Friday, 11 April 2014

The Documented Life Project - March catch up

I am still loving this fab year long project and managing to keep up to date with it hasn't proved a problem at all so far.  Any week where I have less time than usual my pages are just kept to very basic and on a week where I find myself with a bit more time and energy I spend more time making my pages a bit more detailed.

Here's a wee round up of my March pages

The prompt was "What makes you, you"  Im not great at journaling about myself but I gave it ago this week with a tip in page double sided and with two little flaps underneath.  I made the little person using a scanned piece of a Katre Crane tag which came with some of her stamps as the body and used a stampotique stamp for the head and legs and a Kate Crane Leaf stamp for the wings.

The background this week was made using a technique demonstrated by Terri Kahrs on a You Tube video gessoing your page first and then using inktense pencils and a baby wipe.  I love the depth of colour it gives.

Prompt was to draw a bird.  No I am not good at drawing at all but I had real fun with this week.

I used the Terra Kahr's inktense background again and then made my tip in from a gelli printed background which I gave a wash with watered down gesso to knock back the colour a little.  I built up my quirky little bird using gelli prints for the body, wings, eye and crown and drew in the stripey legs.  On the planner side of my page I took inspiration from Roben-Maries Smith's take on a Jodie Ohl collaged bird.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     What a great technique and one I will be trying again.  The whole page is collaged, then the outline of the bird drawn in pencil then outside the bird the collage is painted over so that the bird itself is made up of the original collage.  Very effective and not difficult at all.

This was the week we were on retreat at Lochhouse.  A grungy background with layers of paint being brayered on to form the background.  Lots of photos of us and incorporating some of my mop up paper into the background.

The prompt this week was to cut something out of a magazine and I found this fab image in an old issue of Somerset studio, I added some torn pieces of mop up paper, a bit of stamping and I thought the quote suited her perfectly

Background I have posted about previously from a Limor Webber video.

Prompt was to have someone draw on your page and finish it and my tip in was the result of a round the table timed collaboration with Dee and Donna.  At the end of that week I attended one of Kate Crane's workshops with Dee and Lesley so I added a couple of photos from that to it.


  1. Lots of gorgeous inkiness Suzy - love the stylised birds.

  2. Great pages, the first one is my fave, love the colours :)

  3. It's looking fantastic so far Suzy. What a great journal you're going to have at the end of the year. I have gesso and Inktense pencils so I'm going to pin that video for future reference. Thanks for inspiring us with your wonderful pages.

  4. Fabulous pages. The colour of the first one is beautiful and I love the bird on the second. The detailed bits with the photos on the third certainly make it a perfect background for your photos. You look like you are having lots of fun with your journal Suzy.

    Toni xx

  5. Gorgeous pages hun, love the colours and the birds are fabulous!

  6. Ooh a post full of gorgeousness! TFS Suzy.
    Sue x