Friday, May 29, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Twenty One

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)

May 23

Art Challenge:  Cheesecloth

Journal Prompt:  Say Cheese

So I know she's not on a boat in a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies but the background definitely reminds me of a sky and so my cosmic little Lucy was born.  I started my background with Dylusions Ink Sprays and added some cheesecloth.  I used a Spray Adhesive to attach the cheesecloth to the page.  Diamonds were added using Cobalt Turquoise and a Crafter's Workshop stencil as well as the Tiny Circles by TCW in Carbon Black.  Miss Lucy was done on watercolor paper separately and then cut out.  I used my favorite Inktense and Neocolors to create her.  She was adhered using Heavy Gel Medium (by Golden).  I wanted to make sure she stuck not only to the cheesecloth - I'm still a little dubious as to the holding strength of the spray adhesive... it either hasn't fully cured or it never will.  I can pull the cheesecloth up if I try but otherwise it doesn't move.  I then used my Inktense pencils on mixed media paper for the stars.  I cut those out and glued them down using a glue stick.

I used a Bronze Sharpie Marker to write the words and I'm not real happy with it because there is just no way to write on top of cheesecloth and have it be nice and crisp.  Oh well.  Live and learn, I guess.  Other than the words I love everything about this page... even my floating head!  That's what I get for not figuring out where to cut before hand!

That's my share for the week.  Now I'm off for a little Beatles therapy.  See y'all next time!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Astounding Disappearing Act - an Update

Oh my goodness!  Where on earth have I been???  I have missed weeks of blogging and have basically fallen off the face of the planet!!!  Well no, actually.  I'm still here, just ridiculously scrambling.

If you've been following my blog over the last couple of months you'll know that we signed a lease and were due to move on July 1st.  Being a giant procrastinator I've packed a few boxes here and there but wasn't pushing to break my neck over packing.  Always easier when you can do it relatively stress free right?  Well.... on Sunday our new landlady called to let us know the old tenets were moving out on her way too early (as in May 31st) and she had a proposition for us.  Would/could we move in 2 weeks earlier than planned?  She would cut not only the rent (for June) but the deposit in half and not make us pay the deposit up front but tack it on to our rent over a 5 month period.  I'm no fool, generally speaking, and I know a good deal when I see it - a savings of over $500 and not having to stress over coming up with over $1000 up front!  Yeah, I pounced on that.

But!!!!  Now instead of having 5 whole weeks to pack in relative peace and ease I know have only 3 weeks to stress the h@#! out!!!  To add to the already panic-level stress I'm feeling, I have the added bonus of doing it myself.  My hubby works 2 jobs and unfortunately he actually has to be at work in order to get paid.  Which means he won't be able to help me pack at all!!  I'm not sure if/when he will be able to help me actually move either... another point of stress because I cannot move an entire house full of furniture and stuff all by myself.  We're moving across town and there is no time limit to us getting out of our old house so that's a plus as I can move things little by little, but still.  It is a major endeavor and I am totally freaking out.

Plus I'm way behind on my DLP and I am going to miss about 3-4 weeks of the Summer of Color which I was totally looking forward to.  There is no time for messy art journaling at all!  However, I can play catch up on both of those things in my nice new STUDIO space in the new house.  I just have to get there first.

So this is what my house is starting to look like...

I have so far to go and I'm so overwhelmed.  I ask that y'all send me good motivational thoughts and vibes because I need them quick!

I'm hoping to be back up to speed and creating (and blogging about it) in about 5 weeks.  That's a decent time frame me thinks.  Will keep y'all updated.  Take care and make a beautiful mess!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Twenty

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)

May 16

Art Challenge:  Modeling Paste

Journal Prompt:  Rising to the Occasion

Ok, y'all know I love my modeling paste, right?  I do.  I use it whenever I can.  It is probably my favorite medium ever!  So this art challenge is a breeze.  Just a matter of sitting down and doing it.

I knew I wanted to use a particular stencil - one of my favorites by The Crafter's Workshop.  And since I'm in the mood for Dream Catchers here lately it just seemed totally appropriate to create a dream catcher.  I found this great quote (thank you Google) and everything just totally came together.

"Your success is meadured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; & how you handle the disappointment along the way." - unknown

Completely appropriate in my humble opinion.
Dylusions Ink Sprays for the background in my favorite color combination.  Modeling paste through the stencils.  Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the Zinnia for a little sparkle.  Gelatos to color my peacock feathers.  Some Dylusions stamps around the dream catcher's outer edge and in the background.  Then my quote.  Y'all, stamping that quote took forever!  But I'm so glad I stamped it rather than wrote it.  I think it fills the page quite nicely.

So the quote is really the focus of the prompt - Rise to the Occasion of your Dreams.  That's how I'm interpreting it!

Y'all have a great weekend!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Nineteen

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)

May 9

Art Challenge:  Stitching

Journal Prompt:  "All that I'm after is life full of laughter."

The only thing I can do is sing Daughtry's lyrics every single time I read this week's journal prompt.  I love that song.

I started this page with a background of Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I then used some homemade stencils and added the triangles in White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray, the teal sparkly triangles with Color Shine, the what do you call those? - bumps?  humps?  lady lumps?  with Turquoise Dylusions Paint, the small dashes with Black Marble Dylusions Paint, and the long dashes with White Linen Dylusions paint.  I then used Color Shine in Tinsel for the drips.

Now let me tell you about the debacle of "stitching".  I wanted to actually use my sewing machine and do really cool stitching on some paper and canvas for this page.  I however did not want to stitch actually into the the pages themselves because I didn't want stitching on my previous and next spreads.  So I pulled out a couple of pieces from my stash - the peacock is a bookmark I'd made ages and ages ago, the scrap of pink was from someone who'd actually stitched on it already, the girl is a stamp from Unity Stamp Co, the bit of canvas with the crown is from my stash, and the canvas ribbon is also from my stash.  I used Dylusions Paint in Crushed Grape through another homemade stencil for the purple triangles.  All of these pieces I took through my sewing machine and did simple "border" stitching.  I'm not up to doing anything super fancy.  I glued everything down using matte medium.

I stamped the words using Dylusions Alphas and of course outlined them with my Uniball pen.  I used a Stabilo pencil to make the black triangle doodles.

I like how even though it is a two page spread, each page can be taken individually.  I learned a lot with this week's challenge though - that's for sure!  I learned how to operate that dang sewing machine I've had sitting in the box for years.  I may not be up to fancy stitching but I can send some paper and even a little fabric through and not botch the whole thing up!

Well that's my share for the week.  I'll catch up with you next week!

Until then,

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