A Watercolour/Art app Mix, Process Pics, and a Poem

Mother and baby painting
This is the finished artwork, after using my iPad to scan in the drawing, and then painting on it with “Art Set Pro” media.

This began as a quick black watercolour pencil sketch; about 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) in size. A favourite subject matter of mine – a mother and baby. I whooshed some water over it and then with my iPad, scanned it in, using the “Scanner Pro” app. I like the look of the original, but thought I’d add some colour in an art app. It printed up well. I used (as I usually do) the lovely epson heavy weight paper. The print has a soft, muted look, which I like, though this is partly acheived, by my not so great scan! – getting better at it though. I find a photo isn’t as effective as the scanner.

A little further along is a poem I had fun writing recently, titled “Rough Draft Rumblings”. Yet to be illustrated; so there may be more rumblings. 🙂

*Just touch on a pic below, to enlarge them all.

I’m trying different ways to present my prints. With this one, after cutting around the printed picture, and leaving a white edge, I tried laying it on an A4 size green/ grey paper – the black paper, looked a bit harsh. Quite, like the look of it. Think, I’ll get some different coloured card, and do more of this. May eventually place it into an A4 frame.

Presentation, has never been my highpoint…like to just get on with the next pic. However, if I want to continue to display some locally, (I’ve exhibited and sold some of my art, occasionally, over the years) I’ll have to look into it more. Of course, an effective frame, can add to a piece…will just experiment with ways which look good, don’t take too much time, and don’t cost too much!

Lately, I’ve enjoyed adding oil pastel, and so on… and acrylic mediums to some of my iPad artworks after printing them. Sometimes, it’s fun to, scan an artwork in, as with this one; and then draw and paint on it (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) within an art app. Sometimes, I just like to print something I’ve drawn or painted on my iPad, and leave as is. Spoilt for choices; and thankful.

Rough Draft Rumblings

There was a tale told,
that our scribblings, our penned,
but unpolished lines,
would be taken out to shine.
Placed upon a new page;
prettied up with pictures;
and presented upon an iPad stage.
Sense and syllables carefully checked –
our sounds, spruced up, tweaked –
our vowels carefully paced.
And the placement of a pause,
in just the right place.
But still we wait.

Those pesky pint sized poems,
haiku I think she calls them – they’ve made it out.
Suppose, they speak lots, even shout,
within a small space.

Well, I’m a poem too, and I’m tired; I’ve waited
and waited – I want to be illustrated.
I may be longer in syllable count,
but I deserve, a wash of line and colour;
to be tizzied and typed up in a pretty font –
that’s what I want!
I still have lines, where a full stop
should restrain me;
where penline arrows point –
in all directions, and make me feel
rather threatened; and where
I pivot precariously in places,
at the end of a parade of ellipses…
I need to be fixed.

But, I hear tell, before our ink fades,
we may have our say.
The rumour is, there’s a flurry of movement
in the filing cabinet;
a ruffling of manilla folders.

We are the older ones,
but it seems she’s not forgotten us.

We may have begun as scribbles,
written quickly between the folding of washing,
and wiping baby dribbles…
But she’s still fond of us.
Though we may not all make it
to the online world…it could be,
the day is coming,
where at the least, our
lines will be made legible.

For those of us, who don’t make the cut –
at least on paper, it’s enough,
we’ve helped her along the writing path;
and we still live on in our maker’s heart.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Watercolour on Paper – an Illustrated Haiku

Painted with watercolour onto paper, quite a few years back. From my homemade book, titled: ‘Poems from Home: a Collection of Illustrated Haiku’.

This “haiku” could be titled (as in the movie) ‘The Never Ending Story’. 🙂

However, “haiku” don’t traditionally have titles – mind you, my haiku, are not really the traditional type! More a modern day english version.

My “haiku” could be called “senryu”; and with illustrations, particularly in this collection, could be termed “haiga”.

