Friday, May 22, 2015

IHanna's Spring Post Card Swap by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Heart Of Gold ©Leada Wood 2015

I am participating in IHanna's Spring Post Card Exchange. Artists around the world are creating post cards right now to exchange with one another. This is my second time to exchange. It is such a pleasure to make the cards but even more pleasant to receive them. During the winter exchange I was the recipient of 10 beautiful little gems. I felt so honored to receive them.
Kokopeli  ©Leada Wood 2015
Kokopeli is a Native American symbol for fertility and represents the Spirit of music. I used a Gelli print and painted negatively around the little deity.  You see I am finding ways to use my Gelli prints! I collaged Gelli prints onto all my postcards for a starting point. 
Dream Big ©Leada Wood 2015

I have more post cards to share with you but my wireless is really slow tonight so I am just posting a trio.  It's getting late... time to relax and rest after a good day in the studio. Thanks for stopping by!

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Leada  Wood
 Live Joyfully!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gelli Printing by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Gelli Fun In Studio Twenty

This is what a good afternoon at Studio Twenty looks like when Gelli Printing...piles of colorful, interesting papers waiting to be repurposed into a new work of art. This is also only what I consider keepers...the rest need working on.

My dear friend Sue and I had a great play day making Gelli prints. She had never made them before and thought they were a lot of work, but fun! I guess it is all a state of mind. I love making Gelli prints and go into my own creative space when doing so and before I know it is time to go home.

I have been doing a little printing on cloth. The one on the right is the original print and the one on the left is the ghost print. I made the material 9x11 so that if I want I can make prayer flags out of them.

This Gelli is on Watercolor paper.

This Gelli is done on brown Kraft paper.

These Gellies are on fabric.

I started by printing a solid color and letting it dry and then used stencils, stamps, masks and black paint to make the design. I also tried different surfaces than I normally use.  I discovered that if using Gellies for prayer flags you have to leave a little quiet space of color to incorporate your prayers.

These are the same piece of fabric, I zoomed in on the bottom one after I worked on it a little. I decided that the top one needed a little refining to discover some of the shapes. I used Sharpie markers to draw on the can't hold it in place too long or it will bleed...unless that is the effect you are after.  I used a little alcohol on the Sharpie in the bottom right corner to make the color spread.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been up to...thanks for stopping by!

copyright 2015
#leadawoodart #mixedmedia #watercolor
Leada  Wood
 Live Joyfully!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Watercolor, Floral, Red Poppy by Leada Wood, Texas Artist

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! by Leada Wood ©2015

I know I missed my chance yesterday to wish you happy May Day but I didn't want to miss out totally! May Day use to be a pleasant tradition as people would gather a bouquet of spring flowers put them in a basket and hang on your door knob. Some traditions should never die. May Day also brings to mind little girls in pretty dresses dancing around the May pole. Mind you, these haven't happened in my life time I have only experienced them through books...but I still think they sound nice. 

We have had the most pleasant spring I can ever remember in Texas. The winds have been mostly gentle breezes and lots of rain!  The earth has laughed and laughed in wild flowers...amazing beauty everywhere and green! Hope you are having a wonderful spring where ever you are...thanks for stopping by!