Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Documented Life Project, 2015

Yes, I'm still alive. Now that we got that out of the way, I am looking forward to more art, possibly even more blogging, and in general, a more purposeful life in 2015. I'll let you know how that goes.

For 2015 the DLP group suggested using Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions journal (the large one). I have used it, like it a lot, so bought a new one and did the cover ages ago.

Stencils. Lots and lots of stencils. I only have about a million, so really should use them more often.

Each month has a theme, and each week, within that theme will be a technique and a prompt. I'm liking this process a lot. And it works well for beginners and old pros as well.

January theme: facing the blank page.
Week one technique: using book pages
Week one prompt: be your own goalkeeper

I tore up a variety of book pages for my collage and covered them with a wash of blue and green acrylics. Most everything else on the spread was done with stencils and masks. The joyful figure is a Sue Pelletiere stencil, and the sentiment is from a Jessica Sporn stencil. On the facing page, the words (my three words for the year) were traced from a Tim Holtz alphabet stencil and filled in with a black marker. The cornflowers are masks from a Michelle Ward stencil. I laid them over the painted page and then sprayed over everything with a darker blue spray. I still have one or two sprays that haven't completely clogged up, so I'm using them as fast as I can.


Patzee said...

What a joyful page! So glad the printed papers are visible and you dipped into your stencil stash. This is a great way to start the year and your journal!

teri F said...

Love seeing how you used these fabulous stencils and that joyful figure is perfection. Seeing you keep up with this last year has inspired me to try it this year.

Anonymous said...

Love what you've done so far, Eileen!!! :) Your cover is GORGEOUS!!! I am starting my pages soon and still undecided about doing my cover or waiting. So excited!!!! about this year and having ART and my ART Friends back around!! I've missed you both :)

SusanK said...

Your journal cover is simply amazing! It's so flat yet so dimensional with the layers of color and stencils. It looks like you might have drawn around some of the stencils to create shadows. Whatever it is you did, I love it! Blank pages scare me! But maybe this is something I could do. Will look into this type of project. Thanks for the push!

bearcrazyman said...

Amazing as always. I'm playimg alomg this year too.

Lori said...

Wow!! That background looks so dimensional...I love how you did that..way cool!! Glad to see you're creating!!