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Trish’s Restrained Tuesday Tag 

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Trish’s Restrained Tuesday Tag 

Show a little restraint, will you? I did in February. It was my word for the month. It’s a good word to keep top of mind for someone like me…someone who needs to  keep her cards a little closer to her chest. 

I created the tag as part of the art to the 5th, Documented Life Unplanner 2016 project. Week 2 of February’s challenge was create with variations of one color.  What a perfect challenge for showing some restraint. 

I used a black tag. Sprayed Dylusions White Lined spray over a stencil at bottom right and top left of tag. Spray is awesome but provides very little control. Be prepared to surrender perfection. Loved the shades of white on the black tag. Splattered some ink randomly on the tag.  Printed “restraint” on white copy paper. Layered a titch of white polka dot paper and almost called it done. But it seemed a little too restrained. Added a silver flower from a bracelet and some sheer white ribbon.  The icing on the cake really turned out to be the large tag I adhered it to, another shade of white ribbon and some white uniball pen doodles; I was struggling with how to store the tag in my book without putting holes in the actual tag when I decided adhering it to another tag created the same way was the perfect layered piece. 

  

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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…

Art Journal Friday: Words With Friends

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Art Journal Friday: Words With Friends

Hi.  Happy Friday!  Today is all about Words with Friends.  I don’t play the online game, but my husband does.  I play the old school Scrabble game so I found this Document Life 2015 art journal challenge to be great fun.  It is a mixed media art journal page filled with love and happy memories.  I created a collage from various notes, cards, letters and envelopes from friends and family. With the notes I included some other ephemera like a vintage bingo card and some other graphic text.  I also included a middle insertion–an envelope that has a favorite note from a friend.  After I collaged down the various ephemera I added a layer of gesso and some glimmer mist transparent shimmer color– just to add some shimmer.  I also stenciled alphabet letters in various places with Glimmer Mist grey.  After both were dry I added some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I let the distress ink meander its way through the lows of the collage.  I then made copies of Scrabble tiles.  I would have loved to use the actual tiles but since this is a piece in my art journal I wanted it to remain fairly flat.  A girl has to pick where to add dimension if she wants to ever shut her art journal.

Enjoy!

Trish

Words With Friends DLP Art Journal 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

April 20: What’s Up This Week?

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What’s Up This Week?

Monday: Laundry from Scout camping all weekend (ha!)

Tuesday: Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Creativity Happens: A super Quick Collage

Friday: Art Journal Friday.  Check out my latest DLP 2015 journal page.  It’s all about Gelli plate printing.  Also, I’m heading off for the second of three weekend Scout camping trips.

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

Art Journal Featuring a DLP Prompt, Borders and String

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Art Journal Featuring a DLP Prompt, Borders and String

Hi.  Happy Friday.  It’s an art journal post.  As you probably already know I am taking the Documented Life 2015 Project Video Challenge this year.  I have really been enjoying the experience.  I like the challenges and the wit in the prompts.  As with anything else some weeks are better than others.  This week was really fun.  I have never zentangled but since the challenge was “borders” I was inspired by the idea of strong graphic black and white borders with a colorful interior.  I added a piece of black cording as part of the border.  I love the sneaky textural play.  I also collaged a crepe paper rosette and a new sew fabric flower.  I am pleased with this art journal page but gosh the border took an incredible amount of time.  I work faster than the zentangle patterns allowed me to.  I did however find a rhythm and found it relaxing.

The Documented Life Project (DLP) 2015 Borders Challenge.  See my string added to the border along the right side.

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You can see the crepe paper rosette under the zebra flower.

Detail DLP 2015 Borders Page

Detail DLP 2015 Borders Page

No sew flower detail image DLP 2015 Border Page

No sew flower detail image DLP 2015 Border Page

Cheers,

Trish