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

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. 🙂

Pencil on Paper, Mixed with iPad Art

Drawing of a Woman
Began on paper, with a mauve polychromos pencil. Scanned it with the “Scanner Pro” app, then added paint colour in “Procreate”. Printed it on matt paper, then added a bit of coloured, and graphite pencil.

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 Recent iPad, and Traditional Media Artworks

Mother and baby drawing
Begun with a black watercolour on textured paper, then painted in a little colour in “Procreate”. On the print, I added more colour with my coloured pencils.

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.

There’s more info on my page “Printing iPad Art”. Thanks for stopping by!

My 100th Post – an Illustrated Poem,”Time” – Some Plans and Changes…

Illustrated Poem

*To illustrate this poem, I used the pencil (with my finger) in the “Art Set Pro” app, and paint and a bit of pencil, in the “Procreate” app. I also write haiku.

Well, here I am with my 100th WordPress post. Thank you to my fellow bloggers, and facebook folk, for your “follows” and “likes” – much appreciated! It’s been an enjoyable experience so far. I hope to share more of my art and words, in this online world – at least, that’s my plan at the moment. As per the title of my poem, “Time”, this is the tricky part, finding the time, losing time… it can slip by way too fast….

Some of you may have noticed, I’ve been scarce about WordPress for the past month or so. I did leave notes on my blog about this…

While away, I was busy (and busy with everyday things…) putting together some art prints and some art cards…for a community open day event. There were various types of creative work on display. I had my iPad attached to a big screen TV, so people could easily see what I was up to. Good fun, and quite a few people stopped to ask questions, and to comment – positive comments, which I don’t always get when I mention to someone I draw and paint on the iPad! It was a help that they could really see what I was doing; and I also made it just about mandatory for them to touch the screen, and have a go. Which often led to an “Oh…amazing!”, and that they didn’t think it would “feel” that way – or something along those lines…Didn’t think to take photos to share of the event! *Hope to give a workshop or two on iPad art, locally, next year.

Changes…

My pencils, and brushes are jumping for joy as I begin to do more art with my traditional media. As in a poem I wrote a while back, I said, I’d visit them again. I always intended to share both my iPad and traditional art here… but the former has often been the case. I suppose it’s that I’m not one to do things by half measures, and I’ve spent the past few years almost exclusively drawing and painting on my iPad – extensively experimenting with iPad art, and with printing it. A wonderful, rewarding time! I’ve been delighted by all of the processes, and by many of the end results.

Even though I’ll spend more time with my: watercolours, pencils, paints… on paper and canvas again, it’s not a “one” or the “other” situation. It’s the opportunity to use both art app, and traditional media – sometimes within the one artwork. I’m thankful to have such a variety of media to choose from, yet, as I’ve said in other posts, a lot can be accomplished with just pencil and paper.

Often I work fairly quickly – which is handy, and vital when the kids were little! Working on the iPad, also speeds things along…another reason I enjoy it so much. Recently, I feel the need to slow down a bit, and consider more carefully, along with what media I want to use: the themes, mood and subject matter…of my artwork (and poetry writing.) I pray about these things (all things) as without God, “nothing” for me is sufficient in itself, or possible in my life.

To help create more time for this, I plan to post here monthly… unless time allows for twice a month. Did I say about writing shorter posts, hmm, said that before, doesn’t always happen. 🙂

With all the reshuffling of when and where I post, the next (hopefully) hundred WordPress posts could take a long time! I still have more illustrated haiku from my handmade book to share, and want to continue with my series of flower pics… I was glad to get my “Time”, poem illustrated to share here, though, time to illustrate the many waiting in my filing cabinet ...could be a slow process, not to worry.

If I have time, I’m also keen to learn about, “html” and “css”, what little I know, I find fascinating. I really enjoy the whole process of putting together a blog: of rearranging widgets, and changing headers, and all the rest… especially doing it all on my iPad (not keen on computers). Even when occasionally I find this a bit challenging – it’s good fun trying to work it all out!

If you have waded through this wordy post, when “time” to do so could be difficult, thank you – and hope some of what I share is a help in your own creative journey!

Till next time, all the best with whatever is happening in your life and art. 🙂
P.S I’ll send a catch up post through soonish…