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A Documented Life Project…

In January I joined the Documented Life Project (“DLP”) on Facebook run by five fabulous women of Art to the 5th (Lorraine Bell, Sandi Keene, Rae Missigman, Barbara Moore and Roben-Marie Smith).  I’ve been following Roben-Marie for almost a year (I think…) and fell in love with her–blog, creativity and generosity.  It did take me until the end of January to join the group but I am so glad I did.

What is the Documented Life Project?  Well, it’s part planner, part art journal and add in a weekly challenge makes a delightful and creative way to document your whole year!   It is a great group to connect with and participate in each weekly challenge (specially on the days when I am stuck in an artistic rut).  It`s fun, challenging and it has given me a lifeline to making new friends, learning new stuff, sharing, getting tips and so much more.  How fun is that!  I am now almost finished week 12 challenge (cut up a magazine and add it) which I have been working on.

I have found that this isn`t any different from what I do in my art journal.  The bonus for me is the connection with like-minded people and I love that.  Creating here in my studio is a lonely endeavour and having this makes it so much more…more!  So…I have my DLP week 1 to week 11 finished and photos to share with you.  Enjoy the eye candy as I enjoyed creating them.

DLP Week 11 challenge was to draw, photograph or collage a bird unto my page.  Presenting my doodled bird!

DLP week 11 (add a bird)
DLP week 11 (add a bird)
DLP week 11 inside flap

DLP week 11 inside flap

And this is the other side with a red cardinal which I had cut out of a magazine sometime ago.  I had to put this one in because I just love his colour!

DLP week 11 other side

DLP week 11 other side

DLP Week 10 – Make a list of the things that make me ME!  I tore a page from a book and wrote words on top to describe me.

DLP wk 10 detail_RS

DLP week 10 – detail

DLP wk 10 - 01_RS

DLP week 10 – upon opening the first page in this week.

DLP wk 10 - 03 RS

DLP week 10 – open the flap

DLP wk 10 - 02b RS

DLP week 10 – extra flaps open to more! 🙂

 

DLP Week 9 – Collage something I recycled.

DLP week 9 - recycled stuff...

DLP week 9 – recycled stuff…

DLP wekk 9 - open flap

DLP week 9 – open flap

DLP week 9 - open the next flap

DLP week 9 – open the next flap (centre from the left)

DLP week 9 - detail tea bag attached with happy mail return addresses inserted. So love this. :)

DLP week 9 – detail tea bag stitched and happy mail return addresses inserted.  So love this. 🙂

DLP Week 8 – Add a flap to your flap.  By the time I made this I received happy mail and I happily added the envelope as my flap!

DLP week 8

DLP week 8

DLP week 8 - after the first flap, add the next flap! :)

DLP week 8 – after the first flap, is the 2nd flap! with a pocket to add stuff 🙂

DLP week 8 - and the last flap for this week

DLP week 8 – and the other side of the flap for this week

DLP Week 7 – Draw one shape, repeat, add colour.

DLP week 7 - simply quadrangle

DLP week 7 – simply quadrangle

DLP week 7 - simply quadrangle

DLP week 7 – simply quadrangle detail

DLP Week 6 – Open your Pinterest board and be inspired.  This challenge was not up my alley.  I don’t use nor frequent Pinterest at this time so I decided to do something completely me…with colour of course.

DLP week 6

DLP Week 5 – Add a doodle border.

DLP week 5 - I got carried away with the doodle border (sigh...).

DLP week 5 – I got carried away with the doodle border (sigh…).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DLP Week 4 – Write a secret message then paint over all but for one key word.

DLP week 4 - my secret word is JOY.  So fun to do this.

DLP week 4 – my keyword is JOY. So fun to do this.

 

DLP Week 3 – Add an envelope from your mailbox.  Well, as you can see I don’t get much in the mail except for bills!!!  But this has changed since because now I also get “happy mail” thanks to some of the people from the DLP group.  (I will blog about happy mail sometime in the future with photos of course.)

DLP week 3 - I painted and doodled envelope because this was not exciting mail to received.

DLP week 3 – I painted and doodled this envelope–this was not an exciting mail to receive.

 

DLP Week 2 – take a selfie.  To keep it simple I used black and white washi tapes and my selfie.  Then added some journaling.

DLP week 2 - selfie...I don't usually do selfies but I think this turned out pretty good.

DLP week 2 – selfie…I don’t usually do selfies but I think this turned out pretty good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DLP Week 1 – Photograph, sketch, paint or incorporate your front door.

DLP week 1 - a drawing of our front door with text above it, used watercolourk, stamps and acrylic paint.

