Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 6

This week's Documented Life Project prompt was to open your pinterest board and be inspired. What I chose to do was to draw a face inspired by Marieke Blokland who had a LifeBook 2014 lesson around the same time. She draws very fun doodle-inspired faces with exaggerated features - a fun style to play around with.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

48 weeks: week 7

Here is the week 7 spread from the 48 weeks class. I really enjoyed adding a face to this one, but it was a process! Originally it was more colorful, but I just didn't like it so I painted over it with gesso and started again : -)  I used a stabilo pencil and activated it with more gesso and it gave me great shading. That trick I learned from Dina Wakley and it's funny how many times I go back to it!  I decided to leave her black and white as a contrast to the colorful background.  I loved the modeling paste through a script stencil in the background and highlighted those areas with Inka Gold. Doesn't it look cool on her face? It's like her thoughts are written on her face.


Monday, April 21, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 2

A simple quick page from week 2 of LifeBook 2014. This week's lesson was taught by Micki Wilde. I really like that art journaling doesn't have to be complicated, because you can get a lot of satisfaction playing with pens and markers and cut out book text over a quickly painted background and paint blob.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 5

Another Documented Life Project prompt - add a doodle border. I started with a smear of acrylic glazes in the background for color and then lettered a quote - something I really enjoy doing. I don't think I'm a good doodler - some people just do it so naturally, but I stayed simple and comfortable for me - a scroll drawn over again and slightly off-set so it looks like a ribbon, and small swirl flowers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 1

These pages are from the very first week of LifeBook 2014 with a lesson by Tam Laporte. I loved just getting out supplies and PLAYING to create a colorful background.

The second page was more practice with faces - it's to be a guardian angel for the year. It was fun to work with watercolor crayons and gesso and blend them creating her skin tones. I'm not really an angel person and I don't tend to draw winged-things, but the great part of LifeBook is that you get to try out different styles. Still working on faces.........I think it's going to be a long process......

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 4

Another prompt from the Documented Life Project - add a secret message then paint over all but a key word. I used a technique I originally learned from a class with my friend Catherine Scanlon who made flowers out of words she wanted to highlight from random free writing all over the page and then painted out the rest.  I used payne's grey paint for my obscuring background - it's such a great color!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 3

This week's Documented Life Project prompt is to add an envelope to your flap page.  In my collage I used a glassine envelope with a left over tag that had a gelli printed background and some doodles and postmark stamps, and then further embellished with postage stamps I've received recently.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

48 weeks: week 6

This is week 6 of Donna Downey's 48 weeks class. What do you think of my finger painted poppy-like flowers?  The textures in the background for these pages come from drywall tape and stamping into gesso.

Monday, April 14, 2014

48 weeks: week 5

This spread is from week 5 of the 48 weeks class.  I liked playing with the deeper shades of blue like anthraquinone blue and payne's grey - which isn't a grey at all I've learned, but a wonderful deep blue like nighttime.  What I liked even more on this page was the texture layer of fiber paste over collaged book pages - creates a great depth in the background as you can see in the close-up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 2

Here's another page from my weekly planner with a Documented Life Project prompt to add a selfie. Shortly after this I did get my hair cut.....short......not a smart thing to do in January.