Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Documented Life - Let Me Repeat Myself

I find myself looking forward to Saturdays, when the creative minds behind The Documented Life Project post the prompt for the week. Week 7's suggestion: select a shape and repeat it throughout the page. My immediate thought was to do circles because I love circles, I'm always doing circles, and I have about a million circle stamps and stencils. Hmmm, where's the challenge there? Then I thought about silhouettes, for largely the same reason. Lots of silhouette stamps and stencils in my stash. So, naturally, I ultimately decided on triangles, not a shape I often use, and guess what? Barely a stamp, stencil, or other embellishment in that shape anywhere in my vast collections.



I went to the bag that holds all my gelli plate prints and started cutting triangles. I then used matte medium to adhere them to a page I had previously painted with a wash of turquoise. The triangles were overlapped, and in the spaces where there were none, I drew some in with pens. I created some triangular stencils by masking half of diamond shaped stencils with painter's tape, and stenciled some areas with black paint. I also outlined some of the triangles with black fluid acrylic.

I added some triangles of fabric, decorative napkins, and textured grungeboard. Then some doodling with glaze and souffle pens, and finally, a trip to the sewing machine.







Some of the triangles are lifted up with dimensional adhesive dots. That, along with the stitching, adds some texture and interest without adding a lot of bulk to a journal that is already getting very very big.

While I had the machine opened, I worked on a little top secret project. I'm "auditioning" ideas for an upcoming swap, so I did a little hand-felted heart, which is embellished with some fibers, held in place with machine stitching. 


BTW, the heart is actually about half the size of the photo. Don't know if I'll wind up using this technique in the swap, but I do like the way it looks. 

11 comments:

Patzee said...

Love! Love! Love! Your process and triangles!! What a great opportunity to step outside the box. Great results.

Soonymary said...

this is so beautiful! Love the heart too.

Mary-Beth said...

LOVE that page Eileen! I like the idea of repeating shapes. That heart is wonderful too!

Mike said...

Very nice!!!

Elena said...

Great minds think alike! My first thought was circles - I too love them. But my thought was like yours - where is the challenge in doing what I always do??? I was thinking squares - which I never do - but your triangles have totally inspired me!!!!

Dianne said...

Truly gorgeous work!

Melody Strahan said...

Sa-weet! Your triangles are gorgeous! I too am inspired now. I love that you used gelli prints on the page!

You heart is so beautiful too! I don't understand felting I guess. I love the way it looks, but can't seem to make it work for me. lol

Lori said...

Love the sewing...really sets off the triangles. That felted heart is WAY cool too!

raemissigman.com said...

your page this week for The Documented Life Project is really really awesome! Thank you for sharing- ! I LOVE it!

Denise Spillane said...

Love these gelli's and the heart is lovely.

World of Michael Trent said...

I think this rocks...I love how this looks!!