Friday, July 10, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Twenty Seven

July Theme

July 4

Art Challenge: Using Old Maps, Letters, Tickets, & More

Journal Prompt:  Life... with a history

Hi everyone!  I have another DLP page to share with y'all.  This week we're using old maps, letters, tickets, & more.  Well, I'm using old maps and tickets.  And "old maps" is relative.

This is almost a "re-make" of an art journal page I did in June of last year.  You can see that post HERE.  I used a lot of the same elements and color scheme because I loved it the first time and I knew I would love it this time.  

I started this journal page by covering both pages with a state map of Mississippi.  I used Matte Medium for my glue and let it dry overnight.  It worked very well and it has stiffened up the pages it's adhered to very nicely!  It'll be lovely working on the other sides of these two pages.  I chose Mississippi because that's where I am from and live.  I positioned it so that I would be able to incorporate three of the cities I've lived in.  The other two were sacrificed for the page!

I then gesso'd the whole thing using my brayer, careful to leave my main cities un-gesso'd.  (I know that's not a word and my spell check is screaming at me with an ugly red line right now but it sounds good and I'm using it.  Maybe I'll start a movement and Webster will have to include it!)  I then brayered London Blue and Postbox Red Dylusions paints and wiped some of the blue away off my cities.  I (badly) stenciled some words just for added texture from the Crafter's Workshop "Art Is" stencil in black and then added some white circles with a Prima stencil called Honeycomb.  Now, usually when you find "honeycomb" stencils they're not circles.  They're hexagons.  But I love this Prima stencil because it looks like very large sequin waste or punchinella.  I added several strips of black and white type washi tape from my stash and pulled an old Teresa Collins 6x6 scrapbook paper pad out too.  I can't find a link for the paper and I think it's discontinued.

I used a circle template and cut out all of those circles.  Hey look!  An "old" map!  I knew I could find one somewhere!!  I distressed around the edges of all of those circles and adhered them to the page where I used a Stabilo pencil to integrate them.  All of the words were cut from the same paper pad from a single sheet of paper and done the same way as the circles.  Minus the Distress Ink of course.  I used Flossie as a mask and went around her in black Dylusions paint and kept her skirt  over my chosen cities so I wouldn't cover them up.

I used Black Marble Dylusions paint through the small Dylusions Suits stencil - I used the heart - and added faux stitching with my white Uni-Ball and Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers.  I added words around Flossie  and a red heart I drew on her chest using my Uni-Ball pen.  Lastly, I added three Tim Holtz tickets.

There's a lot going on with this page, I know.  But this page, as was the first one, is deeply personal.  The Prompt for this page is "Life...with a history".  Almost all of my history has been centered around the area highlighted by Flossie's skirt.  That's where my history is.  It's in the state of Mississippi.  It's in the town I grew up in and the town I live in now.  It's where I went to school and got married...had and am raising my girls.  This is my history.  I may travel and go away for a time but my heart really is tied to this place.  This down home, lovely little Southern community.

I hope y'all have enjoyed this page as much as I enjoyed creating it.  I'll see y'all next time!

Until then,

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