Friday, December 11, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Forty Nine

December Theme
Storytelling with the Written Word

December 5

Art Challenge: Words Front & Center

Journal Prompt:  Life is a book.  We fill the pages.

Happy Friday everyone!  I am back on schedule and all caught up after last week's less than spectacular performance.  Has anyone else been ridiculously busy?  I finally got the Christmas tree up and the rest of the house decorated on Sunday.  Since then, I've been trying desperately to keep my wee one (she's nearly three) from "redecorating" it!  She keeps taking ornaments off the tree and going "shopping" with them.  She puts them in her shopping cart (best Christmas present ever!  Got it for her last year) and grabs her baby doll and off they go!  It's super cute but then I have to chase her down (not easy) and confiscate the stolen ornaments before they get broken.  Then there was my teen's performance in the Christmas parade - her first parade ever and we're so proud!  She's in the band... plays trumpet.  And then her winter concert.  Christmas shopping, present wrapping, chasing the wee one.  Not to mention, listing in my #30DaysofLists journal - that's going smashingly though, and working on two journal pages.  I really need to finish up some some homemade Christmas presents quick fast and in a hurry as well.

That's been my week.  I know all of yours have been just as crazy!

But I know y'all are all here to see this week's page.  Isn't it lovely?  I just love love love love love it!  I love it so much as a matter of fact that I'm planning on doing it again on canvas!

As the prompt was about book pages, I decided to cover my entire page in book pages!  I used an old dictionary I got a couple of years ago from a book sale and glued it all down and covered the top using Matt Medium.  I then used Gelatos (Metallic Mint, Cotton Candy, & Coconut) and a baby wipe to spread and blend color.  I let those dry for a couple of hours while I did other things - like chase the wee one around.  Normally I heat dry the gelatos but chose not to this time since I diluted them pretty well with the baby wipe.  I had little problem stamping on top of them other than the archival ink took a little longer to dry (I did hit it with my heat tool a little) and the surface was a little slicker than on paper.

I stamped the line for the birds using a Dylusions border stamp and then stamped the birds directly in to place.  I hate trying to fussy cut the legs out and I really like the background to show through the legs so I usually stamp them on the background then stamp them on paper and cut out the bodies and glue into place.  That way my legs are just where and how I want them.  I also stamped a Heidi Swapp Script Stamp on them before coloring.  I wanted "words" to be all over this spread but I wanted them to all be a little different.  I also stamped some Dylusions Hats from different sets that had text on them.

I colored my birds & hats using Distress Paint in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Broken China, Salty Ocean, & Chipped Sapphire diluted with water.  Once dry, I cut them out and adhered them using a glue stick to my page.  I used my white Uni-Ball pen to add highlights on the birds and hats.

I used the Inbetweenies set by Dylusions to stamp the border.  The original plan was to actually put my words within this border but I discarded that idea since I didn't get a perfect impression all the way around and it always messes things up trying to "restamp".  Instead, I used a circle from a Dylusions stamp (colored with diluted Chipped Sapphire) and just simply had a border.

I decided to use a Dylusions Alpha set for my words and fill in the empty bottom part of the page.  It worked out really well, I think.  I outlined the letters using the teal colored Uni-Ball Signo Angelic pen.  I added stars from a Unity Stamp Co kit in Heidi Swapp Archival Ink - Teal.  They don't show up terribly well and I think I'll use a darker blue when I do this on canvas. 

To finish off the page, I flicked white paint splatter across the page.

Have I mentioned yet how much I love this page?  I truly do!  I love the Cotton Candy and Metallic Mint background (my favorite color - turquoise!).  It's bright and yet subtle because of the Gelatos.  I really just love everything about this page.

Anyway, it's time to start chasing my wee one again, so y'all have a great day, a wonderful weekend, and I will see you back here on Monday!

Until then,

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