Saturday, February 25, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 9 with Rebecca

Hi there! Hope you all are having a great weekend! Today I am going to share a quick technique to add a little bit of fun to your journal!  So I started by getting out my gelli plate and spread some color all over it with a brayer. Then I cut down this fun piece of clear plastic to fit in my journal and put it on the gelli plate and then flipped it over and did it again!


Then I drew a heart in the center and cut it out to make a little window! 
 Then I taped it into my journal! I drew a pretty girl on one side of the page and then left the other side for journaling. 

 Lastly I colored some fun Days of the week stamps I got from a pen pal and glued it into my journal! 

I really hope you guys enjoyed my little walk through! I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Prompt- Add a clear tip in
Technique- Add a window to one of your pages

Friday, February 17, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 8 with Suz

Love is this months theme and I LOVE saving money
I am using Waste Not Want Not
by Christine Ammer
Prompt: Use scrap paper or under paper
Technique: Making thin paper strong for mixed media

Hi all, this week I am going to use some basic materials and do a page on just plain old spiral lined paper.  I started this several years ago as a way to get rid of scraps.  Sometimes I would go back and just tear pieces out or use it to try out colors and mediums.  As I have evolved and bought better paper I still go back to the spiral because it is just fun when I am not sure what I want to do.

I wanted to do this because there are so many who have done a lot but there are always beginners and I was asked in LD 2017 about using thin paper.

What I did was start with a plain page in the spiral.  Oh what to do with this!

If any of you have used magazines for collage and have all those unwanted pieces you don't want to use because there is nothing of value on them, this is a good place to use those or scraps you don't like.  Something like this.  It doesn't matter how you put them down.  Just make sure you get good coverage. I used a gluestick.  If you add a lot of wet to the page you will get a lot of wrinkling until you get past this step.  

Here is where the reinforcement comes in.  I got some Art Basics Modeling Paste.  I use a palette knife to spread it on.  This medium is kind of see through but it makes your page really sturdy.  There are all kinds of modeling paste on the market.  I ran out and had to go to Michaels for some and all they had was Golden.  It all seems about the same to me.  What I like about it is it's transparency and it's flexability but you can still stick stuff in it and go over it.  

A good covering of modeling paste and a light layer of gesso or white paint and you have a really sturdy page.  I have done this to a lot of these pages and have never had one even rip out.  Then I start adding stencils.

Next I just added some shapes and more stencils.I start adding color.  What I add to one corner I add usually to the opposite corner.  Then I start adding bigger shapes.  Main shapes I add three to five usually.  If it's a background stencil I just add it here and there not covering my page with the same shape.

This gave me a good base for starting to add some interest.  It doesn't matter how long you have been an artist you are going to have a moment when you come back to something and say, "Gosh!  Did I make that mess?"  It happens to everyone!  Really!  So I cut out some paper circles from underpaper and scraps of gelli paper, added some smaller circles within the bigger circles and started to see some flower possibilities.  Adding some marks to my flowers to suggest petals and some stems. I took a small filbert brush and dabbed on paint in some of the blank spots with pink and white then dried the paint to make more marks on the petals with white and black pen.  The last thing I did was the pink and whitish leafy objects at the bottom which was a stencil I cut out of a piece of left over card stock. 

This is what my spiral looks like.  There are only a few pages left that have nothing on them.  I can't wait to start a new one.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 7 with Claire Ann

Morning everyone!

This week's prompt is simply: Valentine.  The quote I have decided to incorporate into my journal page is:
all this time
The Sun never says
To the Earth,
"You owe me."
What happens
With a love like that.
It lights the 

I thought this quote was quite lovely and sent a message of unconditional love implied to all kinds of love.

This week is all about love, made more poignantly as it is Valentine's Day on Tuesday 14th February!
I have mostly made my journal page about the places I love that have given me good memories to date.

Step 1
It's been a crazy kind of week so I decided to keep the workload/time management into perspective.  I used an old map of Canada I found on one of my Vintage Fair expeditions.  I added to my background and found a map of the UK which I stuck in the left hand corner.  Two places I simply love and have my fondest memories as me!

Step 2
My next step was to try out the Art Masking Fluid technique for myself!  Wow Louise Mairs you made this look way too easy!  I had a good go at drawing a heart and I think I did ok!

Step 3
Next I used my watercolours to paint over the masking fluid and once dried I simply pulled away at the masking tape - soooo much fun!

Step 4
I then made a tip-in, love heart shape of course, to incorporate my ATC's received in the previous two months.  I even found some love heart metal clasps I've had since I was around 10 years old that I never found a use for!  I wanted to start and add 'graffiti' into my work - this is the safe kind of stuff, nice and simple and an opportunity to say 'I had a go!'

I didn't take any picture making this but I simply took a piece of artists watercolour paper, base coat of gesso, then scraped  on pinky coloured Acrylic paints to get the striped effect.  Once dried I cut out heart shapes and simply used my sewing machine to sew the holders on... voila! I may add to this later!

Step 5 
Above , I took a picture of my tip-in on my previous weeks spread but have decided to use it in this weeks.  The second picture is my journal page which I am yet to complete.  It's the start of half term here and I just cannot fathom how to do this tonight.  This page will change during the week and I will keep you posted on its outcome!  The quote will somehow be incorporated into this page.

I am so looking forward to your pages this week!