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.
Fineliner pen with a whoosh of water over it., on half an A5 sheet of watercolour paper. I didn’t use pencil guidelines in this technique.
Beginning to add colour with “turpentine” paint and coloured charcoal in the Procreate app.
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
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!
I’ll be back posting here, towards the end of February 2017. Wishing all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (WEB) Thanks for stopping by!
*A note I meant to add. Went to a David Hockney exhibition, at the National Gallery Victoria. (Australia) A wonderful collection of some of his iPad art, and some portrait paintings in acrylics. It’s on till the 12th of March – well worth a visit.
Some of these artworks I began on my iPad, and when I had printed them, I finished them with traditional media. Some I began on paper, and then finished them in an art app. As well, there are those I began, and completed either within an art app, or on paper …and two works in progress on canvas. *The gallery of artworks is a little further along.
The process of mixing traditional media with art app media, opens up a wide range of creative options, and possibilities; and I’m able to create some “one off” works, as well as open edition prints. Once I see how I finish a print with my traditional media, I often work back within the art app (preferring to use my finger, rather than a stylus) and finish the artwork there as well.
On my art app prints, I use oil based artist quality Polochromos coloured pencils. All of the colours, bar two, which I don’t use, have excellent lightfast ratings. Occaisionally, I add a touch of Sennelier, or Windsor and Newton watercolour, and a bit of Art Spectrum gouache…sometimes graphite pencil…
There’s more from my flowers series in the mix. *Please touch on one pic, to enlarge them all.
The media I use works well over my inkjet prints, but not so well over a laser print, as the toner mostly repels it. However, if want to add further media to the laser print, I work around this a bit, by careful planning (which I often do anyway – making decisions about: composition, tone, colour…) and leave some areas white, or of a lighter colour, in the art app drawing. This means the media adheres better to the print surface. A laser print (from my local officechoice store) comes in particularly handy for “A3” prints, as my inkjet printer, only prints to A4 size. This suits me as I generally like to work A4 size and under; and I’m not planning to buy an A3 printer – as yet. Below is a video, from my Instagram site, of the monoprint above, as I add media to it in “Procreate”.