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Documented Life Project Weeks 8-9

DLP weeks 8-9

So this is the finished page. It has the ‘repeating elements’ of week 8 and the 5+ layers of week 9.

DLP week 8 layers 1-3 copy

 

This is what it looked like after the first 3 layers. I initially carved the feather stamp and stamped the background, then painted it with Inktense. Then I gelli plate printed over the top, and here I have added more feathers and stamped with an unmounted script stamp. I then messed it up a bit by printing with quite opaque pink over the top. So I printed with more white gesso and other colours, added yet more feathers and paint splodges and writing. I think it’s finished….not 100% sure yet. I like that I used my own handwriting loosened up. First time I have risked doing that and I will definitely do it more 🙂 I need to get a new dip pen which holds a bit more ink.

Documented Life Projects Weeks 5-7

DLP weeks 5-7

Okay so I cheated a bit. This is DLP weeks 5-7. That covers the February theme: Layers You Will Love! and the weekly prompts:

week 5:  Art Challenge:  Under Paper (paper on your work table that gets all inky while you work)  Journal Prompt:  What Lies Beneath?

week 6: Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop  Journal Prompt:  “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!” (Ooh)

week 7: Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff  Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

So I might need to explain a bit! I used some gelli plate prints which were lovely (the good stuff, week 7) but were also only useful as a background really (under paper, week 5, I know stretching it a bit, but I ripped up the 2 prints into strips, so it really was from scraps). I layered and layered including the following materials: 2 gelli prints, Inktense blocks, gesso (multiple layers), patterned tissue paper, brayered on layers of acrylic, Possibly some distress stain (can’t remember), layers of embossing powder and obviously alphabet stamps. There were a few occasions when I wasn’t happy with it. So I just added more gesso and then more layers (week 6, when not to stop).

What I might do with the next one is to take photos/scans and show in stages how I did it. Let me know if you’d like to see that 🙂

 

Documented Life Project Week Two – The Beginning is Always Today

DLP week 2

 

So here is my attempt at week 2. I created a background with the insides of envelopes (very interesting visual textures). I wanted to try meditation/mindfulness as once of my goals. I also wanted to include handwritten text. This layout isn’t quite finished, but I like parts of it. I need to add an alternative quote at the top somewhere. I am practising my handwritten text a bit more before I do!

My First Steampunk Page

My First Steampunk Page

I’ve been developing this page for a while and decided today was the day to get it finished! I’ve loved using the Silhouette Cameo machine to cut the shapes and make stencils! 🙂

Handmade New Home Cards

Handmade New Home Cards
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new home 1

3 new home cards

I’ve made myself a new rubber stamp for a new home card I wanted to make for my friend. I thought I’d make a batch of them. I might have to have a rethink about the writing for future batches as I’m not entirely happy with it on any of them, but I do like the top part of the design.

Let Your Ideas Fly!

Let Your Ideas Fly!

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ideas page two

 

This is my latest art journal spread (click for all the pictures). I used rubber stamps and some raised stickers to print the designs which I then embellished.

 

Canvas Background Trials

Canvas Background Trials

 

hallway project background 1

 

hallway project background  brighter close up 2

 

hallway project background close up 3

 

Here are some of my experiments for the backgrounds of my next pieces, collaborations with another artist! I have scanned it in and isolated sections and also adjusted the colours. Just playing about really!

Playing with Printmaking

So I have been looking at gelli plate printing blog posts and videos, and alternatives and decided to try a few alternatives out myself! I don’t want to fork out for a gelli plate and I don’t think I’ll have to. Here’s what I came up with!

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playing with printing 3

Stand Out From The Crowd – Art Journal Pages

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For the second set of pages I have completed this weekend, I started with a very small piece of wallpaper sample I had left over from another page (which I have only actually done the background for). It gave me the idea from the colour scheme. I collaged a background of those colours and used a Manga wallpaper sample as the inspiration for the girl. I then decided the wording and added the ‘crowd’ in the background. Not deciding in advance what the end product would be means that the pages are totally different to what I would have come up with if I’d planned it all out in advance. It’s nice to just pick something inspiring and work a page around it!

Second Art Journal Spread – Advice Needed!

Second Art Journal Spread - Advice Needed!

Art Journal second spread1 flower

Art Journal second spread1bird

Art Journal second spread2 butterfly

Art Journal second spread2 flower

Art Journal second spread2

These are photos of my second double page spread in my art journal. I want to add some wording to the left page (the one with the bird on), but I’m not sure what, any thoughts?

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