Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 5

Another Documented Life Project prompt - add a doodle border. I started with a smear of acrylic glazes in the background for color and then lettered a quote - something I really enjoy doing. I don't think I'm a good doodler - some people just do it so naturally, but I stayed simple and comfortable for me - a scroll drawn over again and slightly off-set so it looks like a ribbon, and small swirl flowers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 1

These pages are from the very first week of LifeBook 2014 with a lesson by Tam Laporte. I loved just getting out supplies and PLAYING to create a colorful background.

The second page was more practice with faces - it's to be a guardian angel for the year. It was fun to work with watercolor crayons and gesso and blend them creating her skin tones. I'm not really an angel person and I don't tend to draw winged-things, but the great part of LifeBook is that you get to try out different styles. Still working on faces.........I think it's going to be a long process......

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 4

Another prompt from the Documented Life Project - add a secret message then paint over all but a key word. I used a technique I originally learned from a class with my friend Catherine Scanlon who made flowers out of words she wanted to highlight from random free writing all over the page and then painted out the rest.  I used payne's grey paint for my obscuring background - it's such a great color!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 3

This week's Documented Life Project prompt is to add an envelope to your flap page.  In my collage I used a glassine envelope with a left over tag that had a gelli printed background and some doodles and postmark stamps, and then further embellished with postage stamps I've received recently.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

48 weeks: week 6

This is week 6 of Donna Downey's 48 weeks class. What do you think of my finger painted poppy-like flowers?  The textures in the background for these pages come from drywall tape and stamping into gesso.

Monday, April 14, 2014

48 weeks: week 5

This spread is from week 5 of the 48 weeks class.  I liked playing with the deeper shades of blue like anthraquinone blue and payne's grey - which isn't a grey at all I've learned, but a wonderful deep blue like nighttime.  What I liked even more on this page was the texture layer of fiber paste over collaged book pages - creates a great depth in the background as you can see in the close-up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Documented Life Project week 2

Here's another page from my weekly planner with a Documented Life Project prompt to add a selfie. Shortly after this I did get my hair cut.....short......not a smart thing to do in January.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LifeBook 2014 week 6

Back to another one of my favourite LifeBook 2014 pages.  This week's lesson was by Tam Laporte, the originator of LifeBook who does a lesson every month. The initial warm up lesson was using spray inks giving fabulous drips.  Anytime I see drips I'm inspired by Dina Wakley who uses them as journaling lines.

For the lesson, the end result is a folded page. This is how it looks closed - I had great fun playing around with different lettering styles over the multicoloured spray ink blob.

Then when you open it up, here's how it looks:

More work with faces - I find profiles to be hardest!

And just look at the effect of the layered blobs and drips - isn't it gorgeous?

Friday, April 11, 2014

48 weeks: week 4

With week 4 of Donna Downey's 48Weeks, I got to try out my figure drawing skills :-) I've been working on them quite a bit after being introduced to faces in classes with Dina Wakley and Pam Carriker. For this one I wanted her to be lost in a daydream. This page had such cool textures - both raised flowers and impressed flowers and diamonds.  I wish you could touch the page through the picture because it has such a cool feel.

Here's a close-up:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

48 weeks: week 3

Week 3 pages for Donna Downey's 48 weeks were so fun to create! So much texture in the background, and I love the pastel look of it with the bold pop of color of the flowers. I thought this quote was a perfect touch.

Here are a couple close-ups: