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February 11, 2015

Negative Space Acrylic Layering

I had just seen a wonderful video entitled “Mixed Media Negative Planets” by Dana C on a Youtube Pinterest post and was really intrigued by the idea of working with negative space.  Then the prompt for The Documented Life Project was “Layering; when not to stop” so it seemed like the ideal time to try the new technique resulting in this final set of pages:

2-9 DLP layers 2 w-stars

However, I started by gessoing the center fold of the pages so no paint would seep through.  Then splotched on acrylic paint and gesso, stencil and stamps, dabs of this and that, winding up with this hodge-podge.

2-7 DLP layers 1

The next step was to take my circle stencil and make a few circles over interesting areas in pencil.  Then took a mix of light purple and gesso and painted over it all except for the circles.  This was the result:

2-7 DLP layers 2

Then with the circle stencil again I added a few more circle in pencil that generally touched the ones I had already.  Then painted with a slightly darker purple acrylic over everything but the old and new circles and the left side of the page where I plan to put a planner and journal leaving this:

2-7 DLP layers 3

Again, the same thing of making more circles generally touching those already there before adding a dark purple over everything but the circles and also adding a border on the left.

2-7 DLP layers 4

Started to outline the circles with pencil to have them stand out and have some shading as well as adding in date circles on the left.  This picture shows it as much bluer than the pages actually are.

2-7 DLP layers 5

Finishing touches of pen and charcoal around the circles and begin the planner/journal, which is so wonderful in organizing one’s thoughts and events.  In time, this journal will become a memoir for me and my family.

But couldn’t stop – still needed to add something else – stars.  But first I added black acrylic paint splatters, then silver acrylic with a stencil and added in stars and finally the tip-in for the month’s Art Challenge and Journal Prompt, resulting in these pages ready for more journaling and planning as seen at the top.  Here is a close-up of the “planets”:

2-9 DLP layers even closer

I was amazed by how the thought process of negative space is so very different from what one usually does in painting something.

August 7, 2014

Art Journaling Journey

For years I have been intrigued by the pictures of various art journals, both the images and the ideas expressed.  Usually the ideas are a phrase or a quote.  But I  also like to process and journal my feelings and patterns I discover within and without myself.  But for some reason I never attempted to actually art journal, keeping my journaling and memoir writing separate from any artsy stuff I would do.  I realize I never thought I could really do the “artsy stuff” myself.

A perfectionist artist father both gave me some tools for art and discouraged me from doing art, or even thinking of myself as an art person.  Soul Food Café facilitated by Heather Blakey, was the first internet site that really drew me in with its writing prompts and information on how to set up a blog. The group was inspiring and encouraging to someone just starting out.   I loved writing as I wove in memoir and experiences with the fantasy stories.

These became part of my blogging (see blogs starting at the beginning in 2008) and proceeding onwards for those writing regarding trips to Lemuria and Riversleigh.  Shortly afterwards I came across SoulCollage (formulated by Seena Frost) and Kaleidosoul (facilitated by Anne Marie Bennett) which really resonated with me by having both aspects of the collage making and journaling to specific questions from the collage picture made.  The questions used (see my SoulCollage-Kaleidosoul page for the list of questions) are as if the collage picture itself is speaking, allowing the unconscious to come forth at times.  I also used the collages I made as part of my posting in the Soul Food Café and Riversleigh posts.

thalia-collage-cropped

SoulCollage and Kaleidosoul questions and answers combined into Project Life cards for my album in addition to photos of my everyday life and special occasions.  Project Life has provided a rich tapestry of daily life in photos and words.  Some pages had more journaling than others, but generally was limited by the size of the inserted cards, even when using the back of the cards.

Wounded child card

Document Life Project took  everything one step further and really got me I into art journaling.  The prompts were inspiring for a page or two of doing art, as the Art to the 5th Academy website and Document Life Project facebook page had wonderful videos and instructions for learning how to use the wonderful tools of art available.  The moleskin journal recommended also included a page for planning (left side) and a full page for journaling (middle page) as well as the added yip-in art page (right side of gesso, acrylics and stencils).  This all truly combined my love of journaling with playing with art – a true combination of visuals and words.

