Sunday, April 12, 2015

DLP Week 14

It's always exciting when a new month rolls around, to find out what the monthly theme is for the Documented Life Project journal.  For April, the theme is Color Safari, Exploring Inks and Paints.  Week 14 (last week) explores Watercolors.

I had a rough idea in mind for what I wanted to do.  I wanted to write with markers that I knew would run when water was sprayed on them.  I  had very mixed results and markers that I expected to run didn't.  I was working outside my journal on separate pieces of art paper.
I wanted the words at the bottom of the page, because the journal prompt was "It's water under the bridge."  I was going to have runny blue ink at the bottom of the page.  But I really liked the pattern on my first attempt.  No reason the "bridge" couldn't be at the top of the page.  Of course, then the words were upside down, so I ended up cutting off most of them.  I used the other trial pages to punch out circles to use for the dates on my calendar page.

For the top of the journal page on the left, I sprayed water through a circle stencil, then took the spray stem out of a bottle of Dylusions spray and just touched it to the circles of water.  Really liked that, but there weren't enough circles and the page needed more.  So I used the spray stem to make scribble marks in the same area.
The rest of the page was done by drawing out the calendar with water color pencil then activating the color with water; putting washi tape across the top of one page; gluing tissue paper fish to the page; and stamping out some lines for writing about the theme and techniques I used.
When I started this page, I didn't know how messy my watercolor was going to get (not much as it turned out), but I didn't want it bleeding to the page before it because that page has a very simple white background.  So I put masking tape around the page borders before I started working on the page spread.  When I removed the masking tape, it tore bits of paper from the page.  I hadn't planned to put anything around the border, but decided to use my No Blot pencil to scribble all around the edges and activate it with water to turn it blue. 

This is a pretty simple page, and I may not be done with it yet, but I'm happy with it for now.

1 comment:

Medbury Gaye said...

Those happy accidents opened up the opportunity to use your No-blot pencil. Such a great look. Can't believe they have stopped making them.