Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Passion For Mango Hibiscus by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

The lovely April showers in Texas have made dazzling April and May flowers everywhere! I especially like Hibiscus in pots around the pool to give a tropical effect and they are gorgeous! My friend  Penny sent me this one and I have enjoyed it so much. The lovely mango color and ruffled petals were begging to be painted so I did. I created a 5x7 thank you card for my sweet friend....I just love getting mail, don't you?

"A Passion For Mangos " copyright 2015 Leada Wood.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

More Gelli Prints by Leada Wood, Texas Artist


I was honored to do a Demo on Gelli Printing for the Big Spring Art Association this past Tuesday evening. I thought I would share some of my finished prints with you. It is such a fun process and the prints can be used in so many ways. You also can print on various surfaces and obtain excellent results.

Of course my studio is usually a wreck during the printing process! When I print it is usually a days work and I have piles of Prints. I then separate them into three piles... a more to go pile, an almost there pile and that's a wrap pile and sometimes one or two find their way into the trash pile. I find adding lots of layers usually makes the most interesting papers

I use my hand made stamps for the images or sometimes I paint over the Gelli Print and of course they are always great for collage. Making stamps is another thing that is fun to do. There are all kinds of ways to make stamps but that is another post.

This little elephant was made into a card...waiting for the right person to send it to. I love to get real mail, don't you? Especially cards handmade with love!

A little birdie told me to make another card. I sometimes add little embellishments along with the Gellies.

You never know how your Gellies will turn out. This one has a little metallic paint on it as well. I enjoy using bight color combinations. That's the way I roll.

Even when you use similar stamps and colors no two Gellies will ever be the same. That is one of the fascinating things about Gelli Printing...each print is unique and cannot be duplicated exactly.

I love the rich colors and interesting textures you can create. It's so much fun...kind of like making mud pies when I was a kid.


Bee kind to one another and have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

White Horse by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Merry Legs

copyright2015 Leada Wood 

This painting was started in Joseph Fettings class in March in San Angelo. Mr. Fettings is an excellent instructor and the class atmosphere was exceptional! What a great group of ladies having fun painting...I didn't want the class to end.
My Mama had a white horse named Merry Legs so I decided to name this one in honor of her horse.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Apple Blossom Time" transparent Watercolor by Leada Wood, Artist ofTexas

It is "Apple Blossom Time " on the farm. This transparent watercolor is 8x10 and is matted and ready to frame and it is AVAILABLE. Please contact me at http :www.leada and you can see more of my work by clicking on my blog 
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mixed Media by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

      "Dream Weaver" Copyright 2015 Leada Wood

I found this today in my flat file, not sure I have posted on my blog. "Dream Weaver" is a mixed media piece, mounted on black and is 12x12. I made the tiny sculpture from clay and painted all the collage papers...oh there is some embossing and glass beads thrown into the mix as well. I created another one similar to this one and gave it to a dear friend, it was entitled "Artin' Around".
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Wishing you a blessed day filled with love!

More Gelli Fun, By Leada Wood, Texas Artist


This fun little lady is part of a page in my art journal. I wanted to show you some of the things you can do with Gelli Prints. Her dress is a small portion of a page of one of my prints. You could also use prints for collage papers or cards.

This is another Gelli print. Gelli printing is like mono printing without the press. It is not as complicated...but I suppose you could get complicated with the process if you wanted to. That is the fun of it...whatever floats your boat!

Another art journal cover. I have given many of these away as gifts to my art friends through the years. I hope they enjoy having them half as much as I did making them.

This art journal has been to many workshops and is full now.  I used a few pieces of my printed papers and then painted a geisha, collaged her dress and fan and painted the symbols for happiness on it.

I think this is the first art journal I has seen many workshops too. It came about as I used a baby wipe to clean my stamps. I liked it so much I glued it to my journal cover...thus began the process of decorating my journal covers and I have continued over the years. I have a special travel journal that I take on trips and it comes in handy when Boot Man and I reminisce.

These are only a tiny portion of what you can do with Gelli prints. There are no bounds to where your imagination can take you. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gelli Printing, by Leada Wood, Texas Artist


I have been playing around with my Gelli again, so much fun! I have been trying out different stencils, stamps and found objects to see which makes the best prints. Seems to me the more layers you add the more interesting they become. I have also narrowed my tools down to my favorites. Some folks may print with control but I have found that complete abandonment turns out the best.

I have Gelli plates in several sizes but today I only worked with the 8x10. I think there may have been a little spring influence in my colors, they remind me of Easter.


I also tried something new today...printing on fabric. I really like the way it accepted the paint. What fun!

I also tried a new paper and metallic paints. I liked the way they look just not sure what to do with these yet. The other papers are great for collage, making cards or using in your art journals. I have a few ideas of what I want to do with my fabric but that's another post.