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.

Close-ups:



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.