Paint, Pencils and Pixels

Watercolour of a woman
A cropped version of my watercolour. A close up view of the watercolour paper I used for this painting  – Strathmore Ready Cut, 5” x 7” %100 Cotton cold press watercolour paper – beautiful paper!

Hi, I’m back from my annual Summer blogging break. When I left I was beginning to use more of my traditional art media. After an intensive time (I’m not one to do things by half measures) with iPad art in these past few years, it was a bit strange to be dipping brushes into water, and squeezing paint tubes, not too many tubes though – except for acrylics, as I still prefer using watercolour pan sets: Winsor and Newton, Sennelier, and love my set of Caran D’Ache gouache colours… I had some dips into art app media as well. Really thankful for all my choices!

I’ve bought a fair bit of watercolour and drawing paper in recent months, which adds nicely to my collection of lovely cotton, and Bamboo inkjet papers. I love paper!

Pictures of paper sets
Just two from my paper stock…
A print and a drawing
At the back is a face I drew in pencil, and watercolour pencil on Canson drawing 220 paper, and at the front a print, of a drawing I did in the “Art Set Pro” app. This is printed on Epson  matt inkjet paper.
Pic of a woman
I quite like this particular Fabriano paper: it’s great to print on, takes watercolour well, and is very reasonably priced. Also eco friendly.

When I realized my Epson Printer could take 300gsm paper quite well, I was trying out all sorts of watercolour paper through it: beautiful %100 Arches and Fabriano paper, Canson Drawing 220 paper… and others… These I particulary like to use if I know I’m going to add more media to the print. Inkjet paper does not easily take watercolour, and coloured pencil can look too scratchy on it. I’ve discovered how the paper I use can make a huge a difference to the look of a print.

Prints of a woman
The one on the right is my small about 3” x 4” original monoprint. Before I added watercolour I scanned it with the “Scanner Pro” app. Then as seen in the pic on the left, printed it onto the Fabriano paper as featured in the image above. I dabbed a bit of art app media on it in “Procreate” to tidy up a few spots, and the edges of the scan. I try and be careful to not do too much tidying up! and lose the looseness of the work.

I may add watercolour to the print above on the left, but I think it looks quite effective without it. I also made a print of the original with water colour, and enlarged it onto an A4 size paper…printed up well.

I painted this with watercolour, onto A3 watercolour paper. Then I put on an isolation coat – a gel medium, before applying two coats of Windsor and Newton ton UV Varnish. A gloss varnish first; the final coat is satin. Then I put it into a A3 frame – without glass – yay!

I’m experimenting with using a varnish as a final finish to my watercolours and gouache painting, as I mention on this pic above. On an acrylic painting (which I’ll show more of soon) I prefer a satin finish, but for watercolour I knock back the gloss with a final matt varnish. It’s best not to have two coats of matt, can be too murky. I’ve found no trouble in brushing it on, which is great, as I don’t want spray wafting around the place. I’ll share more about these areas in another post.

I’m still keen, as you can see, on drawing “faces” and “mother and baby” images.. .

Woman’s face
Watercolour on paper, and some art app media. This has since been printed onto Canson 220 paper. I was pleased how the texture showed through.

I’m dabbling into doing more landscapes… I live in a beautiful part of Australia. When out walking, I’ve been taking some photos for some visual information. I’ve added a few of them in the compilation of images below.

Photo of images
The flowers top left are in acrylics, and below is a watercolour. Not that pleased with my landscape forays… Our dogs are getting older, and they do a lot of sleeping, so I did a quick sketch with the charcoal in the Art Set Pro app, and the coloured one, in “Procreate.

One last work! a painting I enjoyed doing in the “Procreate” app.Woman with flowers

Putting together this post – much like keeping a journal record –  (as usual) helps me see the way I’m going in my art journey.

In my writing I tend to share mainly about art processes; and hope my art can most times convey calm and happy feelings, and my faith in God†.

Thank you for looking through this long post. Enjoy your day!

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!

Some of My Sketches, Paintings, Linocut Prints – from Home.

Mother an baby painting
Watercolour illustration from my “Mother as Writer” handmade book.

These works are on view in various places at home. I did most of them during the busy years, of bringing up a family. Some sketches live on a special part of a wall, in a room where I have a desk and filing cabinet, among other things… There are a few illustrations from my small hand made books – which are formed from some of my longish poems. Some I managed, quite a few years back, (amid a household of boisterous boys) to complete and sell locally. Some pics were used on cards that I made. I still enjoy making cards.

The two paintings (acrylic) are large works for me; over A3 size, and hang in the back loungeroom. Happy memories of when we lived on our (Aussie) bush block. We still own these few hundred acres, (sold some) but as our family grew, we moved into our little local town – ah, electricity again! *Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all. 

My blog is as much about sharing, and hopefully encouraging others in their creative pursuits, (and visa versa) as it is about me keeping an online record – a sort of journal. Which, in one way or another I’ve done so, over the years – on paper, or scraps of paper – sometimes on the back of the kid’s school newsletters, and envelopes! *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all. 

When the day comes to turn my blog into a (paper) book (not a purchasable one, though maybe some of it may polish up for that!) I do want these snippets included. Who knows, my blog book may turn into an odd kind of family heirloom, and I don’t want these important parts of it left out. This outing should also quiet the rumblings from the filing cabinet, which you can read about in my poem called, “Rough Draft Rumblings”, which is towards the bottom of this recent post. *Just touch on a pic, to enlarge them all.

I’ll share these types of snippets again; and more of my illustrated poems – haiku. Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board, iPad screen, or whatever…..when the kids were younger, it would more likely have been, back to the washing machine!

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

A P.S Note… I’ll be back here late October (with my 100th post!). 🙂 Busy with various art projects… Meanwhile you are welcome to visit me at my facebook artist page, where I’ll continue to share some art updates.