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That’s right, all you Documented Lifers or those wanting to get started, Art & Whimsy is giving away, to one Lucky Follower, The Documented Life Project’s Cover Story Workshop!

*The workshop was created for The Documented Life Project 2015: The Journal but suitable for any journal cover.


To Enter: You Must be following the blog at AND leave a comment telling us what having a creative outlet like art journaling,  scrapbooking, etc has done for you.

That’s it…easy peasy!

Our giveaway is open worldwide and will run until November 22nd, when the WINNER will be announced!

To find out more about The Documented Life Project or the Amazing ladies at Art to the 5th, it can be found Here.

A Journey of 100 Faces

As I previously shared, I’ll be participating in Life Book 2015, beginning Jan 1st. After exchanging a couple of messages with Tam and confirming that painting faces is a significant portion of Life Book, I decided that I would learn to draw a face.

Enter Dina Wakley. It’s no secret how much I love, love, love her acrylic paints and stamps or that I’m her #1 fan girl, but I’m also really drawn to her scribbly style faces and their vibrant splashes of color. So I contacted her to see if she’d be in San Diego anytime soon. I struck out there, but she did tell me about her online class called “Facing the Facts”.

In it she offers great tips, talks about common mistakes that beginners tend to make and offers ways to correct them. She also says that getting good at faces, or anything really, takes practice and encourages us to commit to 100 faces, beginning with our first face that we’re to sketch before watching the first video.

So I did. I got my reference, just like she suggests and gave myself a couple of minutes to sketch it.

Here she is (OMG, am I seriously sharing this in public?!):


After I sketched her I watched Dina’s first lesson and listened to her talk about those common rookie mistakes like my “joker’s mouth”, “overdrawn hair” and the dreaded “fully visible iris”. In short… YIKES!
But hey, no worries, right? It’s only face #1 out of 100… 99 more opportunities to improve.

This morning I decided to sketch face #2, using the tips offered in Face the Facts and can already see improvement. Ok still lots of room for improvement, but wow, what a difference already!


I’m seriously glad that I decided to take Dina’s class and recommend it to anyone. 98 faces to go and I’m looking forward to seeing my development documented in my sketch book.

Documented Life – Week 45

This week’s challenge was to incorporate a Tab onto our page, so in an homage to Dyan Reaveley, who will be adding to our DLP fun for 2015, I created a collage using an image of a bottle of Tab soda and a face that I printed from the internet.

The background was made with Dylusions Inks, some stencils I had on hand, “collaged hearts” stamps by Dina Wakley, acrylic paint and my own doodles. Lastly, I stamped on a personal affirmation.2014-11-02 09.59.39

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My First ATC

I was recently part of a hand-carved stamp swap in the Stamp Carvers/Printmakers group on Facebook and received a fun little background stamp carved by the lovely Theresa Magladry. She named it “Wonky Circles”.

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Part of the swap was to create a piece of art using the stamp that our swap partner sent us and send it to them. I was excited to put it to good use so I decided to make my first ATC.

I created this one, which I call “Metamorphosis”, using Ranger distress inks, a Dyan Reaveley border stamp, some bits that I had in my stash, Authentique text stickers that I talked about in yesterday’s post and of course my awesome new Wonky Circles stamp!

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You can see the cool background pattern created using Wonky Circles. Thank you so much Theresa; I hope you enjoy the ATC. I LOVE the stamp and know that it will be one I use time and time again!

A quick little side note for any ATC artists. I found this stamp, by Donna Salazar the other day, which you might find handy.

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Music For The Eyes

Although it wasn’t a day that I celebrated growing up, I’ve always been drawn to the design aesthetic of Dia De Los Muertos in art and fashion. With the holiday just a few days away, I see creative inspiration all around me and am thankful to have the freedom to express that appreciation for the celebration in my own art.

Yesterday, when I received a copy of the San Diego Symphony brochure in the mail, I just knew there was a collage in the making.

I created this one using a cut-out from the brochure, Ranger Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Inks, one of her stamps, my October stencils from Stencil Club, designed by Mary Beth Shaw and the Scratches texture stamp by Darkroom Door.


Using a blending tool and distressed inks, I gave my violinist’s skull an aged look and spruced her up for her big night at the symphony using gelly roll pens.

For the sentiment I used gothic style letters that I picked up at a local store and some rub-ons, for added visual interest.

