Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 32

I'm a bit out of sequence with posting my weeks. I already shared this Week (33) in my previous post since I am the guest artist! Week 32 was last week (5-11 August).
I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 32 : Incorporate a fortune from a fortune cookie.
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Theme: Art Appreciation - Embrace your art
Prompt: Make a Divider
Technique: Collage, stamp, stencil, mark, cut out
Sometimes you can look at a prompt and it doesn't fit your format of journal - I don't want a divider, but I can still use the techniques on my spread. Since quite a lot happened last week I decided to follow the prompts as a background and flip-up to enclose a few photos to capture the busy ♥
I finished my Mixed Media Collage Box Klimt in the garden on the weekend this prompt started : 
My lovely husband celebrated his birthday on the 8th. My son was part of the Prem A basketball team from Palmerston North Boys' High that won the Super 8 shield in Rotorua in the middle of the week
And I delivered this stitched book to a friend for her birthday last Thursday
Now to the spread. Collage. Began with a page from an old children's encyclopedia which will become my flip-up. The trimmings off that page were added to the spread along with other collage elements.
Stamp Not something I'd usually do as next layer but it was the next prompt
Stencil Now this I find hard to stop with!
Cut Out Nothing very dramatic here...I just curved the bottom of my flip-up to follow the line of the stenciled Rose. Added some drama with the black and white washi tape but it's not there yet
The background is too distracting from the photos
So I decided to add a Green Gold Glaze - I love the effect and you can still see all the lovely layers beneath
I didn't have a fortune cookie, but I receive Brave Girls' emailed daily uplifting messages and thought I would include words from there : more helpful than a fortune cookie message ;-)  This is very appropriate for me at the moment - August is turning out to be quite overwhelming....
Unfortunately, when I tried to glaze on the other side of the flap, it was far too dark and I wiped it off with a wet wipe which also removed other layers....
BUT in a happy twist the soft pinks that remained inspired me to a different direction. Lovely bird and floral label + previously stenciled cardboard heart glued in place = spread finished with flap closed
I really love that black & white tapa tape to anchor the colour and imgaery - here's the spread complete with flap open
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I"M THE GUEST ARTIST! Daily Journaling Week 33

On the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : this week it's me!!! 
Theme: Art appreciation Month : Embrace yourself - Embrace your Art
Technique: Using pretty paper serviettes/napkins as a collage layer
Prompt: Be inspired by one of your favourite artists
Quote“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As always, I have highlighted the prompts in green as I use them.
I ♥ Klimt - he is one of my favourite artists. I love his patterning, his figures, his use of gold, his compositions, his lovely elements of swirls....I could go on! Starting from there and wanting to share one of my favourite journaling techniques with you, I began by gathering some pretty paper serviettes
First I painted the background of my spread gold so that there'll be a glow to the page as I layer up, and then I chose the serviettes that would be added as a collage layer
First separate the back layers off your serviette so you are left with the top layer only - there are most often 3 layers to a paper serviette (the middle layer of this one may also be usable since it has a faint print of the top layer)
To get exactly the pieces you want from the serviette, use a small wet paintbrush to outline the element, and then tear around that water line
Spread your gel medium/glue onto the page just covering the area of the element you want to add, lay the serviette on top, and then use the remaining glue on your brush to smooth out from the centre to the edges. The torn edges blend beautifully into your background
Do this with different serviettes to lay your base collage elements.
Then layer up - I gathered some of my favourite small stencils
and lovely Iridescent paint - you can add iridescent medium to ordinary paints for that lovely shine
Now time for more serviettes as the main act - torn with the wet paintbrush technique. 
Time to play with some layouts and then to glue down what I love 
I added the figures and butterfly and then highlighted with a white Gelly Roll Sakura pen cos it's all feeling a bit dark
When I feel like it's a bit of a hot mess, I know it's not done and I need to add more!!
A good tip to see what you might do to fix a page is to photograph the page and look at it in black and white
This shows up my problem areas and here's what I did next - my "go to" favourite feature stencil with white paint sponged through
Also added another paper serviette butterfly and some black line drawing to highlight the squares a la more white outlining/doodles to highlight
I always knew that I would be adding found words and I had a wonderful find for $3 at a recent Red Cross Book Sale of a large print dictionary which gave me Embrace
and I often use words from Large Print romances as well
Now I can call my spread done
I so hope that by seeing my full process you are inspired to do a page using serviettes and to keep moving forward until it's done. Leave a comment so I can come see your version. Embrace the process - Embrace your creativity ♥
For further inspiration see my first post HERE about decorating the cover for my Daily Journal which used the same techniques. 
You can see all my posts about this Daily Journaling project HERE and my Flickr album of all my pages together HERE.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stitch*Bookery - the first book

I had some birthday money left over from June so when the latest class from Mary Ann Moss became available and I realised the timing couldn't be better (it's during our second hiatus month from Book of Days) I signed up. 
A sweet friend had a birthday today so she's being gifted my first attempt. First to gather - I decided to mainly limit myself to black & white and her favourite colour bright blue. Doesn't look like I limited myself much!!
I decided to use wallpaper as the base (as a test of a cheaper option than the recommended watercolour paper) and it worked for me.
It's fun to use straight stitch or zigzag to attach paper to paper (sheet music below not stitched down so is a pocket for those tickets)
You can use fancy stitches if your machine has them (click on any photo to see it larger)
Free motion stitching also works
Add pockets for treasure
I had to include some of my favourite things : pretty paper serviettes 
and found words
It's really fun to see the different views of pages alongside each other depending on how you fold it out
I'm hoping she'll add a few little bits herself to some the pages - even if just some birthday photos in some pockets. 
I attached sari ribbon ties to the back for its closure...
It measures 5" x 7 1/2" (13 x 19 cm) so just fits in my hand. 
I LOVED making this and I'm sure there'll be more...and that's just from Lesson One (4 weeks of lessons all up). Unfortunately enrolment's closed for this round, but she's running another session with registrations from late October if you like what I post about this class
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