Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Sketches

This afternoon, my neighbors four blocks away have no power because of storm that ripped across the city taking down trees. Since I do have power and some time to play, I thought I'd post some past experiments from my iPad in case there is anyone out there who might be interested in making art with an iPad.

The apps I use for drawing are Art Rage App. If you save them to your photos files and then open them in  Percolater App they sometimes become quite beautiful.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Playing with Waterlogue

To my iPad friends out there who like to play with art making apps...
I took my iPad to the park and snapped some photos of a couple of kids playing with a Jack Russel named Eddy. I changed the images to watercolour effect in Waterlogue App just for fun and to conceal identities.
For a closer look, if you click the image it will come up larger on your screen I think.  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Percolated Card Designs

I made some cards today   which I will be giving away over the next months to friends and family for birthdays and special occasions. I thought I'd share them with my friendly readers here.
The flower images are like little treasures found on my walks around the neighbourhood with my dog over the spring months this year.
I discovered that Percolator app creates some amazing effects with a flower photo as I have said in previous posts.
I have also tried Superimpose APP to play around with the flowers to pull them up out of the Percolator abstract circles.
I print out these images from my Canon Pixma printer onto matte photo paper. I can get three-up when I lay them out in CorelDraw on my PC.
I am sure most people have a photo editor on their PC and I think you can usually print in two or four on a sheet.
I buy Strathmore blank photo mount cards and envelopes and I use the little stickers that come with the cards or a glue stick to mount the photos on the cards.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

iPad Fun

Ipad fun.
Left - A photo taken with my with my iPad camera.
Right - Photo converted with Percolater app to create the circles effect.
Lightened and cropped it with Photoshop Express App.

Iris photo manipulated with Percolater App and then Adobe Phototshop Express.

When printed out in colour these images are lovely as personalized cards.

I print them out and cut them and paste them to pre-cut Strathmore Photo mount Cards.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Alien Finger Puppets

The children created wonderful little aliens for the display. I took photos of each character. With a few tricks with Corel Draw I converted them to finger puppets.
the children were thrilled with their puppets and I realized how much seeing their own work reproduced and turned into finger puppets makes them incredibly proud and happy. Another thing that surprised me was that they wanted to have as many other puppets as they could cut out.
I printed out a set for myself and cut them out and I sent a pdf copy of the whole set to the teacher.
I think they are adorable.
Any comments or questions are always welcome.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Display

Today we finished the project and it turned out quite nicely. The children took so much pride in their work and everyone's creation is unique and fun. Spaceships. Aliens and Red moons. Twenty four children. 7 and 8 year olds, mostly boys...And we did it! The teacher was patient and supported the project all the way.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red Moons & Aliens

The project on Aliens and Spaceships took on a life of it's own. The plan was to place all the art on a large sheet of black paper. But the school roll of black paper was all used up so we decided to make individual planet landscapes with blood red moons. Here are a few photos.
As always I am feeling privileged to be working with children. Each one of them gave total focus to this project. Once they began the landscapes of alien planets with red moons, they had so many stories to tell me about each creation. Where aliens lived, what they eat for lunch, the structure of houses or caves, how they swim and fly all over the place rather than walking.
I think they connect easily with their imaginations and brain power when they use pastels.
So even though they are messy, pastels are the best medium to get into the flow of creation. This is just my opinion of course. And so many pros out there know so much more than I about children and artistic process.
I really appreciate how their teacher has been open to the creative process as we adjusted the project along the way.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aliens Project

I thought I'd post my experiment for a school project with grade 2/3's.
From a drawing
painted in watercolour,
photographed with my iPad Mini camera,
adjusted the image in Percolater
and then adjusted with Photoshop Express.

I am hoping the children's creations can be photographed in the same way and then perhaps I can show them how to use the APPS to explore the digital possibilities for their art making.

My plan is to inspire the children to draw characters from their imagination. So far they have created space ships for the project. We are creating a large space mural which fits their class time studies about the recent red moon. I am hoping we can work on a larger scale in the next session. We used cut out colored papers for the space crafts but I am looking forward to the next session where drawing will take priority. I think that cutting out papers made them too worried about perfection with straight lines etc. and I think I failed them with that exercise.I am not sure what will happen with this drawing and markers idea. I am only in the planning stages so I may invent a better way to do this. On the other hand I sometimes get too many ideas and it is probably better to keep it simple.

Photo above: My experimental alien painting converted digitally with Percolater APP on iPad.

Photo - Spaceship building with colored papers and glue sticks.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Friends Asked

So many have asked me how I created the butterfly design,I thought I'd explain in case there is anyone out there with an iPad and they want to have some fun making images do unexpected and sometimes beautiful things.
If you click the image it should come up larger on the screen.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

At The Beach In March

I took Maggie to the beach yesterday.
That's downtown Vancouver way in the distance.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Blossoms

These photos were taken on March 13 while I was walking with Maggie, my little dog.
I used the camera in my iPad Mini and adjusted images with Photo Shop Express APP. A free app which is useful to adjust photos. One thing is for certain. Spring in Vancouver is beautiful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Sunshine and Spring flowers all over the place. After so many months of grey overcast skies the earth is coming alive again. What a relief!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day dear friends wherever you are. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ipad Drawing Pad App & Percolator App For Effects

I used an app called Drawing Pad to draw the fist part. Then I took the drawings into Percolator App.
Green Fish - Took a photo of a watercolor green wash into iPad. I brought it into Drawing Pad from Photos and used it as a background. I took an eraser brush and created the fish drawing. I saved the drawing to iPad photos. Then I opened Percolator App and brought green fish up and adjusted Percolator until I found one effect I liked best.
With the second fish, I took a photo of a watercolor wash, saved it ti the iPad photos. Then in Drawing Pad I brought it in as a background. Then I painted black all over the screen on another layer.  Then I erased from the black to create the fish drawing.

