Doodles and zentangles…not digital!

29July2017_AngelaPorter_Minis

That’s right!  Not digital, but drawn using Pitt Artist Pens from Faber-Castell.

Something inside me told me I needed a break from playing around with digital art, and that my pen wielding skills needed a bit of a dusting off.

If anything, drawing digitally has resulted in me being a bit more confident and fluid with my pen strokes.  I also realised that it’s a lot easier for me to work out designs on paper (though I’m not happy with all of the drawings above – a bit out of practice, maybe).

I’m  my latest drawings for the Dover Publications project, I have been drawing out the bare bones of a sketch on paper, scanning in and then working on it digitally.  That has helped me with size and layout of the design for sure.

This makes me hanker after a Surface Studio even more, as I’d be able to work on a digital image at a 1:1 scale for A4 drawings at the very least.

It’s not easy for me, it seems, to get my brain around the the fluidity of scale of drawing digitally as compared to the fixed scale on paper.

All the same, I really enjoyed wielding a pen with creativity on paper rather than screen.  It has it’s own pleasures, and challenges, including having to work with the mark you make when you put ink directly on paper; there’s no easy ‘erase button’ to be used!  So, it’s more about going with the flow and the creative opportunities that the permanency of ink results in (creative opportunities being the positive way to view ‘mistakes’; as I was once told, there’s no mistakes in art, only happy accidents!).

Oh, the boxes on the images.  Well, I do intend to scan these in individually and create files for printing out, the boxes being there where a greeting or message or quote can be placed.

Also, each drawing is approx. 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)

Mandala, 27 July 2017

Angela Porter 17 July 2017 coloured

Inbetween working on a colouring book for Dover, I get to play with mandalas from time to time.  This is today’s coloured mandala.

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Microsoft Surface Book, Microsoft Surface Pen.

Mandala of the day

mandala2 20 July 2017

I thought I’d try white on a kraft paper coloured background.  I quite like it.

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on my Microsoft Surface Book

Stay Strong – Mixed Media

StayStrong_1May2017_AngelaPorter

More Foamiran flowers, this time rather more stylised or abstract.  Background is texture paste mixed with distress ink and some pearlescent paint from Liquitex and stenciled over a distress ink background.  Papers coloured with distress inks or distress oxide inks.

Embossed paper and ACEO card are coloured with various acrylic paints from Pebeo and Liquitex.  They’ve been used to create a collaged pattern behind the previously made ACEO/ATC paint.

Liquid pearls have been added in places, and gems in the flower centres.

I die-cut the leaves from Centaura pearl paper and coloured them with Copic markers; the sheen they have is subtle and fits in nicely with the more pastel colours used.

Be Your Beautiful Self – Mixed Media

BeYourBeautifulSelf_30April2017_AngelaPorter

A second mixed media work from me.  Texture paste through stencils, distress inks, diecuts, various papers I’ve coloured, some that have been embossed.  Metallic and iridescent paints.  And gems.

More things from Hampton Art and coloured doodle art

I had a bit of a surprise package today.  Inside were some more stamps and dies that I designed and have now been produced by Hampton Art.  They’re perfect for card making, paper crafts, planners, journals and scrapbooks!

I’ve also coloured in the doodle art from yesterday. I used a mixture of Copic Ciao markers, Chameleon markers and some coloured pencils. I’m quite pleased with the colouring, learned some new tricks with the Chameleon markers, which means I’d do things a little differently if I coloured it again.

angela-porter20170119_002

2017 arrives

2017-by-angela-porter

Another page for you to print and colour, if you wish.

All I ask is that you please respect my copyright to the image; it is for personal use only, not for any commercial projects either in it’s entirety or in part.  If you share the image, please share the link to this page instead!  Of course, I’d love to see how you colour it!

Happy New Year to you all, and may it be a year full of colouring and creativity, peace and love to all.