Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 42

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 42 : Stars
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Theme: A Look At Life Through Pictures (drawn or photos)
Prompt: Use a Tag Some Way
Technique: Stitching a Photo on an Altered Art Tag
I began by using the star prompt for my easy background by spraying through (and printing with) some star-ish shaped stencils
I am very comfortable using stitch with paper/photos and enjoyed using a tag again this week. Should have stitched on my tag last week too - great to have these prompts as reminders. My photo is of my Grandmother - she has been gone a few years now, but her life still inspires me. To my watercolour tag I added some of the sponged stencil, lace, found words, wool fibre tassel, and machine stitching
I added some words appropriate to the changing weather this week (sometimes in a day!), and decided to use a cute star stamp next to a gessoed space for my documentations.
As I journaled, I was thinking the tag didn't really tie into the rest of the page, but then I recalled a conversation with my son yesterday about how different the world is today and has changed in the 100 years since my grandmother was born and I added the words - "This is a different life than my Grandmother knew" 
- I always remember how she loved to see all the good ways my life was different than hers because of 'modern' ideas ♥
Here's my completed spread with the tag open (including my life through photos)
Lots of free creative inspiration this week - almost too much! Laly Mille has had a free class this week called "Into the light" which you might still be able to see if you're quick HERE. Information about Brave Girls' Soul Book experience is HERE, but I'm sorry to say Tam's free class was a coupon code only available to her newsletter subscribers.
Here's my spread with tag closed
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Birthday gift

It's my brother's birthday this month and when I got given a box of my Great Grandmother's lace earlier in the year, he mentioned it would be really cool to have a piece framed.....I painted some watercolour paper, tore it to size and hand stitched some pieces to it.
Found a lovely deep frame so the lace isn't squashed - there's a spacer to the glass
I am so happy with the way they look. Size inside frame is 15 1/4" square
I might have to make one for me as well!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 41

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 41 : Polka Dots
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Theme: A look at life through pictures (drawn or photos)
Prompt: Use a tag some way on your page
Technique: Finger paint

I began by looking through my stash for possible tags and found this from some jeans which had colours I love and circles to start
Inspired with the Polka Dot theme I used bubble wrap on my gelli plate to create the initial background, and then added some more gelli plate printing with my small circle plate 
The other smaller tag had red on it, and I decided to add it as a collage element to my spread below. Grunging it up with some stamping and mark making with black and white, a cork, and fingers
I like the energy of this look, so rather than add a whole lot more (as is my tendency!) I decided to let this fairly simple spread stand pretty much like this. Just needed to attach the large tag as a flap, a little more finger painting with bright blue 
and added some found words 
Done ♥
Last day of our school holidays - back to work tomorrow. The weather has been disappointing to say the least (very very wet) but promised better yesterday so we were off on a road trip. We went to Wellington and visited the Zoo. It was a fun day and when I look at these photos in the future I'll immediately remember the new car, the lovely blue sky, and the happy family outing we shared.
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
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