Then I saved the image to iPhotos and then into Percolator.

I hope this does not sound complicated. It isn't complicated really.
I recommend one just play and fool around a bit and have fun.

I think anyone with an iPad can play and create. Who knows what one will come up with. Just have fun.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Music and Albert's Old Shoes as a Play

Well I am back to our little book 'Albert's Old Shoes' this month and I am writing a musical play of the story. I suppose I would call it creative process that emerged out of the bleak grey days of Vancouver winter.
Because I am to work with a music teacher this spring in some kind of artistic way, I have a dilemma because I am not certain just what exactly the teacher will be expecting me to do with his grade three class. He is so busy he doesn't wish to discuss anything with me until after spring break.

For me this is hard because I like to plan and prepare for projects and there will not be much time for that part once we are into April. After stressing out and worrying through January, I woke up one morning at four AM with an idea. I will write a musical of Albert's Old Shoes! Brilliant idea you say? I agree. However I have a problem. I have never ever written music let alone a musical. But what the heck! I decided I have nothing to lose. So I am giving it a go.
I have spent the past week with my iPad and Song Writer app and Loopy app and I have been having so much fun!  So even if the teacher never agrees to a musical play idea, I have been learning this wonderful new world of writing songs. They may be awful. But I like them. So there it is.
And best of all, my son Stephen thinks they are 'fun' and since he wrote Albert's Old Shoes in the first place, that is a perfect push ahead for me to stay with it.
I am creating the words with Song Writer and the music by singing with Loopy and adding harmony. Now I need to know how to convert the music sounds to sheet music. And I need to write the play. The pictures above are from the book. I did the illustrations long ago with pencil crayons.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Combination Watercolour and Digital Effect

It has been raining and the sky is so grey and I've been trying to work but there are some days when nothing seems to work out.

I thought I'd post something tonight because my last post, that owl with nowhere to go has been bothering me. I think I might even take him down.

But for now here is a little experiment I did with a salted watercolour, my scanner and the software application Corel Painter. One could do this with other software applications such as Photoshop Elements brushes or Art Rage or Adobe Sketchbook Pro and perhaps even an iPad. I am assuming you have a Wacom tablet connected to your computer with the Wacom tablet stylus pen that comes with it. If you are using an iPad you could use your finger, but better to have a stylus for your iPad for better drawing control. ( To avoid confusion about stylus pens remember An iPad stylus is completely different from a Wacom Tablet stylus.)
Each one of the three images are from the saved scanned and painted file image on the top left. Just remember always to save the base so you can use it over and over again.

Here are the steps.

1. Paint a sheet with two colour washes, let them flow into each other and before it dries shake salt over all of the painting and set it somewhere where it will dry. The salt creates delicate sparkly starry effects. I prefer to use two colours because it is so easy to get mud if you mix three together and I hate mud and I think most artists do as well. 

2. When it is dry, scan your painting into your computer and name it and save it as a jpeg and remember where you saved your file.

3. Open your PAINTER or Photoshop or Sketchbook or whatever your painting/drawing program and then go to FILE and then open your saved jpeg file.

3. Give it a new name and save a few copies of your watercolour in order not to lose that base painting image.

4. Now use the eraser tool brush with a fairly small line and draw shapes into the colours with what is now a white line image.

5. Next remove areas with a larger eraser brush point. You can adjust the eraser point to any size that you want. A large brush is great for removing larger areas.

6. You can create a woodcut effect using this drawing method.

7. REMEMBER TO SAVE your work under a new name and keep the base jpeg painting in case you ever want to use your watercolour image again in a digital manner.

I hope this is helpful to someone out there one day. If anyone has a question I would be glad to answer below.
And for now, the rain pours down into the night. But I can rest knowing I posted something more interesting than that darned owl.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Procrastinator Owl?

I am not sure why this owl appeared today. But I thought I would post this little fellow. I am trying hard to get back to my project which has nothing to do with owls!

I need to focus. I know I am procrastinating.
I thought about getting out the paints but instead I used an old scan of some watercolour paper and I made a digital vector shapes collage using Corel Paint X5.

I cut out shapes, copied and then pasted into CorelDraw bit by bit until I had the owl down.

The original watercolour is rather bleak. The green leaves are from another watercolour and the colour isn't working.
This is my procrastinator owl I think. He is telling me to get back into my other much more important project. Do you ever procrastinate?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

More iPad Art

This is another demonstration of making art on an iPad with two APPS. Sketch Pad and Percolator.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Making Art With Two Apps

Two of my favorite iPad APPS are Sketch Pad and Percolator.

Here is an example of how easy it is to create a beautiful image from simple image of hearts.
I use an iPad stylus with a fat rubber tip which takes a bit of getting used to.

1. When drawing something like hearts or circles or boxes or whatever tickles your fancy, you will quickly realize how you can control the thickness and color of your lines by adjusting the control boxes on the screen.

2. Once you have a drawing you like, save it to photos.

3.Open Percolator and call it in from your photos files.

4. With percolator you have a variety of controls and many choices about what you want to do with your image.

5. You can save many different versions of your image to your iPad photo files.

Click the image above for a more accurate view.
If this is helpful to you I'd love to know.