DLP week 1 – a drawing of our front door with text above it; used watercolour, stamps and acrylic paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will try really hard to post my weekly challenges regularly from now on.  Really I will!  So there I’ve put it out there and therefore I am committed.  Thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the visit.  🙂

By on March 23, 2014 in Art, Art Journals, creative journey, Mixed-media, The Documented Life Project

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day 28…of 30 day challenge!

I do my art journaling whenever I feel the need or just to have a little colour in my day. It is a space where I can pour my heart and soul into by many layers of paint, collage, drawing, text, etc. later on everything settles, and I am calmer. These pages are a repository of my hopes, dreams, and most of everything in my life (good and bad). This is my therapy.

art journal pages

art journal pages
art journal pages

art journal pages

By on November 28, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals, creative journey, Mixed-media

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day 26…

This has been a very long day on the computer, but I am finally registered on Etsy!

"do what you love", mixed-media painting, 12" x 9" panel board

“do what you love”, mixed-media painting, 12″ x 9″ panel board

Hurray for me. My first art work online for purchase. Feeling so relieved, excited and exhausted. So I think I will post today with a photo of my painting that is in my Etsy shop.

“do what you love”, this painting says it for me and I do what I love–it makes me happy. Love it!

By on November 26, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey, Mixed-media painting, Paintings, Photographs

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day 24…

I am continuing yesterday’s post about my classes.

Mixed media art journal–I made this video in September presenting the upcycled art journal I made (please be patient as I am new at video recording and it’s another 1st–uploaded my first video in youtube). 

The upcycled art journals are made of not-so-new acrylic paintings on canvas, used watercolour and printmaking papers. I have had all these materials with me for 20+ years and I couldn’t throw them or burn them. The paper where artworks I created with watercolour and acrylic paints with calligraphic brush strokes. A small number were sold at the time and the rest I have stashed. Surfing the net gave me an idea to repurpose these materials into art journals. I watched Teesha Moore, France Papillon, Donna Downey and Lee of CrafyLoops for inspiration on making art journals.

transformed paper stash

transformed paper stash

I have A LOT of paper and my intention is to make art journals to sell at a reasonable price until all this paper is gone. I suppose you can say they’re a limited edition. I’m trying to clean up and make these until all my stash is gone (did I mention I have A LOT!). The art journals are in two sizes, 8″x5″ and 9″x6″, 10 folio in 1 signature. At the moment the cover is gessoed canvas but that can change depending on what I have on hand. The watercolour and printmaking papers are porous and need to be primed using gesso prior to use of any medium. Thereafter you can do anything on them.

I love the fact that I am able to reuse all this beautiful paper!

art journal page in my upcycled art journal

art journal page in my upcycled art journal

By on November 24, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey

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day 23…

Thinking of what to write and it’s not easy at all, so this will be a ramble again. I must say–what came up as I sit here–is banners (can also be referred as prayer flags) and the classes I will be teaching in the new year.

So a couple of days ago I sent out an email inviting friends to choose a class. But first here are the classes and descriptions (please note that these type of classes will be put in my website in the future).

Floorcloth:  You will create a one-of-a-kind floor cloth (28”x32”). It will be sealed, able to withstand a lot of traffic and easy to clean. Bring yourself, a vision or image you want to create plus a good dose of enthusiasm for this one day, 6 hour class! Offering a Saturday or Sunday, $50 covers all expenses and supplies. Bring a packed lunch–coffee and tea provided.

Mixed media techniques in your art journal:  We start with a handmade “upcycled art journal” for you to keep. You will learn 3 or more mixed-media techniques and some cool stuff about art journaling. Come and be inspired in this 3 hour class. Offered in the evening, $25 covers all expenses and supplies.

Banners (aka prayer flags on string):  Do you have spare fabric remnants just waiting for that perfect project–this is it! With this class I will guide you in creating your very own unique banner. This class is free and your commitment is a must. There will be 4 weeknights of 3 hrs each with homework. (Further instructions will be sent when you sign up).

So happy to see the response from everyone. I love to share what I know. Anyway I received a query from someone wanting to know what a prayer flag is. They’re rectangular shape cloths with text or symbols strung together high in the mountains. There are many examples and information on the internet as I am not an expert on this. What I did do is use the concept, and I have seen many different variations on the internet. So I did the same.

About a year and a half ago my girlfriend and I got together and did our very own banners together. We had so much fun making them and the results were fabulous. Then just last winter we got together again with another girlfriend and we each made one. It was a fun project and loved spending the time together.

banner on the beach - celebrating Tiana's Birthday

banner on the beach – celebrating Tiana’s Birthday

detail of one piece

detail of one piece

The banners we made have traveled from my home to theirs and back again and to campsites too. They’ve been used inside our homes and outside. They bring so many memories and colour to every event. They’re a beautiful thing crafted together with beautiful friends.

By on November 23, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey

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