Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 3 - DLP 2015

The Week 4 prompt came up on Saturday and I had yet to finish the one from Week 3. The prompt was "The Color Wheel" and the journal prompt was a quote from Georgia O'Keefe. You would think that being someone who likes lots of vibrant colors that this one would be super easy for me. I was stumped! I think my problem was that I was looking at everyone else's posts all week and then could not come up with my original idea. However, being the science geek that I am, I kept thinking "ROYGBIV". You know - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet? As a university student that spectrum was burned into my brain. So finally, last night I gave it a whirl. I started by using black gesso for my background. Then I decided I would literally put the spectrum down with my acrylic paints. I smeared each color on with my fingers as I didn't want them to be perfect lines. I then used some letter stamps to put the quote down. The next step was to put glitter paste around the edges. I was happy with the lettering (and numbering of the days of the week) and walked away thinking I was done. This morning I was looking at it and all the clean black just seemed TOO clean. I took out my acrylics again and edged a cap with the different colors and randomly put circles down. NOW I am happy with it. I will put what happened on the days of the week a bit later. So here is my 2-page spread for Week 3:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 2 of DLP 2015

On Friday night I was fortunate enough to get together with my friend , Karin, and her sister-in-law to get a bit crafty. I was dying to get to the Week 2 prompt from The Documented Life Project 2015 as I want to stay as up-to-date as I can. The art challenge was gesso and the journal prompt was "The beginning is always today" by Mary Shelley.

I decided to be quite literal and use the quote directly. It seemed kind of perfect because Monday, January 12th was my first day back to working out. I took a circuit training class and man, did it ever kick my butt! I was sore and walking around like an old woman both Tuesday and Wednesday, but would not have erased that for the world. It felt great knowing I had started up again! But I digress...

Using gesso in art journaling is not much of a stretch for me as I have both white and black gesso that I tend to use a LOT. I decided to start my page by using a stencil to put some white gesso down before I started adding color (so that I would have paler areas). I then used my Dylusions sprays in 3 different green hues to create my base. Once that was done I used some letter masks to put the quote down and painted over with my black gesso:
Once I had all the black gesso done, I used a strip of washi tape down where the light stenciled area ends on the right. I then used a white pen to mark of even rectangles for each of my days of the week and stamped them in (I will add what took place on those days later with another stamp set). I didn't want too stark a contrast where the quote was, so decided to use a large stamp I have with wording on it and stamp through the black areas with white gesso. Then I watered down some orange acrylic paint and splattered it everywhere. This is the final product:
Another week done and I am enjoying having these weekly prompts. The new one that came out on Saturday is about the color wheel. Being someone who LOVES color, I am sure I will have fun with it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year - New Name - New Look

My blog was titled "Scrapbooking Wannabe" in the very beginning because that was what I was doing and I was still learning a lot of the ropes. I think that now that I am doing other things as well, having the title just be about scrapbooking was no longer appropriate. It was time to update the look as well. I think I like what I have right now, but reserve the right to change my mind.

So, we are only a few days into 2015 and I decided to start something new. On one of the Mixed Media Facebook pages that I am a part of, there is a woman (Terri Kahrs) who has been posting beautiful pages that were from weekly prompts. She inspired me to take on the Documented Life Project 2015 which is done by Art to the 5th. Without further ado, her is my first layout of 2015...

January's theme is: The Blank Page and How to Face It! The Art Challenge: book pages. The Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goalkeeper.

I had some ideas pop into my head, but was too busy to sit down and do the pages right away, so I jotted down my ideas. This way I wouldn't lose them:
And here is how it all unfolded...First I started with some Dylusions sprays:
Then I started building my tree with ripped pieces of book pages:
Which then got painted with Dylusions sprays and white gesso:
I then used more book pages to make hearts and colored them with more sprays. Once I adhered them in place, I stamped white snowflakes and added white opaque flakes on the bottom. I then splattered white gesso on the page and added some sparkle with glitter paste (something I LOVE to use). The last pieces I added were my goals for the year, which I printed on regular paper and hung at the bottom of the strings of hearts.
I'm pretty pleased with my first foray into the DLP world. Who knows where it will take me as the weekly prompts come!