I was way behind on The Documented Life Project and had to catch up at least three challenges (and on Saturday it increased to four even, as each Saturday, the new week-challenge is posted on Art to the 5th – the site where you can find all challenges.) But last weekend I found the time to dive into it and I created up a storm in my atelier… yep, I finished three art journal pages with the prompts! I even remembered to take in-between photos when I worked on challenge #9 so you can see how I build up at least 5 layers on my page (that was the prompt – I used more layers even.)
February Theme: Layers You Will Love!
Art Challenge: Using at Least Five Layers
Journal Prompt: Give Me a High Five
Layer 1: The ‘blank’ page is not blank because I work on old book pages. I used machine stitching on the former page (DLP #8, see this post) and so my first layer is already there!
Layer 2: I used some bright colors of acrylic paint to fill in the stitched rectangles.
Layer 3: I glued rice paper on the page and scratched some of the paper away with a craft knife.
Layer 4: I grabbed my new stencil and sprayed with yellow, red and green (dylusions) spray ink. The absorbent rice paper made the ink run which resulted in blurred lines.
Layer 5: The stenciled images were just too much, so I covered part of it under a layer of gesso.
Layer 6: Next I glued some left over pieces from a gelatin mono-print to the page.
Layer 7: I smeared some white paint through a dotted stencil to add more texture. (The underneath ink made the paint turn a bit green, an effect I like.)
Layer 8: Then I stamped a border to the left and some spirals with my hand-carved stamps.
Nearly done… the page needed some contrast so I doodled some extra circles with a marker and outlined the stenciled images. Finally, I wrote text around the big circle. (part of a quote by Ellen DeGeneres “It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting.”
So – how many layers are there on this page? Does the doodling and writing count as a layer? It’s 9 then! Here’s the finished page.
As I said, I finished more pages but I show you those some other time. Wednesday maybe? Stay tuned!