Working session in acrylic

Last Friday members of the HAS came together to put into practice what we had learned in the previous week’s session with Tracey Krupianka. Some of us used special brushes laced with two colours. Others tried to dab a background with pieces of a sponge, or used a dry brush to mix colours. Some members preferred to finish other pieces of art. Once again a very enjoyable Friday morning.


Demonstration in Acrylic

On Friday 2nd September, Tracey Krupianka gave us a memorable demonstration in acrylic. It was fascinating to watch her using a sponge to create the background of her picture before she created vertical lines in the middle with a brush to prepare the reflection of the  sunset in a lake. With a dry brush she then mixed the colours with horizontal strokes before she painted flowers and leaves. We learned that you can gather two colours on a specific brush to create stunning effects. 


Dragons of Wainhouse Tower

Last Friday Sue Cordingley brought along some copies of the children’s books ‘Dragons of Wainhouse Tower’ for sale. The Wainhouse Tower is a well known folly in Halifax. Sue did the illustrations to the stories by Sarah Stone.

Sue brought also some of her work with found objects or memorabilia, little booklets or stunning objects assembled with wire and string.

Sue had brought her tablet along and gave us valuable hints and tips in addition to last week’s session with Dennis. We could even have a go at some of the virtual ‘brushes’ Dennis had talked about. After our coffee break we then got out our own little boxes we wanted to decorate and created assemblages. Lynda had brought many too, and lots of material we could use.

Some of us practised with tablets or went on with previous work.


Digital art workshop

Last Friday was altogether different, as Dennis explained how he creates stunning artwork online. He had arranged lots of his beautiful work on tables. He had even created some bookmarks for us to take away as a souvenir.

Dennis explained that you can use your finger on the iPad but that this is just too thick for precision work. He operated his iPad with a special £80 ‘pencil’ which pairs with the iPad. This is used like a water brush – tilting and applying pressure create different thickness of line. 

Dennis introduced us to 14 digital art programs and showed us how to use some of them: Procreate, Jackson’s Artgrid, Amaziograph, Flowpaper, i-pastels, My Sketch, Sketchbook.

Procreate comes with a handbook but you can learn a lot just by experimenting. There is a brush stroke library included but you can also download more, and even create stamps. Starting in black and white you can overlay shapes and then fill in with the iPencil. It feels like you are ‘painting’ with colour, but actually you are ‘painting’ with light. Dennis showed us how artwork can be built up in layers, giving us the added tip that these can be labelled to keep track of them. We also learned that it’s a good idea to save a copy of an image before you work on it, and you can import pdfs or photos in to many apps.

i-Pastels allows you to create art with smudges, fine work and many hues and shades – just like pastels but without the dirty fingers!