Friday, February 6, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Five


January Theme

The Blank Page and How to Face It!

January 31

Art Challenge:  Under Paper

Journal Prompt:  What Lies Beneath?

A lot of people use "under paper".  Wait, stop.  What on earth is under paper?  Why it's the paper you put under your projects that get all messy and smeary with paint splatters, brayer marks, pen cleanings, etc.  Now, I don't use under paper a whole lot.  I use a non stick craft sheet!  Which I might add is the whole reason Ranger started making those things - because they're clean-able and reusable!  I do use under paper when gelli print and I stick some of my college's newspapers between journal pages when I journal.  But they're either tossed out, given to my toddler to color on, or have decided to de-camp my art space into some unknown tucked away corner or box because I can't find a single piece!

Since I was fresh out of under paper, I decided to take the prompt "What lies beneath" and continue over from last week's "Words with friends" prompt.  I do a lot of ATC trading on Instagram.  The folks I trade with are so wonderful and sweet and kind and they send lots of fun and interesting scraps and goodies with the ATCs they send me.  I have a box full of lovely treasures from this and decided that I would use these to create this week's journal entry.

I started by "making some under paper".  I adhered some Tim Holtz tissue paper and went over it with paint, a couple of my hand carved stamps, and various lids (I love making circles that way!).  I was trying to channel my inner Kate Crane (The Kathryn Wheel).  My backgrounds usually end up looking like under paper so it works out pretty well with this week's prompt.

Once the background was dry, I started picking out scraps and goodies and trying to find an arrangement that I liked.  It got very busy very quickly.  But I love the busyness.  In this page, what lies beneath is the under painting and I love how only little bits and pieces poke through all the collage!

After gluing each piece down, I went around the edges with charcoal and smudged to make it look like it was part of the piece rather than something just simply stuck down on the page.  I added a few more layers of paint on top of some of the collage and doodled on others.  Then I added a quote in white that fit the theme of this page and included the phrase "what lies beneath".

I walked away from it and let it sit over night.  I knew there was something missing but I wasn't sure what.  After a good night's sleep and some breakfast I took another look.  I still wasn't quite sure what needed doing.  I remembered last week's Stamp of the Week from Unity Stamp Co that I'd gotten Friday.  It is a little set of keys and a cute little quote.  This was my "ah ha" moment!  I stamped the keys in a couple of places and then stamped the quote on one of my banners.  A few splatters of india ink and I was satisfied!

 It's amazing what a few splatters of ink and a little stamp can accomplish!

There is just something about this spread that makes me insanely happy every time I look at it.  I don't know if it's all the bits of goodies received from friends, the colors, or just the fun-ness of it, but it makes me smile.

Supplies used:

Glue - Liquitex Matte Medium
Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen White, Broad
India Ink - Black
Stamps - hand carved & Unity Stamp Co.
Stencil - Stacked Triangles by The Crafter's Workshop
Washi Tape
All collage elements are goodies from friends

Several of the collage pieces are from my uber talented friend Kim over at Slap Happy Studios - she made that awesome bird and the pennants and the up-cycled mail piece that says "happy" and that awesome "B"!  I have to say, I have always had a little love affair with that bird and I'm so thankful she sent it to me!  I wasn't sure where or if I would ever use it on anything, but I'm glad I did!  Thanks again Kim!

Happy Creating y'all!   

1 comment:

  1. I also think this is an incredibly happy page. For me it is so hard to pull together such a busy page but your page works. I love all the animals peeking with many other small details. This page represents spring and hope to me. So refreshing :)


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