Saturday, April 29, 2017

Welcome To Life Documented Week 18 with Geraldine

Hello and welcome to week 18! Okay, so I have something a little different for you this week. As always, please tweak to suit your preferences. 

Monthly Theme: April Showers
Prompt: To create a swatch page of your favorite art medium/s.
Technique: Stamping with waterproof ink and colour in! Label colours accordingly.
Quote: I didn't use one but a great quote has been on my heart this week;
"The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant." - Charlie Chaplin

Begin by choosing your stamps. Any will do so long as they have enough blank space within the design to apply your chosen medium. 

Next, begin to apply your medium and HAVE FUN! I have made a video to show you my process using a couple of different ideas..

This will end up being a great and fun reference of your supplies! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 17 With Nicole

Hello and welcome to week 17!  I'm happy and honored to be the guest for this week's post.  This week's weather was hotter than I'm used to for spring and had me wishing for some rain!  So I fully embraced this month's optional theme (April showers) and searched for a quote about rain that I could interpret into art!

Monthly theme: April Showers
Prompt: Illustrate a quote (Earth Day Bonus prompt: use recycled materials)
Technique: Drawing and shading a face (mixed media)
Quote: "I love the rain.  I love how it softens the outline of things.  The world becomes softly blurred and I feel like I might melt right into it." -- Hagumi Hanamoto

I love to draw mixed media portraits in my art journal and I thought this would go perfect with the quote.  I thought it would be fun to try to make the portrait appear to be melting or blending into the background.  You can choose this quote or any quote that speaks to you and illustrate it in any way. Or you can just make a mixed media portrait and add any quote or words (or no words!) as you like.

The supplies are pretty simple and I find that it's best to use whatever you have on hand an improvise!  I also like to use a lot of recycled materials as often as I can (Happy Earth Day!)


+Art Journal (or whatever you are using at the moment, preferably with mixed media weight paper--I'm using a Dylusions 9x12" Journal)
+Spray Ink (I've used Dylusions After Midnight and London Blue)
+Acrylic Ink (you can also use watered down acrylic paint.  I've used FW ink in White)
+Acrylic Paint Pens (I've used Sharpie waterbased in white and black and Liquitex in fluorescent pink and bright aqua green)
+Watercolor pens (you can also use watercolor, acrylic ink, or spray ink--just something that is a little more watery in consistency.  I've used Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers in Byron Bay, Coral and Jellyfish)
+Oil Pastels

+Stabilo marks-all pencil (black)
+Waterbrush (or a brush and water cup)
+Ranger Mini Mister
+Acrylic Paint in Warm Beige
+Your favorite black pen (I've used Dylusions paint pen in Black Marble)
+Recycled paper (Anything from the recycle bin, junk mail envelopes, etc)
+Washi tape
+Black ink pad
+Gelli roll Moonlight pens

Step One: Create a watercolor background

Add splashes and pools of color with the Mermaid Markers (or watercolor) on one side of the journal spread:

Spray water with the Mini Mister over the watercolor areas or add water with your brush to get the color to spread and drip a little:

While the page is still wet, close the journal and smash it closed so that the ink from one side transfers to the other page:

Step Two: Add more marks to the background

When the background dries, add oil pastel marks to the background where you want to draw your portrait (right) and mark the lines where for the calendar on the other side (left):

Make some marks with the paint pens (or acrylic paint) on one side of the page, and close the journal to transfer those marks to the other side (the red blotches below).  Use spray inks through stencils in random spaces on both pages.

You can tone down the intensity of the color with white acrylic ink drops.  Drop a few spots of white ink (or watered down acrylic paint) onto one side of the journal spread, close the journal and smash pages together to transfer the ink to the other side as well.  When that is dry, add washi tape or strips of the inside of business envelopes (or any patterned paper of your choosing) to add the lines for the week:

Step Three: Add the month, week & days

I used a Technique Tuesday stamp set to stamp the month across the top, Balzer Designs Days of the Week stamps for the days of the week, and Balzer Designs Large Numbers for the days.  First stamp the days month and days of the week:

Color in the days with Gelli Roll Moonlight pens:

 Stamp the days:

Add any additional doodles, stamps, marks or color in anything as needed.  I've added outlines to the numbers with the Moonlight pens, as well as added designs around the days of the week:

