Butterfly in the Garden Print over Gelli Print Circle
Recently I have been working on a series of hanging gelli print “scrolls.” I started the series while visiting my husband who was working in Chicago for a month last year. While there, I was itching to paint and ended up impulse buying a big round gelli plate, acrylic paints, and a roll of paper.
Gelli Plates are an extremely fun and versatile form of monoprinting. You simply apply some acrylic paint to the plate and then away you go! I was introduced to them by my good friend at Turning the Wheel, and I have incorporated them into workshops and other artistic projects.
Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool! -From the Gelli Arts Website
My original plan was to cut the circles out of the paper and collage them into later projects. However, once I had completed a few rounds of the prints I decided I really liked how the gradient of prints looked and began plotting how to keep them intact.
Unfurling the Scrolls after Storage.
After a bunch of trial and error I figured out how to glue a dowel to the top and bottom of the series. I also continued printing and working on the circles so they felt less rough. I splurged a second time on a set of new stamps featuring children playing and butterflies in a garden. Using the same acrylic printing techniques I incorporated the stamps into the prints. I love how each scroll tells a story from top to bottom, or bottom to top, depending on where the eye wanders first.
The scrolls will be on display in the near future at a Boulder Venue. Visit my website for a list of upcoming events: www.khirilee.com
What’s better for spring than new bright clothing? New clothing designed by your good friend and artist! My new collection “Magic Carpets” was created with a series of little paintings I created to deconstruct. I loved them so much I decided to create a whole collection of goodies for you to wear and use and have in your home. Check it out!
My favorite products from this collection
Floor Pillows: These are brand new to Society6 and I think they are truly fabulous. Get Comfy.
Last December I was happy to present my art to friends and family at a salon held in my home. I curated a collection of my own pieces dating from college to the present and hung them throughout my new … Continue reading →
My first public art show is up! My art! On walls in a local venue! Go me!
I am excited to announce that my art will be hanging at Anytime Fitness for the next three months. Anytime Fitness is a local gym and I reached out after seeing their call for art. Apparently members of the gym had requested art for the space and the team at the store decided collaborating with local artists would be best. I am honored to be the first artist to exhibit in their space.
Anytime Fitness has a super chill vibe, friendly atmosphere, and you can check out my art by scheduling a tour of their facilities. Or if you are already a member, go get some exercise and soak in the colorful paintings. Thats what I plan to do! Paintings are available for purchase. Prices listed in the price sheet in the office.
Last spring I partnered with Turning the Wheel (TTW), a non profit dedicated to building community through creative expression, to create “The Good Box,” a magical deck of cards with little notes of goodness on each one. The deck was designed using snippets of art I had created over the past three years. The sayings came from the loving genius of Holly Lewis, who created the first good box from scratch a few years ago. At TTW we all felt the idea was so simple, brilliant, and fun that it had to be shared with everyone, so we got to work and ended up with this wonderful deck of mini-cards.
I’ve already heard some great stories from people who have been enjoying their deck. One friend keeps a deck in his truck, and before he leaves for a job he draws a card to come back into his body. Another was given to a local doctors office, and when the giver returned, the receptionist insisted she drew a card before sitting down to wait for her appointment. I like to share them at family gatherings and love seeing the reactions people have to the sweet little sayings on the cards. Reading the sentences about goodness never fails to leave a smile on a the readers face.
For the whole month of February, TTW and I celebrated with the “Month of Goodness” Campaign. Individuals could sign up and receive snippets of goodness in their inbox each day. The campaign included TTW activities, positive quotes, beautiful art from members of the TTW National Team, and fun videos. You can check out some of the posts from the first week here. TTW plans to do the campaign again, so if you are sad to have missed it – No Worries! You can sign up for the next round here, it’s free.
Or you can buy your very own Goodbox! I’m so thrilled to have a product that people can take home and enjoy over and over again. If you decide to pick one up let me know what you think!