Monday, 26 January 2015

Writing (DLP Challenge #4)

This weekend's challenge for the Documented Life Project was definitely not my comfort zone. I rarely do personal writing in my journal, preferring images, single words or short quotes. But, the whole point of following the challenges is to stretch myself, and of course it's all down to personal interpretation.

Week 4 (24th Jan) challenge was:

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: Writing

Journal Prompt: Words with Friends

I knew straight away that I wanted my trio of flamingos stamp. It's wood mounted so a drew around the whole block at the beginning and then turned the page sideways, writing in blue, magenta and black in a scratchy style - heavily influenced by Rae Missigman.

I then heat embossed the flamingos in 'black sparkle' and then created the colourful background with twinkling H2Os. Using a bit more of the H2Os I added some stamping and then when fully dry, made a focal point of the writing by creating a frame using my favourite washi tape. Simple, but done!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Colour! (DLP Challenge #3)

I pondered this challenge for a whole week before I did it....actually ending up doing something in my main journal first and then coming back to my DLP mini journal. It was exciting using the full colour wheel (without ending up with mud!).

Week 3 (17th Jan) challenge was:

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: The Colour Wheel
Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with colour and shapes, I couldn't say any other way" - Georgia O'Keefe

Before I go any further, yes I know Georgia O'Keefe is American. But I had to use the English spelling of 'colour'. It would just bug me too much otherwise!

This week saw me reach for the gelatos, I really do like the way they blend together although it looks more blocky in the photo than IRL. I tried not to keep the edge of the circles too neat and split the colour wheel to encompass the quote.

BUT....what did I do beforehand? Well, I worked in my larger Dylusions journal on something that really was a gamble for me and could easily have turned out as a disaster. It didn't. I quite like it. I personally would like to work on my flesh tones, but like the impact of the colourful Promarkers against the monochromatic acrylics.

The double-page spread is randomly in the middle of my journal and had other scuff on it so I didn't bother rubbing out pencil lines and kept it all quite sketchy.

New beginnings (DLP Challenge #2)

Gosh, only January and already behind in keeping my blog up to date with DLP. But I AM keeping up with DLP thankfully. Really enjoying it and it's lead to doing more in my main journal, so all good!

Week 2 (10th Jan) challenge was:

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: Gesso
Journal Prompt: "The beginning is always today" - Mary Shelley

I pretty much always gesso my page as a primer but rarely use it for anything else. So this week I used it far more. I mixed it with my black and white acrylics for the background (which is really just smearing it on with my fingers) and then used it to create texture by 'scoring' it down the page with an old credit card.

Both stamps are new - picked up in The Range lately for just £1 each. Again, used gesso to add white highlights and tone down the blue on the flowers. I also used those perforated bits that get left behind in notebooks for some background texture. First time I've tried that and was pleased with the effect.

Should be a bit easier to see in this close-up.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

DLP - Challenge #1: The Blank Page and How to Face It!

As you could probably tell from my previous post, I was rather keen to get going on the first challenge of the Documented Life Project 2015.

This year each month will have a theme, with weekly art and journal prompts. Plus you get to see each artist's take on the challenge. Plenty of inspiration there then!

So, jumping right in:

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
Art Challenge: Book Paper
Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goal Keeper

I started off layering up some  strips of vintage and modern book pages, a guitar score, and a map section from one of the Papermania paper stacks. The colour you see on the score is from ages ago - I was cleaning Dylusions inks off my stencils if I remember rightly! My guess at colours would be Pure Sunshine and Cut Grass. 

I didn't want to cover it up too much as I intended to go with the yellow/green colour scheme so added just a thin layer of gesso and then scraped a bit more on for texture with a plastic badge-holder-thingy. I also stamped a boarder and used Distress inks Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold, plus did a bit of stencilling in the corner. 


The finished page includes washi tape, some sponging through sequin waste in Wild Honey, a stamped kite coloured with a white paint pen, and the card is my favourite Chance card from Monopoly - You have won first prize in a crossword competition, Collect £100.  I chose to take the 'goal keeper' prompt quite loosely. The first verse of Whitesnake's Here I Go Again fitted the bill for me today.