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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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