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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Awareness Art #2

I love how my Down Syndrome mini turned out! A blue and yellow ribbon symbolizes Down Syndrome awareness, and for the rest of the painting, creativity took over so I just let it flow. I chose not to add words; I think the painting itself does the talking. I have never worked with or known an adult with this disability, but from the experiences I've had with children, they are mostly happy, and show their happiness with big beautiful smiles and sparkling eyes.

Awareness Art

My sister requested a mini representing Autism for her office. She works with people who have developmental disabilities :)

I thought it was such an awesome idea that I painted another for my shop, as well as one for Down Syndrome. I can't wait to get the finishing touches on them so I can upload them to my etsy store!

This is the one I made for my sister...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Opened Shop Today

Today was the big day; my etsy shop, Keltik's Kreations,  is open for business!  I'm excited, yet a bit nervous. After all, I am putting my artwork on display for sale for the first time. Will people like my work? Will my stuff sell? Am I wasting my time and effort? Oh, the stuff that is running through my head!  LOL

My favorite piece so far is the Inspirational Flowers (mixed media), but I also have a soft spot for the breast cancer mini. Come by and check it out :)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Creative Sunday

My current works in progress, all waiting for finishing touches.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sequinned Pizzazz

My newest mini watercolor on canvas. This little 4x4 is a simple watercolor with a dash of encouragement and a bit of bling.


The words say:

BELIEVE
you have the power to make your dreams
REALITY


The lace was an after thought as I realized the canvas was slightly dented. I didn't like the looks of that at all, so it was sequinned lace to the rescue! I've been wanting to use this lace because its such a pretty blue and the sequins add sparkle.  Tonight was the perfect opportunity. I think the color and bling give the painting just the right touch of whimsical pizzazz.

This piece will be for sale in my upcoming etsy shop... opening soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kitty Sunset

I decided to do something different from the mixed media, sticking to strictly watercolor, with cats. I decided to make it a Mini (4x4 canvas). I love my two fur babies and chose to model my cats after Tigger (orange tabby) and Mina (black... in this case indigo). I did keep to my LOVE theme though, so I incorporated hearts into my painting... 3 of them to be precise: (1) the sun (2) the upright tails (3) and the shadow of the tails in the grass.

I had fun with this tiny project, and my mood shows in the vibrant colors, resulting in a cute whimsical piece.
This little watercolor will be for sale in my upcoming etsy shop...








Sunday, March 17, 2013

Creativity is a Blast!

I am really enjoying this creative burst that I'm in, in fact it has sparked a possible new venture in my life... selling my work, but until I can get started on that, I have to build up an inventory to post. However, I have begun a piece for a friend who has requested a dragonfly. This canvas will be different than my last, as I am building on techniques and ideas, so I'm curious how it will turn out. The inventory building will begin after this current piece.

I am not going to make a practice of taking requests; I think that would be too much for me time wise as well as stressing about meeting the customer's expectations LOL, so I will stick to creating on a whim and posting the finished products for sale (on etsy) at least that's the tentative plan.

I'm excited about the prospect, yet fearful. I've never attempted to sell my paintings, or have any sort of online store like etsy or ebay, so yeah, there is alot of stuff going on in my head right now BUT it seems to be helping me through this depression, but NOT the insomnia LOL I can't get my thoughts to turn off, and I can't seem to put a work in progress aside. I absolutely have to finish it once one has began. I'm going to have to discipline myself and set a strict time limit each night. I can already hear a little voice in my head arguing with me like a child: "But...but... I HAVE to finish it first! I don't want to go to bed!" I can just visualize my child self stomping her foot and having a tantrum.

Speaking of bedtime... I best get to it!  It's already late (sigh).






Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finished!

Tonight I added the finished touches to my mixed media piece:  some ribbon, buttons, sunflower stickers, painted my very first dragonfly with watercolor, and added the following words:

Love life
Courage
Joy
Strength

I wish I had better lighting and better pics, but I used my cellphone, and the lighting in my house is lacking. The colors just don't show as well as in the real deal. Oh well.  I'm real happy with my little dragonfly though. He was a last minute addition and I was too chicken to attempt painting him directly onto the canvas so I cheated. I painted him on watercolor paper, cut him out, and Mod Podged him on :)

It's not too bad for my very first attempt at a mixed media piece, and my first time painting a sunflower and dragonfly.  I had a bit of difficulty with my signature, darn it, so it's a bit sloppy. Hopefully with practice I'll improve, but what really matters is... I had fun doing it.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Mixed Media Weekend

So Friday it was pouring rain, and my artsy mood won over.  It was a good day to get creative :)
I have plenty of watercolor and acrylic paint, but needed a some other things, so I took a trip to my local Walmart and picked up a few supplies:

Canvas (didn't want to use watercolor paper for this project)
Mod Podge
Stencil
Scrapbook paper
Sponges
Stamps

I've never done a mixed media piece before, nor have I ever attempted to paint a sunflower.
I began with freehanding an outline of the sunflower in pencil, then started painting it with watercolors, adding a bit of background as I went. I used salt in the wet paint to get that texture for the flower.
Step 1


After it dried, I added more watercolor, drying in between, and then I added some decorative paper with mode podge, some stencils, stamps, lace, etc.
Step 2


Step 3, Lace


What will happen next? To be continued.... :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Artsy Ideas

I've been researching mixed media ideas, trying to figure out what I want my painting to consist of, etc and and I've found a few cool pieces for examples, as well as learning about all the different mediums, tools, and everyday household items that I can use for textures, etc. My mind is just spinning with ideas right now!

Here are a few ideas I found...

Using pages from an old book, or newspaper as the background or in specifics areas


I love the use of cardboard in this one; what a clever idea!
Different textures, using a variety of miscellaneous items from sponges, to bubble wrap.

All this makes me want to hit the thrift stores, craft isles, and sewing isles in search of goodies to use and supplies to buy!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Oh, Nightly Slumber, Why Has Thou Forsaken me?


Oh, Nightly Slumber, why has thou forsaken me? 
Come back, come back, my sweet sleep! 
Let us be together again in peaceful restfulness, I beg of you! 

I've been having issues with insomnia...really bad issues. I've had insomnia before, but never to this extreme. I'm either I'm pulling an all night-er, not sleeping at all through the night, which is happening more and more frequently), or I have trouble falling asleep and only get 3-4 hours of sleep in, or I get to sleep at a reasonable hour only to wake up at 3 a.m. unable to go back to sleep. It's frustrating and its exhausting!

Interestingly, I've been in the mood to create. I say interestingly, because it so rarely happens anymore. I want to do a multimedia piece. I'm still thinking of ideas, but I lack motivation during the day. My off-the-wall sleeping habits (or lack of) are really messing with me big time! I feel yecky... fatigued, weak, lightheaded, just all around not good. All I want to do is sleep... as much as I can anyways, which lately seems to be on my days off, all day. So some days I am running on sleep deprivation and on my days off I am sleeping my life away. Somehow, someway, I've got to fix this.

But... on the brighter side, I am enjoying my new blog, Positive Warfare. I've got to slow down though or I might run out of ideas LOL I've been posting almost every day, and today I posted twice. What can I say, I needed something to do to keep the gloomies at bay, and that is what Positive Warfare is all about :)