Playing with words, and illustrating is all good fun; and descriptive terminoligy can be helpful, as long as it’s not too prescriptive, or for that matter restrictive. Before, I start “alliterating” or something, I better be off, plenty of washing still awaits my attention.

An illustrated Haiku

Painting of odd socks

Another one of my illustrated haiku, from my home made book, “Poems from Home: A Collection of Illustrated Haiku”. I painted this in watercolour, on paper; and also used a fineliner pen.  I wrote and painted these works, quite a few years back.

I’m not sure where the original watercolour of this one has got to! So I had to scan this in from a colour print, from one of my home made books. If you are interested in writing haiku, and unsure of where to begin, you may find my post, “About Haiku and Tips on writing them” helpful.

Have a great day!

A Blog Review and Some of My iPad Artworks

Painting of woman in green top
“Pause for Thought”       I used a light brown, woven look surface to paint on, in the “Art Set Pro” app.

Hi, back from my blogging break, and back on my Facebook artist page – my blog posts are publicised to there. I enjoyed the summer holidays, catching up on family time…drawing, painting, reading, jotting down notes, ideas, poem lines; and researching inkjet/ giclee printing, and making some of my own – good fun! – I’ll share a post about this soon.

Oh and of course house work; like to keep things ship shape at home. I often find the cleaning mode, is also good creative thinking time; which is just as well – with our family of four boys (young men now), there’s always been plenty of that to do! As you will note, below, in a page from my (hand made) “Mother as Writer” Book,

Drawing with words
Hmm, may have shared this here before, I know I have on my facebook artist page. 🙂 It’s a scanned in drawing, which I’ve added more work on in an art app, think it was “Art Set Pro”, and words on in “Book Creator” app.

It was great to get some “Inktense” pencils for Christmas. Lovely as they are, I found I continued to splash around on my iPad, most of the time. It’s just so quick; no set up time – I don’t have a studio, so this is such a help. I still love my traditional media, however, my iPad art has become more important to me than I ever thought it would.

Blog Review

I’ve really enjoyed my first year of blogging.

For this year, my aims stay much the same as those, I state on my page “About”.

Watercolour of woman's face
This is my scanned in Inktense watersoluble pencil drawing.
Women's face in watercolour
This is the scanned in, Inktense pencil drawing, now in the “Art Set Pro” app. After I added more paint, pencil and words, I cropped it in iPhotos.

This past year, I’ve laid down some foundational posts and pages on: drawing, writing  – mainly about haiku and haiga, and primarily about my iPad (or android tablet) art and traditional art. I’ve also posted many of my illustrated haiku, from my handmade book, “Poems from Home”; with still more to share. I’m yet to get far with turning my handmade books into ebooks, using the “Book Creator” app; mainly due to lack of time – but I’ll persevere.

For me, and perhaps for many of you, God and family comes first, art, writing and most other things have to fit in-between – and that’s fine.

Now I have in place, on my blog, plenty of “info”  – a handy abbreviation, which also has it’s own spot, in the Oxford Dictionary – I hope to spend more of that in-between time, on my art, and words – mainly poems. So my posts will be shorter, (hmm, though not this one) 🙂 unless, of course, I relay some information that requires a lengthy post.
Hope to continue to share a fair amount of my art, with some process pics; and with details on the captions underneath the artworks.

Pears in pastel
Again, in just about my favourite app, “Art Set Pro”. Once more, using those lovely smudge tools, and oil pastel and paint.

I like to mostly expound on the practical side of my art, in my blog writing; and hope my art and poems, present, or at the least point to, my love for God, family, everyday things…..

Soft focus of woman's face
Used paint, pencil, charcoal and the lovely smudge tools, in the “Art Set Pro” app.

