Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Art, Colour, COurses, discovery, Learning, pattern, Products | 12 Comments

I was surprised with how I enjoyed making “art” for this week’s Make Art That Sells assignment.

First of all, I worked making gel prints (see this previous post on printmaking, if interested in that technique) to use as a raw material for my collages. On the process, I was surprised to see that some sort of more figurative drawings were coming quite spontaneously from the prints. It was just a matter of looking at it. For instance, a kind of wolf (or fox?) and a sort of blue hood girl were there, printed on the gelatin, waiting to be discovered. A delicious discover.

Gel printing

Hands on approach

On top of that discovery, I had a great time and enjoyed great moments with my lovely daughter, who helped me a lot with encouraging suggestions. It made the process even more fun. Thank you, baby!

The assignment was to create a collage (manually or digitally) using two colours defined by the teacher according to the zodiac sign of the students (mine were blue and red), and adding abstract imaginary, one flower and one word. I chose the word Bloom, because I love flowers. My journey was all manual this time.

Bloom, BLD 2014

Bloom, abstract, MATS A assignment, copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

I began with the more abstract image above. It was inspired by this relatively old drawing of mine (A), that is part of a sketchbook in which I draw only sketches that I believe are adequate for rugs. I love rugs and I hope one day I can have one rug done with a pattern of mine.


Drawings that spoke to my heart. Old drawings. Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

The second wall art attempt I made was the one bellow. It was also inspired by the previous drawing A, but, at the same time, it was related to another drawing of mine, B, from the same sketchbook. Vases of flowers is another recurrent theme in my drawings, as some of you might already have noticed.

Bloom2, MATS A, BLD

Bloom, mix, artwork by Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

The third collage attempt was very focused on the combination of the rounded square shape (a simple shape, originally explored at the first inspirational drawing) with the vase like shape. This attempt was playful and very concerned with positive negative spaces.

Bloom, shapes and spaces, BLD, 2014

Bloom, shapes and spaces – wall art work by Bethania Lima Designs, 2014

The fourth and so far last attempt was a very relaxed one, using the gel prints in a very loose way, tearing them and other papers, not using the scissors a lot. I might have gone a bit too wild there. But I liked it anyway.


Bloom, fun and loose artwork, Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Each work had a certain voice and meant something to me. It was hard to choose one to represent my style and upload to the gallery of the course, that will go live on Tuesday. I asked my friends and colleagues and ended up choosing the second artwork. Please forgive the colours. I worked on a 31cmx31cm paper, but either photographed it at night or scanned it in a small scan and tried to put it together in Photoshop. Anyway, here is the last version, after the scanning.

Bloom uploaded.

Bloom, mix, scanned and uploaded to MATS A gallery. By Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

I would love to listen to your opinion. Would you hang any of them on your wall? In case you would, which one? Why?
If you have come so far in this long post, thank you for dropping by. I am trying to get used again to having this kind of blog talk, that I love, btw.
Happy week ahead! Thank you for visiting.


  1. MaryJane Mitchell
    April 27, 2014

    Hi Bethania
    I really love the fourth one, not the last one but the one before it. For me you captured something in that one that was really wonderful. Yes, I would hang that one on my wall.
    thanks for the post

    • Bethania
      April 27, 2014

      Thank you Mary Jane for the warm comment. Glad you liked it!

  2. alik
    April 27, 2014

    bethania, i love all, but especially the third one. it has great textures, beautiful color contrasts, without being overwhelming. i want to try gel prints now! thanks for sharing this!

    • Bethania
      April 27, 2014

      Thank you, Alik. So nice to know that my post had this effect on you. You´ll love the freedom and creativity on that technique. Can´t wait to see your results!

  3. Bel
    April 27, 2014

    Betha, I just loved the last one. They are all so bright, and alive that invite us to hug. The last one, however, I surely would hang on my wall. Why? It seems to be many dimensions of interactive colors’ moviment, such a dynamics, and pleasant at the same time. Well done!

    • Bethania
      April 27, 2014

      Thank you, Bel. Hope I can make real wall art someday.

  4. Susan Hales
    April 27, 2014

    Like how you have combined the colors and the line art and love the idea I had which will have to wait till I have hsd some sleep.

    • Bethania
      April 27, 2014

      Thank you, Susan. Wow, very happy it inspired you to create something. Have a good night asleep and let me know what you´ll come up with!

  5. sylvia tay
    April 28, 2014

    Hi Bathania, it’s a fab post and I’ve enjoyed reading though your process. I am very certain that you had fun, and it made me so envious ;) I want to try out gel printing some day, and make my room messy, it’s looking far too clean now, too much digital work going on! and I would love to hang your second last artwork on my wall, although I am loving the brighter colours on the last. It’s very spontenous and bold, really flows for me. Beautiful works! :)

  6. Sonal
    April 28, 2014

    Loved this post, Bethania….and your process and your art work. My personal favourite is no.4 because it has a free spirit :-) xx

  7. Sue
    April 28, 2014

    Enjoyed looking at and reading about your process. I love the colours of the last one and the freedom of number 4.

  8. Miranda
    April 29, 2014

    My fav is the one most above, the colours are so beautiful! I would love this on my wall :-)
    This is a great collection all together, I think you are on a very good path working this way, go on go on!!!
    Would love to go back to gelprinting too!