! A little more of a smile added as well – a good thing! 🙂

I’m slowly gathering together a collection of finished works in traditional media on paper; as well as their digital/traditional offspring. Some closely resemble the parent, some less so…each a work in it’s own right.

On my post, “About Drawing Faces”, there’s some more general info about the “faces” I love to draw, and an example of a fine pencil technique I used to draw one of my sons as a baby.

I’m also working on some flowers and still life watercolours, and trying out a little oil-pastel – will share some soonish.

So thankful† for my art opportunities. 

Thanks for visiting – enjoy your weekend. 

Flowers 1.T – and About My Art Shop

Flower paintingAnother one for my flower series.

A while back, I painted this in an app called, “Art Rage”. I’ve printed it onto a lovely %100 cotton paper, and added it to my art I have for sale in my local area. Also, I’ll soon have some art, perhaps a few small pencil and watercolour artworks, available for purchase via my “Shop” page. I have some of art already available online as art prints, and on various items, in my Red Bubble shop, here.

Thought I’d try out the WordPress “Simple” payment system, which uses Paypal. Recently this was even further simplified – great job WordPress! As for promoting my art for sale, not my forte…. so just as well it’s more a fun adventure, than a serious business venture!

Thanks for dropping by; enjoy your weekend!