Posts made in April, 2015

31 Days of Watercolor

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in watercolor, watercolor a day, Watercolor a Day May 2015 | 0 comments

It kicks off tomorrow! My goal is that I will paint and post a watercolor painting a day, every day, for the month of May. I did it last year and we had a blast!

A few of the watercolors I did last year during my month of Watercolor a Day.

A few of the watercolors I did last year during my month of Watercolor a Day.

Mostly, the watercolors will be on Facebook and on Instagram where I’ll be offering the watercolors for sale, too. Meet up with me here!

This is going to be fun. 🙂

 

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Gelli plate prints – studies in green & blue

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in featured, gelli plate | 0 comments

gelli plate green Keetha

Those greens! I could just dive into them.

green gelli plate Keetha

 

I actually started with the blues first, and those colors made me think of raindrops.

blue gelli plate Keetha

I cut out raindrop shapes from a scrap piece of card stock and laid them on the gelli plate that was covered with assorted shades of blue.

Before that, I made a print from the blues:

blue gelli print Keetha

Almost everyone I’ve ever seen use a gelli plate says that the first print often isn’t the best. This above was the first print. You can see the difference between it and the one above with the raindrop shapes on it.

Then I thought about stars! That would be a fun shape. I tried cutting out a star shape but it ended up looking more like Patrick. Seriously.

star mask Keetha

It reminded me of that time on Thanksgiving weekend a few years ago that it took me, my sister in law, and my mom and the duration of the Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss football game to create a star for my Christmas mantle. I decided to just stick with the raindrops.

I cleaned off my brayer by rolling it on these plain white office stickers – I can use them later on an art journal page or in a mixed media piece or to decorate the envelope I’m sending an Etsy order in.

blue stickers Keetha

I wish I could credit whoever came up with this idea – it wasn’t me. I saw it somewhere and thought, “Now that is awesome.” I can’t remember where I saw it! Mary Beth Shaw, maybe?

green stickers Keetha

I even like the window shapes the sticker sheets left.

paint frames Keetha

Don’t they look like frames? They make me think of windows and possibilities.

Peekaboo!

raindrops gelli Keetha

My rain drop shapes after I used them a few times.

This is the other side of them.

green drops gelli Keetha

 

Right now they’re still sitting around on my work table because I just love how they look. Easily amused. 🙂

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Capturing spring

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in watercolor | 0 comments

grow spring watercolor Keetha

 

wisteria Keetha

Wisteria – it’s a parasite, etc., etc. Don’t care. It’s so pretty!

 

make a wish Keetha

I remember when discovering one of these in the yard was magical. You got to make a wish!

Bonnie Plant Keetha

If we’re friends on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen this photo. Jeffrey and I went to Hi-Grade Farm Supply, our local feed store, on Saturday morning. See, it was the weekend after Easter and garden lore has it that the earliest you should plant is after the Easter cold snap. It doesn’t matter if Easter falls in late March or late April; you have to wait until after Easter.

We brought home all kinds of plants: eggplant, zucchini, squash, sweet banana peppers, yellow peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, cucumber, lemon thyme, sweet basil, romaine, butter bibb lettuce, and sweet onions.

Planting romaine Keetha

My contribution to the garden was picking out plants, taking the photo, and painting this.

Spring plants watercolor Keetha

Jeffrey enjoys gardening and yard work (no, really) and I am thankful for that. I never know what I’m doing when it comes to anything like that. I am so glad I get to just appreciate and enjoy.

 

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Easter art

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in featured, gelli plate, Holidays, mixed media | 2 comments

Keetha mixed media Easter

I’ve had a hankering to do some brightly-colored cheery spring art! I even added the 21 to it because that’s right around the day spring season officially started (it’s either the 20th or 21st – I never can remember).

Here’s what I did:

I started with an 8×8″ gesso board. I like these because you can stamp on them – it has a strong, flat surface that won’t bend or give the way a canvas might.1 8x8 gesso board

Keetha mixed media tutorial

I used book pages for the background layer. I used an old Sam’s Club card to apply gel medium under the pages and over them. The gel medium dries clear and creates a nice surface you can write or paint on.

Then I brushed on some yellow paint – I was thinking about daffodils – in a random fashion.

3 Keetha add yellow paint - 2nd layer

 

Next, I added another paper element. I think this card came from an issue of Flow magazine. I brushed some of the same yellow paint onto the card to help it look more at home.

Keetha gelli print side.JPG

 

I took some of the deli paper I printed using the gelli plate and wrapped it on the bottom edge and up onto the board, using the gel medium to adhere it. I really like the effect – the deli paper is transparent. Doesn’t it look cool?

 

Keetha spring hand lettered

I had some background paper laying out that I had painted with spring colors with the idea using it for an April calendar; that’s a story for another blog post. I had ink and a round brush nearby from the art journal class so I hand lettered Easter words on it.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do with that page, so it was just sitting out on my work desk. That’s what I used to cover two other sides. See? Being messy pays sometimes. 🙂

Easter mixed media Keetha

 

I added a few more elements and marks. Even a big green blob, for some reason. Since the surface is coated with gel medium, I could sketch on it and erase as needs me. Good thing, too, because I had a time drawing those eggs. I think of eggs as being oval when it turns out they’re more, er, egg-shaped.

Keetha mixed media spring

 

Next, I painted the eggs. I wanted them to look like the eggs my brother and I had colored as kids, using the Paas kits – those bright primary colors. First, I had to decide which eggs to paint which colors. So I did this.

egg color order

I know. I have this weird mix of right-brain and left-brain. I painted the colors onto pieces, cut them out, and arranged them and rearranged them until they were in the order I wanted.

I used a stencil, some rub-ons, and a paint marker to add more interest.

spring art Keetha mixed media

 

The other side covered with gelli-printed deli paper:

Keetha gelli print deli paper

 

That green blob of paint bugged me. It seemed too jarring. I covered it with bright turquoise. Then it picks up the turquoise on the deli paper near the bottom.

To finish, I highlighted the Easter eggs with a little white, and dripped gold acrylic paint from the top. I spritzed the gold paint with water to get it drip better. Since the surface is covered with the gel medium, the water doesn’t mess up any of the paper or paint beneath.

Keetha spring art mixed media Easter

 

All done!

 

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