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 †

Watercolour, Gouache, Art App Media – Some Works in Progress

Painting of a woman’s face
I began this with a very quick pencil sketch on Art Spectrum Draw & Wash 210gsm paper – also great paper to print on. Then added watercolour and gouache. I took it into the “Procreate” app, where I’ve added (and subtracted) a little to it. You can see the original below (after the next pic) – I’ve not quite finished it yet.

Since returning to using more of my traditional art media, I’m really enjoying the interplay between working both onscreen, and offscreen (reminds me of Star trek terminology ) 🙂  Such as: catching a pencil sketch with the “Scanner Pro” app, playing about with it in an art app… printing it… then perhaps applying some watercolour. Or enlarging and cropping a part of a scanned in watercolour, printing it, then applying more traditional media to it…and so on..and on.. *There’s info on the captions under each pic, describing it’s travels. 

Paintings of a woman’s face
Applying some more media in the “Procreate” app.
A mix of artworks and media
A collection of paper and media… really love the rich colours of the set of Caran d’Ache gouache. More about these two pics below.
Drawing of a woman’s face
A splash of watercolour in the “UBrush Pro” app, and also used a grey pencil in this app for the drawing, I then printed it onto Canson 220 drawing paper. You can see above, the watercolour and gouache I added to the print… and below is the same pic taken into “Procreate” where I’ve dabbed down some more colour work.
Painting of a woman
I’ve put more white to it, as is usual I get too heavy handed with my watercolour washes – which I suppose can suit in places, but not all over! A little more of a smile added as well – a good thing! 🙂

I’m slowly gathering together a collection of finished works in traditional media on paper; as well as their digital/traditional offspring. Some closely resemble the parent, some less so…each a work in it’s own right.

On my post, “About Drawing Faces”, there’s some more general info about the “faces” I love to draw, and an example of a fine pencil technique I used to draw one of my sons as a baby.

I’m also working on some flowers and still life watercolours, and trying out a little oil-pastel – will share some soonish.

So thankful† for my art opportunities. 

Thanks for visiting – enjoy your weekend. 

Flowers 1.U – Watercolour and Art App Media

Flwer paintingAdded this to my ongoing flower series.

I began with watercolour on paper, then whisked away some areas with the eraser set on Gesinski ink, in the Procreate app. Ideally more white paper should be left showing in the first place! I also dabbed on a bit more colour here and there, while in the app.
I think my tinkering with it successfully conquered the muddiness – though the flowing look is interruped a bit by the eraser, hmmm… Nevertheless, happy enough with it to have printed it onto Canson 220 drawing paper – came up quite well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watercolour Miniatures – and Some Larger Prints

A Watercolour on Fabriano 300gsm %100 cold pressed, cotton paper. It’s about 2 .5 inches by 3.5 inches (6cm x 9cm) in size… I often enjoy working within a small format.

I scanned it into the iPad with the “Scanner Pro” app. Then printed it onto an A4 sheet of Canson 220 drawing paper. This is not an inkjet paper, so I had to saturate the colour a little in the Photo app. In this way I could get quite a close equivalent to the colours of the original work. I liked how the blue was a bit more vivid on the print, and have since gone back to the watercolour and splashed on a bit more blue paint. As is usual one informs the other.

A watercolour and print
I’m in the process of adding a little more watercolour to the print…hmm, may add some leaves to the plant on both pics. This paper will handle a bit of water quite well; the excellent Epson pigment ink will not run at all. I talk about these areas on my page “Printing iPad Art”.
Prints and watercolour
The prints on either side of the watercolour are on A5 size recycled cream card. I haven’t quite finished with them yet; and will add more watercolour and some coloured pencil to the prints and the original watercolour. I changed the facial expression slightly within the Procreate app, and will change this also on the original watercolour.

The original watercolour and coloured pencil work in the middle above is a little over 2” x 4” (5.2cm x 10.2cm) in size. I drew both my little artworks from memory and imagination – though I do like to, and highly recommend drawing most often from observation! 🙂 Below are some more of the images of it, as I worked on it further on the iPad, in “Procreate”. There’s some info on the captions.

As I’m used to working small, I think this is one of the reasons I find drawing – with my finger – on an iPad (iPad Air 2 screen, began with a mini) quite a comfortably sized working space. And handy you can expand the screen, to get closer for detailed work.  *To enlarge them all, please tap on a pic.

Thank you for stopping by; enjoy the Easter break. 🙂

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:3-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

A Miniature Watercolour – Inklings of Autumn

Miniature painting

I painted this with Sennelier watercolour, on Strathmore hot pressed %100 cotton paper. It’s approx. 7cm (3”) x 10.5 cm (4”) in size. I began with a scratching of blue coloured pencil; and then put a little coloured pencil over the watercolour as well.

I love miniatures in art, and words – a lot can be said in a small space!

Enjoy your weekend.