This journal spread has kind of a sloppy look to it, but I was a little worried about getting too far behind in the weekly assignments for Documented Life Project 2015. The Art Challenge for week 5 was "under paper". That's the scrap paper we use to put under whatever we are working on, the paper where you clean your brushes, use up your paint, etc.
I have been trying to de-clutter and de-stash lately, so I didn't have much under paper on hand. But I did have these scrap papers which were stored with other "good" stenciled papers using the same spray colors. These are the result of spraying and stenciling, with stencils blotted on newspaper and old ledger paper. Like I said, pretty sloppy.
I decided not to even think much, just put it on the page. I did prep the pages with gesso, but in retrospect, that probably wasn't needed. I ran all these papers through a Xyron machine to put a quick adhesive on the backs, and lickety-split, all the papers were down on the page. The only thing I would change is the February calendar. I meant to print it on old paper that is less stark white, but forgot. So, I'll tone it down each time I add something to the calendar, and maybe it won't glare at me so much when I look at it.
I'm still adding things but I did find something interesting that happened as I worked. After attaching the under papers, there was a big white square in the middle. I painted some purple there and blotted some off while it was wet. When that dried, I used a black Stabilo pencil to make circles. I used a wet brush on the back circle then blotted it off. It seemed to take some of the purple off too, and I really liked how it looked.
Feels good to use up those papers in this way!