Category Archives: Documented Life Project

Lovely Layers: Front to Back

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As you know I have been participating in the 2016 Un-Planner fun! Check out the front and back of my tags.  More than the pages even, I love the lovely layers of color and media together. 

The front image shows 3 layers. A mixed media art envelope, a green travel tag using a clear embossing powder technique and a planner page…

The back image shows 4 layers of lovely juxtaposition. The back of the travel tag with a snowman element, the mixed media art envelope, the back of a list page, and a partial view of a family picture page (which is the back of a weekly planner page). 

   

…pictures just don’t do the layers justice…

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“Loved” Collage Page

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“Loved” Collage Page

So…like many I am participating in the documented life project 2016 –the unplanner. Having a blast with the no-pressure creating concept–part art journal, part planner, part scrapbook, part documentation, part smash book–all crafty fun. 

Last week I made the “loved” collage as my February un-planner divider page.   

 
  

Journal Page: A Jean Pocket is a Unique Element

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Journal Page: A Jean Pocket is a Unique Element

Hi.  So my favorite Documented Life Project art journal page thus far is my jean pocket page.  I love the texture, depth of layers, color and of course my unique element.  If you don’t know it already, I am a lover of blue jeans.  I wear them as often as I can.  Some weeks I wear them all week, some only once or twice as work and weather permit.  There is nothing in the world like a pair of well worn jeans.  So when we were challenged by the girls at DLP to incorporate a unique element I was prepared.  I have been saving pockets from old jeans for years.  Typically, I use them to hold utensils on a table top around July 4th.  Check back around then and I will share a denim table top with you.  After all, what’s more American than jeans?  I digress…

So below is my DLP, week 13 (March 28, 2015) challenge art journal page.   I used a ton of modeling paste, some crackle paste, stencils, acrylic paint, distress ink, Distress stain, a jean pocket and a tag with the saying, “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit” Gabrielle Roth.

Unique Element Journal Page

DLP Unique Element Journal Page

DLP Unique Element Journal Page

After the page had “cured.” I say cured because it really only sat out overnight.  I covered the page in a semi-gloss gel medium.  This helps the page from becoming brittle and flaking as the substrate (the journal page) is flexible which isn’t always good for modeling paste and really not good for crackle paste. I also like the sheen and depth the gel medium gives the page.

Cheers,

Trish

Trish Tuesday Tag: Unique Element Rip Off

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Trish Tuesday Tag: Unique Element Rip Off

So in March we were challenged by the Documented Life Ladies to use a unique element in our art journal.  The quote for the week was, “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit” -Gabrielle Roth.  I knew what I was going to use as my unique element, but I loved the unique element Rae Missigman used in her journal page.  So like any good artist, I borrowed the unique element technique–okay, I liked it so much and I already owned the stamp so I pretty much used the unique element verbatim.  I love how the tag turned out!

I am Unique Element Tag

Thanks for the great idea Rae Missigman.  Check back Friday for the DLP Art Jorunal Page with my actual unique element.  It Rocks!

Cheers,

Trish

Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

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Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

t’s a Documented Life Project Art Journal Page.  The challenge: Gelli Plate Printing.  I took this challenge to its max.  I printed every image, design, circle, dot on the page except for the black uniball pen and the key rubons.  I added the rubons after I adhered my page in my art journal as it seemed like I needed to create a cohesive page.  It looked like I had simply glued my art journal page to my art journal which is fine but I like a more cohesive look.  For an afterthought I very much like the keys.

The Gelli Plate is a really cool monoprinting invention.  Thank you Gelli Arts.  If you haven’t heard of Gelli Plates or haven’t used yours since you acquired it check out sample suggestions at the Gelli Arts Website.  There are tons of great tutorials and tips.

I must admit while I use my Gelli Plate I am by no means an expert nor do I use it as anything other than a tool.  I usually slap on some paint.  Smear it around with a brayer or my finger and place a piece of paper on top of the plate.  It is a quick way to add a background to build on.

In this DLP page I really pushed myself to use the plate differently than I normally do.  I put my stencils and detail work on the Gelli Plate and printed.  I have layers and layers on my page.  I love the look.  It reminds me very much of Rae Missigman.  She is a DLP instructor.  Her new stencils were featured and boy did I want to rush out and purchase them.  So fun.  So great.  So NOT cutsey!!!!!  Thank you Rae Missigman.  In any case, I was inspired to use some of her stamps on my Gelli Plate.

DLP Gelli Plate Art Journal Page

So try it out…you can paint, stamp, stencil, dot, scrape, stencil, polka dot, write on your Gelli Plate and print one after the other.

Cheers,

TRish

DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

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DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

Closeup of DLP Art Journal Page

Hi.  I am excited to share this Documented Life Art Journal Page.  It is the first spread in what was then my new art journal.  The challenge was posted on January 1, 2015.  I got to work immediately.  I wasn’t thrilled with it when I finished it but 15 weeks later I like it very much.  Time relaxes so many anxieties.

I used a tag I had created in 2014 (horror to be used in 2015) as an element in the layout.  I liked the juxtaposition of layering a tag on top of a pocket that holds tags with my goals for this year.  So far, I am doing okay with my goals.  Some I have achieved others not so much.  Luckily I have 37 weeks left.

Check out Art to the Fifth or Documented Life Project (DLP) to join the weekly art journal challenges.  They have been great springboards into my creativity and art journaling.

Cheers,

TRish