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 ArtWorks, and a Bit About My Exhibition

Watercolour landscape
Whoosing around with the watercolour paint in the “UBrush Pro” app – an imaginary landscape. Hmm, will have to soften the top of the cloud on the right.

These are drawn and painted in a few different apps, and I did get to try out the oil pastel in the “UBrush Pro” app, which I mentioned in a previous post. More info with the pics, on the captions. Thought I’d place them into a gallery format, makes it easier to view them at a glance, and saves having to scroll down a long way. To take a closer look, just tap twice on one, to enlarge them all. 

Looking at my art in this gallery, and in the “Segue” gallery ( talk about this exhibition, further along) has helped me to better see where I’m going with media and subject matter, and changes I may make in both. Hmm, I could try turning the heads in a different direction!

*Drawn and painted with my finger, on the iPad.

Recently, I had an exhibition of some of my iPad art, along with a fellow artist – and her beautiful watercolours – at “Segue”; a local community art and craft venue.

It was a busy time, finishing off some works, printing them up here, at home; and placing them into some simple, but effective black A4 frames. I share about various aspects of printing and presenting iPad art, on a new page I recently added to my blog – “Printing iPad Art”. I’d show you a photo of the exhibit, but can’t find where it went to at the moment.. Anyway, you may well have seen most of the works. 🙂

I’ve dabbled with some traditional media on paper lately – will scan some in, and share them soon.

I displayed some without glass, using an acrylic gloss medium, overlaid with a uv satin varnish, to protect the print. Aside from liking the look of these types of finishes; it saves me having to fuss around with glass – not one of favourite jobs!

However I also love the look of a matt finish. Actually I print my iPad art onto a lovely matt paper, which beautifully picks up the colours and contrasts. So I searched around for a matt finish and found one online called “Timeless”.

I’ve tried it, and it’s pretty much invisible…just as they claimed. Lovely!

As the pigment ink in my printer, does not smudge or smear, (dries almost immediately) I can apply these finishes with a brush. No sprays wafting around, which is great. If the paper curls a bit once its dry, I just flatten it out between heavy books for a few hours. When I display them in a frame (without glass) this also flattens them out. I’ll experiment more (have tried this with with very small prints, there’s an example in the gallery, above) with using the medium/varnish to glue a print to a canvas backing – yet another way to present a print, and not muck about with glass, yay. Lots of experimenting lately – good fun!

Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Some Artworks, Mostly using Media in the “Procreate” app.

Painting of a woman
The oil pastel in “Procreate” app is lovely, and scumbling about with the “wet round brush” was good fun!

Finally I’ve got back to trying out the app, “Procreate”. It’s what I call one of the more “complex” apps to use; and for a while I was quite put off by all the “bells” and “whistles”. There is myriad of choices in media and mark making tools; much of which I’m not keen to use at all. *Though most certainly, many artists use the media options that I don’t use, and do some wonderful work!

However, with a bit of searching about, within it’s busy looking interface, I’ve found some rather delightful naturalistic media – so much more suited to my tastes as a traditionally trained artist.

Vase of flowers painting
Painted in “Procreate”. Not a resolved painting. Enjoying trying out this app.
Drawing of woman's face
Quick sketch using graphite pencil in the “Procreate” app.

These works here, including the two I did in “Art Set Pro” I didn’t manage to bring to a completed stage. Though knowing when something is finished can be tricky sometimes!

I feel ready lately – after the past couple of years of experimentation with some excellent art apps – to complete more works, print them up and display them. I’m also keen to return to more of my traditional media, but mostly with the intention of mixing it in with a work begun on paper or canvas and finished in an art app.

Or beginning in an art app, printing it out  adding paint, watersoluble oil pastel…and an acrylic gel medium.

So many ideas, not enough time... a normal course of events, I’m sure, or many of us. 🙂

Nevertheless, with prayer and perseverance, all things are possible!

Orange mug painting
Used media in “Art Set Pro” app.
A still life painting
A quick try out of the gouache, and acrylic paint and some great brushes, in “Procreate”. Happy with the freshness of colour and the simple design of this pic.
Painting of a woman"s face
A quick sketch with the gouache and the “wet round brush” and the “wet flat brush” in the “Procreate”app.
Painting of a woman's face
Used media in the “Art Set Pro” app. Like some aspects of the colour and tones, but not really happy with this overall.

Hope you have the time and opportunity to pursue your creative interests today! Thanks for stopping by.