Friday, January 23, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Three


January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!

January 17

Art Challenge: The Color Wheel

Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in other way..."
-Georgia O'Keefe

This week's journal prompt was The Color Wheel.  I knew I'd gotten a new Crafter's Workshop stencil (Rosetta) that I really wanted an excuse to use, so I decided to interpret this challenge literally.  I must say, this is the absolutely most beautiful color wheel I have ever made!

I wanted to continue using black somehow in this spread and I have always heard that colors look amazing and really pop over a black background.  I will admit, I don't own black gesso and I've always been a little intimidated by starting with a black background.

Now I could have tinted my gesso black, but instead I used my trusty brayer (y'all have no idea how much use that little ol' brayer gets!) and black acrylic.  I brayered it really really well so that it was thin and flat - I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be tacky and make my pages stick together.

I then put my stencil down and took a sponge pouncer and began making my color wheel!

Look how pretty the stencil is!  I'm not a stickler for washing my stencils, and I definitely don't want to wash this one.  At least, not yet!


I used a combination of Liquitex Basics & Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylics for my colors - I wanted to use Dina's paints because I wanted some really bright colors.

Here's my paint list:
Dina Wakley Media - Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, & Blackberry Violet
Liquitex Basics - Light Green Permanent, Phthalo Green, Primary Blue, & Cadmium Red Medium Hue

The paints blended really well together and gave me the colors I was looking for!

I really liked the black lines of the stencil and had every intention of keeping them, but my stencil had wiggled a little bit and I had some bleeding.  I'd picked up a Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brush Marker in White on my last trip to Hobby Lobby and I wanted to try it out and see just how opaque it really is.  It is fabulous!!  I went over all my lines with this marker - which is India Ink and waterproof when dry!


As a way to fill in those big blank black spaces on either side of my color wheel, I used another Crafter's Workshop Stencil - Tile Texture and some Golden Fiber Paste to add some texture.  I also used my favorite Turquoise (Dina Wakley Media) and Magenta (Dina Wakley Media) to frame my pages - I used a smaller sponge to add circles with the opposite color on each page.

I added my quote in yellow with a Sharpie Paint Marker and I thought I was finished!


I actually took pictures and was getting ready to upload to my computer when I picked up my white Gelly Roll pen and started doodling.  The doodles really "finished" the whole page and filled in open black spaces!


I know it's only three weeks into the new year, but it feels like it's been much longer.  I'm really proud of myself and the art I've been creating.  I'm trying my best to push my boundaries as an artist and I think I've done a pretty good job so far!  I will definitely be picking up a jar of black gesso soon and working color on black more often.  My experience was definitely a good one and one that I can't wait to repeat!

Happy Creating y'all!

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