DLP wish list 3 pages
(Pinterest has been an ongoing arena for inspiration for all of these, and other, projects.)

August 3, 2014

Project Life pages

 

For the last few years I have been keeping up with Project life but not sharing much with personal photos involved.  Unfortunately, this takes many of my pages out of the posting possibility.

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This one, mostly about tornadoes going on around us and in Texas, used some photos, some Becky Higgins cards, some digitally-made cards,  some Pinterest images, and some journaling.

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This one included a notecard from a friend, pictures of the cat and garden with comments, another Becky Higgins card, and some digitally-made cards.

Project Life is an excellent way to keep a written and visual diary of your days.  The albums make excellent perusing through afterwards, for you and family members and even friends, when the days have mostly blurred into each other – gives you a chance to see what really happened and how you felt and thought about those happenings.

 

December 7, 2013

Combined Project Life & SoulCollage

This is another example of where I have combined making a SoulCollage card into a Project Life 4×6 card.  I do this frequently as I can then keep track of what I am creating and my thoughts on the “I Am the One Who” reflections about the card in one place.

First comes the making of the collage card, using either digital Pinterest images or photos or magazine pictures or a combination of all.  (See previous post for the card)  Words may or may not be included.

Then I fill in the “I Am the One Who” sheets I have on the  computer to express what the card is saying to me.  Frequently during this process, new  ideas or patterns appear from the unconscious regarding the topic.

I then print out both items to fit  into my Project Life album so I can further reflect on the collage, the writing and place it all in context of what else is happening in my life at that time.  Or I make a Project Life card reflecting the process with a synopsis of the “I Am the One who” aspects.

Wounded child card

All comes together in appreciating the healing wholeness and holiness.

September 17, 2013

Greeting Cards

A while back I started to make greeting cards for some of the people I love.  It is a pleasure to think of them as I worked on the cards.  Photos of the person(s) involved add to the uniqueness of the cards but those won’t be shown here.  This example was the front for a job well done:

front of card

This stamped card for a just announced pregnant couple used a picture from Pinterest as well as a wood chip heart:

Tara&Joe Anniv card-2nd inside - Copy

This used washi tape, stamping and stitched together quotes from Pinterest for a birthday:

Susie inside - Copy

Of course, various washi tapes, stamping, embellishments all add  to it.  And maybe even a print of a great quote or picture from Pinterest.  After I make the cards, I scan them to use in my Project Life albums.  This is a nice way to further remind me what I have made even as it honors that person and those events.

July 23, 2013

More enhanced Project Life cards

There are so many possibilities to enhance your Project Life cards: 3x4 orange-crm disagonal border w-orange block washi with a bit of imagination  and creativity, plus  some washi tape and basic PL cards (this one from Becky Higgins kit “for Him”, you can make what suits your needs and eye.  Or this where two different washi tapes are used on a printable from Pinterest: cards  - Copy

Or where I utilized pieces of leftover washi on a plain lined card:

3x4 cream w-patchwork washi

There’s no end to the possibilities.

June 11, 2013

Project Life Organization – part 2

Seeing someone else’s organization pin on Pinterst that seemed very workable for me, I bought the initial item on the right from Hobby Lobby.  And I was also pleased to be able to use  their 40% off coupon since they carry some items of the Cropper Hopper brand. 

Cropper Hoppers

Cropper Hoppers

The Cropper Hopper on the right is great for organizing stencils, stickers, alphabets, labels, etc. – all the embellishments that go on my Project Life cards and scrapbook pages.  It expands far beyond what I have used.  I still kept the thickers, flowers, etc. in my (mentioned and pictured in a precious post) roll-around cart. 

A month later I went back and, again using my 40% off coupon, bought the Cropper Hopper on the left.  This was perfect for storing primarily my 12 x 12 inch papers organized by color – so much easier to see and get to.    Again, it was inspired by someone on  Pinterst using something different but with the same efficiency.  This item can also expand far beyond what I have used so far.   Both are attractive as well as extremely functional, with room for holding even more.