These are the Dylusions Inks that I used for this journal layout:

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Supplies used:

Dylusions Pin Up Queen stamp set

Stencil Club October stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw

Scratches stamp

Ranger Distress Inks, Mini

Gelly Roll pens

La Catrina Calavera – Dia De Los Muertos

I was inspired to create this by Calavera Catrina, a famous work of art by Jose Guadalupe Posada who was originally created by him as social satire. She became an icon of Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a holiday that originated in Mexico but is now celebrated in many parts of the world. Dia De Los Muertos is a time to rejoice in memories of loved ones who have passed.


I started with a base of tissue paper “newsprint” and fluid medium.


Next, I mixed up some “Chalk It Up” chalk dust into my chosen colors of paint and gave my page a light wash. I love this stuff, it makes your paint into chalk paint and can be used on many different surfaces. I used it here to create added texture to my page.



I printed a skull that I liked off the internet onto 110 lb cardstock and gave it a coating of sealer so the ink wouldn’t smear. When it was dry I painted the sugar skull face using my Posca Paint Markers and cut out some roses from scrapbook paper, giving them some dimension by crumbling up the top later of roses in my hand. For the lettering I turned to my trusty Silhouette Portrait.


For the final touches I used gelatos, my favorite crackle stamp by Dark Room Door and dabbed some ink on through a piece of punchinela.



Documented Life Project – Week 43

This week’s challenge, to sketch what was in front of us, was one of the most challenging for me. My sketching skills are in much need of some development and I had my moments of arrgghh but I persevered and ended up with something perfectly flawed and uniquely my own.

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My inspiration for week 43. This little bunny lives on a shelf in my studio.

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For the tip-in I used a “Happy” tag from the Gossamer Blue October kit, layering it over a painted and stamped background. I added “Make your own” to complete the sentiment and cut out some hearts and the little bird from some 3×4 Project Life cards I had. To finish off the tag I used a bit of silk sari ribbon, by Darn Good Yarn and journaled some thoughts in the hearts.

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The Documented Life Project – Week 42

This week’s challenge was stars, which I always enjoy playing with, so I was excited to get started.

For the middle page, I started with an acrylic base in “sea glass” that I applied with a cosmetic sponge. Using my gelli plate, I pulled some deli paper prints in a couple of different shades of blue that I cut and used for the stars and adhered them to the page using fluid medium. To add a bit of texture, I used a crackle background stamp by Darkroom Door and a foam star shape that I dabbed in ink and used as a make shift stamp and two transparent titles that came as part of the Gossamer Blue August 2014 Life Pages Kit. I just repainted the lettering black and voila, they fit the week’s theme perfectly. I just love when it works out like that!

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For my focal point, I used a cut file from Erin Doran and my Silhouette Portrait to cut the “Fairytale Princess” and finished it all off by adfing “Notes and Things” rub-ons by Crate Paper, a few doodles, and a stamped sentiment from the Urban Chic stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.

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Life Book 2015

lb2015-halfad-finished-800 Beginning Jan 1st I’m embarking on a year long journey of art and growth by participating in Life Book 2015. It’s my first time participating and I’m so excited to begin! I really believe that the collective creativity of the group will prompt me to push beyond my usual comfort zones and take my self-expression to a whole other level. So what is Life Book 2015? “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 25 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! There are various packages available, there’s even a 3 part payment plan available! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

“Be Bright”

The process of art journaling, for me, can be very therapeutic. It’s something I can turn to when I need to explore emotions or experiences that are bigger than me and I find that more often than not, by the time I’m done, I’ve managed to work through the issue, leaving it behind on the pages of my art journal.

This week I’ve been exploring some old baggage that I’ve been lugging around for quite a while now, so after a tough week, a little Friday night art therapy was definitely in order!

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I started by scraping on a layer of Dina Wakley’s media acrylic (I LOVE her paints) in turquoise into my journal with an old gift card and adding some texture by using a pallet knife to spread modeling paste over a stencil.

Once that was dry, I used fluid medium to adhere layers of torn paper and a few embellishments, to give the page movement and create even more texture. I finished it all off with some stamping, strips of my own homemade washi tape, and a few doodles using Posca metallic paint pens, which are awesome, by the way.2014-10-04 08.58.35

This was a fun page for me, I like how it turned out and best of all, I walked out of my art room feeling brighter and just a little bit lighter yesterday.

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