Black Cats and Gelli Printing – More art adventures with Kaiya

I am continuing to work remotely with my granddaughter via Zoom. This art adventure is based on gelli printing or printmaking using a gel plate, of which Kaiya has already mastered the basics. This time I decided to honor Kaiya’s two black shorthair cats who are the masters of their household in Olympia.

So I created several masks of the shapes of black cats and vases and sent the file to Kaiya’s mother. She printed them out so that Kaiya could use them also. We used these masks to create simple compositions of interiors. Basically the division between foreground and background was defined by using masking tape on the paper. The masks along with patterned stencils were created the scene via gelli printing. This method is related in concept to negative painting, since the first layer printed was solid black, which formed the basis for the black cats, vases and baseboards, as well as the background to everything else. Details like the cat eyes were added by brush.

I think our results are just beautiful! The one done with peacock colors is mine; Kaiya chose fall colors.

Watercolor & Lines – Art adventures with Kaiya

The pandemic has limited our traveling and I have missed my time with my young granddaughter Kaiya, who lives in a state over a thousand miles away. Along came Zoom with many possibilities for virtual family time, and we are now taking advantage of it. It’s not as good as being there, but we can still do creative things together.

So we are having Artsy Time a couple of times a month. Kaiya is already a wonderful artist, and anything she learns, she takes and puts her own creative vision on it.

For the last couple of sessions, we have been inspired by a wonderful YouTube artist Creations CeeCee. She works with watercolor and a variety of pens, and her designs are simple, beautiful, and graphic.

For our first foray into watercolor & pens, we tackled a simple vase of flowers in a vase. The design of the flowers is flat, but they are enhanced with lines made by Posca paint pens — gold lines around the flowers, and white lines on the vase, plus white dots in the floral centers.

Kaiya’s flowers in a vase
Sharon’s flowers and vase

For our next art adventure, we did watercolor mountains with lines. Again just simple landforms with decorative striping and gold accents.

Kaiya’s mountains
Sharon’s mountains

As you can probably tell, I like my color bold and bright, and Kaiya likes hers serene and pastel. (Maybe my aging vision has something to do with this, hah.)

What will be our next art adventure? Stay tuned! Plus I’ll try to catch up with our past creations too.