Thursday, 20 October 2016

Documented Life Project™ 2016: AUGUST

Sorry for the lack of updates on my Documented Life Journal progress. I'm pretty much up-to-date with the prompts but I'm seriously behind with my blog posts.

August was slightly less creative for me in general.

August Challenge:
And then again, NO - the power of saying no
I collaged strips of colourful squares from an old Kodak advertisement I had in my stash. Then I stencilled some other squares. Finally, I used the Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks to do some drippage.

Week 32 - Collage your card
I glued down bits of paper and then used Distress paints to add a bit of colour. I kept the background almost monochromatic and flat, because I wanted to handwrite the quote in black.

Week 33 -  Self Portrait / Word of month (Dare2B™)
I made two stencils of my face - I used the first one last year for a similar DLP prompt, and I decided to use the other one for this prompt - along with my personal "word of month" prompt.

Week 34 - Document a Happy Thing
My DLP isn't about "documenting" my life so I did a page about "happiness", whatever that might be...

list TEN™: Places I would like to visit in the past
As a huge fan of archaeology, I have more than 10 places I would like to see in the past - most of them being stone circles during the Stone/Bronze Age. I probably wouldn't survive in that time period, so any potential time travel is out of question - but if I met a certain Time Lord in his Tardis, I would definitely want to go for a ride.

I didn't paint the Tardis - I googled a high-resolution picture on the internet and printed it on a piece of cardstock.

Week 35 -  Highlight your favourite number
I don't have a favourite number, and I wasn't in the mood for figuring out what to do with this prompt, so I made this little pocket assembly using a couple of background starters from my stash and some 2x2 project life cards.

As usual, there's a brief flip-through on my Instagram.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 19 - Die cuts

This fortnight's PaperArtsy topic is Die cuts. My entry is inspired by Seth Apter. A while back, I nearly took a class with him - but somehow, the odds were against it and I couldn't go to England...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 18 - Autumn Leaves

It's that time of the year... the days get shorter, the world around you turns into this beautiful warm colour palette, the spiders crawl inside your homes and I take out my leaves dies and stamps. The current PaperArtsy theme is Autumn Leaves, so why not make some paper leaves!

I was finally able to get some of these tiny bottles of happiness. When they arrived, I dropped everything and tested them straight away. I'm in love! (and I want them all!!)

After making a pile of paper leaves, I decided to use them on some other project and started something different for this challenge. I mixed the Infusions with gloss gel.

And stencilled the mixture through the negatives that were left from die-cutting the leaves. (the thin metal dies I'm using are from Clearly Bessoted - but I believe they are discontinued now)

After the paste dried, I added more Infusions to the background.

Then I stamped some flowers to the background using Distress Inks. (the stamp is from Lin Brown's ELB04)

First, I wanted to add some shading around the leaves but then decided to highlight them with white gel pen. It looks so much better!

Finally, I glued the pages to my PaperArtsy journal and added some word stickers. 

I had so much fun with the Infusion powders. Now I'm off experimenting!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 17: Making Marks

I'm here with a short blog post about the latest journal page in my PaperArtsy challenge journal. This week's challenge is about Making Marks.

Friday, 9 September 2016

PaperArtsy Topics #11, #12 and #15

As you might have noticed, I missed a few PaperArtsy topics:
I skipped the first two because I was going through a bit of a creative crisis and was utterly uninspired. I didn't post the last one because I thought it was Saturday, and missed the Sunday evening deadline.

Our House
My town has a distinctive red brick architecture. So I started with a red-brick background of sorts. I got the "Home Sweet Home" stamp as a freebie and I love it!

And then the skyscrapers happened. Not exactly sure how, but there they were.

Because I don't sew, I was considering altering a tote bag or something along these lines. In the end, I decided to use ribbons.

I glued down some ribbons and I went over the page with gesso. Then I added some inks.

Finally, I added the flowers. I stamped them with white ink on black cardstock. But the ink wouldn't dry, so I put some transparent embossing ink over it - and I really like the result.

This monochrome layout was inspired by Florence Adam's blog post. I stamped the background using some Ellen Vargo stamps. And I also had a new stencil to test.

Then I added a bit of colour - some JOFY flowers and Lynne Perrella's lady

Finally, I handwritten the quote using yellow paint pen.

... and now I can focus on the next theme!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Documented Life Project™ 2016: JULY

I can't believe it's already August. I'm here with a recap of the July pages on my Documented Life Project journey.