Saturday, March 28, 2015

DLP week 8

February Theme: Layers you will love
Art Challenge: Repeating Elements
Prompt: It's Worth Repeating

Wow, this was a multi-layer, multi-day page for me!  Started off covering the page with a paper that had hands stamped all over it.  Thought that was where I might go with repeated elements, but really I didn't have an idea in place.
Left this to dry and a day later came back with the idea to make the repeated element be my to-do list which always seems to have the same things on it-- laundry, cleaning, etc.  Found a couple of old lists and pasted them on.  Added a layer of brown paint mixed with matte medium to the top.

Found a home-made shimmer spray someone had given me and spritzed the page, then used a straw to blow the paint around.
Then I added some repeated numbers in Tim Holtz distress ink--dark blue (too lazy to go look up the name of the color).
Decided to really go with the checklist idea and carved a stamp with 3 checked boxes.  Stamped these in white pigment ink randomly around page.
Finally decided to paint a huge checkbox in black gesso as the main focal point and to journal with white jelly pen on it.  This is the first page that I've done some personal journaling.  Also added the quote from Socrates: "Beware the barrenness of a busy life."  Added a few more checkboxes in blue ink around the page-- although they didn't stamp well, but I like the bit of color.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DLP Week 7

February Challenge: Layers You Love
Art Challenge: Cover up the Good Stuff
Prompt: Going Undercover

Started by enlarging this page to layout form by attaching another page with masking tape and gesso-ing over it.  Added some Tim Holtz distress paints to background.  Wrote some thoughts on "being" on left side then gesso'd over again.  Drew the heads (confession time: this is actually tracing around a carving I had done many years ago--so "drawing" is overstated).  Decided to make them different sizes.  Originally I'd thought of doing tea cups, but liked the idea of the heads instead, but still wanted the vessel idea, so chopped off the heads to make them open.  I'd already altered the Bigelow tea tags to show only the BE part and had colored those in different water color paints.
Thought about adding something below "Be" but wiped it out. You might be able to make out the "you" on the tag above.

The main practice for me on this page was playing with shading and color. Definitely a process and needing more practice but had fun.  Used the tags to cover up the ear, eye, and mouth of the different heads.  Covering up the middle eye was hard for me as it was my best one-- so feel like I worked on this challenge.  ;-)

Added paint spatters and the quote from Daniell Koepke.  Not sure if it's readable so here's the quote:

"Let whatever you do today be enough.  Let go of the judgment you have about what you should be or could be doing, and today, allow yourself to simply be.  Comparing yourself and your journey may be habitual, but it gets you nowhere.  It makes you feel worse and it keeps you stuck.  So stop fixating on where everyone else is, and start giving yourself permission to be exactly where you are.  Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough.  You will get to where you need to be in your own time.  Until then, breathe.  Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process.  You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that's all you can ask of yourself. It's enough. You are enough. -Daniell Koepke.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

DLP #6

The February challenges are all based on "layers you will love."   For Febrary 7th, the challenge was "when not to stop." and the prompt was "don't stop 'til you get enough."

I know this prompt was based on a song, but it just made me think of consumerism and greed, so that's where I went with this page.  Started off having some fun stamping a piece of celery root with ColorBox Amber Clay at the top of the page. Stenciled a distressed harlequin stencil (Americana Decor) with Tim Holtz' fired brick distress paint.  Used pieces of washi tape with mail theme and more washi tape on the side. Stamped arrow (Tim Holtz) and hand (handcarved) around page.  Wrote the prompt along the left side and added money signs. Stamped 'Enough!" on deli paper and overlaid on top.  Finally used matte medium to adhere a piece of aluminum screen in the bottom right corner.

DLP #5

The January 31st challenge was underpaper (the paper you put underneath your project when you're working) and the prompt was "what lies beneath."

I had blotted the stencil I used on the color wheel challenge on this page so it was already on its way.  Used some deli paper that had paint splotches from another project (and one on which my kids had drawn a jellyfish). Put some washi tape down.  Scrounged in my scraps and found two pieces of metallic paper with embossed images-- a face and an eye.  Realized this would fit perfectly with a quote I'd written down: "What a liberation to realize that 'the voice in my head' is not who I am.  Who am I then? The one who sees that."- Eckhart Tolle.  Had some trouble getting the face/eye pieces the way I wanted them.  First I tried overlaying them with a brad.  Meh.

Decided to do a small version of a waterfall card instead.