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!


  1. Couldn't wait till the official start of the blog hop and took a sneak peak. Love the peace girl! great!

  2. Peace & LUV! I really like your flower power painting! Lovely colourful background and such nice details on the girl. I came here from Gabriele's blog in the hop and will go visit the other ones as well. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yeah love and peace! That came to my mind also. Love your flower power lady and reminds me of long gone times :-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for the tutorial. Very helpful and something I will definitely try! :)

  5. I adore your peace girls they are wonderful.... great colours! I check out the didn't work on your blog but worked on youtube..Thought you might want to know that!! Thanks for sharing your process!! Peace is my thing so I really enjoyed it!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. lovely page and I like your video too

  7. great video! you're so professional! love your peace girl!

  8. Great peace girl, Renee! She's from my own era so I identify with the flower-power thing going on. Love it!

  9. I enjoyed your will only improve with practice. Your girl was lovely and so was the page. Well done!

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  11. Lovely page and great video :) I chose Peace as well

  12. I love your hippie girl! That is how I dressed in the late 60s and early 70s! I love your blog and am putting it in my favorites and starting to follow it.

  13. I really enjoyed your video, I like that you skipped bits (like gessoing the girl) and I enjoyed seeing how you made the painting. Love the result. Peace.

  14. you are very creative Love the flower girl

  15. Peace. Reminds me of the 70's. Nice piece

  16. I really enjoyed watching your work, Renee! Your hippie girl is wonderful!! Love your art!

  17. Nice journal page and piece ... umm ... peaces! Fun seeing your process too!

  18. I love your page. The colours are perfect. They make the girl pop out from the background.