Mixed media 25 Feb 2018

Angela Porter mixed media 25Feb2018

I’ve been hard at work on my ‘A Dangle A Day’ book and felt I needed a break from the computer screen.  As much as I love working digitally, I believe it does the soul good to work in different ways from time to time.  A change is as good as a rest, it is said, and also a change can get the creative juices flowing!

A trip to Hobbycraft in Newport, Gwent, yesterday had me buying some A4 Daler-Rowney Mixed Media boards.

These are 1.4mm thick and sturdy board forms of their mixed media paper.  The board did warp when I added tissue paper with matt medium, and it’s still a little wobbly today.

The pictures shows how far I’ve got for now.  I’m letting the little drops of copper and golden glitter dry as I take a break from it to decide if I need to do any more to it.

The image I drew and then coloured using Distress Inks.

I’ve enjoyed getting a little inky, painty and messy for a change.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day 2018

Angela Porter Valentines 2018

I designed this colouring template for the facebook group Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans for them to post coloured versions today.

This is my coloured version.  I drew on paper with pen, but coloured it in using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on my Microsoft Surface book using my Surface Pen.

Why I’ve been so quiet…

It’s been nearly a month since my last blog post.  The reasons?  Focusing on a book at the moment.  It’s called A Dangle a Day: Lettering Alphabets and Seasonal Designs with Charms  , though there’s no cover image for the book yet on Amazon it is available for pre-order.  It’s not a colouring book per-se, it’s more of a tutorial book, but colouring does play a big part of course.

It’s a new direction for me, I’m learning new things about publishing, and enjoying the challenge.  I have to focus on this project for now, and not sure I can do ‘sneak peeks’ yet, but when I can, I will!

I do have another colouring book to do after this one …more about that later on.

The other reason is that I’ve been unwell.  Nothing serious, thought to be a ‘viral wheeze’ (which is affecting me like asthma) but it’s got worse again, and is stopping me sleeping properly and lacking energy to do more than what I need to contractually do.

 

reMarkable tablet – my first impressions

cofFinally, today my reMarkable tablet has arrived, and I am so pleased with it!

I’ve had a few worrisome moments that I may have decided on something that wouldn’t be of much use to me, or wouldn’t work for me (as was the case with the Slate).

I need not have feared.

Although I’d like a bigger screen, one that is almost or a little bigger than A4 in size, the experience of writing or drawing on the reMarkable is as close to pen and paper as I think you can get.  The sound of the pen on the screen is even reminiscent of the sound of pen on paper.

The friction between the screen and the pen tip means it feels like writing on paper too.

A totally pleasurable sensory experience.

Setting up was easy enough, you’re walked through it by the device and the website.

Using it after that is easy too, it’s meant to be.

I love all the different templates for different paper types that are available; there’s even music manuscript paper, as well as an isometric grid!

I have looked at the simple sketch/doodle I’ve done on the screen on the Surface, and ok, it’s pixelly, which you’d expect from a 100dpi png image.  The page size is 8 x 10.5 inches (approx) which is perfect! It means I can export an image from the reMarkable to my puter and into Autodesk Sketchbook, adjust the resolution and then use the sketch as a basis for a finished drawing.

No scanning.

I detest scanning … but it’s now not necessary as long as I use the reMarkable.

Ok, there’ll still be times when I’ll need to scan work in, such as finished coloured works of art and so on, but as far as sketching out drawings and so on, well no more!

A  plus side of this is that there could be a lot less paper ‘floating’ around my home!  That would be great, there’s a big pile that is overdue for sorting and filing as it is.

Not only that, I can set up sketchbooks, yes books in the plural, on the reMarkable, so it should help me organise files on my ‘puter a bit better.

So yes, I’m happy.

Oh, did I mention that there’s different styles of pens and pencils, with different thicknesses?  No?  Well there is!  Ok, not as many as in Autodesk Sketchbook, but enough to keep me happy.

Did I mention that the pen and surface is pressure sensitive?  No?  Well it is.

Lots of playing around to be done by me with it, and a lot of work to be done with it.

Yes.  I’m happy.  Very happy with the reMarkable.

Digi Hallowe’en Pumpkin Stamp set

I have a set of 13 digi stamps with a whimsical Hallowe’en Pumpkin theme available in my Etsy shop, Artwyrd.

The set includes :

  • 3 pumkins without faces
  • 5 faces to add to the pumpkins or any other images you wish ( spooky eyes in the dark, on monsters, ghosts, aliens…your imagination is the only barrier!)
  • 5 leaves to use to create an autumn/fall scene with or without the pumpkins

Use them to create cards, or to fill a page with images for a custom colouring page, or any other craft you can think of.

 

Autumnly Entangled 7 to 11

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Lots of drawing done over the past three or so days and I haven’t had a chance to upload these.

The set of four are approx. 4″ square and the paper has been coloured with distress inks.

The bigger one is drawn on ombre paper for ‘scrapbookers’.  The central image is 6″ square.  It was a bit of a ‘mare to draw; the paper isn’t absorbent and the ink takes ages to dry, which means smudging was a bit of a problem, but I’ve managed to mostly disguise it with patterns.   I need to dry different pens on this paper, as I do like the colours.  If I can’t find a way to draw on it, then I’ll be using it to mount other artwork on and in mixed media and card making endeavours.

Yes, it did seem a good idea at the time!  It could be back to colouring all my own paper again ….

Entangled d20, aka icosohedron

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Just finished drawing this and assembling it.

I drew and edited the construction lines in Serif’s Affinity Designer.  I then opened the saved file in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on my Microsoft Surface Book and created layers, including a mask as the top layer.  Then I doodled.  Printed out two copies.  Cut one out, scored and folded along the grey construction lines, then assembled using Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.

Assembly was a bit of a ‘mare, and it wasn’t helped by me not scoring and folding a couple of lines, but when put together, it kind of works. Even where the edges aren’t likely to marry up nicely, the still seem to work.

One thing I will need to remember to do on the next one is to go round the cut edges with a black marker of some kind which will help those edges to blend in a bit more.  Maybe.

I do rather like the heavy black lines on this one, and coloured in they’d look like stained glass!

No numbers, so it’d not really work as a d20 (20 sided die), but coloured in that maybe possible with a key of some kind.

All good fun stuff!

Yes, I am being busy with arty crafty stuff today … and it’s not ended yet as I had some soft polymer lino in the post the other day and I haven’t tried carving that yet!

Entangled Icosohedron

Icosohedron1 montage Angela Porter 19 Sept 2017

Having more fun!  This time a 20-sided icosohedron.  And I’ve just noticed I lost the plot slightly in creating the montage above – the same image repeated, d’oh go me!  First time I’ve ever done a photo montage though, so maybe I can be forgiven!