Step Four: Add your portrait

With your stabilo marks-all pencil, draw a quick portrait over the busy background (I've also added marks with the fluorescent pink and black acrylic paint pens):

Trace over the stabilo pencil lines with a waterbrush (or use any brush and water), concentrating on the hair area, blending those lines together really well to darken the hair.  You can also add more lines and water them down as needed.  The stabilo pencil is water-soluble (meaning it activates when water is added).  If you don't have a stabilo, you can also use a watercolor pencil or other water-soluble pencil or crayon

When that is dry, blend in small amounts of the acrylic paint to the face with your finger (use just a little drop at a time, as a little will go a long way.  The less you use, the more transparent this layer will be, which is a nice way to still see the background peeking through).

Try to avoid the stabilo pencil areas, as they will re-activate when in contact with the acrylic paint.  However, it is helpful for pulling in shadows to the face a little bit at a time.  Shadows can be dragged down a little bit from the eyelid down the sides of the nose to give the nose dimension.  You can also add a little bit of water if you need to pull the shadows out a little more:

Continue until you have covered  the entire face, except for the eyes, cheeks and lips:

Add details with the face with the paint markers.  Here, I've added color to the cheeks and lips with fluorescent pink and blended in with my finger:

Brighten up the eyes by coloring in the whites of the eyes with the white acrylic paint pen, and coloring in the iris with the bright aqua paint pen.  When those areas are dry, go in with the white paint pen to add highlights to the pupils, cheeks, bottom lip, forehead, chin, and the bride and tip of the nose (blend with finger):

Step five: Add in the quote and any finishing touches:

Once the portrait is completely dry, write your quote over the top.  What's great about the acrylic paint over the portrait is that it seals in any of the oil pastels or other media that might usually clog up my pen.  I've used the Dylusions paint pen which writes really well over dried acrylic paint.  I've also added some rain drop stamps over the entire spread to tie in the theme and the quote:

I hope you've enjoyed this week's prompt and I hope this has given you some inspiration for the week!  I'd love to see what you've created!  I'm new to the facebook group, but you can also find me on my blog at: and on instagram (@kinueko).

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Week 16 Life Documented with Claire Ann

Welcome to Week 16!  As there are so many new members joining the group as well as many very talented artists, I thought I would focus on the area that I feel more comfortable with - adding photos to a page. I find it looks really effective, is super easy to do and is lovely to glance back over.

PROMPT: Add photos
TECHNIQUE:Using photos in a spread
QUOTE: “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” Ansel Adams

Step 1:

I am really into the black and white thing at the moment so I have used one of my geometric stencils and used gesso to complet my background.

Step 2:
I have been using an app on my iPhone called FreePrints - you get 45 free prints a month and just pay postage, I love it it has really got me focused on capturing pieces of my day to use to document in my journal.  (This is in the UK, I'm not sure whether there is something else in the USA) 

* In order to create each picture I made a collage of pictures so that they are smaller to display.  The four pictures I have displayed I have also printed as one large print too, I wanted as many pictures on display as possible!

I cut four of my prints and mounted them on white card so they stood out on my page.  Anna Freisen inspired me to 'flap' my pictures so I can document underneath - keeping my thoughts private.

Step 3:
After flapping my pictures which I will entitle 'Flashback memories' I have added various small embellishments to add a little funk to my page.  I really wanted my page to be pretty sinmplistic today, to show sometimes less is more!

Step 4:
To finish off I wrote diary entries underneath each set of photographs - I have decided to put a divider down the back so I can comment on the memory and this week's fun!

I hope you like this week's journal page!  I look forward to seeing all of yours!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 15 with Suz

Hi everyone!  This week I want to show you how I do a bouquet of flowers.

Theme for April: Bloom
Quote: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Prompt: Add Chalk or Colored Pencil

I learned a little history when I was looking to see who made up the quote.  In 1557 Thomas Tusser compiled a collection of writings he called "A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry".  In the April section he wrote: Sweet April Showers Do spring May Flowers.  It was a reminder that even with unpleasant things like heavy showers the most pleasant things come from it.  A lesson in patience.

So here we go!

