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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News to share

I am so happy to share that I have been included in the Spring 2015 issue of Somerset Apprentice. I am happy to share this honor with my friend Roc Nicholas and so many other mixed media artists that I have come to admire.

I have an interview in the "From the Pro" section (which I can't say with a straight face)  as well as a step by step tutorial of one of my index cards from Tammy Garcia's Index Card-a-Day challenge.

This magazine states it is a Mixed-Media for the Beginner publication however, I wouldn't let that stop you. There are enough articles, projects and step by steps that whatever your experience level you would find something of interest.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

3 sides to this story

For week 8 of the Documented Life Project we were challenged to use a repetitive shape. I tossed around a few ideas and settled on a triangle. I did not do a step by step with pictures this week, I just have the journal spread to share.

I started out with several different book pages which I cut into an assortment of triangle shapes. I glued them down with gel medium and then used a brayer to spread a bit of gesso with a few drops of Pthalo Blue Golden fluid acrylic paint.

The triangle-shaped trees are painted with acrylics and detailed with Sharpie paint pen and a gel pen. The woman has a triangle dress and a couple triangle-shaped wings and I finished with a top border of triangle shapes as well.

To finish I brushed a little Distress stain around all of the figures and then used a bit of pan pastel for shadows.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Documented Life Project - week 7

The Documented Life Project challenge this week is cover up the good stuff. That could be interpreted many different ways. I chose to write down my good stuff, my goals and dreams that I would never say out loud or leave out in the open for anyone to read.

To cover it up I used a little gesso, some Golden acrylic paint and a brayer.

While trying to think of what to do to finish the spread I thought about the things I had written. They might seem far fetched but we all need a dream, right? This made me think of the John Lennon song "Imagine" and it all came together.

you may say I'm a dreamer.... but I'm not the only one...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mix It Monthly - fabric challenge

This is a journal page that I made for Piarom's Mix It Monthly challenge which is "fabric" for February.

The page began as a page that I used to blot leftover color sprays from stencils. I kind of like the idea of leaving the white space. Usually I have a hard time not covering every square inch.

For the fabric part I used a piece of muslin that I'd used a while ago to practice image transfers onto fabric. I enhanced it a bit with ink and stitched around it a few times then glued it to the center. I took another muslin scrap and used Stazon ink to stamp the word "fly" and glued that as well.

Finally I finished the page with some marks and doodles.