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!

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. 🙂