First I wanted to show you some strokes I use.  My brushes are getting really shot but you will get the idea.  Lined up are the brushes I used to get these strokes.  I use all kinds of brushes with my acrylics.  The watercolor brushes I use but add a little water to my paint.  Just a drop or two to make is go on smoother. When making your petals use pressure at the first and let up on the end of the stroke.  

I used watercolor paper but anything that you have made to withstand acrylics will work.  First I mapped out just a simple layout.  This works best if you have three or five central images.  This is dark because my pencil lines were very light so I darkened it in my graphics program. I have three basic circles staggered as my central flowers.

I used these two paints for the background and mixed them with white with a palette knife then also applied it with a palette knife.  Any blue green or other color will do.

Then over to one side I added a lime green.

I started by laying the color around the flowers shapes I drew.  You can do the painting and then draw the shapes if you want but your background may show through the paint of your flowers.
I also add some of the darker shade in between the flowers and some of the lighter shade in the vase as it will look like a reflection of a wall behind it.

I take the same colors and start just swiping in leaves and foliage of different sizes.  I also smooth my paint in the background with a brush and make the bottom a little darker than the top of the page. I took some of each color mix and added some stems in the glass and the darker color and dab in a horizontal line to look like your water line.  

Choose your color for your flowers and take a larger brush and just swipe some color in.  Use quite a lot of color on your brush then take some white or a lighter color and make some more swipes adding it and dragging it in with the darker color to get some petal like effects. 

Take a darker color that will go with the flower color.  If you use yellow go with a red or oranges mixed with white, If you use purple you can use a lavender or blue or red mixed with white.
Dab in your flower centers and some dots or pods here and there.  I use the darker colors on the bottom and where the flowers are gathered to signify the places where there would be more shadow.  I also added some of the darker color to the stems in the glass.

Next I added some white on top to look like baby's breath with the back end of the brush.  By this time I have used light color on top of dark on top of light.  I keep alternating dark and light to give more depth.  I added a shadow color to the bottom edge of my vase and some white dabs in between the stems in the vase.

I added a second dark color that goes with my purple, I chose blue and made light applications to the pods to define

Next I added yellow to the green which was a fabric paint but it is a transparent yellow and added highlights to the leaves.

I added some yellow green to the pods and dabbed it at the base of the leaves and flowers and used some yellow ochre like color with white and added it to the base of the flowers, just dabbing to get some different colors in the leaves. Then I added some more white spots.  You are making subtle changes but each layer gives a lot of depth and up to now I am just swiping colors and going right over the wet layers.  Just remember to load your brush with more paint and use like colors or colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Next is the fun part for me.  I used chalk.  It is really old.  Like 20 years old but you can still get these. They were the cheapest kind.  You can also use pan pastels or anything you like that you can smudge.  Even watercolor pencils work, or kids markers that are water soluble.  I have used the purple and dark blue in those lots of times.  

Use the darkest color, I used purple in your shadow places and add white and green to your leaves and flowers.  I also used a dark pink to define the other flowers.  Then smudge with your finger.  I added pencil then scribbled some white over the water line and added some white here and there to the vase for a reflection like effect.  If you want to use fixative to keep the chalk from moving to another page or hairspray you can.  

Here is the finished piece.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 14 With Rebecca

Hi friends so last week we had some technical difficulties and had to put up this weeks post a week early soooo I am now posting what was supposed to be last weeks post so I apologize if its a bit confusing!

Theme - Bloom
Quote- "Where flowers bloom, so does hope - Lady Bird Johnson
Prompt - Make drippy collage flowers

So to start off you are going to need some paint that is on the thinner side, here I used Acrylic Ink and High Flow Acrylic Paint. I started out by making some circles in my journal then tipped my journal over to let them drip down the page.

 I added some more colors and did the same, I also used a heart stamp roller all over the two pages I was working on.

 Then I used my chunky paint markers to make strips of color for each day of the week, I also cut out some circular shapes for the petals of my flowers.

 I glued down my pedals and collaged some other pretty flowers to the page. I also added some extra pops of color with my paint marker.
 I added some of this gorgeous glitter paste, doodled and stamped out the days of the week and felt like the page was complete!

I hope you enjoy this weeks post and will try it out in your journal this week! Have a great week friends!