Saturday, February 21, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Seven

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!

February 21

Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff

Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

Happy Saturday y'all!  Yep, I'm late to the party on last week's DLP challenge!  I have a really good excuse though.  Ok, maybe two or three really good excuses.  

Excuse #1:  I just wasn't feeling it this week.  I was crafty and productive but I just was NOT feeling inspired to open my journal until late Thursday afternoon.

Excuse #2:  Thursday night (about 11:15 pm), I had to leave the house and go do a couple of things (yes, I do leave my house in the middle of the night to run errands - I don't sleep and it's the best time to go grocery shopping).  I didn't get back until 3 am and was too tired and uninspired to finish my page.

Excuse #3:  When I would have finished it yesterday while at work, I had to train the new guy.  So no crafty time for me.

See, told you they were good excuses!

Anyway... On to the page...

Since I'd been nice and messy with last week's page, I'd gotten some paint on the back of the page.  I wanted to use Dylusions Sprays and since they're transparent I went ahead and primed my pages with a coat of gesso.

See my spot of paint on the left page.  Yeah, well I was interested in toning it down/ masking it rather than coming back to something purely white. 

On to the Dylusions.  Dylusions Ink Sprays are designed for paper - not gesso.  So you get different results when you spray over a gesso'd surface.  I started with Bubblegum Pink, Funky Fuchsia, and Cherry Pie.

Then spritzed with water to blend ...

Oooh shiny!

 Then rolled over with paper towels.  Because I gesso'd the page first, the first layer of sprays really faded once I rolled over it.  But that's ok, because I did a second layer of sprays which made it much brighter.

So I sat and looked at this for over an hour because I had no friggin idea where I wanted this to go.  I wanted some drips so I sprayed some Crushed Grape Dylusions to the top of the page and added some magenta washi tape along the middle.  I also stamped a 7Gypsies text stamp in a few places - I really wasn't concerned with getting perfect impressions, just about adding some additional texture to the page. 
I pulled out my favorite Crafter's Workshop Mini Harlequin stencil and Molding Paste.  I did not tint the Molding Paste because I wanted it to draw up the ink colors and look more tone on tone than stark white.  Of course, it doesn't pick anything up from the washi tape and in the thick spots.

I used The Crafter's Workshop Mini Chickenwire and some Jet Black archival ink on a piece of foam in a few spots.  I like how the ink is really thin in places allowing the background colors to show.  I wish I'd done this in a a few more spots than I did.  I'll know for next time.

I was still totally stuck and inspiration just was not striking.  I added some numbers from a Dylusions stencil in Quin. Magenta (Liq.) which looked really great against the background.  I loved this background but the challenge was "cover up the good stuff".  So how to cover?  Oh yeah... it's brayer time!  I squirted just tiny little dots of Turquoise (Dina Wakley) in spots and rolled very messily with my brayer.  Then I did the same with Magenta without letting the Turquoise dry completely so there would be some blending.

Alright.  Now I have some good stuff covered.  Where to go from here?  You can very rarely go wrong adding vintage book pages so I pulled out some funky ones from and old book on insects.  I tore randomly and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Nice contrast and yet it went well with the page.  But now what?  I had some "Blush" Recollections Spray which is a really light pink and a Heidi Swapp Circle Lattice stencil.  Yep, that looked good!

I'm telling you - I really was just not into this page.  I had no plan, nothing.  Usually that works super well for me but it really was just hit and miss on this one.

Since I already had butterflies on the page from the book paper I decided to use my Heidi Swapp stencil and mask set "Butterfly" - it's a really good size and would cover up a fair bit.  I also sponged on some circles and around the edges of the pages with black acrylic.  I got to this stage and had to to run my errands.  Better running errands than watching paint dry.

So when I got back, I decided that maybe some doodling was in order.  I doodled for a few minutes then went to bed.  The next day (Friday) I had to get to work so I tried to doodle some while there in between training sessions.  Then I doodled some more when I got home.  Of course, i didn't bother taking pictures because lighting was bad and I flat didn't feel like it.

I ran across one of my Instagram friend's feed and she'd posted a quote: "The Past is prologue".  That really spoke to me (it's actually a paraphrase from Shakespeare).  So I added the quote with my Uni-Ball Signo White pen and doodled some more.  I finally got to a place where I was happy and called it quits.

Here are some close ups of the finished page:

I promise I used a white pen for all of the light doodles and the writing!  The white ink soaked up the Dylusions and Recollections inks and tinted it purple and pink in places.  I think it's a really nifty effect, however unintentional.  As Bob Ross always says, there are no mistakes only happy accidents.  I used Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and a black sharpie for the rest of the doodles.

I adore the background of this page but not sure I'm digging the rest of it.  Though I do like the big butterflies.  Oh well, I did what I was challenged to do and covered up the good stuff.

Until next time, happy crafting y'all.

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