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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 6


Back to another one of my favourite LifeBook 2014 pages.  This week's lesson was by Tam Laporte, the originator of LifeBook who does a lesson every month. The initial warm up lesson was using spray inks giving fabulous drips.  Anytime I see drips I'm inspired by Dina Wakley who uses them as journaling lines.

For the lesson, the end result is a folded page. This is how it looks closed - I had great fun playing around with different lettering styles over the multicoloured spray ink blob.



Then when you open it up, here's how it looks:


More work with faces - I find profiles to be hardest!

And just look at the effect of the layered blobs and drips - isn't it gorgeous?




Friday, April 11, 2014

48 weeks: week 4


With week 4 of Donna Downey's 48Weeks, I got to try out my figure drawing skills :-) I've been working on them quite a bit after being introduced to faces in classes with Dina Wakley and Pam Carriker. For this one I wanted her to be lost in a daydream. This page had such cool textures - both raised flowers and impressed flowers and diamonds.  I wish you could touch the page through the picture because it has such a cool feel.

Here's a close-up:


Thursday, April 10, 2014

48 weeks: week 3


Week 3 pages for Donna Downey's 48 weeks were so fun to create! So much texture in the background, and I love the pastel look of it with the bold pop of color of the flowers. I thought this quote was a perfect touch.

Here are a couple close-ups:



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

48 weeks: week 2

Here's the spread for week 2 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks. Much more of a doodle style for these pages.  I see people who do this style really well......not sure I'm one of them. I did enjoy all the layers in the background and how you can get lost just playing and making marks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 1


Another journal project I'm participating in is the year long Documented Life Project. Before online calendars and iPads with calendar apps, I always chose a planner for the year and used it to keep track of appointments and birthdays and events. I've missed doing that in a physical form and last year tried out Kate Crane's calendars where you write in a little bit in each day's calendar block. By the end of the year, instead of having neat little blocks, I had a jumble of written memories about each day.  Some days there was a simple sentence, but other days there was a lot more I wanted to write. I was excited to see this idea using a Moleskine weekly planner and altering it by adding a flap to each week and having a challenge prompt for each week. You have a place to write day to day stuff and events, another blank lined page for space if you want to journal more, and the extra added page for the pretty stuff that makes your journal even more "you". There's even an online class about altering your planner (more details HERE).

Here's my week 1 page : show your front door:

I used a gel medium transfer of a photo taken that week of our door decorated with a Christmas wreath. Funny, but we never use the front door! Is that true at your house, too?

Check out the weekly challenge prompts on the Art to the 5th blog.