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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!

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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!!!

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My Art Journal – Week 2 : Documented Life Project 2015

The challenge this week in the Documented Life Project 2015 was to add gesso to your page. The prompt was: “The beginning is always today” -Mary Shelley

I didn’t cover my pages with gesso first like most did. I painted it with orange, pink, and white, then added black gesso on the edges and here and there on the page. After stamping, adding collage papers, and journaling, I called it finished. I love the color and the black together.

Have a fabulous Wednesday! 

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My Art Journal – Week 1: Documented Life Project 2015

So Week 1’s prompt of the Documented Life Project was to us book pages in your spread. The month’s theme is to face your fear of the blank page and so Week 1’s challenge was to cover your page with book pages. So I covered my spread with pages from a songbook, a dictionary, a crossword puzzle and also pieces of the inside of safety envelopes. I painted with watered down acrylics, painted circles and used some stamps. I did a little journaling on the page and added a cool magazine piece in the middle. I wrote my goals for the year underneath the flap that I made out of a large recipe card that I painted with black gesso and glued a piece of my underpaper on. Adding some washi tape finished off the piece. It’s not my favorite, but it turned out okay. (And I kept adding stuff to the page so you can’t even see the book pages….too bad….I love book pages.)

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Documented Life Project 2015: Making the Cover

So I thought I would document the making of my cover for the Documented Life Project 2015. I always get asked how I do layers so here you go. This is how I do it.

First I used a matt gel medium to glue pieces of torn pages onto my journal cover. The pieces are from song books, dictionary pages, and the inside of safety envelopes (mostly from bills).

After it dried, I spread watered down acrylics around on the page. I pooled the pink around the edges, then let it drip and run over the cover. 

Now the fun part. I started stamping. I used black ink to stamp the feathers and the arrows. Then I used red acrylic paint to stamp the paisleys. Then I used a 2-1/4″ circle punch to punch out circles from some of my “under paper” (under paper is the paper I put under the project I’m working on. It is where I clean off my brushes, stamps, brayers, etc.) After I glued the circles down, I went around them in red paint. I also used 2 circles as flowers and painted the outline in black and colors the petals with the red paint. Then I used the end of a toilet paper roll to dip in white paint and put marks on the page. I added black dots inside the white circles. (I did add some green distress paint before I stamped…I forgot about that.) I also used a black Signo uniball pen to write some words and scripture on the cover.

Next I took a black Neocolour II crayon and drew around the edges and around the flowers and circles. I took a water brush (or a wet paintbrush) and smudged the black around. I used my finger to smudge it more. It wasn’t as dark as I wanted so I used my Pentel india ink brush pen to loosely spread ink around, then quickly wiped it around with an old rag to smudge the ink. That worked exactly like I wanted. 
Then I added my word for the year. I cut some squares out of card stock, then painted them with black gesso. After it was dried, I used a white Signo Uniball pen to write my letters. Then I adhered the letters with the matt gel medium. After it dried, I put a thin layer of gel medium over the whole thing to seal it. I may use a better sealer later…not sure. 

To finish it off, I gathered several pieces of thread and ribbon and tied a bow on the elastic. I think it added a nice touch. 

Have a great day!