Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day and a Bit of News

I've been having a great time with this year's 21 Secrets. I will share my take on several of the classes starting with the Juliette Crane class. Juliette's class was about painting a whimsical owl as well as giving tips and techniques for other whimsical animal characters.

My niece, Sarah, works on a pig farm and loves all of her little oinkers so I painted this postcard and sent it to her for Earth Day

.After the pig I came up with a cow, a chicken and a sheep (sounds like the start of a bad joke). These pictures make both pieces seem the same size however they are not. The pig postcard is 4 x 6 " and the journal is just oveer 8 x 11". 

Anyway, as you can see I have not painted a whimsical owl yet but I will at some point. I liked Juliette's teaching style very much and I really enjoyed this class. I look forward to many more whimsical animals to come.

In addition to having fun playing 21 Secrets this week I also had a fun mail day. Yesterday I received my copy of the May/June Somerset Studio and am happy to say I am included in this issue.

Pick up your copy when they hit the store shelves May 1st.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Month - New Monthly Challenges

April has rolled around and with it are new monthly challenges to play with.

The Play With challenge at Community Thrive this month is brown paper bag. This worked out perfect for me because I had a brown paper bag from World Market that I'd been saving for a journal page because it had this great elephant on it - perfect!

For the background I used torn pieces from 3 different weight brown paper bags. The quote is hard to read but it is a Native American proverb that I found on line. It says "we will forever be known by the tracks we leave behind us". I added the quote because the challenge at Art Journal Journey this month is favorite poems & quotes.

The next journal page is also a dual purpose page. First of all the challenge for this week at Documented Life Project is watercolors. I am not good with watercolor. Part of the problem is that I have no idea what I am doing with them and usually end up with a muddy-colored mess but I played along anyway.

I am using a Diane Reavely journal and the page I wanted to use already had a lot of acrylic paint spread around. I covered the acrylic with a few coats of Golden absorbent ground and let it dry before starting the watercolors.

The challenge for Mixed Media Monthly is April Showers (thus the rain and the bird in the puddle). 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

21 Secrets has begun

What a welcome email I received a few days ago announcing the 2015 21 Secrets class had begun. I had to dig right in.

I started with Nathalie Kalbach's class, The Story Within a Story. I used a magazine image for my person but I don't have good markers for coloring so I just used acrylics for a paint over instead.

The quote is by rumi and a good reminder to keep a positive attitude. I am using this as my entry for the Art Journal Journey challenge this month which is  to use a favorite poem or quote.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

and the winner is...

Thank you so much to everyone that took part in the first Community Thrive Blog Hop and thank you for all of the kind comments that were left.

The postcard giveaway winner is comment #5 - Giggles

Please email me your mailing information and I will get your postcard out ASAP.

Thanks again,


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Community Thrive Blog Hop & Giveaway

Mystele Kirkeeng and Heather Santos have created a wonderful, supportive art community called Community Thrive  At Community Thrive you can do everything from play along with the monthly challenges and swaps, take online classes, drool over galleries full of member art and more.

I am excited and honored to be included in the first ever Community Thrive blog hop.

For my part in the blog hop I chose to play with this month's One Word challenge. The One Word challenge for this month is "peace". I created a journal page with this in mind.

I made a short video of the page in progress, however I must apologize in advance. I have never done a video while I've been painting so I didn't really have the camera at a great angle and I ended up with a lot of pictures of my hand so it's been highly edited. However you can still get the gist of my process and the order in which I did things as well as the supplies I used.

When thinking about what I wanted to do for this page relating to the word "peace" I kept coming back to the hip flower child girls of the 1970's so I went with it. The foam stamp that you see in the video was the same shape as the flowers covering most of  my high school notebooks. In keeping with the 70's idea; along with pencil marks over the gesso layer are some common 70's slang words (i.e., groovy, LUV, peace, far out). And the roll of flowers sewing notions came from a local thrift shop and had to have come right out of the 70's as well.

Since the video is not that great I also made a "peace" postcard which I documented with pictures.

 Using a 4 x 6" piece of watercolor paper spread a coat of gesso and let dry. Choose 2 or 3 colors of acrylic paint. Dab a few drops of the first color paint randomly around the paper and spread around with a plastic key card. Repeat with the remaining paint colors. You can add more gesso as well. Keep adding and spreading until you are happy with the overall look.

Next I used white and green acrylic paint with some old glue stick covers and stamped circles randomly around the paper.

When the paint was dry I sketched the figure of a girl and covered her with a coat of gesso.

For this step I painted the girl with acrylic paints.

The final steps (and my current favorite part) are the details. I did the outlining with charcoal pencil and gel pen. I used pan pastel for a little color on her cheeks. I used gel pen for the streaks in her hair. The outlines of the circles and her peace sign necklace were done with a gel pen. And, finally, I edged the entire thing with black Stazon ink.

I will be sending this to someone leaving a comment on this blog hop post. So if you are interested in a chance to receive my peace child postcard make sure and leave some kind of comment. I will draw a name on April 1st.

Thank you so much for stopping by my portion of the Community Thrive blog hop. Thank you to Heather and Mystele for inviting me to participate.

Make sure to stop by the other artists listed below that are sharing their work as part of this blog hop also.

Lorraine Rigby - Lorraine's Art n Crafts
Louise Kirby - River-Girl-Art

Hope to see you at Community Thrive!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More March challenges

The Documented Life challenge for this week is use at least 5 layers and Piarom's Mix-It-Monthly March challenge is angels/saints.  I've done one of each, an angel and a saint.

As for the layers, I lost track somewhere along the line. I will just list them here as best I can.

1. Assorted dictionary and book text pages collaged with gel medium.
2. Brayered a layer of gesso.
3. Assorted stencils with spray colors.
4. More gesso.
5. White and cream acrylic paints with plastic card.
6. French script stamp with Stazon ink stamped randomly around page.
7. Paper scraps and pattern tissue applied with gel medium in the area of their clothing.
8. Painted the angel and the saint.
9. Modeling paste through a stencil on the saint side and then pan pastel over the top of the paste when dry which was NOT a good idea so then I had to dab white acryic paint over the pan pastel.
10. On the angel side I added pan pastel circles with punchinella and a butterfly postage stamp, a few rub ons and did some outlining and detailing with a gel pen.

You can join either of these challenges through the links above.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Monthly Challenges

March is coming in like a lion for us so am hoping it goes out like a lamb. In the meantime, while waiting for the winter to go away, I have been working on new monthly art challenges. I also joined a DeConstructed art journal group on Facebook.

The idea behind the deconstructed journals is that you sign up for a group of 5 players. You make an 8 x 8" page (which you fold in half) for each player and mail them to each individual. When you receive your pages from everyone in your group you can bind them in any way you want. This way there is no book to mail which saves on postage and saves on worry that you may not get your book back.

I combined 2 monthly challenges to make my deconstructed journal page. The Mixed Media Monthly challenge for March is "birds of a feather" and the Art Journal Journey challenge is "things with wings".


This is the view of the outsides of my page.

This is the inside of my page.

Join Mixed Media Monthly and Art Journal Journey from the links above.