An Illustrated Poem From My “Haiku from Home” Book

Watercolour drawing and poem.

Oh the endless (mini) dramas of spilt milk, or juice… These deserve to feature in a splash of paint, and a dash of words. A frequent scene when I had a household of young children.

This is another poem from my collection of illustrated haiku/haiga. I wrote and drew them many years ago, in a flurry, while raising four boys (young men now) in between: cooking, cleaning, and the washing machine… 

Over time, I’m scanning the line and watercolour illustrations into the iPad, and typing up these handwritten poems – which at the moment are placed together in a homemade book. To do this I use: the “Scanner Pro” app, and give the image a tidy up around the edges in “”Procreate”, (with a good scan, I usually don’t have to dab about with any colour work in “Procreate”), then work in a great app called “Book Creator”.

I mention more about my homemade books, on my page, “About Some Art Apps, Other Apps and My Books”. 

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A Mix of Art Media – Some Recent Works

Mother and Baby paintingI often like to draw or paint a “Mother and Baby” image. Being a mum brings me so much joy, and also: hard work, tiredness, and sometimes heart ache. And though we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, here in Australia; I think mothers are worth special attention everyday!

I began this artwork above with a quick pencil sketch, then took it into Procreate – a particularly suitable app title 🙂 – where I dabbed in (freehand) some colour, printed it, added some watercolour on the print, then scanned it in again, and added more work in the app…this is the one you see here. I’ll print it as cards, as an A4 print, and also finish it as a (very!) mixed media artwork. 

It can become quite wordy trying to share all the processes, and may sound complicated, but really it’s not. It just involves a lot of play, so it’s certainly good fun! 

My website/blog continues to be a helpful online journal for myself, and hopefully for you also.

In the works below, I’ve included some media info on the captions. *To enlarge them all, please tap on an image.

Thankful †

Flowers 1.V – Inktense Pencil and Art App Media – and a Video

Yellow flower painting

I drew this late last year with a black Inktense pencil, and used the Scanner Pro app to bring it into the iPad. From that app I took it into the iPad’s photo section, and from there into the Procreate app. That’s where I tidied up around the edges of the scanned image, and then dabbed in some colour (freehand) using the artist crayon, coloured charcoal, and the ink bleed pen.

Recently I looked at it again and decided to print it. I thought the yellow areas were a little dull, and so I painted in some more colour with the Gesinski ink (and I think a little of the turpentine media) in Procreate. You can see this in the video further along. There’s a pic of these flowers before I added in more colour, in a gallery of images in a previous post.

If I print onto a watercolour or drawing paper (inkjet paper is made to better receive the printing inks) I usually have to saturate the colour (and sometimes adjust the contrast…) a little in the editing part of the iPad’s photo section. This also helps keeps the print in line with how I see the colours and contrasts on the iPad screen. I may not bother to do this if I intend to add more art media to to the printed image. I’m learning as I go along, through lots of trial and error (and most importantly) through play. 🙂 *Please tap on a pic, to enlarge them both.

It’s so interesting to see how each type of paper: watercolour, drawing, or the various inkjet papers I use, give their own unique character to the print.

I first purchased an iPad about 5yrs ago, and still marvel at the all the creative opportunities it has made possible. Not only for my adventures in iPad art, but also for printing it, and making “reproductive” prints of my traditional artworks; as well as for building this website, blogging…and so on – rarely use a computer. I began with a iPad mini, and now use an iPad Air 2; very soon will be using an iPad 10.5 Pro – exciting!  Tried the apple pencil – excellent, but I’m happy enough to draw on the screen with my finger. 🙂 *Only four more flowers to go in this series…then I think I’ll start another one.

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Canvas, iPad, then Work on the Print – and a Quick Video

Painting of a woman’s face

A print from a work I began on canvas a little while back. I scanned it into the iPad, and added to it (freehand) using a little art app media in “Procreate”. Then put a little watercolour and gouache onto the print.

I knew I wanted to do further work on the print, so I printed it onto watercolour paper (300gsm), as inkjet papers have a finish which inhibits the flow of watercolour media. I’m learning what paper suits what purpose… There’s a recycled 300gsm card I print on with a really smooth surface, which takes colour pencil work beautifully. If I’m not adding any work to the final print, I have some lovely inkjet papers to choose from.

In the video below you can see the work I did in the “Procreate” app with: paint, pencil and the artist crayon. Unfortunately, I overworked it and lost the intial washy look of the paint. However, I’m pleased with the effect of the canvas texture showing through. I could finish it on the canvas, but not sure where it’s got to! Anyway, as I sort of like how it ended up, thought I’d share it here.

You can read more about the “faces” I like to draw and paint, on this appropriately named blog post, “About Drawing Faces”. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Mother and Baby 1.A and Quick Video

Mother and Baby painting

I often draw and paint images of a mother and baby; as a mum of four boys (young men now) it’s probably not surprising. I do so many of them I’ve decided to begin giving each a number and letter as a title; which I also do now with my flower artworks. A bit of a melancholy look on her face; think it could well be tiredness!

I painted this with gouache, on acrylic painting paper. After I scanned it in with the Scanner Pro app, I softened some of the outer edges with the artist crayon in Procreate (hmm, a suitable name in this instance); and added a touch more media in places. You can see this in the video below.

It printed up well on the Epson Archival Matte paper. I love how it shows the texture of the paper. Sort of like the edge around the pic, but may try it with out it. I’ll remove it with the eraser set on the soft airbrush in the Procreate app. Hmm, may soften the line under the right eye…difficult to know when to finish sometimes!

Mother and Baby
I took a photo of the print (centred on A4 size paper) with the iPad camera, rather than with the Scanner Pro app. This gives a softer look and closer to how the print appears – though it is a tiny bit richer in colour than this.

Sometimes a scan is brighter in colour than the work on paper or canvas, which often I quite like; and informs me of changes I may like to make to the original.

My skills with scanning are improving. This enables me to quite easily make “reproductive” prints of some of my traditional media artworks. I also continue to experiment with beginning a work on paper/canvas, completing a large part of it in an art app; and sometimes adding more traditional art media on the print…and so on… And there’s some lovely inkjet papers that I’m trying out.

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