You know what makes me happy? Mini art. Little tidbits of artistic magnificence that you can tuck away on those on walls in your home that are hard to decorate. Delicate watercolors and little Milagros and shrines and exquisite oil paintings. I love that stuff!
And now I have my own collection of little delicate masterpieces to share with all of you!
It all started with the acquisition of my cherished butterfly punch. I loved the little butterfly prints so much I wanted to showcase them and share them with the world. I bought a bunch of mini canvases and through the addition of art resin ended with a polished little gem of whimsy fun. Each butterfly is unique! Each butterfly is punched from one of my gelli prints. The patterns and shapes and colors of the prints reminded me of the kaleidoscopic beauty of real butterflies. This is just my first iteration on this project but I see it evolving to include different color palettes and inspirations. For now it’s simply a wild and eclectic explosion of color!
You can take these little beauties home on July 22nd at the A Place to B Studio Swap and Sell. Hope to see you there! Facebook Event
Let me know which color combos are you favorites in the comments. I’d love to know!
If you follow my instagram I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of pictures showcasing my newest, most favorite toy in my studio: my butterfly paper punch! I bought it on clearance at Michaels and it is by far one of the most satisfying art gadgets I’ve ever purchased.
The punch has three different shapes built in and with very little effort I can generate hundreds of beautiful one of a kind works of art. Inspired by my purchase I quickly generated a pile of painted papers using slap dash applications of acrylic paint, blended serendipitously with my brayer and gelli plate. Once the paint was dry I punched away and now I have this stunning pile of little gems that I can’t wait to integrate into even more delightful paintings. Stay tuned for even more butterfly madness.
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
New Stamps after First Use
After Second Printing
Before Second Printing
On Saturday night I had the honor of performing at and donating to Flow for Aleppo. I danced with my belly dancing troupe, The Tribal Misfits, and donated a print to the event’s silent auction.
Flow for Aleppo is a fundraising event bringing together Denver artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and foodies for one night only to raise funds for Hand in Hand for Syria.
The print I donated was originally created during a 30 days of painting challenge I began in 2014. The somber colors and minimalist feel felt like an appropriate piece of art to donate to the event. I was happy to see a number of bids and contributing a small part to relief.
Flow for Aleppo officially raised $8,170!!!!
My belly dancing troupe also showed up for the event. We worked for months on the choreography for the show and brought light and color to the line up. Our wonderful instructor deserves some serious kudos for creating our ensemble costumes as well. We looked great! Check out the video from the show here: Youtube
Come check out classes with our troupe @ A Place to B Studio in Boulder
Series 1: Locks and Gardens
Series 2: Black Rainbow
Series 3: Summer Love Diptych
Series 4: Garden Secrets
Something Wonderful is About to Happen
That sort of sums up how I feel about this whole endeavor. I painted on paper, fabric, and a little bit on the canvas. Afterwards I layered all the various pieces I created along with stamps and some more paint to come up with this final assemblage.