Friday, March 20, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Eleven

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)

March 14

Art Challenge:  Borders

Journal Prompt:  “Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind.

This week's challenge is all about borders.  I don't do well with borders - both physical and metaphorical.  So today's layout is all about my Gypsy soul and being free of borders.

I began my layout with a solid layer of Turquoise (Artist's Loft) acrylic.  I do love my turquoise.  It's my favorite color.  Both soothing and exciting at the same time!  I used my brayer of course.  It's the best way to lay down a solid bit of color smoothly!

I did lay a wide strip of Turquoise polka dotted washi tape down the middle.  My journal is taking such a beating already and I'm trying to keep it together as much as possible.

After my first layer dried, I added some funky stripes of Turquoise by Dina Wakley.  Her turquoise is much lighter than the Artist's Loft, and is a perfect contrast to the darker shaded.  I already knew I wanted something "gypsy-like" for this layout.  So I added the stripes because it reminds me of a tent.  

I used my brayer to make my stripes imperfect.  I let that dry before moving on.

I was working on two journals at the same time since I was using turquoise on both.  On my other journal I sprayed Calypso Teal Dylusions Ink Spray through the 9x12 Dylusions Bubbles stencil in the other journal.  Instead of wiping the ink away, I simply flipped the stencil over and pressed it into my DLP journal.  It gave me a nice reversed print of the stencil.  Though I tried it twice more on the left page, I never got as clear a "stamp" as I did with the first one on the right page.  That's ok as it will mostly be covered up anyway.

I used Gesso (Liquitex) and spread it through the 5x8 Dotted Flowers stencil by Dylusions.  Once that was dry I added a line on the top of the left page in Aqua India Ink (Dr. Martin's) and let that drip down.  I repeated the ink drips on the second page but upside down.  Before everything was totally dry I closed the journal and lightly pressed so I would get a few "ghost" impressions.  

I added strips of Turquoise striped washi and a solid magenta colored washi along my ink lines.  I stenciled some Magenta paint (Dina Wakley) through a quatrefoil stencil (Heidi Swapp) in two of the corners.  

In the other corners, I used the mask of the Club in the 5x8 Dylusions Suits stencil set and dabbed black acrylic around it.

I added a few details with my white Uni-Ball Signo pen and OHTO Fude Ball black pen by outlining a few of the quatrefoils, scribbling inside the Clubs, and adding a few loops along the washi.

I had an idea for the loops but as usual I'm just winging the rest of it!

I added color to the loops - I was going for a "curtain feel".  Even if they are upside down for a curtain!  I used bright jewel tones - Lemon, Blckberry Violet, and Tangerine (Dina Wakley), along with Quin. Magenta and Aqua (Liquitex).

Once they dried I had plans for some sort of doodles.

By now y'all know that once I get started on the "details" I totally loose myself in them and totally forget to take any sort of pictures.  So here is the final product in all of its glory.

I brayered gesso on the center to "lighten" so my words wouldn't get lost.  I added lots of washi, more doodles with my Fude and Uni-ball Signo pens, and doodles in a metallic Sharpie paint pen.  The feathers are by The Crafter's Workshop "Four Feathers" stencil.  I used black acrylic through the solid shape and my white pen and souffle pens through the detail stencil.

I used my Stabilo pencil around the washi to get the black smudgy lines.  I used Sharpie paint pens to color the word "gypsy" and splattered the whole thing with dots and splatters of Tarnished Brass Distress paint.  Voila!  Finished!

I love how patchwork this layout is.  It definitely feels like something you might find inside a gypsy wagon - bright, a little chaotic, and super fun!

Here are some close ups:

Hope y'all had fun with this post and I'll see you next time!  Until then, go make a beautiful mess!

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