Archive of ‘documented-life’ category

The Documented Life Project – Week 41


The challenge for week 41 was polka dots, so being the cheese-lover that I am, I naturally thought of cheese, Swiss cheese, actually. I mean holes… polka dots… close enough, right?

I used fluid medium and torn pieces of book paper over a watercolor paper tip-in then added a layer of gesso over it all. When that was dry, I used Faber-Castell Gelatos and a bit more gesso to blend the creamy colors together for a muted effect.

2014-10-07 17.10.53

With my base done, I turned to my Silhouette and its print & cut feature for the Swiss cheese. To give the “polka dot” holes a little extra depth I used an orange Derwent Inktense water-color pencil around the edges.

I knew that I wanted to paint the mouse myself, but using a cut file and the Silhouette again, I cut his basic shape out of white cardstock, giving me a base to work with, then painted him varying shades of grey. For his face, whiskers and other details, I used heavy body white, a pink posca paint marker, uni-ball signo white pen and my fave black pen…an Ohto Fude Ball Liquid Roller.

2014-10-05 11.20.51

Next came the lettering. Because I really am trying to embrace my lettering and I realize that only through practice will it improve, I decided to hand letter the sentiment rather than print something, so I used a fun quote about procrastination and of course….cheese!

I can’t say that I love the lettering, but it’s mine and I choose to embrace it and love what it represents… growth and effort.

2014-10-07 17.10.21

For the middle page I decided it was another great opportunity to dig into my stash of embellishments and used an uplifting 3×4 PL card from the Coral kit “Bring Your Own Sunshine” to create a little collage.

Lastly, I ran some “polka dot” ribbon through my Xyron to use as a border. (If you’ve never used a Xyron…omg LOVE!)

The Documented Life Project, Week 40

IMG_7627 This week’s challenge was to use 3 colors I never use. I was stumped at first, because I just don’t have any colors that I don’t use in one manner or another.

Then it hit me… I have new pearlescent inks that I’ve never used…score! So the colors I chose to use for this challenge were Waterfall Green – Moon Violet – Hot Mama Red, a combination I’ve never used but really like and will surely use again. I added in some rub-ons, bits of happy mail and misc embellies that I had in my stash.

Thanks for looking.

IMG_7627 (2) IMG_7626

A little about Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Inks

These are gorgeous, highly pigmented colors that dry to a shimmery pearlescent finish. They’re water soluble when wet but once dry they’re water resistant and virtually permanent, at least in my experience and they work great on various substrates such as paper, wood, leather and even glass. They mix well, for making your own custom colors and can be used to make fantastic sprays by adding a couple of droppers of ink to a mister bottle and adding water. I find them to be perfect for mixed media projects.


Documented Life Project Week 39

2014-09-24 22.04.59

Splatters and Drips

This week’s DLP challenge was “Splatters & Drips”.

For the tip in I used Dr. Martin Bombay India Inks on semi gloss photo paper. I created the splatter effect by dripping ink onto the photo paper and blowing on it through a drinking straw.

2014-09-24 22.09.04

The middle page was collaged using a base of Dina Wakley acrylics, they are my FAVE, and a crackle texture stamp by Darkroom Door. Using an image of Queen Elizabeth I cut out of the Sept/Oct issue of Somerset Studio Magazine as a focal point, I added pieces of happy mail received from fellow artists and misc bits that I had in my stash to add layers and dimension.

A few doodles helped bring it all together.

2014-09-24 22.06.49

The Documented Life Project Week 38

Thanks to my good friend, Jana, who told me about The Documented Life Project, I’ve been participating and completing the weekly art journal challenges since June. It has been an amazing journey that has prompted much personal growth. Being a part of the group and soaking up the collective creative vibe from everyone has been a joy.

This is a look at Week 38. Our challenge was to incorporate a feather, in any form. This particular challenge really embodied what DLP is for me. It celebrates the oopsies and the uh-ohs of my artistic journey. It celebrates the opportunities for growth that they offer, overcoming my need for it to be “perfect” and learning to just enjoy the process of creating something that is uniquely my own.


More information on The Documented Life Project and the fabulous group of artists that make it all possible can be found at

1 2 3

%d bloggers like this: