Ink pen, and a Mix of Media.

A woman’s face

Began with a quick sketch, using a black Uni pin fine line, pigment ink pen, on Mi-Teintes warm brown, 160gsm pastel paper. I prefer not to use a pencil drawing underneath. Added some colour with Inktense block washes, then added coloured pencil and graphite pencil. Softened the face a little with the smudge tool in the Procreate app, and applied a few more white highlights. This printed up well.

Also I did a black and white pigment ink print, onto 300gsm smooth cotton, Saunders Waterford, watercolour paper; and then added some Inktense colour washes, and a little graphite pencil – as seen below. Sorry about the slight blur from taking a photo of it at night. Though it does show the overall softness of it, which I was pleased to achieve.

I usually complete the original as well, and like how it becomes a sort of catylyst for further artworks.Print of a woman’s face

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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.

Dog
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.
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!

An Inky Drawing – Hakea “Pin Cushion” Leaves

Hakea Pin Cushion plantA beautiful bunch of Hakea leaves were given to me by a friend; she thought I’d enjoy drawing them. So true! They have a similiar elegance to the gum leaves I recently drew. For this very quick sketch I used an Artline pen. I love how the ink lines travel in unexpected ways when I add a brush of water to them. After I scanned it in to the iPad (using the Scanner Pro app) I added a little colour (freehand) in Procreate. *This can be seen in the video below. I’ve only hinted at the flowers, as they were getting past their bloom. At their peak, they have rather fascinating shapes and colours.

An ink and art app media drawing
Beginning to add watercolour washes to the print of my artline ink drawing.

The ink in this pen is unfortunately not light fast. However, printing it with my Epson pigment ink printer, changes it into a print that it is light fast up to 50+ years. I’ve also printed the intial drawing onto a sheet of A4 Daler Rowney 300gsm watercolour paper. Now I can add washes of (good quality, fade resistant) watercolour, and have a finished work that stays around!

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An Illustrated Poem From My “Haiku from Home” Book

Watercolour drawing and poem.

Oh the endless (mini) dramas of spilt milk…(or other liquids). 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! 

Pear and flower drawing
I really enjoyed using all these bright colours in the “Procreate” app. It inspires me to try more of this colour boldness in my watercolours…as per the next pic.

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 †