Needless to say, the addition of these two items prompted a further re-organization of the roll-around cart since some of the items were now in Cropper Hoppers.  I am now able to put more of my stamps and stamp pads in the rolling cart, allowing more to be handy and easily visible.

June 5, 2013

Project Life Organization

Each has their own specific organizing technique that works best, and many times it takes a while after starting any project, like Project Life, to figure out what is your best way.   One begins slowly accumulating items, like  card kits from Becky Higgins (www.beckyhiggins.com).  I started with the Clementine set and used only that for a while.  Now I have the standard sets of Clementine, Cobolt, Cherry and the mini For Him) and various 12×12 papers and stencils from the local Hobby Lobby (which now carries some of the Becky Higgins Project Life items).  I found that boxes and a plastic rolling cart from Hobby Lobby worked fine.

Project Life Card Storage

Project Life Card Storage

This also shows the many cards I printed out from Pinterest to insert because of the beautiful colors or the intriguing words.  I also made many cards by adding washi tape or doodling onto the journal cards (which I’ll show and discuss at a later time).

Rolling cart with all embellishments

Rolling cart with all embellishments

This cart can be rolled around to accommodate use of space and where one happens to be working.    The 2 lower drawers are filled with 12×12 paper and pads of paper, pictures I’ve taken from various batches so I can go back and look for what I want, stencils, stickers, paints/pens/brushes, stamps and stamp pads, etc.   The cart came with each drawer having a lid which is perfect for traveling but for everyday use, I took off the lids for easy and quick access.  Works great for me.

May 30, 2013

List of 10 Favorite Childhood Toys

This weeks prompt from Shabby Blogs Tuesday Ten List is to share 10 of your favorite toys from childhood. 

ShabbyBlogs Tuesday Ten

ShabbyBlogs Tuesday Ten

I once again made Project Life cards out of the items I already had on my Pinterest Board entitled “Childhood Memories.”  Going through my Pinterest Board brought back so many memories in itself, and then having to pick out 10 items for favorites was easy in a way because many of the items could be discounted by not being toys as they were related to many different books, early movies and TV shows, furniture,  candy and other various items.  Card number 1 was  quickly made starting from toys I loved as a baby on up for a few years.

Favorites from early childhood

Favorites from early childhood

Then it got harder because I couldn’t pin it down to just 10, so I included an 11th, my ballet slippers – I loved dancing school and dancing, particularly toe dancing. 

Favorites from about ages 6-13

Favorites from about ages 6-13

As you can see from these images, my childhood was in the 1940’s through the early 1950’s.   I even included the now antiquated but then new technology of the 3-D viewer with discs.   Mid-century it is called now, but to me it was favorite childhood toys and memories.

May 8, 2013

Visual Nourishment

One of the reasons I so like Pinterest is the Visual Nourishment it provides me when I look at the pages of either my boards (here is a sample) 

Sample of my Pinterest Boards

or the boards of others.  It almost doesn’t matter what the topic is – the visuals are wonderful and are very important to a visual person such as myself.   So as you are looking at the pins others have put on their boards that you follow either because you are interested in the topic  or just like to look at a topic, you get to choose which pins you want to put onto your boards.

 One of the choices you make is what to name your boards.  Most do  it by nouns: turtles, gardens, dance,  flowers, labyrinths, mandalas, art journals, quotes, childhood memories, etc. 

For some reason I tend to think in patterns and so named many boards for a theme that occurs in many different areas but all sharing the same trait, so turtles and gardening are on my Healing Haven board, the wonders of people’s faces and diversity of cultures are on Faces of Wisdom and Faces of the World boards, Project Life pages people have completed or cards available for printing are included in the Project Life board, while mandalas, labyrinths and meditation/spiritual pins are all on my Journey to the Center board.  

I’ll be more specific about the boards on a follow-up post and also include how the pins assist me in doing my Project Life albums.

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