Friday, February 27, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Eight

February Theme
 Layers You Will Love!

February 21

Art Challenge:  Repeating Elements

Journal Prompt:  It's Worth Repeating

Hey y'all!  Welcome back to another exciting Documented Life Project Weekly Challenge!  Last week I was actually a little late finishing and posting my journal but this week I am so proud of myself!  I actually finished it 2 days early!

This week's challenge was repeating elements.  For those of you who follow (or will go looking through now) my blog, I love patterns - especially zentangles.  I truly wasn't in the mood to zentangle my entire page.  However, I was very inspired by Nika in Wonderland's Dylusions Garden Art Journal Page.  I adore those leaf stamps myself and decided that I would see what I came up with.

I did not gesso my page to start with and because I'm messy I had paint spill over from last week (of course).  So I didn't want to just use straight dylusions ink sprays.  I started by laying down a strip of turquoise polka dot washi tape down the center of the layout.  I'm really putting this journal through its paces and am being very rough.  It is holding up so well 8 weeks in, but I've noticed that my first signature is having a hard time coping with paint and ink seeping through.  Because of this, I'm going to be sure to lay down a layer of tape, either masking or washi, on each of my spreads.

So after the washi, I brayered a layer of Turquoise (D. Wakley Media) and then a layer of very messy white (Liq. Basics).  Insta-background!

 I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil, Stones Divded, and some Aqua paint (Liq. Basics) along the right page.  I then flipped the stencil while it was still wet and rubbed the excess paint onto the left page.  That looks like a repeating pattern, doesn't it?  I did the same thing with The Crafter's Workshop stencil, Rosetta, and some Dylusions Ink Spray in Calypso Teal.

Now that my background was fabulous, it was time to break out those wonderful leaf stamps (Dylusions, Further Around the Edge).  I stamped them coming up from the bottom of the page and painted them with Dylusions Ink Spray, Cut Grass.  I took the circles from the Around the Edge (Dylusions) stamp set and stamped them on vintage book paper I'd sprayed with Bubble Gum Pink (Dylusions Ink Spray).  I cut those out and adhered them to my leaves.  Now I had some bright pink flowers!  I used my Uni-Ball Signo pen to add highlights to the leaves and messy scribble circles around the flowers.

 My next step was to add some Molding Paste through my Circle Lattice (Heidi Swapp) stencil.  Now, I know better.  I should have tinted the molding paste before putting it down but I wasn't thinking.  Molding paste will draw up any non-permanent ink into itself.  It will become transparent over paint, but will draw Distress Ink and Dylusions Inks into itself.  While that effect sometimes is super cool it really wasn't something I wanted on this page.  I left it alone while I tried to decide what to do about it.

I added some stamped birds (Dylusions Bits and Bats) flying up from my garden.  I found a great quote about repetition (which I now realize I mis-spelled - oops!).  I originally was going to stamp my sentiment and I started, but then I got totally lazy.  It was a long quote and I was not going to fish out all of those alpha stamps.  So instead I printed it out on some scrapbook paper with my printer.  I sliced and diced my quote and adhered it to the page making sure I covered up that wayward "w". 

Very nearly finished with my layout it was time to figure out what I was going to do about the bleeding in my molding paste.  Again, I know better but I always seem to forget!!!  I tried to cover it up with some Bubble Gum Gelatos but of course, Gelatos don't stick on molding paste.  So I took a baby wipe and tried my best to blend it into the background.  It kind of looks like some sort of curtain now and as there is nothing I can do about it, I am ok with it.  After all, not every journal page is going to be a masterpiece and you're supposed to experiment and fail as well as succeed in your journal.

To try to remedy the situation, I took up my trusty white pen and outlined the pattern.  Then I used my pink Souffle Pen (Sakura) to add a little pattern to each "petal".  I'm quite content with how that worked out, I only wish I'd left the Gelatos out of it.  Oh well, live and learn!  I also used a Micron pen to outline my sentiment and add the author.  At this point there was nothing more to be done and I called it finished!

I hope your DLP pages turned out wonderfully this week and y'all had a fabulous time with repeating elements!

Have a crafty day!

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