Sunday, February 22, 2015

DLP 2015, Week 8 -- It's Worth Repeating

The Documented Life Project, February Theme: Layers You Will Love
Week 8 Art Challenge: Repeating Elements   Journal Prompt: It's Worth Repeating

I love patterns; I repeat design elements all the time. Mainly circles. So I decided to go a bit rectangular this week.

First, I dug out some of my favorite handmade stamps.

Some were carved on regular stamp carving material, three were carved on a pink eraser, one was carved on a wine cork, and one was cut, not carved from adhesive backed fun foam, and stuck to a piece of plastic. Nothing high tech here!

Then I took a piece of rice paper, large enough to cover my two page spread, and lightly penciled in a grid of differently sized squares and rectangles. I stamped different combinations of the above with a permanent black ink, let it dry, and then filled in each segement with color. This is what I used.

I generally (and this time) use the blocks like watercolors. I leave them in the box and just wet them with a brush. I like them because the colors are vivid and when dry, permanent. The rice paper is thin, but sturdy, and when it was completely dry I cut up the segments. I then arranged them in my journal, adhering them with matte medium. Last step.....adding another repeating pattern, dots. Lots and lots of dots.

So, I have a few repeats going on here: the grids, the stamps, the colors, and the dots. As for the journal prompt, what is worth repeating is the word BE. It's good to just be. Be happy. Be kind. Let it be. Just BE.



teri F said...

I have to tell you that I LOVE this! There is something about it that reminds me of the tribal ceiling in the Polynesian area of the Museum of Natural History. The bright colors and striking patterns are fabulous!

Patzee said...

I must repeat myself once again: this is fabulous. I love the sharp colors, the layout, the hand carved stamps, just everything! Now just let it be!

sally said...

Really nice repeats happening here :-)


De said...

I agree....fabulous!

Aimeslee said...

Nice! xoxo

Lori said...

Very cool! Love the vibrant colors, and what a great idea on how to use the inktense blocks!