Hey there crafty friends! I told you earlier this year that I was going to attempt to share my art journaling a bit more. Even though my pages are not the best by my own standards, I'm going to share my Documented Life Project 2015 pages today. I'm sharing them in a lump sum here, because this book doesn't make it upstairs much. . .like at all, and my camera doesn't make it downstairs much either. I've got weeks 2 through 5 and a bonus here today, hehe.
January's theme was the blank page and how to face it, and week 2 focussed on Gesso. I always gesso my pages to start, because I've found I don't like the results if I don't. Everyone has a preference. I put down some old music paper, stamped some black rings using a toilet paper holder, used some texture paste, then proceeded to paint using water and drips. In the end I gessoed a spot for my saying. I'm not ultra impressed with this page.
Week 3 was a color wheel challenge. I grabbed all of my paint, and just started painting without cleaning my brush. I do really like the results here.
Week 4 was writing and 'words with friends'. I crumpled up some thesaurus pages and pasted them down with Gel Medium. After it dried, I gessoed the whole page, and then started coloring with Gelatos and a bit of paint. I'm starting to like the results the more I journal.
Week 5 was under paper and 'what lies beneath'. Most of my under paper is deli paper, and I have to say that while it's great for making elements of a page, I DON'T like it for a base under my work. I've down faces before, mostly just as practice, but this is my first time putting it out there for all the world to see. I'm not a fan of this face, and it may have something to do with the deli paper being the base underneath. I did gesso over all of the deli paper and that helped, but not enough. You can tell she has a very shiny face. I do like the color combos that resulted in the end.
Here is one of my practice faces. I drew her with a Stabilo pencil, colored over her with some subpar craypas and then used a black pen to give her some detail. I'm actually liking how she turned out :)
There you have it. Even though these are not what I call great, they are mine. I'll be anxious to see how I progress through the year. If you're not a part of Documented Life Project 2015, you should really consider it. It's free, and it has really stretched my creative muscles. . .which is the goal anyway ;)
Be sure to come back tomorrow to for the Taylored Expressions Release and a fun project I have to share!