Friday, April 24, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Sixteen

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)

April 18

Art Challenge:  Gelli Plate

Journal Prompt:  A Lot On My Plate

Look who finally got caught up on her DLP!  This lady right here, that's who!  Besides being super stoked about that, I am very proud of myself as I am really jumping out of my comfort zone with this page!

I have been watching some of the uber talented Tamara Laporte's YouTube videos and am just so inspired by the beautiful whimsical girls she creates.  I am really working up to taking some of her classes.  I'm terribly late for Life Book 2015 but I still want to jump in even though I'm late to the game.  I'm just dying to see how she creates her stunningly beautiful world.  Anyway, Tam posted a video called "Working Big" yesterday and I had to jump in and try it out in my DLP.  My piece is very similar to hers as I was completely inspired and loved all the little details and the houses and such.  I promise, she's not paying me to say any of this and I am in no way affiliated with her, I just truly admire her as an artist!

So long story short, I watched the video, said "I want to try that" and gave it my best shot.  The challenge this week was to use a Gelli Plate®.  I have 2 Gelli Plates® that I could have used and a whole bunch of prints lurking around in dark corners waiting to have some life brought to them.  I could have taken this challenge literally and used my plates.  Could have, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I did cut down a couple of prints and used those for my houses.  As far as the prompt is concerned, this is a very busy page... there is a lot going on.

I have a confession.  I splurged on a single art supply.  While I understand, respect, and prefer quality art supplies, I find it very difficult to allow myself to spend more than $25 on a single something.  I can easily blow through $200 without blinking but I want to have a lot of stuff to show for it. I had a package arrive yesterday and I am so happy that I allowed myself to splurge on a single something!  I sucked it up and bought myself a 40 count of Neocolor II Water-Soluable Wax Pastels from Caran D'Ache.  I've had the 15 tin for over a year and I absolutely adore them.  So I convinced myself that it was time and upgraded.  So glad I did!  I used them quite liberally on this page! 

I used a lot of acrylics (of course) and smeared and blended them with a brush instead of my favorite brayer method.  I did use a brayer for a layer of white because I wanted it to be thin, but otherwise I was a good girl and only used a brush or my fingers!  I liberally applied various Neocolors and blended either with a
brush or my wet finger.  I was very pleased by the opacity of the neocolors over the acrylic.  I also used my Stabilo All pencil (which is every bit of awesome as people claim), Uni-Ball Signo Gel pen, Faber Castell Pitt Pens, a single stamp (Dylusions "In Betweenies"), a single stencil (Tim Holtz "Bubbles"), and a little bit of washi.  Oh, as an adhesive for my Gelli Print houses, I used Matte Medium (Liquitex).  It's very fluid but fabulous and as I wasn't using it over any water-soluble media it worked great.  I should add that I used such a "strong" adhesive because I print most of my gelli prints on watercolor paper and because it's so thick I need a stronger glue.  One of these days I will get around to getting and trying out some deli paper.

So there we go, my first attempt at a Tam-Inspired lady.  I need to practice so be expecting to see lots more girls showing up in my journal! 

Until next time,


  1. So pretty! Just a wonderful double spread. I just love those houses as a counter point to her face. Beautiful. I've just started a weekly community share for people who draw or paint faces in their work and was wondering if you would like to come along and link up your lovely faces? If you did fancy it this week's linky is on this blog post - Art it Friday - Show Your Face. It would be great to see you. Thanks Kim

    1. Thank you Kim! I will definitely stop by and link up. Thank you for your visit and invitation!

  2. Absolutely fabulous. Must watch that video from Tam. She is one talented lady (and so are you!)

  3. AMAZING face Brenda Lee, i also love Tam's videos but haven't taken the plunge yet as i am still trying to get perspective right. LOVE LOVE LOVE your pages, so many wonderful doodlings to look at, thank you for sharing your talents:-) xxx


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