Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Documented Life Project - Week 3

Week three of the new year already.  On the up side that means the dreary month of January is almost over and Spring  is edging just that teensy bit closer. Can you tell I am not a winter girl at all.  Give me the Spring and Summer any day.

Continuing with The Documented Life Project the prompt for this project this week was to use something that had come in the mail.  My mail is not very exciting in the main so I just used a plain window envelope and cut it down to form my tip in page and sealed the open side to form a pocket.  I decorated the front with scraps of scrapbooking paper which I painted and stamped on and added some flowers made from a die cut which I coloured and doodled on.  I stapled on a wee die cut tag I had and finished off with some washi tape strips.  On the reverse side I painted then sprayed inks through one of my home made hot glue stencils.  I think I might do some stamping or doodling just to finish this side off. 

I had received a gorgeous piece of mail art recently from my lovely friend Dee so I popped that in the pocket so that it was peeping out.

I used the diary side of my page to documents the weeks happenings having firstly scribbled two colours of inense pencils over the background and swiping over them with a baby wipe.  I finished off with some doodling.

On the right hand side of the page under the tip in I coloured some wavy lines with neocolours and washed over again with a baby wipe. I have drawn a couple of long egged quirky birds and some more journaling on this page.  The planner is proving useful for practising techniques in and I am determined to learn to doodle some simple things this year.  The birds aren't perfect but they are a start lol.

The prompt for Week four is to right a secret message then paint over all but one word.  Hmmmmm will need to have a good think about how I am going to tackle that one.

If you want to see a bit more about this project have a look on the Art from the 5th blog here.  The project is being run by some seriously talented ladies.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Documented Life Project Week 2

Hello there.  I am just loving joining in with The Documented Life Project so far.  Here is the link to their blog Art from the 5th if you want to have a look.

The prompt for last week was to take a "selfie" Oh how I hate that word lol and my daughter says I am too old to be using it lol.  Stangely I had just used a selfie I took for my layout for my teams challenge on UKS so I printed it out smaller painted up the background for my tip in page incorporating some pages from the A to Z with where I live and some washi tape,  a border and some doodling, rub-ons and journalling and it was done.

For the other side of the tip in page  I layered up the same paint colours, stencilled through some punchinella and put on an image of some rocks balanced on each other.  I am using this one for the One Little Word I have chosen for this year which is "balance".  After a tumultuous few years I have decided to have some peace in my life I need to achieve some balance so that is my aim for this year.

I have temporarily misplaced my neocolours but when I find them I will be using them to give a wash of colour to the plain cream diary and planner pages which I haven't shown in these pictures

The prompt for Week 3 is to incorporate an envelope from your mail as your tip in- this should be interesting so I will need to have a think about that one

Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Documented Life Project

I have decided to join in with this fab year long project along with Donna, Dee and Lesley. I think our new UKS teamie Virginia is going to join us as well.  For more information follow this link to the amazing blog Art to the 5th, set up by the five very talented organisers of this project.

It's a year long project combining a diary, year planner and art journal.

The girls on the group are using moleskines but as I'm desperately trying to stick to a budget am using this Letts Noteletts diary and planner which Donna got me from Tesco for £6.50. I like the slightly bigger size better and also the paper is very slightly thicker than in the moleskins.

I started with a review of 2013 which had more downs than ups.  for this one I glued two pages together as the start of the diary has loads of pages I wont need for this particular project. I based my page on one the very talented Rosie did but mine is no where near as good as hers.

I have the base layers down for my introduction to 2014 page but it still needs a bit of tweaking before it will be ready so I will show that in my next post.

Here's my pages for week one.  I didn't want the diary pages to be boring cream so I scribbled over them lightly with some neocolours and then rubbed over lightly with a baby wipe to blend.  The right hand page is being used for journaling on days when I have more to say, quotes and goals for the year.  Its not quite finished yet. The tip in page which was a jumbo tag was following Prompt 1 on "doors" which was attached with washi tape.


I'm hoping we all keep each other going through this project as I'd love to see all our finished books at the end of the year.

I'm well under way with my prompts for Week 2 and will blog them shortly