Thursday, February 26, 2015

Going Undercover: Week 7 DLP

Week 7 of the Documented Life Project
February Theme: Layers You Will Love!
February 14: Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff 
Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

I started with a scrap of silk fabric, leftover from the class I taught earlier in the month.
(it was orange from mopping up wet paint on my previous journal page!)

I added rubber stamping with VersaCraft ink & heat set it with my heat gun.
That way, when I added wet paint, it would not run. 

I used Dye-Na-Flow paint and this brush below, to add a complimentary color.

I love the swirly lines this brush makes!

I introduced a chartreuse green Dye-Na-Flow as well . . . 
and I decided to fringe the edge of the fabric by cutting it. 
Look on the right side of the page! 

Next came the hard part, to cover up some of what I had done.
I chose white acrylic paint and brushed it on over the paper and silk.

Then covered it up more - I added stamping!

I actually liked covering up what I originally did not want to cover. 
I added more layers by stamping more . . .

That was fun! 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Layers: When not to stop - week 6 DLP

A layered photoshop version I did for the week 6 theme:

February Theme Layers You Will Love! 
February 7 Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

For some reason I was a little "stuck" on this week's prompt. I typically do a lot of layers in my work, so I am not really sure why I felt stuck. Perhaps because I was busy and not really making time, or rather scheduling time for art. None the less, I made myself start! That trick always seems to work. 
I had been saving fruit and veggie labels/stickers and dove in by placing them in my journal in a pleasing pattern. Anything to get me going on this!

I also added a scrap of magazine page on the left. For my next layer I poured a bit of Orange Dye-na-flow paint on top of the stickers and magazine paper. 

With the wet paint swirling around, I closed and opened the journal. This made a Rorschach looking beetle in the middle that I kind of liked. I used a scrap of silk test material, leftover from a class I had taught that week and pounced the extra paint around to fill some of the white space. This spread had a minimal amount of layers but at the time I felt ready to stop. I had enough!! It wasn't until working on week 7 that I returned to this and added a few more layers . . . some close ups below. 

The finished spread . . . Not my most favorite journal spread, but as I said in my Polaroid Blipfoto journal"It's not my best work, but it is my art work and that is what is important - just doing it."

   yup. just do it! 
   Practice will perfect it, enjoy it in the meantime! 

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

What Lies Beneath? Week 5

Week 5 of the Documented Life Project
The January Theme: The Blank Page and How to Face It!

Art Challenge for January 31: Under Paper
The Journal Prompt: What Lies Beneath?

I started with a piece of under paper I had saved, paper I had worked on top of previously:

This paper was not very inspiring, so I got out my spray inks and a flower stencil.
I sprayed enough ink in various colors so I could move it around. Note the drips! 
I liked the fact that using this messy under paper gave me the permission 
to play, even more that I usually do.

After I let it dry, I placed it in my journal and made a crease at the spine where I wanted it to lie, 
to make it easier to glue in. I used a glue stick, liberally.

Next I ripped out a Vogue magazine photo of a model in a "graffiti-print" dress -I'm not kidding! The subscription came for free (points on a credit card) and I decided to take it only because of the collage possibilities it offered. ;o)

I filled in the empty white spaces with ripped bits of my decorated under paper 
and found the "LennaLines" Quote stamp I had produced back in 2001.
Ever since I heard the prompt for the week was "what lies beneath" 
- this quote has been swirling around in my head. 

I also wrote the quote out with a permanent marker.

I also used a white Sakura Gelli Roll pen to scribble all over 
the pages and add depth to the model.
There are stitching lines too! 

The full spread is below -

I like the richness of this journal spread.
I also like that I have completed 5 weeks of this project -
Yee Ha! 

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Week 4: DLP

The Documented Life Project - January Theme: The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 24  Art Challenge:  Writing
January 24 (week 4) Journal Prompt:  Words with Friends

This is where I went with those prompts . . . 

I started by finding notes and letters from some of my online friends I share art with.
I copied them onto plain white printer paper so I could keep the originals.
(I have a pile of envelopes I've received on a side table and a tin that I save them in too).

I chose notes from Jo Urbani, Jewels Welsh, Frieda Oxenham and Sharon Borsavage.
I cut them out and glued them into my journal with a glue stick.

I inked the writing/the letters directly with Chalk Inks by Colorbox . . .

Then I sprayed dye inks over in a layered fashion, including some gold "shine"
spray by heidi swapp. I really just played until I got a look I liked.

I accented words with a pen, added words, added a vine and velvet leaves for connection. 
I am still in touch with all of these special friends, I even went to visit Frieda last September in Scotland. Jo and Jewels and I exchange Mail Art and even though Sharon is so busy with work and her jewelry making, she still makes time to send me a note! Now that I am back on Facebook I am happy to say, I find it easier to catch up 
with all of them - it's so fun! 

❤ F R I E N D S ❤

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Week 3 - Documented Life Project

❤ Here's my take on week 3 of the DLP art journaling challenge.

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 17: Art Challenge: The Color Wheel
Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with color and shapes 
that I couldn't say any other way . . . “ Georgia O’Keeffe

I made my own crazy color wheel . . . 
and sprinkled it with salt when I found the paint quite wet.
It made for some interesting patterns.

I started by writing about this week's challenge with  oil pastels.
I knew they would resist any paint I added later. 
I am borrowing materials from the abstract art class I am taking . . .
getting to know the materials better.

Below: after the salt was removed and the paint was spread to the other side of the page.

I wanted to be quite literal with the quote/prompt! I added shapes.

I struggled more this week as I was busier and not as excited about the prompt. 
But once I made myself jump in and start, I got some creative ideas that pleased me.
The fact that I was doing the prompt at all and sticking with my commitment
made me feel a whole lot better. 

Can't wait to see what is in store for week 4! 
The Original Documented Life Project. 

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