I was playing tonight in one of my journals – a Strathmore Mixed Media journal – with watercolors and these expressive Calla Lilies appeared:
Did you know that the name, Calla Lily comes from the Greek word for Beauty?
I started playing in my sketchbook with a stencil and watercolors:
Despite what their name suggests, Calla Lilies are not true lilies. In fact, they are not a calla, either. The Calla Lily belongs to the genus Zantedeschia and is a member of the Araceae family, along with the caladium and philodendron.
I then added some pencil lines and more watercolor:
The Calla Lily is also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily and arum lily, and begins to blossom in late spring.
I continued to add more watercolor layers and the flowers started to take shape:
Why is the name so misleading? Because the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus made a mistake when he was naming the species in the mid 1700’s. Later, the German botanist Karl Koch corrected the error and established the genus Zantedeschia, but the name stuck.
Next, I glued some of my gelli-printed deli papers to some of the flowers:
The Calla Lily is native to Southern Africa, and has a remarkable strength – it can continue to grow in water and even survive frost.
I completed my piece by adding pencil and color pencils:
You have likely spotted classic white Calla Lilies at a wedding, and that’s because they are traditional symbols of divinity, marital bliss and true devotion.