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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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Documented Life Project - Weeks 1&2

After seeing what my friend Frieda Oxenham accomplished last year doing this project, I was inspired and motivated to try it myself. I procrastinated a little bit the first week, but now I am done early with week 2, phew! If you are unfamiliar with this FREE art journaling project, find out more HERE.

For WEEK 2, the Art Challenge is: Gesso
the Journal Prompt is a quote: "The beginning is always today" by Mary Shelly
and January's Theme: The blank page and how to face it

I started by painting the page with gesso
and sprinkling white sand and gold pigment powder on the wet paint! 

Then I used spray dyes & one of my new stencils from Stencil Girl ~
a company Frieda turned me on to when I went to visit her in Scotland last September! 

I journaled about the process and the prompts on the left.
I like this because it gives me permission to art one side only of this large journal. 

Good words for me to remember! 

Last weeks offering . . . . the Art Challenge was book papers
and the Journal prompt was "Be your own Goal Keeper"
You can read a bit more about it here on Polaroid Blipfoto!

I think this is going to be very good for me! 

ARE YOU doing The Original Documented Life Project this year?
Let me know!! 

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