I hope to post some videos this year of me, (at least my finger) drawing/painting on my iPad. My “camera man”, my youngest son, is off to University this year, but he’s shown me how to perch my good old iPad mini, (use an iPad air 2 now) so I can do the filming. I think I’m too busy for the “empty nest” syndrome, but, I’ll sure miss him. Mind you, they leave, and come back, thankfully, and leave and so on…

Lemon painting
Paint, white texta, smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app. Hmm, may crop more off the top of this pic.

I’ll share more of those quick videos, which show the drawing/painting processes unfold.

Vase with fern
I began this with paint on canvas, scanned it in with the handy “Scanner Pro” app, and added more paint and some pencil, and used the smudge tools in “Art Set Pro”.

I’ll still post fortnightly, and a little more often if time permits. 

Blogging – and I’ve even got used to the sound of this not so attractive word – continues to be a great way to record and share my creative adventures – with the opportunity to eventually, turn parts of it into a book -good fun!

Landscape drawing
An imaginary scene, painted in the “Art Set Pro” app. The white texta, helps make a vivid white.
Ink drawing of woman
This work I began in an app called “Crayon Style” and put the grey/black wash on in “Art Set Pro”.

Look forward to this year, in all ways; but aspire to live, one day at at a time.

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Matthew 6:34 KJV

Painting of woman in an orange top.
This on a brown woven surface in”Art Set Pro”. Used paint, coloured pencil, smudge tools.

Drawing from observation; learning to “see” is vital in learning to draw. I’ve stressed this point in drawing classes I’ve given. However, I tend to lately, especially with the “faces” I draw, to work more from memory and imagination. A bit of poetic licence, and whimsy is I think also a part of the drawing experience. With so many (hmm, shan’t say how many) 😉 years of drawing experience behind me, I also feel more confident to do this.

Hope you get to do some drawing and/or painting this week: whether on paper, canvas, iPad or Android tablet! And thank you to fellow bloggers, for the many inspiring posts you share.

Thanks for stopping by.

Illustrated Haiku – Haiga, Process Pics, and Links to Blog/Book Publishing Sites

Drawing of Pears
This is the finished version. Tried a few things before I decided this was alright. The words are clearer on the larger pixel size work.

*I draw and paint with my finger on the screen, rather than use a stylus.

This drawing began as a quick sketch using a black “inktense” pencil. With a wet brush, I swished over it – turning it into lovely inky wash. There’s a photo here, of a tiny print version of this drawing; taken from a larger photo of some of my other prints, which I shared in a recent post.

*Pics of the processes are further along.

Looking forward to getting a set of 24 “Inktense” pencils for Christmas. 🙂

Photo of pear print
A print of my pencil drawing.

Since then, I’ve added colour to the scanned in drawing in the “Art Set Pro” app. Then I took it into the “TypeDrawing” app and added my haiku – making it into a ”haiga” or in other words, an illustrated haiku. I also put a grey border on it in the “Pic Collage” app.

Colour drawing of pears and a haiku
This is one I did along the way; wasn’t quite happy with it.

I used “alliteration” in this haiku; one of my favourite poetic devices…though it can be easily overused!

I continue my interest in “pears” as a subject matter, and word play. Here’s a link to a post from earlier this year, on these areas and also my post called “About Haiku and Tips on Writing Them”.

Since, during and before – my more formal years of art and english studies; I’ve filled numerous sketch books with my art, scribbly notes and various writings. I find blogging is another great way to keep a record of my art and words.

*Tap on a pic to enlarge them all.

An added benefit, is I can offer some information and ideas, which I hope to be helpful, for your own art and writing journey. Creating posts certainly gives me more incentive to organise my: processes, ideas and finished works, into polished and presentable formats.

One day I hope to publish some of my blog into a book – what fun!

Below are a few links to sites (out of many) that seem quite good, and can help you turn your blog into a book. I’m still keen to use the wonderful “Book Creator” app, for some of my hand made books – given time. 🙂


The Write Life – for blog and book self publishing.

FastPencil – which can help you publish your blog into a book, but is primarily about helping you self publish your manuscripts…

Have a great day!