Ode to inspirational artists – Kelly Rae Roberts – Inner Peace

This piece was inspired by Kelly Rae Robert’s beautiful art. She is the reason I discovered mixed media. And 2 years ago this discovery prompted me to try my first mixed media art work.

Kelly’s style is motivational, almost always includes female images and comprises series of layered collages in beautiful colors and contrasts. See more of her work here. Some day I hope to own one of her works and perhaps get a signed copy of her books.

Onto my project. This is a first in a series of ‘Odes’ to artists that have inspired me. This is also my first experiment with making a slide show video of my work. Hopefully soon I will figure out how to work that overhead camera and have a live demo.

When I started out all I knew was that I was going to make one of those layered collages with a female image. I decided to let her tell me what the quote should be……and she did….That serene face showed her at complete peace with her self.


You can find a video of the step by step process on my You Tube channel.

Material list:

300gsm watercolor paper

Mounting board

Paper scraps

Background tissue

Punched flowers


Gel medium


Water soluble pencil for drawing

Acrylic paints



Bubble wrap




Sharpie pen in brown

White gel pen

Black micron pen

Archival ink in black

Text stamps

Butterfly prints


Some extra stuff that the small text format in the video did not allow me to say:

I used up a lot of ‘scrap’ paper for the collage. Really did not stop to think about whether the papers coordinated with each other or not but I did place them in a repeat format for the most part. Since most of the papers had punch holes the checked background really tied it together nicely. I wanted the texture from the layers as much as the print patterns. As I mentioned in the video I did go a little too thick with my paint so lost most of the patterns from the paper. 😦




The only other significant area to comment on is the face. I sort of got lost in shading land and did not take too many pictures of this part. These were the colors I used exclusively for the skin tones. It does take a bit of play to get the shadows right. This is only my 3rd face in 2 years so I have a lot to learn but maybe this video by Kelly might help.


I did intend to make those soulful eyes like Kelly does but the paper joints interfered with getting a nice drawing so as I started to blot out my pencil markings the closed eye formed and it looked just perfect! I had to go with the flow! The eye shadow was the green paint under neath . See how darkening the two sides of the nose gave it that light ridge in the center? That’s all you need to create an illusion of a nose.


The Butterflies were laser print outs of some free printable stuff from the internet. There are loads to choose from depending on the color scheme you go with.

I really enjoyed working on this project. It took me back to my first mixed media painting and how i struggled not knowing what I was doing, just stumbling along pretty much…:)) It also made me realize how far I have come since then. With that thought also comes an instant prayer of gratitude to the One that blesses me in abundance!