March 04, 2015

Art Journal - Week 9

The prompt for week 9 in the Documented Life Project was High 5 Layers. At least 5 layers. So I layered:

  • safety envelopes glued in
  • gelli printing in white, turquoise, and yellow ocher
  • underpaper cut outs in orangy-red
  • grunged with black stabilo pencil and walnut distress stain
  • added book pages and a library card
  • black gesso through a stencil
  • journaling
Okay, so that was seven layers, but I always think more is better. ;)

Here is my process....















This is what I cut the circles and rectangle pieces from. It is the underpaper that I've been using under my projects that I've been doing. I always save them and use them in other projects. 

February 28, 2015

Art Journal - Week 8

The prompt for the week in the Documented Life Project was to repeat an element in your journal.  I had no idea what to do, so I decided to go simple and repeat brush strokes. I painted the pages with black gesso, then began with dark gray paint and got lighter as I went toward the middle. I added some dark green, then some blue, then gold. I struggled with the way it looked and added more blue  strokes. I had to tone it down and then didn't like it. I kept added more color and then toning it down. I finally decided to stop and add some words. I think it turned out better than I expected.
















Have a great day!


February 19, 2015

Art Journal (DLP) - Week 7

This week was about covering up stuff you have already laid down on the page. I decided to gelli print my pages. I started off with red and orange, then gelli printed a turquoise with a stencil. I then started to lay down different colors for the border, then decided to cover it with black gesso and doodle over that with a silver pen. That was a good choice, because the silver pen picks up the light and really makes the pages "move".

This was my first try at major doodling and I am really happy with the way it turned out. (Inspired by my niece, Courtney, who is a great doodler!) Also, the mandala in the middle was made by Shruti Dev.

Also, the scripture used is our focus at our church as we start the Lenten season. Ezekial 36: 26-27









February 09, 2015

Bible Journaling...Illustrated Faith

I bought a Journaling Bible with some Christmas money after seeing a blog post about Illustrated Faith. Since then, I have been having a blast making my favorite verses pretty. My word for the year is Brave, so I've looked for scripture about being brave...courageous. I love the theme of freedom and have lettered some of my favorite "free" verses. It is amazing how the Word comes alive while dwelling on the verse as I spend time making it pretty. Hopefully, one day I will have the Bible filled with color and can pass it on to my daughter as a keepsake of me and my faith.










Have a great day!


February 05, 2015

Art Journal - Week 5 (Documented Life Project 2015)

Underpaper!!! I love the Documented Life Project challenge this week. Underpaper looks better than than what I try to do on PURPOSE! So to incorporate it into a journal spread just made my day.

I decided to spread around some beige and blue watered down acrylic to give a little background to the underpaper I was using. Then I tore some pieces of the underpaper and glued them down. I used stabilo pencil in places and spread it around with a waterbrush.

I am going to mesh the Documented Life Project with the His Kingdom Come "Take Me Deeper" study. This will keep me sane since I work full time and don't have enough time to do many different projects. So in this spread, I added the scripture from my study...Philippians 2:15.

I like the messy look of these pages, as well as the white space. I thought it was a better balance than what I usually do.


Watered down paint in the background and underpaper glued in. 

This underpaper is so awesome! 


Have a fabulous day!

February 03, 2015

Art Journal - Week 4 (Documented Life Project)

The challenge was to add words to the page and the theme for the week was friends. I wanted to do something completely different than what I normally do, so I decided to go more realistic, rather than messy.

I glued underpaper and bookpages to the page and then journaled across the whole thing. I added a light layer of gesso, and then drew a tree. Not sure why, but I did. In going with the friendship theme, I thought I'd add a couple of birds to the tree, using the paisley shape for their bodies. I used distress blue paint for the sky. I used distress green paint and stain for the leaves. The trunk and flowers were done with a black Pitt pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Not my favorite spread, but at least I was brave and tried something way out of my comfort zone.








Have a great day!

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