art, personal

I’m Doing Documented Life 2016

I totally failed in my attempt to do the Documented Life Project last year. In my quest in being brave and opening up an Etsy shop, I was busy with keeping stock in the shop while working a full time job, which left little time for play. This year I’m making time for things that I love and things that I enjoy and the Documented Life Project is definitely one of those things. The cost to join is $12 and you can buy the basic supplies on the site as well (or just use what you have).

The format is a bit different this year, using a small binder and print outs for calendars. I really like the chunky feel of it with all the added pieces, colorful art cards, and lots of lists. They are calling it an un-Planner because there really is no set way to do anything…you can make it like you want and add whatever you want.

There is monthly theme and a weekly challenge to incorporate into the u-planner, which gives some direction, but you are free to fly with what works for you. I love that.

Here is what I started with (I did purchase the kit.)

I started by painting the outside of the binder, printed out the calendar pages, and worked on the challenges for the past 2 weeks. I love how there is a bit of color here and there. You can do as much as you want or as little, which works for me with my busy schedule.

How are you staying organized this year? 


art, art journal

Art Journal – Week 9

The prompt for week 9 in the Documented Life Project was High 5 Layers. At least 5 layers. So I layered:

  • safety envelopes glued in
  • gelli printing in white, turquoise, and yellow ocher
  • underpaper cut outs in orangy-red
  • grunged with black stabilo pencil and walnut distress stain
  • added book pages and a library card
  • black gesso through a stencil
  • journaling
Okay, so that was seven layers, but I always think more is better. ūüėČ
Here is my process….

This is what I cut the circles and rectangle pieces from. It is the underpaper that I’ve been using under my projects that I’ve been doing. I always save them and use them in other projects.¬†

art, art journal

Art Journal – Week 8

The prompt for the week in the Documented Life Project was to repeat an element in your journal. ¬†I had no idea what to do, so I decided to go simple and repeat brush strokes. I painted the pages with black gesso, then began with dark gray paint and got lighter as I went toward the middle. I added some dark green, then some blue, then gold. I struggled with the way it looked and added more blue ¬†strokes. I had to tone it down and then didn’t like it. I kept added more color and then toning it down. I finally decided to stop and add some words. I think it turned out better than I expected.

Have a great day!

art, art journal, doodle

Art Journal (DLP) – Week 7

This week was about covering up stuff you have already laid down on the page. I decided to gelli print my pages. I started off with red and orange, then gelli printed a turquoise with a stencil. I then started to lay down different colors for the border, then decided to cover it with black gesso and doodle over that with a silver pen. That was a good choice, because the silver pen picks up the light and really makes the pages “move”.

This was my first try at major doodling and I am really happy with the way it turned out. (Inspired by my niece, Courtney, who is a great doodler!) Also, the mandala in the middle was made by Shruti Dev.

Also, the scripture used is our focus at our church as we start the Lenten season. Ezekial 36: 26-27

art, art journal

Art Journal – Week 5 (Documented Life Project 2015)

Underpaper!!! I love the Documented Life Project challenge this week. Underpaper looks better than than what I try to do on PURPOSE! So to incorporate it into a journal spread just made my day.

I decided to spread around some beige and blue watered down acrylic to give a little background to the underpaper I was using. Then I tore some pieces of the underpaper and glued them down. I used stabilo pencil in places and spread it around with a waterbrush.

I am going to mesh the Documented Life Project with the His Kingdom Come “Take Me Deeper” study. This will keep me sane since I work full time and don’t have enough time to do many different projects. So in this spread, I added the scripture from my study…Philippians 2:15.

I like the messy look of these pages, as well as the white space. I thought it was a better balance than what I usually do.

Watered down paint in the background and underpaper glued in. 

This underpaper is so awesome! 

Have a fabulous day!

art, art journal

Art Journal – Week 4 (Documented Life Project)

The challenge was to add words to the page and the theme for the week was friends. I wanted to do something completely different than what I normally do, so I decided to go more realistic, rather than messy.

I glued underpaper and bookpages to the page and then journaled across the whole thing. I added a light layer of gesso, and then drew a tree. Not sure why, but I did. In going with the friendship theme, I thought I’d add a couple of birds to the tree, using the paisley shape for their bodies. I used distress blue paint for the sky. I used distress green paint and stain for the leaves. The trunk and flowers were done with a black Pitt pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Not my favorite spread, but at least I was brave and tried something way out of my comfort zone.

Have a great day!

art, art journal

My Art Journal: Week 3 – Documented Life Project 2015

The challenge for week 3 of The Documented Life ¬†Project 2015 is to use the color wheel. The prompt is a quote by Georgia O’Keefe: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…”.

I knew I wanted to use more white space, so after gluing some book pages on the pages, I covered them with gesso, then sprayed Dylusions ink onto the middle of the spread, leaving the edges white. I pulled out my molding paste and spread some through a round stencil, and the color from the ink soaked through, leaving a beautiful “color wheel”. I add some under paper, stamps, journaling, and black paint, then wrote the Prompt on the right side.

This was a fun challenge and I finally felt like I did something different. It was fun…kinda scary, but fun.

Have a great day!!!