The prompts for DLP come out each Saturday around noon. I had planned to put off doing my page/spread until later in the week but it called to me yesterday. These were the themes/prompts for the Documented Life Project week three:
January Theme The Blank Page and How to Face It! January 17 Art Challenge: The Color Wheel Journal Prompt: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “ – Georgia O’Keeffe
While searching for something else yesterday I came across an individual piece of mixed media paper, slightly larger than the size of the large Dylusions journal in which I am creating my DLP spreads. It had papers and paint on it where I had started something a year ago but had not continued. I decided that the colors were perfect for a color wheel (burgundy, magenta, teal, yellowish green, yellow with coordinating papers). I started by spreading white gesso around the papers with a palette knife to integrate them with the background. I scribbled into the wettish gesso with a pencil, leaving several marks that I hoped would peek up through the layers. Then I smeared more fluid acrylics in the same colors with my fingers and through two StencilGirl stencils (‘Angel Circle’ by Kate Thomspon and ‘Spider Flower by Terri Stegmiller). I adhered the Georgia O’Keeffe quote printed onto deli paper onto the top left side and finished by adding sketchy embellishments with a black Fude pen, a black Stabilo Marks All pencil and various Posca paint pens.
In the photos below you can see the details of the painting, showing the pencil marks and different layers peeking up through from the original paper.
For the second week in a row I worked fairly intuitively (no plan at the outset for where the page would go) and for the second week in a row I created a grunge-style painting. I didn’t intend to do that but I am really liking the messy, colorful results of this intuitive experimenting I am doing. I wonder where next week will take me? We’ll see.
I had fun creating this and will continue on with more art journaling later today. I hope your holiday is full of creativity also. Happy Martin Luther King Day!
Today I did two pages in my holiday art journal. That’s not exactly true. I finished a page that I began a few days ago; I did a quickie collage page; and I started (but did not finish) another page that contains a lot of drawing. Here are the two pages I finished today.
A few days ago, I posted this painted background with just a sketch of the uppermost cat. At the time I had no idea where the page was going. Last night I had an idea for the words on the page: “We wish you a merry Catmas” . . . except when I said it out loud in my head it came out “We wish you a Merry Catmouse.” Perfect! I couldn’t pass that up so I went with it. The cats and mice were sketched with a pencil and outlined with a black china marker. The lettering and all of the details were done with a Posca paint pen in white and a black Fude ball pen. This page makes me smile.
Yesterday I added the red & white washi tape to the inside of one of the cereal boxes I used in creating my holiday journal. Today while thinking of whether or not to paint this page, I saw a piece of Tim Holtz scrapbook paper that had old-fashioned alphabet blocks on it. I thought they would look perfect directly on the cardboard itself. Since there were only one of each letter of the alphabet, I decided on the phrase ‘kid toys’. Once that was decided on, I looked for something in my stash that was related. I found a roll of vintage bingo cards and cut one to use as the center background. I also cut out the letter blocks and collaged all onto the page. I then used Crayola crayons to outline the letter blocks and, finally, I drew the baseball and jack. I like how the page came out. It takes me back to my childhood in the 50’s when all of those items were popular.
These pages were fun but now I have housework to do. I’ll be back, maybe tomorrow, with more creative play in my holiday art journal. I hope you make time today, too, for some creative fun!
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