Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book of Days : Star Shine

Art lesson from Book of Days - first lesson for Session 3 was about creating a textured background and then using masks to lovely effect. Effy's example was the autumn leaves spread HERE. Of course we're not in Autumn here in New Zealand, so I thought I'd do something reflecting my word SHINE
I did my background (pretty colours - gold included of course), and then Coldplay's lyrics just popped into my head "Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you" so that informed how my page developed 
Detail showing lovely layers. Click on any photo to see it larger. 
Page complete : 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 37

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 37 : use a white pen prominently on your page And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt: Use a stamp as your focal point
Technique: Stamp, collage and drippy paint

I started with a base layer of collage
followed by colour (leftover paint from a project I was working on at the same time)
drippy paint
a stamp as my focal
and I have two pages, so added more stamps as focal to the left and I outlined them with my favourite white pen
I also sponged the white ink pad through punchinella for a bit of added texture. I completed my spread with letter stamps to add words that are so crucial to my well-being at the moment.
Hope you are able to enjoy some creative time and some gentle rest this weekend. You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 36

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 36 : Black & White And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt:  To use school supplies.
Technique:  Using a variety of school supplies feel free and go back to basics.
Quote: “I’m still learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

Another busy week....I don't think I'll stop saying that until school holidays at the beginning of October - maybe not even then! The trick is to focus on the thing in front of you that has to happen that day (lists are my friend) and I've been saying no to a few things as well - that experience has just provided relief not guilt so I am doing the right thing there ♥  I've also given myself permission to only post once a week...then if you see me more than that this month it's a bonus.
Decided to try out some new stencils I got from a school supplies store for a simple journal spread for last week. I began with a layer of cheap black student acrylic paint and then while still damp wiped away some with baby wipe and simple stencils
Then I sponged a couple of stencil images with white 
- the Koru (bottom right) is one of my favourites - it symbolises new beginnings, harmony and growth and life - so appropriate for Spring, and nicely complemented by the silver ferm - an important New Zealand symbol. 
I decided to do some simple enhancement with my white sharpie paint pen 
and then keeping it back to basics I simply added some found words : we have 3 weeks of business/busy-ness until our holidays and I have a well-mapped path to get me through the tasks I need to complete. Click on any photo to see it larger
I do like the simplicity of this spread - clarity in my busy world ♥
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
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