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.

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. *I’ve since changed the wording a little, and taken off the pics at the bottom.
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!

A linocut Print from Way Back

A linoprint of a Koala

*Back here posting in late Feb 2018. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A scan of linocut print from quite a few years ago. Added a touch more work in “Procreate”, and put on the words in the “Phonto” app. Decided it looked fine without colour. I’ve printed some cards from the scan.

Thank you for your show of support for my blog posts – both in the blogosphere, and on my Facebook Artist page. Much appreciated! I’ll be back here sharing more about my art journey towards the end of February.

Meanwhile, I’ll be enjoying the long Summer days with family and friends; and hope to do lots of art – whether on paper, canvas, or the iPad.

Blessings to all!

“Creativity” – an Illustrated Poem

An illustrated poem

I wrote this poem, many years ago…..

When I first got an iPad (a few years back), I put this poem with part of a painting I did in the “Art Set Pro” app. I only recently rediscovered it. The other day I decided to draw a yellow line, in the gap between the heading, and the first line, using the “artist” crayon from the “Procreate” app. The gap was a design element which I didn’t like. I think this is an improvement. *Just noticed recently, I missed putting in an apostrophe in between the “r” and the “s” on the word “Maker’s”! Oh dear, and I’m such a stickler for the correct use of apostrophes. 

Not sure now, in which app I typed up the text (there’s been few I’ve tried for a similiar purpose)  – I think it was in “Phonto” – which is so handy, and easy to use.

Thank you for visiting.

Psalm 9:6, A Thank You and a Bit About my Blogging Break

Merry Christmas picture

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 KJV

Thank you for all the views, follows and likes, of my posts, at my blog and my Facebook artist page, during this past year – much appreciated! I’m having a bit of a blogging break now. I’ll be back posting again, by about the middle of February.

Hope to get time over the summer holiday season to do lots of drawing, painting, writing and some printing – and just kick back a bit with family and friends at home. Home is just about the best place to be, and to have a holiday – even with the inevitable household duties. 🙂

All the best and hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Picture with Scripture – Free Printable Pdf; and How I Made it on My iPad

Picture and Scripture 1

*The steps in how I put this above “Picture with Scripture” together, and the download link for it are further along.

I’ve never used computers much; I built my blog on my iPad, through the WordPress app, and I do all my posts on my iPad.

I’ve discovered some really useful apps to help me to do this, and many, along with the art apps, enable new ways to create my art and to do my writing. I write a bit more about some apps I use, on my page “About Some Art Apps, Other Apps and My Books”.

As I run my finger around the screen in the “TypeDrawing” app, as on the above pic,  and watch the words unfold and choose: just the right font, colour and position (I undo and redo it quite a bit)… it can be a great way to improve my scripture memory!

At Kiwissoar a wonderful blog, authored by Maureen Sudlow, there are some of her lovely photos (her partner Rod takes some of them and she further enhances them) with Scripture on them, and some photos with her beautiful poems, haiku… next to them. She’s also written a great children’s picture book called “Fearless Fred”. I came across her blog soon after I began mine, earlier this year, and really enjoy her work.

Steps in how I create a “Picture with Scripture” pdf on my iPad

  1. First I paint the picture (or you can use your photos or scanned in artwork) in an art app; for this one I used: paint, sponge, pen, coloured pencil, smudge tools… in “Art Set Pro” *I use my finger on the screen, rather than a stylus.
  2. I add the scripture in the “TypeDrawing” app.
  3. Then type more text along the bottom in the “Phonto” app, which enables me to fade these words. Both apps have different aspects I like. I sometimes use them for my poems on pics as well.
  4. After I put on the text I can – if I get fussy! – take the the pic back into “Art Set Pro” and add more colour work…without losing text or image clarity.
  5. I import the image into the “Pages” app and make it the size I want and arrange it’s placement on the page.

    Page of pictures
    Bookmarks cropped from artworks, smaller prints, in the “Pages” doc library; may add text to some.
  6. With a quick tap I create a pdf in the app, just before I email it to my WordPress blog.
  7. It arrives in my media library and also as a blog post draft – I have to type [status draft] on the email to do this.

You can find out about emailing posts at the WordPress Support document, Post by email. *When moving between apps, the constant is the “Photo” section (a preinstalled app on an iPad) I take all artworks from there to other apps, and then back there and so on…

These are all simple and fun steps to do; just a bit of practice to remember all the steps.

More about media uploads with my iPad

I can upload my artwork to my WordPress blog easily enough via the “Photo” section on my iPad. However, emailing “pdfs” is the only way (and a quick way) that I’ve figured out, as yet, to get my “pdfs” from my “Pages” app into the WordPress media library.

I also email videos from my iPad “Photo” section, to my WordPress media library. So much quicker to do it this way…the internet can make video uploads slow, and sometimes an error occurs.

The “Picture with Scripture” pdf

Small picture
The “pdf” in the “Pages” document library.

It is 16.82 x 12.61 cm approx: 5″ x 7″, centred in an A4 size approx 11″ x 8″ sheet of paper. A “Pages” pdf, makes for a very good quality print. For personal use only please; my copyright information is on the sidebar. Thank you.
Just touch on the link below to download it.

Picture with Scripture 1.pdf

In Conclusion.

Some of this long post (thank you for trekking through it); part of my blog aim, is to inform readers about the uses of an iPad and apps, (and much of which, will also apply to other tablets) for creative purposes. There’s sure to be other apps and other ways, to do these things, meanwhile I share here my discoveries and hope you find them helpful.

Blessings to all. Hope you have a lovely creative week. 🙂