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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17 comments:

  1. I LOVE what you have done so far, Lenna. And to answer your question ~ Yes! ~ I have signed up for the Documented Life Project! Does that surprise you? You have inspired me to give it a go. Even though sewing is my thing, I love the idea of combining the two...paper and fabric, into a journal. I have ordered the recommended journal (they even had a site where I could buy it in Australia) and I'm waiting for it to arrive to begin....which should be any day now. I already have some ideas, but will probably look to you for more inspiration along the way. :)

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    1. Oh, Jo! i am so excited. How wonderful you have signed up -it IS a surprise! I know Frieda will be combining fabric with paper, perhaps on separate pages/papers and then gluing in to her journal. I may glue some stitched fabrics right to the journal pages.The recommended journal is great -large size & sturdy papers. Oh I am so tickled you are going to do this too! If you share on Blipfoto, you can tag the entries DLP15 -there are a few of us!! xoxo

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    2. I wondered if Frieda would be combing the two, I must subscribe to her journal. I ordered my journal at the weekend, so it will probably be here next week, which gives me plenty of time to organise what I am going to do, in my mind, anyway. And I will share and tag on blip. :)

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    3. I am so happy Joanne, Your participation will help keep me on track and I can't wait to see what you do with paper & fabric!!

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  2. Hi Lenna. Happy New Year to you, your husband and your fur babies. I love seeing your pages. They're great. I like the idea of writing about it on the left side of the journal. I too am involved in DLP. I was in it last year but didn't get too much accomplished. I hoping to do better with it this year. I think its a great project for learning about products, techniques, layout and design, finding new art friends, etc. I always enjoy seeing your art, and I will look forward to seeing what you do with your pages throughout the year. Linda E.

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    1. Linda E, thanks so much for commenting! I am glad to know you will be doing DLP along with me. I just peeked at your blog and got to see what you did -wonderful! I really like how personal you made your book paper/goal page with the song/hymm and the word Abide. I like the idea of using a word we want to concentrate on this year in our first page, you did great! I will add your blog to my list here. I do not follow as much as I used to, but I still do. I spend more time on the Polaroid Blipfoto site, adding a photo a day to my journal. Thanks again for saying hello, I really appreciate it!

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  3. I'm beginning to feel guilty! Oh no, I'm not! Only to happy to have you join me in all these exciting art ventures and loving what you have done here. Love that you have added sand. That makes it so typical for where you live.

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    1. Do not feel guilty at all Frieda, you are the inspiration I need to get my butt in gear!!

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  4. Yayee Lenna! Love the idea of adding sand to your gesso (though anything I could get at is buried under snow lol). LOVE your profile pic too my friend. Will be awesome to see how you, Jo, Frieda and I interpret the different themes. Will be posting my week 2 hopefully tonight....hugs

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    1. I agree, s much more fun when friends are doing the challenge with you and so helpful too to see different approaches :0) Looking forward to your next post!

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  5. I like your approach to journaling about the process right along side the art work. Often forget what materials and methods I used to create something I like and want to repeat. Your sand and gold is a great idea. I've enrolled this year, and did so from June on for last year. It really is good motivation and I'm learning lots. Have fun, and keep us posted. I need to get some photos of mine up on my blog, too.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you liked my approach, nancy. I wanted to go for doing one side of the page as they suggested you could in a video. I thought it would feel more approachable to me that way, more of a chance I'd get it done! i find i like writing about it on the opposite side, nice reference as you say . . . Look forward to seeing what you do!

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  6. Beautiful pages, Lenna - and so very YOU! How fun that there are so many of us joining in with DLP this year. I'm really enjoying it and hope to keep up with the challenges, along with the other arty things I like to do - with you and Jewels joining in it will help keep me on track.

    My Week 2 pages are on my blog :) http://fiddlesnips.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/documented-life-project-week-2.html

    xx

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    1. ; o) hee hee! And I think your pages have YOUR style - Which I love! I do think when you have friends who are participating in the same challenge, it really helps :0))

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  7. Oh, it's been sooooooo long since I've had a chance to spend time in Bloglandia - and I return to find this invigorating and intriguing post of journaling techniques and final result.

    As always, you're too clever by half!

    I *do* so miss our little swap group! Hope all is well in your life!

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    1. SO gooooood to hear from you, Tristan! Thanks so much for commenting. I too have not been visiting many blogs lately, something I need to change. I am kept very busy on the Polaroid Blipfoto site where I upload a photo a day - Frieda introduced me to it and it is lovely to be there together. I too, miss our swap group! I do sometimes look through my notebooks of colorful ATCs, so glad we did that together.

      Life is very good for us in Florida . . . we are happy to be here. I hope all is well with you too!! I will come & visit you on your blog & see what you are up to -thanks again!

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